Clinic Changes & Retirement

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.

Dear Patients,
It is with a mixture of joy and sadness that I am writing to tell you of my retirement. We will be closing the NW Portland clinic location effective March 1st. All previously scheduled appointments will be kept at their arranged times via telemedicine. I will continue to work with patients undergoing a new treatment plan for up to three months, until care can be established with another physician.

Staff will be available for phone calls Monday through Friday from 1-5pm until April 1st to assist with the transition, handle records requests and to answer questions. We can continue to provide supplements by mail during this time, or you can access them directly online through our vendors. If you are not already registered for our vendor portals you should receive an invitation by email within a few days. If you do not receive it, just give us a call, or send us an email and we will get you connected. There are a few supplements that can only be accessed directly through the clinic. Just call the clinic if you have questions.

I urge you to begin looking for a new physician as soon as possible, particularly if I am your primary care physician. If your insurance coverage is through the Oregon Health Plan, those companies can assist you with reassignment to a new PCP.

We can send your records directly to your new physician with a signed request. We ask that you make all records requests prior to April 1st.  After that date, records will be sent to a HIPPA compliant custodian, and you will be notified how to contact them for records.

Please be assured that we will do everything we can to assist with your transition to a new provider and to make this process as smooth and as stress-free as possible.

My dear patients, please know that practicing medicine has been one of the greatest joys in my life, and it has been my sincere pleasure to care for each of you.

I wish you the best of health, hope and prosperity in the future.

Warmest Regards,

Ellen Sauter, ND