Natural Medicine

Plants and botanical essences have been used for their healing properties for thousands of years. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained physicians who use nutrition, botanical, physical and homeopathic medicine to support recovery and maintain wellness. They are licensed to prescribe medications, perform minor surgery, and utilize a variety of recognized modalities of therapy in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, illness, injury, and physical conditions. NDs utilize knowledge gained in both western and traditional areas of scientific study.

“Treat the cause, not just the symptoms”

A few words from the doctor: “My practice philosophy resolves around the knowledge that the simplest therapies usually work the best, but if more aggressive methods, such as prescription drugs are required,  utilize those as well. I always try to use the gentlest effective means to accomplish the goal. My job is about discovery—finding the underlying cause of a patient’s problems and giving them the proper counsel and the proper tools to heal it at the cellular level. This is fascinating and joyful work to me!

Like all doctors, I often treat symptoms in the short term so that patients feel better soon, but it can’t stop there. People get sick for a reason, and when you can figure out why—then you have a chance to really change the dynamic and help them heal. Some of the most common therapies I use in my practice are:

  • Diet and lifestyle counseling, which are mainstays of therapy for most patients. This often includes targeted nutrition with specific foods or supplements to nourish damaged cells and organs.
  • Amino acid (neurotransmitter) therapy for fatigue, depression, anxiety and neurological disorders.
  • Enzyme therapy to maximize digestion, reduce inflammation and assist with metabolism of certain medicines.
  • Herbal and homeopathic medicines, which are gentle and effective for many ailments.
  • Physiotherapies, including hydrotherapy, an ancient healing method useful for acute and chronic illnesses.

Much of my life has been devoted to studying biological sciences and medicine, and I am passionate about this work. I graduated from Washington State University with a BS degree in Biology and a minor in Psychology, after receiving an AA degree in Business Administration. I have a strong background in both business and hard science. I’ve donated thousands of volunteer hours teaching and counseling in various capacities, including in my church, and as a lay counselor for battered women and victims of sexual assault.

My doctoral (ND) degree is from National College of Natural Medicine, a fully accredited, four-year post-graduate medical program where I was trained to practice general medicine. My training also included extensive work in counseling, nutritional, botanical, homeopathic, and physical medicine, and I am licensed in Oregon as a primary care physician.

My husband and I have three children and one precious grandchild. In my free time I enjoy family gatherings, hiking mountains and shorelines, practicing gentle yoga, cooking, and creating delicious milk and wheat free recipes.”

Dr. Sauter treats patients at The Benchmark Clinic of Integrative Medicine in NW Portland on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and can be reached at 503-223-7067. 


Being outside in nature is truly one of the most restorative things anyone can do.”

Nicole Kilian, ND, LAc is a licensed Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist practicing in NW Portland. Dr. Kilian’s experience in both Naturopathic and Chinese Medicine allows her to draw upon conventional methods with more subtle energetic perspectives. Her prescribed treatments may include nutritional counseling, acupuncture, western and Chinese herbs, supplements, cupping, and counseling, as well as pharmaceutical medications when necessary. Dr. Kilian is also a strong proponent of Vitamin “N” as in Nature.

Dr. Kilian earned her degrees from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR, and her thesis work at NUNM focused on over-training syndrome in ultramarathon athletes. She has completed extensive clinical rotations in mental health, and as an acupuncture intern provided symptom relief to cancer and multiple sclerosis patients while they underwent infusions.

Dr. Kilian has a collaborative approach to treating her patients. In her own words, “Healthy has a lot of different definitions. My strength is in helping patient’s define their definition of healthy and then working towards achieving those goals. You will not find a better cheerleader! I am on your team.”

When not at the clinic, Dr. Kilian enjoys hiking, running, climbing and skiing in the beautiful outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. “My first introduction to naturopathic medicine happened when I was struggling to train for my first marathon. I had experienced fatigue since a bout with mono as a teenager and was not keeping up with the training. I was determined to run this race so I went to see a naturopath. I was amazed at how impactful simple dietary changes were for my energy. The treatment helped me finish that first marathon and it sparked an interest that led me to where I am today.” Her current adventure is being “Mom” to five-month-old Matilda, and taking tap dance for the first time.

Dr. Kilian treats patients at The Benchmark Clinic of Integrative Medicine in NW Portland on Fridays, and can be reached at 503-223-7067.