Dr. Corina Dunlap – NUNM

“I didn’t want to be one of many clinicians shuffled through the system. I wanted to feel like I was, and am a pioneer in a field that is truly guiding the way of the future.”

Laying the groundwork to become an ND

Dr. Corina Dunlap’s journey to becoming a naturopathic physician has taken her around the world. From her start at Smith College where she studied Medical Anthropology and International Relations to sabbaticals abroad in India, Australia and New Zealand, each step has guided her on her path to naturopathic medicine. Her endeavors as a mountaineer, rock climbing guide, yoga instructor and entrepreneur of an outdoor apparel business, further developed her love of nature, natural medicine, botanical medicine and nutrition.

As an adventurer and world traveler, Dr. Dunlap faced health challenges of her own. She credits naturopathic and ayurvedic medicine for helping her learn to live a more healthy, full life without the intervention of pharmaceuticals. “Through this self-reflective time, I realized that my passion was for naturopathic medicine and evidence-based natural solutions, and that it was what I wanted to do for a career.” Dr. Dunlap believes in the naturopathic philosophy of treating the whole person and focusing on the root problem, not just diagnosis and symptom management of conventional medicine.

NUNM as a springboard

Dr. Dunlap was drawn to NUNM for its quality education in the heart of Portland. “I loved all of the community clinics throughout Portland and the surrounding areas because it felt very grassroots and I knew I would get exposed to a diverse demographic.” The non-profit natural medicine research opportunities at Helfgott Research Institute were cutting edge and attractive to a young researcher who was just starting out. Dr. Dunlap was so inspired that she completed a masters in integrative medical research in addition to a doctorate in naturopathic medicine.

After receiving her degrees, Dr. Dunlap completed a two-year accredited women’s health residency with rotations in gynecology, general endocrinology, and reproductive endocrinology. In addition, she also completed a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship, followed by a research and adjunctive faculty placement at the School of Research & Graduate Studies at Helfgott Research Institute and NUNM. While there, she mentored research students and taught courses such as Gynecology & Infertility, Women’s Health Research, and Medical Anthropology.

“Living the dream” after graduation

From an early age Dr. Dunlap has been driven by her undying passion and commitment to naturopathic medicine. Even as her life has changed and her family has grown, she works hard to maintain a work-life balance.

“I LOVE what I get to do every day. It’s a dream job! It’s so creative and multi-faceted.” Dr. Dunlap operates two private practices in Portland, ME (coming soon) and Portland, OR. She offers one-on-one virtual education consultations to source articles and contacts in an effort to make resources and information available to women everywhere. Her research focuses on preconception and infertility in men and women, HPV, cervical dysplasia, and interstitial cystitis. Dr. Dunlap is published in medical journals such as Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, Mental Health & Prevention, Naturopathic Doctor News and Review, and Townsend Letter. She is also often asked to speak to medically trained audiences on topics such as women’s health, preconception, and fertility. In addition,  she is a medical advisor and research consultant to LOLA, the first lifelong brand for women, and Real Beauty Food, a natural food and beverage skincare company.

Finding fulfillment as an ND

“It is the most satisfying thing to be able to offer hope and healthy outcomes for people by getting to the root cause of their concerns and helping to create fulfilling, lasting change. The medicine and the philosophy together are powerful beyond measure.”

Every day Dr. Dunlap practices with philosophy that aligns with her values for healing and health: the healing power of nature; first, do no harm; doctor as teacher; treat the whole person; focus on prevention; and treat the root cause!

“My diagnostic skills compare to any MD, and now I have the most incredibly expansive toolbox of treatment modalities, including pharmaceutical when I have to use them as last resort.”

Advice for aspiring NDs

Dr. Dunlap encourages prospective students to follow your passion, work hard and do the leg work to set yourself up for success. Your journey to becoming an ND starts with an interest – pursue that interest by interviewing or shadowing practicing naturopathic doctors, visit the accredited schools and ask questions. Immerse yourself in opportunities to grow as a business professional. Do not think of naturopathic medicine as an easier approach to healthcare, “if anything, studying a larger variety of treatment modalities while still trained in primary care makes it harder at times.” Be prepared to stand up for the challenge and reap the benefits of a lifetime of learning.

