Susan Saccomanno, ND, LAc
Susan Saccomanno ND, LAc, Mederi's Senior Practitioner, has over fourteen years of experience as a family physician with a specialty in wholistic cancer care and chronic illness. Prior to joining Mederi Center in 2014, she had a family practice in Portland, Oregon. As a Naturopathic physician and Chinese medicine practitioner, Dr. Susan has a unique skill set that enables her to assess health from both Western and Eastern perspectives.
Susan received her Naturopathic Doctorate and Master of Oriental Medicine degrees from National University of Natural Medicine in 2006, with a pre-med Bachelor of Arts through Appalachian State University. She also studied photography at Syracuse University. Dr. Susan has completed all three levels of the Mederi Care/ETMS Clinical Training seminars. Through her long-standing professional affiliation as a clinical associate of Donnie Yance, Dr. Susan has applied the ETMS methodology in clinical practice for over eight years. In 2020, Dr. Susan completed a 2-year program to deepen her knowledge of Chinese herbology.
Dr. Susan is passionate about helping people achieve vibrant health. She understands that untangling the mass of information that confronts patients can be confusing, and strives to create a comprehensive strategy tailored to each person’s unique needs, while emphasizing a plan that is manageable and supports the patient’s quality of life. In cancer care, Dr. Susan designs treatment plans that enhance mainstream therapies, with the goal of minimizing side effects and preventing future occurrences.
“My goal with patients is to deliver comprehensive care that incorporates botanical medicine with highly individualized support for the best possible clinical outcomes.” -Dr. Susan Saccomanno
Dr. Susan was drawn to the Mederi Care/ETMS model because of its elegant approach to treating the whole person, including day-to-day health, lab work, and if applicable, the tumor microenvironment. Her patient treatment plans are created using this model, which applies the art and science of botanical medicine as well as impeccable clinical care. This ensures that all aspects of health and illness are addressed.
Being a primary care physician means Dr. Susan can help unravel complex health issues and support patients in creating positive, long-term changes in health. In addition to her work in integrative cancer care, she has a decade of experience treating acute and chronic illnesses such as:
- Auto-immune illnesses
- Colds and flu
- Digestive Problems
- Fatigue, brain fog
- High cholesterol patterns
- Hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia
- Men’s health concerns
- Women’s health issues
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“Dr. Susan's gifts are her graciousness, humility, curiosity, and desire to really understand patients. I appreciate that she was willing to work with me while I underwent surgery and decided to take Tamoxifen. Dr. Su met me where I was, and I didn't feel judged for the path that I chose--I felt only supported. She continues to welcome my questions, take the time I need to understand my protocol and why she is prescribing it, and to offer encouragement on this journey. I am grateful for the Mederi team and feel indebted to them for the care I have received..."
~ Kristin Sartain