Steven Sandberg-Lewis, ND, DHANP



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:

● Gastro-intestinal conditions
● Traumatic brain injury rehabilitation
● Chronic sinusitis and infections
● Spinal manipulation
● Soft tissue techniques – including structural integration

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 String Band, 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)

Curriculum Vitae

1978 ND, National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, OR
1976 BS, Kansas Newman College, Wichita, KS
1974 (statistics and chemistry) UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA
1972-74 (psychology and life sciences) Rutgers College, New Brunswick, NJ
1978-96 Private Practice, Port Angeles, WA / Eastsound, WA / Portland, OR
1996-present 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
•  NPLEX – Pathology Chair, Board Member, 2001-2003
•  NPLEX – Chair for the Pathology Exam, Jan 2002 – June 2003
2009 Townsend Letter Award, Best Naturopathic Medicine, "Hiatal Hernia Syndrome"
2003 Lifetime Achievement Award, NCNM
1999 NCNM Docere Award
1998 Diplomate in Homeopathy (DHANP)
2009 “Functional Gastroenterology – Assessing and Addressing the causes of Functional Digestive Disorders,” NCNM Press  
2009 “Hiatal Hernia Syndrome,” Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients – February edition
2008 "Proton Pump Inhibitors – For Better or Worse," Naturopathic Doctors News and Review, Jan 2008
2006 “Treatment Options for Traumatic Brain Injury" (with K. Sandberg-Lewis, M.A.),
  Naturopathic Doctors News and Review, Dec 2006
1999 “Two Cases of Post-Traumatic Stress-Induced Anxiety,” Similimum Journal
1999 “Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus,” paper for NHC-East Education Website
1988 “A Case of Chronic Allergic Rhinitis,” Similimum
1988 “A Case of Childhood Depression,” Similimum
1988 “Four Cases of Diffuse Pneumonia,” Similimum, Newsletter of HANP
1992-1996 Monthly wellness articles for the “Weekly,” Lopez, WA
1998-99 “Healing Touch in the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain” with co-investigator Kathryn Weimouth-Skinner, PhD
1988-89 NCNM Cataract Study using zinc ascorbate eyedrops with co-investigator Anna MacIntosh, PhD

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•  Teaching
•  Continuing Education

Updated Nov. 28, 2012