Dr. Kirsten Wright was selected in 2014 for our pilot joint-residency program with RestorePDX. She completed her residency in October, 2016. Dr. Wright is currently working at OHSU’s ORCCAMIND center for complementary and alternative medicine.
Dr. Wright is a Naturopathic Physician and Integrative Medicine Researcher whose interests encompass integrative primary care, IV therapies, botanical medicine, nutritional counseling, sports medicine, and physical medicine. She received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine in 2014 from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon where she completed a two-year mentorship in advanced gynecology and women’s health and a six-month mentorship in integrative cardiology. As a student, Dr. Wright pursued additional training in pain management techniques becoming proficiency-rated in The Activator Method and biopuncture. While at NCNM, Dr. Wright completed a concurrent Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research in which her thesis work tackled complex botanical medicine questions emphasizing the need for making research applicable to clinical practice.
Dr. Wright received her bachelor’s degree in Pre-Medicine Biology from the University of Puget Sound where she conducted independent student research in botany and molecular genetics. After which, she embarked on an academic research career where she spent three years in the USA and abroad (Edinburgh, Scotland and Wageningen, The Netherlands) studying plant evolution and bio-molecular chemistry before transitioning to natural medicine. Over her career, Dr. Wright has successfully published three peer-reviewed articles with more under review. In addition, she received an Outstanding Poster Award at the 2014 International Research Congress for Integrative Medicine and Health for her work on Chinese herbal synergism, a first for any National College of Natural Medicine student.