Learn more about Dr. Dunlap

Instagram: @drcorinadunlap
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drcorinadunlap/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/drcorinadunlap
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/corina-dunlap-nd-ms-33a30133/

Naturopathic Medical Students Receive Loan Forgiveness

Oregon Grants Forgiveness Loans to NUNM Naturopathic Graduates

Long recognized by the State of Oregon for its programs and naturopathic doctors, NUNM is thrilled to be the recipient of the Scholars for a Healthy Oregon—Naturopathic Physicians Opportunities (SHONPO) Scholarship. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has awarded NUNM $250,000 in student scholarships through 2020, with the possibility of a renewal in funding. NUNM is the only natural medicine university to be offered state support in the form of tuition loan forgiveness funds for naturopathic students with grants up to $35,000 in tuition reimbursement per student each year. The State of Oregon has historically been on the leading-edge of healthcare innovation. NUNM is grateful to receive the ongoing confidence in the quality of our medical education and training from state and other local health authorities.

How to Qualify

NUNM third- and fourth-year naturopathic students are eligible to apply for the SHONPO Scholarship. Scholarship recipients must commit to providing healthcare services to Medicaid patients in rural and under-served areas of Oregon for a minimum of three years in exchange for a tax-free award that amounts to 50% of a student’s tuition loan balance—up to $35,000 per year. Part-time providers also qualify with a three-year service commitment in exchange for 25% of their qualifying tuition loan balance—up to $25,000 per year.

High Demand for Health Professionals in Oregon

There are few guarantees in life, but this may qualify as one of them. “In Oregon, more than half of our state is designated as having a health professional shortage, covering more than 40% of our population,” said Marc Overbeck, OHA’s Primary Care Office director. “These incentives attract more providers to Oregon and help establish providers in the communities that need them the most.” The need for primary care medicine is substantial, and there has never been a better time to directly impact healthcare disparity than by providing naturopathic medicine to those in need.

More Money, More Research Possibilities

Since 2013, NUNM has received over $3 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), making it the #1 recipient of NIH grants in natural medicine in the United States. NUNM has built a strong and respected reputation for research through funding by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at the National Institutes of Health. That support has helped NUNM become a leader in complementary and integrative health research, as well as a pioneer in relationship-building within the integrative medicine community. In addition, the rigorous science and deep philosophy employed in the studies conducted at NUNM’s Helfgott Research Institute has set a standard for integrative medicine research the world over. NUNM has formed research collaborations at major regional medical research centers like Oregon Health & Science University and the University of Washington. Through its clinical trials and observational studies, NUNM is building a compelling evidence-based research database from study protocols that can be adapted to different research questions, thus helping drive integrative medicine research forward while continuing to hone excellent patient-care—the ultimate result of well-designed research.

State Credentialed, Patient-Centered Primary Care Homes

Widely recognized for research, on-site clinic and curriculum, NUNM is carving out new frontiers within the healthcare system. The Lair Hill and Beaverton Health Centers are Tier 4 Patient-Centered Primary Care Homes (PCPCH), a prestigious recognition of excellence in medical care, which sets them apart from other naturopathic medical schools. This means that NUNM clinics are accessible, accountable, comprehensive, continuous, and patient- and family-centered. NUNM students enter clinics in an observational capacity and begin preceptorships within their first year of school.

NUNM is proud to offer primary care with a heart, serving the under-served in our urban university clinics. It’s also something that makes NUNM graduates unique and special. Graduating naturopathic physicians enter practice stronger and more prepared, having worked with patients presenting a wide variety of chronic and acute conditions. Students and doctors provide a holistic approach to health by working in unison with MDs and other medical practitioners, including specialists, behavioral and mental health providers, and a large community of partners. At NUNM we believe the future of health care is working together.

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Is it My Hormones? Combating PMS and Irregular Periods Naturally

Join the AANMC and Ellen Lewis, ND to learn about natural approaches to women’s health.

