Naturopathic Physician


The Benchmark Clinic of NW Portland offers a bridge between the western medical model of health care and the traditional, time-tested methods of healing and maintaining health. Our mission is to offer medical services to patients who wish to recover or maintain their health through gentle, non-toxic therapies. Our practitioners are licensed, experienced naturopathic physicians and acupuncturists who listen to their patients’ concerns and work with them to find the root cause of their illness, and use natural therapies to stimulate healing from within.

It is an unfortunate truth that people commonly seek health care only at the point of illness. In our culture, this often leads to treatment of only the superficial symptoms, usually with prescription medications. Unfortunately, many of these medications fail to address the underlying cause of the illness, and also increase the risk of drug related-side effects.

The services we provide include:

  • Amino acid therapy for fibromyalgia pain, neuropathy, mood and sleep disorders
  • Annual wellness exams for children and adults
  • Bio-identical hormone replacement for men and women
  • Diagnostic testing – blood, urine, saliva – imaging orders
  • Enzyme therapy for pain, inflammatory and digestive disorders
  • Herbal/botanical medicines as nourishing and effective alternatives to many prescription drugs, we have a fully stocked, onsite herbal dispensary
  • Homeopathic medicines for both acute and chronic ailments
  • Hydrotherapy/Physiotherapy for pain and stress reduction, relief of digestive complaints
  • Medical foods to reduce or prevent side effects for children and adults taking prescription medications.
  • Nutritional counseling as a mainstay of all of Dr. Sauter’s therapies
  • Physical manipulation and trigger point therapy – for relief of pain and specific neurological dysfunctions
  • Physical exams
  • Prescription medicines as needed
  • Special dietary programs for elderly, debilitated and hospice patients
  • Weight management especially for those with difficulty losing weight

The types of conditions treated include but are not limited to the following:

Acute Illness

  • Colds/flu, allergies
  • Heartburn, ulcers, diarrhea
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Infections
  • Joint and muscular pain from injuries
  • Sexually transmitted infections

Chronic illness

  • Cardiovascular disease, diabetes
  • High blood pressure, high cholesterol
  • Joint pain, fibromyalgia, fatigue, autoimmune disorders

Internal medicine

  • Digestive complaints – gas, bloating, irritable bowel, acid reflux, abdominal pain, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis

Physical Medicine

  • Naturopathic manipulation and trigger point therapy
  • Hydrotherapy – Physiotherapy

Women’s and adolescent medicine

  • Nutritional counseling
  • Menopausal, perimenopausal, postmenopausal symptoms
  • PMS, menstrual and hormone complaints
  • Skin problems
  • Uterine fibroids, endometriosis, fibrocystic breast disease