Dr. Elissa Mendenhall, ND, is a member of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association who has been practicing integrative mental health since 2005, after graduating from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine with a Doctor of Naturopathy. In 2012, Dr. Mendenhall founded Portland’s only integrative clinic dedicated to mental health and addiction treatment. At Amenda Clinic she had the privilege of supervising several naturopathic medical residencies in integrative mental health. She has also served as the medical director of an adolescent substance use treatment program in Albany, Oregon, and as the lead medication manager at a partial hospitalization program in Portland for people experiencing psychotic and other disorders causing extreme mental states.
Dr. Mendenhall, who is often described as compassionate, knowledgeable, and a good listener, is comfortable bringing the best of all worlds to her patients—from the very natural to the targeted medical, and everything in between. As a naturopathic doctor, she can prescribe both natural and prescription medications. Dr. Mendenhall’s approach always starts with the basic, but often missed, tenets of medicine: First, do no harm, treat the cause, and listen well.
When she isn’t practicing medicine, she can be found hiking in the woods with her husband, daughter, and shepherd-corgi mix, scanning the ground for wild herbs and mushrooms.