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”

Hello, I am Dr. Ellen Sauter, a naturopathic physician practicing general adult and adolescent medicine.

Every day I am privileged to witness the power of natural medicine in action, in the way it changes people’s health and lives. I love coming to work and caring for patients, and I am humbled and proud of the faith that is placed in me by my patients to help them regain, optimize and maintain good health.

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, I utilize those as well. I always try to use the gentlest effective means to accomplish the goal. I enjoy discovering 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 can treat symptoms to help patients feel better in the short term, but therapy doesn’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 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 most 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. My undergraduate degrees are from Washington State University (BS-Biology-Minor Psychology) and St. Johns CC (AA-Business Administration). I have a strong background in business, research and hard science and been a business owner for more than 20 years. Professionally, I have written and presented papers in human biology and riparian zones and have published essays and poetry. I have also donated thousands of volunteer hours teaching and counseling in various capacities, including my church and as a 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. My training included extensive work in counseling, nutritional, botanical, homeopathic, and physical medicine. I am licensed in Oregon as a primary care physician specializing in naturopathic medicine.

My husband have I have three children and one precious grandchild. In my free time I enjoy family gatherings, gardening, hiking mountains and shorelines, practicing gentle yoga and cooking.

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.