Is it My Hormones? Combating PMS and Irregular Periods Naturally

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Is It My Hormones? Combating PMS & Irregular Periods Naturally

Join the AANMC and Ellen Lewis, ND for ​an info session focusing on natural approaches to women’s health. This powerful presentation will discuss naturopathic approaches to optimizing hormonal health including:

  • Review statistics on PMS and irregular menstrual cycles
  • Naturopathic treatments for hormonal imbalance
  • Case studies of patients under naturopathic care for women’s health issues
  • Q&A for attendees and prospective medical students

*Webinar does not qualify for CE

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About the Presenter

Dr. Ellen Lewis is a naturopathic physician and the medical director of Shalva Clinic in Westport, Connecticut. Dr. Lewis is a graduate of National University of Natural Medicine (formerly NCNM). She completed a rigorous residency and mentorship in integrative women’s health, with additional studies in midwifery, pediatrics, pelvic floor therapy, and homeopathy.

In addition to seeing patients in her private practice, Dr. Lewis is adjunct clinical and academic faculty at the University of Bridgeport (UB) where she oversees naturopathic medical students at the UB clinic. She also offers private seminars for physicians on managing a successful medical practice.

Dr. Lewis specializes in Family Medicine for men, women, and children. She works with women’s health, from cervical dysplasia & HPV to frequently misdiagnosed thyroid disorders, lichen sclerosus, pelvic floor therapy, and hormonal imbalances. Dr. Ellen Lewis provides gentle, integrative healthcare through a holistic whole-person approach to body, mind, and spirit.



NUNM Names New Dean of College of Naturopathic Medicine

National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) has appointed Shehab El-Hashemy (pronounced Sheh-HAHB El-hah-SHEH-me), ND, dean of the College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. El-Hashemy is an experienced naturopathic academic administrator, associate professor and practicing physician, as well as the author of two popular books on naturopathic and integrative primary care. Dean Melanie Henriksen, ND, LAc, CNM, who served at the university for more than eight years in senior administrative capacities, is leaving the position after accepting a position at Kaiser Permanente in Portland.

For the past seven years, El-Hashemy has been associate dean of academic delivery at Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto, where he has been responsible for establishing and maintaining academic quality standards meeting the stringent assessment of accrediting agencies and helping its students exceed professionally.

El-Hashemy received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees from the Faculty of Medicine at Cairo University in Egypt, where he completed a core medical curriculum with specialty rotations. He received his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from CCNM and completed a two-year residency program prior to his 13 years of private practice. He is completing a Master of Education degree this summer at the University of Toronto. A seasoned primary care trainer with focused expertise in pediatrics, El-Hashemy is the author of Family Medicine & Integrative Primary Care and Naturopathic Standards of Primary Care. He also served for 10 years in the Canadian Forces Navy as a commissioned officer and seaman.

Naturopathic medicine has been NUNM’s flagship program since the school’s founding. It is one of the university’s two core programs and the program for which the institution is most readily identified. The naturopathic profession has seen many advances in the past several years, including licensure in a growing number of states. NUNM is committed to continuing to advance the profession locally and nationally, and helping its students thrive in successful careers at the completion of their academic studies.

NUNM President David Schleich, PhD, who has known Dr. El-Hashemy for almost two decades, said, “This consummate naturopathic professional is passionate, well prepared, industrious and kind. He knows the terrain of the medicine, understands the politics and vicissitudes of higher education and health promotion, and is ready to hit the ground running.” El-Hashemy officially joins NUNM Sept. 1.


NUNM is the oldest accredited naturopathic medical school in North America and the leading educational authority in natural medicine education and research. Founded in 1956 in Portland, Oregon, as National College of Natural Medicine, the school changed its name in 2016 to National University of Natural Medicine to reflect its academic status as a university with its addition of undergraduate degree programs. NUNM also offers a number of doctoral and master’s degree programs in naturopathic and classical Chinese medicine, integrative medicine research, nutrition, sports medicine, and global and mental health. NUNM Health Centers, its SIBO Center for Digestive Health, and NUNM’s affiliated Portland metro community clinics provide healthcare services to many thousands of patients in Portland each year.

Visit http://nunm.edu for more information.