Katherine Zieman, ND

Adjunct Faculty


Over the last 15 years Dr. Zieman has attended upward of 1,000 births and keeps busy with a private family practice focusing on pediatrics, women’s issues, infertility and chronic disease. She was a partner in a busy birth center in Portland before moving her practice to Gresham, OR, to be closer to home and her children, as well as to serve the eastern part of Multnomah county.

After attending New York Chiropractic College for 2 ½ years in the late 1980s, she was led to Oregon by her passion for midwifery and family medicine. Back on the east coast legend told that chiropractors in Oregon had license to deliver babies. By 1990 that was no longer the case and she found a home at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received her training in family medicine, pediatrics, and midwifery. She graduated from NCNM in 1993. Her undergraduate degree is from the City University of New York.

Dr. Zieman has been a faculty member at NCNM since 1994 as a member of the Natural Childbirth department. In addition she has also taught endocrinology and pediatrics. She spent a couple of years sharing her expertise with aspiring midwives as a faculty member of the Birthingway Midwifery school in Portland, OR. She has been training students clinically for 14 years in the fields of midwifery, pediatrics, and family medicine.

Courses taught:
•    NCB610   Natural Childbirth I
•    NCB630E   Natural Childbirth III: Labor & Delivery

In addition she has consulted on many articles for publication on wholistic treatments for many pregnancy issues as well as serving as a consultant for various books on natural treatments for infertility. In Medical Crossfire, an allopathic journal devoted to specific topics, she wrote an article contributing the Naturopathic point of view of treatment of otitis media for the peer exchange section. She has also appeared in various radio programs about alternative health options for both pregnancy and chronic diseases and had a regular "ask the experts: column in the Portland newspaper answering readers' inquiries on the many ailments of children and pregnant women. She lectures on a regular basis at seminars on natural childbirth and natural health in various venues for both professionals and the public. 

She is married and the proud mother of two daughters and resides on a small farm in the Columbia River Gorge where she and her family keep sheep, chickens, turkeys, pigs, and various other animals from time to time. 

Dr. Zieman lived another life before emigrating to Oregon in 1990. She was a theatre professional in NYC acting, dancing, doing improv and pantomime, and was best known for her work in experimental theatre in the East Village in the late 70's and 80's. She made a few commercials in her time in NYC as well as working for 10 years in the 4th Wall Repertory Theatre, writing, choreographing, and acting in most of their productions. In Oregon she put herself through Naturopathic Medical School entertaining at children's parties and doing singing telegrams. These days she keeps busy with a private Naturapthic Family Practice as well as delivering babies, and directs the musicals at the Corbett Children's Theatre in Corbett, OR. Many thanks to her father for fostering her interest in theatre, and her husband David for his allowing her this indulgence.

Curriculum Vitae

Updated Jan. 26, 2009

1993 Naturopathic Physician with Obstetrical Specialty, National College of Naturopathic Medicine,  (NCNM), Portland, OR
1989-91  New York Chiropractic College, Greenvale, NY
1989 BS, Hunter College, New York, NY
1995-1977  BFA candidate, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
1994-present     Instructor of Obstetrics 1, 2, 3, 6, National College of Naturopathic Medicine
2002-2004  Instructor Basic Skills, Microbiology, Birthingway Midwifery School, Portland, OR
2000-2002 Instructor of Endocrinology, National College of Naturopathic Medicine
1993 Skill Lab Instructor, Manipulation, NCNM
1992 Student Supervisor Hydrotherapy Clinic shifts, NCNM
1991 Instructor, Study Skills, New York Chiropractic College
1991 Private tutor, Anatomy & Physiology, NYCC
1980-87  Teacher of movement, creative dramatics, mime, Hunter College, the New York City Public Schools, New York Public Libraries
1993-present Preceptor for National College of Naturopathic Medicine supervising both natural childbirth candidates and general practice students
2001-present Private practice, Gresham, OR
1999-2001 Limited private home visit practice and maternity sabbatical 
1993-1999  Private practice at the Natural Childbirth and Family Clinic, Portland, OR
1996-2001 Faculty representative serving on the Obstetrical Task Force to redesign Obstetrics Program
1999-2001 Co-chairman of Obstetrical Task Force- responsibilities comprise overseeing design of Masters Program in Midwifery, interfacing with the Labor and Delivery department and Obstetrics Dept. at OHSU, and working to facilitate clinical experience for students including creation of a birthing center for the Naturopathic college.
1994-1999 Full partner at the Natural Childbirth and Family Clinic

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