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Dr. Melissa Van Buren, ND, MSN

Dr. Melissa Van Buren, ND, MSN




Joined Northwest in 2023

Employee Wellness Coordinator

About Melissa

Dr. Melissa Van Buren is the employee wellness coordinator in the Office of Human Resources. Melissa has a bachelor's degree in exercise science, a master's degree in nutrition and earned her doctoral degree in naturopathic medicine from the National University of Naturopathic Medicine. Melissa's philosophy on health and wellness centers around the tenants of naturopathic medicine. Melissa embraces the tenant "docere," meaning "doctor as teacher," and enjoys educating her patients about their own health and wellness. In this role, Melissa provides health and wellness education to employees at Northwest.


  • N.D. Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Primary Care; National University of Natural Medicine (Portland, OR), 2020
  • M.S.N. Nutrition; National University of Natural Medicine (Portland, OR), 2016
  • B.S. Exercise Physiology, Biology, Pre-Medicine; Truman State University, 2007

Additional Certifications/Licenses:

  • Licensed Naturopathic Physician (Primary Care Physician); License in the State of Oregon, pending
    • Includes licensing in Minor Surgery & Advance Pharmacology (required for DEA license/prescriptive rights for controlled substances)
  • Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT); License in State of Missouri, pending
  • Homeopathy; Center for Education & Development of Clinical Homeopathy (CEDH), 2021
    • Internationally certified (28 countries)
  • Homeopathy; New England School of Homeopathy (NESH), 2019
  • Craniosacral Therapy; 2019
  • Holistic Counseling; 2019