Dr. Steven Sandberg-Lewis has been a practicing naturopathic physician for 35 years, previously on Orcas Island in Washington state and now exclusively at the NCNM Clinic. His areas of specialty include:
Dr. Sandberg-Lewis receives referrals of patients with digestive diseases who desire naturopathic treatment options; and often these are conditions that have defied diagnosis by other physicians. He understands the diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, but also can assess function and often find successful treatments to regain normal function of the digestive system.
He also focuses on the influence of stress on the body's physiology. Using soft tissue techniques such as structural integration, he effectively addresses injuries, post-surgical problems, and chronic pain by increasing blood flow and facilitating flexibility to affected areas. Visceral manipulation of the abdomen allows him to solve structural digestive problems often unaddressed by other healthcare providers. His expertise in physical medicine also includes releasing spinal restrictions and malpositions using naturopathic manipulative therapy.
As the co-supervisor of the psychophysiology clinic rotation, he empowers and teaches his patients to gain conscious influence over physiology through general biofeedback, neurofeedback (brain-wave biofeedback), and other therapies. These methods work well with conditions ranging from head injuries and chronic pain to mood disorders and attention difficulties.
In addition to supervising clinical rotations at the NCNM Clinic, as a full-time faculty member, Dr. Sandberg-Lewis teaches several academic courses such as pathology, gastroenterology and psychophysiology at NCNM. He is also an investigator at NCNM's Helfgott Research Institute.
Courses taught: • CLE709 Clinic Secondary Rotation • CLE811 Clinic Primary Rotation • CLS512/532/542 Pathology I, III, IV • NOS732 Gastroenterology • NOS735E Gastroenterology Lab • CLS 718 X-Ray Practicum
Dr. Sandberg-Lewis graduated from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1978. He lives in Portland with his wife, Kayle and his son, Ezra. His CD, “Talking ‘Bout Degeneration,” a musical compilation of classics from the 60s and 70s with original lyrics about pathological conditions, is available at the NCNM bookstore. All proceeds go toward funding academic scholarships. His interests include mandolin, guitar and voice, as well as writing and lecturing with Kayle.
Getting to know Dr. Sandberg-Lewis Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA High School: Marlboro H.S., Marlboro, NJ Activities: Guitar, mandolin, biking, writing music, playing gigs with the Wicky Pickers Favorite Quote: You are what you eat, digest, metabolize, eliminate, think and feel. Music: Pentangle (incredible stringband), Neil Young, acoustic Movies: Wizard of Oz Personal Style: I spice my medical lectures with parodies of popular songs. Favorite Vacation Spot: Beach (Oregon Coast)
ND, National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, OR
BS, Kansas Newman College, Wichita, KS
(statistics and chemistry) UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA
(psychology and life sciences) Rutgers College, New Brunswick, NJ
Private Practice, Port Angeles, WA / Eastsound, WA / Portland, OR
Part-time Private Practice, Portland, OR
• Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians
• American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
• Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians, Board Member 1998-2000