Natural Health Works

Natural Health Works

Our Team

Dedicated to your health & wellbeing

Dr. Gary Dreger

Naturopathic Physician, acupuncturist

Dr. Gary Dreger, a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist, has practiced medicine for more than 35 years. His breadth and depth of experience and knowledge have allowed him to excel at treating many types of complex cases. His patients appreciate his warmth, genuine interest, relaxed style, and natural  curiosity. He engages with patients with a whole person approach, with the goals of increasing their ongoing health, sense of well being and vitality along with focused attention on recovery from chronic and acute illness. Emphasizing the use of natural medicines and methods, Dr. Dreger provides a broad spectrum of treatment options tailored individually for each patient, including acupuncture, nutrition, herbal medicines, spinal manipulation, homeopathy, and iv nutritional therapies. He may also employ information gained from lab tests, ranging from standard profiles to the most up to date and innovative tests available, which can help provide an overview of health and inform the design of the most effective treatment plan. Dr. Dreger graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland. He regularly attends advanced trainings in both eastern and western medicine. He loves to keep up to date, research new approaches, and expand his knowledge. 

Dr. Joanne Gordon


Dr. Joanne Gordon has been practicing in the field of bio-identical hormones and musculosceletal medicine for over 20 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. Gordon has attained advanced practitioner status in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Zachary Nelms, LAC


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.