Our Care Team
Donnie Yance, MH, CN along with his associates Susan Saccomanno, ND, LAc and Pamela Plank, ND, LAc offer clinical support and expert care in evidence-based wholistic health services for anyone facing chronic illness or seeking guidance for lifelong wellness. Applying a collaborative approach to healthcare, our naturopathic physicians meet weekly with Donnie to review patient cases and protocols, providing an effective and personalized approach for each individual. This means you benefit from the knowledge, skillsets, and fifty years of combined clinical experience of our care team. As a Mederi patient, you get the best of our team collaboration, while also receiving direct care from the practitioner in charge of your case.
Donald R. Yance Jr. MH, CN, RH (AHG), SFO
Donald (“Donnie”) Yance
Donald (“Donnie”) Yance is an internationally known master herbalist and nutritionist. He received his herbal training through Sequoia College and is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. He was trained as a clinical nutritionist through the National Institute of Nutritional Education and holds certification through the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. He is also professed as a Secular Franciscan (SFO), which equips him with the breadth and wisdom to touch on the spiritual aspects of healing.
Donnie has authored two books, Herbal Medicine, Healing and Cancer and Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism: Elite Herbs and Natural Compounds for Mastering Stress, Aging and Chronic Illness. In addition, he has been involved in authoring and co-authoring dozens of articles that have appeared in major industry publications and national journals. On the education side, each year Donnie gives several lectures across the USA at major hospitals and conferences for both patients and health care providers, as well as making radio appearances.
After decades of extensive research and clinical practice, Donnie has developed a unique approach to healing, which he has named the Eclectic Triphasic™ Medical System (ETMS). Now also practiced as Mederi Medicine / Mederi Care, ETMS consists of a wholistic diagnostic and therapeutic methodology rooted in American Eclectic herbal tradition, constitutional energetics and contemporary clinical nutrition – continuously updated and honed with the latest scientific research at the molecular, cellular and genomic levels.
In 2011, the Centre for Natural Healing (now Mederi Center), where Donnie has conducted his successful clinical practice since 1992, merged with the Mederi Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization established by Yance in 2005. ETMS is the care model employed by the Mederi Center's clinical practice team and the Foundation’s professional educational training and clinical research programs. Over the past two decades, Donnie has built a library of well-established, world-class research on the medicinal value and multifaceted interactions of over one hundred botanicals and their key constituents, with major emphasis in the area of Oncology. This incredible collection will be available to health care professionals through the Mederi Foundation’s on-line research database.
Donnie is also the founder and formulator of Natura Health Products, for which he has created a unique line of therapeutic-grade botanical and nutritional supplements. The current Natura portfolio consists of over thirty formulations derived from botanical and nutritional agents acquired from around the world. These products have made a significant contribution to his tangible success in improving the health of his patients, specifically by providing therapeutic amounts of key ingredients that would otherwise be unattainable anywhere in the world.
Susan Saccomanno, ND, LAc
Susan Saccomanno ND, LAc has over thirteen 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. Additionally, she is currently undertaking further studies in 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. Pamela Plank, ND, LAc
Dr. Pamela Plank received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado-Boulder in Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology with a Biochemistry minor and earned her Naturopathic Doctorate (ND) and Masters of Oriental Medicine (MSOM) from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She is also licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
Dr. Plank specializes in Western herbs, five-element acupuncture, classical homeopathy and UNDA drainage. Formally trained in the ETMS/Mederi Care approach to patient care, Dr. Plank has also maintained a clinical focus on complementary cancer care for the last five years and joined the Mederi Center in 2019.
As a Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Plank combines cutting-edge knowledge from the Western allopathic medical world with the age-old wisdom of traditional medical systems. She uses both conventional blood diagnostic tests as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnostics to get the most accurate diagnosis possible. This informs the creation of an individualized and unique treatment plan for each patient that completely addresses their health concerns.
Dr. Plank joined the Mederi Center Care Team after nine years of practicing medicine out of Sunny Day Health, a clinic she founded in 2010 in Colorado.
“My ultimate goal in working with patients is to alleviate suffering in whatever way I can and enhance each person’s sense of wholeness. I strive to create a judgment free space where patients can share openly and freely and are listened to with honor and dignity.” - Dr. Pamela Plank
Conditions treated include:
- Gastro-intestinal/Digestion issues
- Women’s Health issues, including well woman annual exams
- Men’s Health
- Endocrine/Hormonal imbalance
- Mental/Emotional well-being
- Autoimmune/Chronic conditions
- Acute Conditions
- Lifelong Health and Wellness
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