We maintain a lifelong commitment to your health and well being.
Like many of its patients, Canyon Medical Center is a medical clinic that grew up in Portland. The clinic’s roots trace back to the Natural Childbirth and Family Clinic, or NCFC as it used to be called. NCFC began over 30 years ago as an entity consisting of a group of highly skilled physicians, ND midwives, practitioners, acupuncturists, massage therapists, and medical staff. We hope to continue the legacy of offering care that beautifully integrates science-based medicine with a keen appreciation for the body’s innate ability to heal itself. It is a joy for us that so many of the clinic’s longstanding patients continue their healthcare with us. Many children and adults have been coming to Canyon Medical Center since their birth.
Dr. Burrell also received specialized training from the University of Wisconsin Medical School for Carotid IM Thickness (CIMT) testing. The CIMT training program at UW is operated by the medical team the wrote the ASE consensus statement for CIMT assessment.
Dr. Burrell has a general practice at Canyon Medical Center in the Portland, OR area, where he employs unique therapies in combination with nutritional and lifestyle counseling to address the full dynamic of individual healthcare: the mental, emotional, the physical and the spiritual. He enjoys family practice with a focus on establishing goals and treatment plans that empower his patients to take charge of and maximize their health.“I love to help those seeking a new level of health: patients with chronic disease, elite athletes looking to elevate their skills to the next level, the professional seeking the ability to maintain health and excel in his or her industry. I do this by utilizing a unique approach rooted in supporting the natural processes of the body, helping the individual restore normal function, and guiding him or her on the path to health and well-being.”
A strong background in biology, chemistry and research; balanced by a firm belief in the innate wisdom of the natural world guide Dr. DeWitt in her practice of pediatrics, womens health and reproductive health, including fertility treatments, preconception health and care through pregnancy and childbirth.
Dr. Karen Celeste DeWitt is a licensed naturopathic physician practicing family medicine and midwifery at Canyon Medical Center in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Hamlett was drawn to medicine from an early age. Her family espoused fresh air, whole foods and restful sleep as the backbone of a healthy life. Within this framework, Dr. Hamlett learned that an effective medicine is one that is personalized and participatory, always maintaining the goal of gently preserving equilibrium. She believes that there is always another level of wellness to achieve. Dr. Hamlett received her B.S in Psychobiology from UCLA. It was during these undergraduate years that Dr. Hamlett realized the interrelationships of mind and body and their effects on health. She is a graduate of the National College of Natural Medicine where she received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine and certification in Natural Childbirth. Dr. Hamlett’s practice centers around pediatrics, women’s health, midwifery and minor surgery. She loves to help build healthy families, whether in the form of preconception programs, fertility work or through well child visits, watching the babies she delivered grow up.
Dr. Bettenburg has served on the boards of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She currently is president of the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) that performs programmatic accreditation for naturopathic colleges in North America, and is an associate Medical Director at Comprehensive Healthcare Plans in Portland. Dr. Bettenburg maintains a naturopathic primary care practice here at Canyon Medical Center, working with people of all age groups, and families with special attention to the needs of an individual with a condition, and not the condition alone. She has a special interest in treating allergies and chronic diseases that impact the immune system.
Dr. Bettenburg is also a practicing master astrologer, with an interest in esoteric astrology. Patients can schedule an astrological reading where Dr. Bettenburg will discuss their life purpose and review the major highlights, indicated challenges and supportive aspects of their natal chart. When scheduling, be prepared to give your date, time and date of birth and let our receptionist know if there are any specific concerns you wish to address.
To schedule an appointment for allergy sensitivity testing or an astrology reading, please call the office at 503-252-8125.
Dr. Lyon was born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT. As a child, her mother instilled the importance of a healthy-lifestyle through nutrition, natural medicine, and exercise. After discovering a love of the Northwest, Dr. Lyon moved to Portland, Oregon to attend the University of Portland. There, she obtained a degree in psychology and biology, with the intention of going to medical school. While attending UP, Dr. Lyon participated in the development of research manuals and protocols for the Helfgott Research Institute, affiliated with the National College of Natural Medicine. It was at this time the door to natural medicine was opened.
When not seeing patients, Dr. Lyon loves to spend time with her two young children and husband, backpack in the Northwest, garden, cook, read, sew, and raise backyard chickens.
With a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Vermont, a Master’s degree in Chinese medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine, and years of additional study in yoga, bodywork, craniosacral & visceral therapy, medicinal herbalism, and nutrition, Katerina has a vast toolbox to draw from as she tailors each treatment to best serve the individual in front of her.
Afraid of needles? No problem.
Katerina is skilled at using gentle Japanese-style needling techniques, as well as non-insertive acupuncture, moxibustion, and bodywork techniques for her more sensitive patients (including kids!)
Aside from her clinical practice, Katerina also runs a website, Della Terra Wellness, does 1-on-1 health and lifestyle coaching, and creates online courses to help women overcome their biggest struggles. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, and numerous other natural health and wellness media outlets.
In her free time Katerina loves hiking the trails in Forest Park, cooking elaborate wholesome meals, making ceramics (whenever she can get her hands on some clay), and spending quality time with her friends and family.
Dr. Williams knew as a high school student that she would be a physician. She went on to receive a B.A. with honors from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA as a Spanish major with a Premedical Studies focus. She had a unique opportunity during her undergraduate education in which she was selected to spend an entire summer in a simulated medical school experience at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. There she completed two rotations in the Labor and Delivery and Emergency departments. This is where she believed to have gained a competitive edge that ultimately led to her success as a medical student.
Dr. Williams is a graduate of the National College of Natural Medicine where she received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and certificate in Natural Childbirth. As a student she completed several clinical internships with a focus in women’s health, chronic disease management, and minor surgery to name a few. She also completed an intensive post-doctoral externship here at Canyon Medical Center. The rigor that Dr. Williams experienced in this capacity undoubtedly prepared her to care for a large variety of patients with keen practical knowledge that can only be achieved “on-the-job”.
When she is not tending to her patients, Dr. Williams spends her leisure time with her loving husband, son and Yorkshire Terrier, Bentley. She is also a proud and active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, an international community service based organization dedicated to the scholastic advancement of women.
Formerly, Dr. Pendell was a middle school science teacher as well as Science Department Chair for eleven years in Phoenix, AZ. His interest in healing came naturally; his great-grandfather and four great-uncles were all acclaimed doctors and practiced medicine well into their 80’s, one of whom delivered the Anderson quintuplets here in Portland in 1973.
When he’s not seeing patients, Dr. Pendell enjoys reading, running, hiking, biking, playing guitar, drinking espresso, eating amazing food, and exploring the wonders of Oregon with his family and friends, including his two Australian Shepherds, Millie and Bronco.
Dr. Pendell looks forward to working with you to achieve your long-term health goals, and to helping each and every patient experience healthful, vital longevity, utilizing both the latest medical knowledge and diagnostics along with proven naturopathic remedies.
Dr. Auerbach received her B.S. in Molecular and Microbiology from Portland State University. She is an Oregon State Board Certified Naturopathic Physician and received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon.
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