Dr. Shannon Reive-Schmidt
Dr. Shannon Reive-Schmidt
Dr. Shannon Reive-Schmidt is an Oregon-licensed naturopathic physician with a primary focus in women’s health. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Reive-Schmidt received her doctorate from the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Oregon. She currently practices with a collaborative team of naturopathic doctors at Oregon Natural Medicine, a natural medicine clinic in the heart of Portland’s Hollywood district.
Dr. Reive-Schmidt completed her undergraduate studies at Washington State University (WSU), with plans to attend WSU’s veterinary medicine program. She double majored in anthropology and biology, with a specific interest in primate behavior and ecology. Dr. Reive-Schmidt spent a summer working as a handler for the gorillas and orangutans at Monkey Jungle in Miami, Florida. During her junior year at WSU, Dr. Reive-Schmidt joined a group of volunteers and the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program to complete an expedition of Equatorial Guinea’s Gran Caldera de Luba. The team conducted a month-long census of the island’s primate and sea turtle populations. While there, she connected with a local man who had a wealth of knowledge in the island’s many medicinal plants. From there, Dr. Reive-Schmidt’s interest in herbal medicine was born.
As a child, Dr. Reive-Schmidt wanted to be a detective. She has always been a keen observer and problem solver. Coming from a family of doctors, she was naturally drawn to medicine as a career. In her work with her patients, Dr. Reive-Schmidt listens to the whole symptom picture, seeing the symptoms as clues to the root cause of illness, rather than an inconvenience that needs to be suppressed with medication or surgery (or even with herbs or supplements). Choosing a career in natural medicine complements both Dr. Reive-Schmidt’s investigative spirit and her inherent love of biology. After many years of clinical experience, she has found that with proper nutrients, herbal support, a whole food diet, and basic lifestyle changes, most chronic conditions can be alleviated.
Dr. Reive-Schmidt has an extensive interest and knowledge in clinical nutrition. At a young age, she chose to eat a vegetarian diet. Unfortunately, for her, this meant a very carbohydrate heavy diet. A multitude of diet-related health concerns began to develop as she became a young adult. From chronic strep throat infections to migraine headaches and joint pain, her diet was at the root of her health woes. Once she adapted a whole food diet rich in protein, fats, and fiber, and dramatically reduced her intake of carbohydrates and sugars, her health significantly improved. This experience deepened her desire to further understand the power of food as medicine.
During her four years in medical school, Dr. Reive-Schmidt worked at the Helfgott Research Institute studying the safety and efficacy of detoxification diets. Her research examined the outcomes of different detoxification modalities, from short-term fasts to long-term dietary changes. As a practitioner, she continues to stay current with the latest scientific studies involving both natural and pharmaceutical treatment options. She is constantly adapting and improving her patient care to best fit with the current scientific research.
In addition to her clinical focus on female hormones, Dr. Reive-Schmidt has a particular interest in mental health. While completing a year-long internship at NCNM, Dr. Reive-Schmidt gained clinical experience with the use of neurofeedback therapy in the treatment of patients with traumatic- and acquired-head injuries. Soon after obtaining her naturopathic doctor license, Dr. Reive-Schmidt became certified as a low-energy neurofeedback system (LENS) practitioner. Neurofeedback, a form of biofeedback, is used worldwide to treat an array of neurological symptoms. Dr. Reive-Schmidt combines the healing power of herbs, nutrients, and homeopathy to work synergistically with the neurofeedback system in the treatment of patients with a range of complaints, from attention and memory issues, to headaches, PTSD, and post-concussion syndrome.
Having completed extensive training in women’s health, bio-identical hormone therapy, and medical/breast thermography, Dr. Reive-Schmidt is passionate about taking a holistic approach to women’s health care. She enjoys working with women of all ages, treating a range of conditions:
If you would like to learn more about Dr. Reive-Schmidt's practice, and inquire as to whether a private consultation is right for you, please contact Dr. Reive-Schmidt.
When not in the office, Dr. Reive-Schmidt can be found at the local farmers market, hiking the Columbia River Gorge, and spending time with her husband and two children.
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