Our Practitioners

Welcome to Natural Health Works!

Natural Health Works is a unique naturopathic medical clinic offering individualized treatment programs for patients of all ages and medical conditions.  The emphasis is on treating the cause of disease, not merely the symptoms.  We also specialize in treating the aging process with programs to improve one’s quality of life, prevention of disease and maintenance of  physical, mental and emotional well being.  Our providers are committed to supporting our patients with the best and latest therapies available.

Natural Health Works respects the precepts of natural medicine:

  • First, do no harm.
  • Cooperate with nature’s healing power.
  • Address the fundamental cause of the disease.
  • Treat the whole person.
  • Teach healthy living and preventative medicine.

With an emphasis on drugless treatment, Natural Health Works for more than 17 years, has been meeting patients’ alternative healthcare needs in one convenient location.

Naturopathic Physicians 

Dr. Joanne Gordon

Dr. Joanne Gordon has been practicing in the field of bio-identical hormones and musculoskeletal medicine for over 17 years. An experienced naturopathic physician, Dr. Gordon’s practice focuses on healthy aging and regenerative medicine therapies.  Dr. Gordon is extensively trained in the treatment of  musculoskeletal pain (related to injury, sports, and arthritis), bio-identical hormone replacement, and micro-needling for facial rejuvenation.

Dr. Gordon is a graduate of Boston University where she received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy. She earned a master’s degree in orthopedic and sports physical therapy at Quinnipiac College, in Hamden, CT and completed her naturopathic medical degree at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Tempe, AZ.  She has completed numerous post graduate courses in Osteopathic Manipulative Techniques, Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Dr. Gary Dreger

Dr. Dreger, a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist, has practiced medicine for more than 35 years. His experience has allowed him to gain proficiency in treating all types of complex cases. Dr. Dreger emphasizes the use of natural medicines in his treatments. He incorporates the use of acupuncture, nutrition, herbal medicines, spinal manipulation, homeopathy and intravenous nutritional therapies. Dr. Dreger graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland. He has completed advanced training in eastern and western medical disciplines and is a member of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians, American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Oregon Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. Dr. Dreger regularly attends continuing education classes to keep up to date and expand his knowledge.

Michelle Williams, ND

Dr. Williams practices naturopathic and integrative primary care while focusing her clinical work in women’s health. Her practice includes annual screening exams, lab work, hormone balancing, preconception and fertility. Dr. Williams has spent a fair amount of her clinical work in transgender and adolescent medicine and midwifery. Her therapeutic approaches includes the use of botanical medicine, bio-identical hormones, nutrition, lifestyle counseling and patient education to prevent and treat illness while enhancing overall health satisfaction.

Dr. Williams graduated with a doctorate of naturopathic medicine from National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, Oregon. She holds a bachelors of science degree in laboratory sciences from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Dr. Williams is an active member of Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.  She is an advocate for the expansion of naturopathic licensure across the US.

When Dr. Williams is not practicing medicine she enjoys spending time with her family and household pets, being out in nature, creating art and dancing.

Acupuncture

Zachary Nelms

Zach is a licensed acupuncturist with a master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. Zach received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and philosophy the University of Nebraska and a massage degree from the School of Healing Arts of San Diego.

Over the past 12 years, Zachary has performed thousands of acupuncture and herbal treatments and has over 20 years experience in the general healing arts. He has worked in a  variety of clinical settings including private and community clinics, San Diego Hospice, and Rady Children’s Hospital.

Zach’s extensive training includes several acupuncture styles including Japanese acupuncture, Balance Method, and Orthopedic Motor Point Acupuncture. His most influential teachers include Kiiko Matsumoto, Matt Callison, Richard Tan, and Yoshito Mukaino.  He has over 20 years of experience in the healing arts of Yoga, Qigong (Chi Kung), Taijiquan (Tai Chi), and other mind-body awareness practices.

Zach’s acupuncture style is gentle and painless, yet very effective. It is so effective that many patients feel an immediate improvement in their symptoms. Zach treats a wide variety of conditions including sports injuries, insomnia, anxiety, hot flashes, intestinal disorders, and general pain management.

When not practicing medicine, Zach loves to be outdoors and frequently finds himself entertaining his children, bicycling, gardening, reading, and enjoying music.

Massage Therapy

Amy Wheeler

Amy is a licensed massage therapist proficient in Therapeutic and Deep Tissue Massage. She incorporates Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Stretching techniques in many of the sessions. She earned her degree in Massage Therapy through Pioneer Pacific College of Portland and continues her education frequently to add to her knowledge of an effective clinical massage.

 

Please contact Natural Health Works to learn more about us and to schedule your appointment.