Dr. Orna Izakson is a writer, herbalist, Oregon-licensed naturopathic physician based in Portland, Oregon. She also is the lead physician of the Traditional Roots Institute at National University of Natural Medicine, working to bring the people’s medicine back to the people.
Her love of wild places brought her to plants and their medicine, which she now works to share with clients, patients and the general public.
An avid photographer since childhood, Dr. Izakson can often be found sprawled by the side of the road with her camera lens set uncomfortably close to some pretty flower. (Most of the pictures on this website are hers. See more on the GardenMedicine Instagram feed.)
Before starting her medical career, Dr. Izakson was an award-winning journalist whose work appeared in publications including the Los Angeles Times, Multinational Monitor, E/The Environmental Magazine, Willamette Week and High Country News. She has published chapters in Feeling the Heat: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Climate Change” (Routledge, 2004) and “Green Living: The E Magazine Handbook for Living Lightly on the Earth” (Plume, 2005). She is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and currently at work on two books about natural health.
N.D., National College of Naturopathic Medicine
Graduate, New England School of Homeopathy
Graduate, Alaskan Essences practitioner training
Graduate, Portland Permaculture Institute design certification program
Graduate, Columbines School of Botanical Studies 2-year apprenticeship program
Graduate, Blue Iris School of Herbal Studies professional program
M.A. in Journalism, University of Missouri Graduate School of Journalism
B.A. in Film Studies, Wesleyan University
School Year Abroad, Barcelona, Spain