Nancy A. Scarlett, ND

Associate Professor


Dr. Scarlett has been teaching in NCNM classrooms and clinics for 15 years. Her undergraduate studies were in biology and religion (not a lot of overlapping credits!) at the University of Puget Sound. She then studied bioethics on a graduate fellowship at the University of Tennessee. Searching for a profession that would pull together her interests and passions, Dr. Scarlett found a perfect fit with naturopathic medicine. 

Dr. Scarlett received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine in 1997 and then completed two years of family practice residency. She is currently an attending physician at InAct community clinic for individuals overcoming drug addiction.

Areas of interest and expertise:
•  Medical Ethics and Bioethics
•  Clinical and Physical Diagnosis
•  Urology
•  Essential Oils (aromatic botanical medicine)
•  Interprofessionalism

As one of the original Vanguard faculty members of the Helfgott Research Institute, Dr. Scarlett received training in, and consequently implemented, evidence-based medicine into the curriculum. She recently co-authored a pilot research study on interprofessional attitudes at CAM institutions.

In addition to teaching in the naturopathic program, Dr. Scarlett also teaches courses in the master's of research program and the classical Chinese medicine program.

Courses taught:
ND Courses:
•    CLS510/520/530 Clinical and Physical Diagnosis I, II, III
•    CLS510L/520L/530L Physical Diagnosis lab I, II, III
•    CLS514/524/534 Clinical Case Presentation I, II, III
•    NOS721 Urology
•    NPH531 Naturopathic Medical Ethics

CCM Courses:
•    Physical Diagnosis lab

MSiMR Courses:
•    RES505 Bioethics

Getting to know Dr. Scarlett:
I moved to Portland to go to NCNM and fell in love with the place. I have a peaceful home and garden with my partner, two poodles and cat; and love exploring the coast, mountains, rivers and lakes of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Birthplace: Castro Valley, CA
High School: Moreau High, Hayward, CA
Activities: kayaking, hiking, camping, biking (commuting), ballroom dancing, cooking, travel
Favorite Quote #1:  “The art of medicine is amusing the patient while nature heals the disease.”  Voltaire
Favorite Quote #2:  “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s [sic] best friend.  Inside a dog, it’s too dark to read.”  Groucho Marx
Music: World, Folk, Bluegrass, Pink Martini, Adele, and the wonders of Pandora
Hobbies: languages (French, Spanish, ASL), building/fixing stuff, the Enneagram
Favorite Vacation Spot: TMTC (too many to count)
Favorite Restaurant: Pambiche, India Oven, Dick's Kitchen, Cadillac Cafe
What I like best about Portland: livable neighborhoods, sustainability, arts community, Portland Center Stage, parks and restaurants per capita, independent bookstores, $3 moviehouses/pubs, folks let you merge into traffic, University of Portland women’s soccer; I could go on and on.

Important Links
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Oregon Board of Naturopathic Examiners

Council on Naturopathic Medical Education
Physicians for Social Responsibility (Oregon Chapter)

Energy Trust
Environmental Working Group
Growing Gardens
Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro

Curriculum Vitae

  Two-year medical residency in Family Medicine 1997-1999
  National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, OR  
ND Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine with High Academic Honors 1993-1997
  National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, OR  
  Bioethics 1983-1985
  University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN  
BA Bachelor of Arts, Biology and Religion with Honors 1977-1982
  University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA  
National College of Natural Medicine  Portland, OR
Naturopathic Medicine Program — Associate Professor 2005-present
     Courses taught:  
  Clinical/Physical Diagnosis  
  Physical Diagnosis Lab  
  Clinical Case Presentation  
  Naturopathic Medical Ethics  
  Medicinary Practicum  
Classical Chinese Medicine Program — Adjunct Faculty  
     Courses taught: 1999-present
  Integrative Clinical/Physical Diagnosis  
Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research Program — Adjunct Faculty
     Courses taught: 2011-present
Oregon School of Massage — Instructor Portland, OR
  Course: Pathology 1999-2001
  •  InAct Clinic (Volunteers of America): Comprehensive outpatient addiction treatment
  •  Outside/In: Services for homeless youth and un/underinsured
  •  NCNM Main Clinic
Director of Professional Development and Advising 2004-2005
Director of Professional Development and Postgraduate Medical Education 2002-2004
Student Services Advisor 2002
Medicinary Medical Advisor 1999-2004
CNME Site Team Accreditation Evaluator — National Health Science University 2010, 2011
Institutional Review Board: NCNM 2010-present
Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, Profession member 2008-present
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians 1995-present
Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians 2007-present
Physicians for Social Responsibility 2000-present
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities 2000-present
•  C Hawk, N Scarlett, et al. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Professions Students’ Perceptions about Interdisciplinary Collaboration. Topics in Integrative Health Care. June 2012.
•  Bramwell B, Scarlett N, MacIntosh A, et al.  The use of ascorbigen in the treatment of fibromyalgia patients, a preliminary trial. Alternative Medicine Review. Oct 2000; 7(5):455-62.
•  Scarlett N. “Michael Traub, ND, NCNM Alumni Leadership.” NCNM News, Fall 2005.
•  Scarlett N. A Case of Vulvodynia and Dyspareunia. NCNM Library, 1997.

Click here for a complete CV, including:
•  Scholarly Activities/Lectures
•  Certificates
•  Research Activities
•  Committees and Special Projects
•  Continuing Education
•  Awards, Honors, Media
•  Service Activities
•  Languages

Updated Nov. 14, 2012