Gaia J. Mather, ND

Assistant Professor


Dr. Gaia Mather is a native of Portland, and graduated from NCNM in 1990. Holistic medicine encompasses a philosophy that is of special importance to her — that all life is sacred and all life is connected. Gaia enjoys treating her ‘animal family,’ which consists of one small Boston terrier and three cats, with naturopathic remedies to keep them healthy and happy. Gaia is a long-time member of a local women spiritual circle, and she knows the magic that happens as women gather to share their gifts and wisdom.

Courses taught:
•    PHM401E  Bodywork I: Massage Foundations
•    PHM402E  Bodywork II:  Advanced Massage
•    PHM403E  Bodywork III: Energy Work
•    PHM416/426  Palpation Lab I, II
•    PHM510E  Colonics
•    PHM412  Hydrotherapy
•    PHM412L  Hydrotherapy Lab

Curriculum Vitae

National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, OR ND 1986-1990
East-West College of Massage, Portland, OR LMT 1982-1983 
Portland State University, Portland, OR BA; English Literature 1981-1982
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR Undergraduate studies 1977-1980
National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR  
Assistant professor 2008-present
Adjunct faculty 1991-2008
    Hydrotherapy Shift Supervisor 2010-present
    Hydro Dept Coordinating Supervisor 2009-present
    Hydrotherapy Lab 2005-present
    Hydrotherapy Lecture 2005-present
    Palpation II 2005-present
    Palpation I 2005-present
    BodyWork III:  Advanced Massage 2003-present  
    BodyWork II:  Energy Work 2001-present  
    BodyWork I: Intro to Massage 2000-present  
    Colonic Hydrotherapy Elective 1991-present  
    Colonic Hydrotherapy Shift Supervision; NCNM Clinic 1992-1997  
Portland Community College, Portland, OR
Community education instructor 2006-2008
    Flower Essences for Pets 2007-2008
    Natural Remedies for Pets 2006-2008 
    Nutrition for Pets 2006-2008 
Western Business College, Portland, OR  
Adjunct faculty 2003-2005
    Anatomy & Physiology II 2003-2005   
    Anatomy & Physiology I 2003-2005   
    Pathology 2003-2004   
    Medical Terminology 2003-2005   
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians 2010-2011
Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians 2010-present
Article review: “Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine” 2012
“Initial Evaluation of a Spa Retreat Program Involving Dietary  
Modification, Meditation and Colonic Cleansing,” JACM-2011-0744  
Article review: “Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine” 2007
“A pilot study on weight, fat, mucus and water losses after a 7-day  
colon cleansing treatment,” JACM-2007-0744  
Hydrotherapy practice observation with Letitia Watrous, ND 2007
Windrose Naturopathic Clinic, Spokane, WA  
General clinical practice observation with Kimberly Windstar, ND 2005
Natural Health Center, Portland, OR  
Practice observation with Judy Schaefer, LPN 2000
Multnomah County Public Health Clinic, Portland, OR  
Internal medical practice observation with Debra Glasser-Green, MD 1999
Canby, OR  
“Constipation, The Hidden Culprit” Jan 2008
Naturopathic Doctor News and Review, vol. 4, issue 1, p. 7
“The Far-Reaching Benefits of Colonic Hydrotherapy” Oct 2006
Naturopathic Doctor News and Review, vol. 2, issue 10, pp. 6-7  

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•  Special Projects
•  Service Activities
•  Continuing Education

Updated Nov. 28, 2012