Dr Greg GarciaWhen did Dr. Garcia’s passion for natural medicine begin? Maybe it began in Massachusetts when he instinctively helped a classmate suffering a severe migraine with foot reflexology. Most likely it developed further when he trained in massage and other forms of bodywork at the New Age School of Massage in California. But it became a life long passion when he completed his medical training at the National College of Natural Medicine in 1988. It deepened in 2001 when he received his Masters in acupuncture and oriental medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

For ten years, Dr. Garcia was a professor at the National College of Natural Medicine. Since he taught in all four years of the program, Dr. Garcia understands and supports working with other practitioners involved in educating students. He also served as the Chair of the Mind Body Medicine program for five years and developed expertise in training medical students academically and clinically in communication skills. Dr. Garcia has a deep respect for student safety in learning ways to develop empathy and trust with patients. He believes respecting student safety builds enthusiasm for communication skills and develops authentic confidence for students working within the doctor-patient relationship.

While at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Garcia taught Naturopathic medical ethics. He has a deep appreciation and love for the art and science of applying universal principles in health care to the particular paradigm that natural medicine brings. He earned his Certificate in Bioethics through Portland State University in a joint program with Oregon State University and Kaiser-Permanente.

Dr. Garcia was appointed by Governor Kitzhaber to serve on the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Examiners in 2000 where he served for seven years, including five years as Chair. He has served as a consultant to the Oregon Board of Medicine and frequently testified before several different legislative committees in Salem.

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During his seven years on the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Examiners, Dr. Garcia was involved in investigating nearly100 complaints against licensees. He reviewed medical charts, interviewed physicians, patients, and attorneys, and members of other regulatory boards or agencies. He has skill and expertise to help licensees or their attorneys in complaints related to their practice.

He frequently attends lectures on ethics offered by Oregon Health and Science University and Providence Center for Health Care Ethics as well as Psychiatric Grand Rounds at OHSU.