Naturopathic 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”

Dr. Ellen Sauter is the founder and medical director at The Benchmark Clinic of Integrative Medicine in Northwest Portland.

When asked about her practice philosophy, she replies, “The simplest therapies usually work the best, but if more aggressive methods, such as prescription drugs are required, I utilize those as well. I always try to use the gentlest effective means to restore health.”

She earned her doctoral (ND) degree from National College of Natural Medicine in a four year post graduate medical program where she was trained as a primary care physician, with additional training in counseling, nutritional, botanical, homeopathic, and physical medicine. Her two year clinical internship was at NCNM’s Community Clinic and through the Portland Consortium of Community Clinics, where she worked at Mercy and Wisdom Healing Center, Mt. Olivet CC, Outside/In CC, Immanuel Senior Center, and the PCC Sylvania Clinic, where she practiced acute care, internal medicine, minor surgery, pediatrics and women’s medicine.

Her undergraduate degree was in biology, and she has written and presented papers on human biological terrain and biological riparian zones. She has also published essays and poetry, and is currently working on a book about prevention, treatment and nutritional support for Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia.

Dr. Sauter and her husband have three children and one precious grandchild. In her free time she enjoys family gatherings, hiking mountains and shorelines, practicing gentle yoga, cooking, and creating delicious recipes free of milk and wheat.

Dr. Sauter treats patients at The Benchmark Clinic of Integrative Medicine in NW Portland on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. She 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 provided symptom relief using acupuncture for 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 Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and can be reached at 503-223-7067.