Healing and health are never linear processes. I aim to hold this space for my patients and help them manage symptoms while addressing deeper issues as they surface. I prefer to do this with a combination of botanical medicine, lifestyle modifications and nutritional education, but will not hesitate to prescribe pharmaceuticals when it supports the body’s healing process and enables the patient to move forward.
I have a special interest in women’s health and endocrine disorders, such as thyroid imbalances and diabetes, though I love to tackle whatever comes through the door. I learn as much, if not more, from my patients as they learn from me. Chronic conditions wax and wane, and I hope to be with you on both the up and down swings. My goal is to support you to have more and more days when you feel your best.
Traditional Chinese medicine was a part of my upbringing from an early age. Two of my aunts were in healthcare, a nurse and a traditional Chinese medicine doctor. I was raised by them and by my grandmother, who also almost exclusively used plant medicine.
When I moved to America, much of this tradition was lost. I spent the rest of my childhood with Tylenol, vaccines and antibiotics. One of the reasons that I am so passionate about herbal medicine is because I have both experienced and seen it to be effective. When used appropriately, it is safe, and heals entirely without side effects.
I came into naturopathic medicine as a way to study and practice botanical medicine, which only called me to again later in life, after I completed my college and graduate studies. I hope to bring the spirits and wisdom of the plants to our modern world, so that we may also know a little of what our ancestors before us knew so well.
Dr. Mary Fu, ND is a naturopathic doctor licensed by the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Physicians. She completed her five-year training at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, the oldest accredited naturopathic medicine school in North America.
During her training as a primary care physician at NUNM, she completed 960 clinical rotation hours where she treated over 300 patients of diverse populations under clinical supervision. She has completed clinical shifts in endocrinology, women’s health, transgender health, botanical medicine and minor surgery. Dr. Fu’s clinical training also included seeing an additional 400 patients while completing 240 hours of shadowing other physicians, including medical doctors and naturopathic doctors, in diverse clinical settings such as rural Nicaragua.
She brings to her practice a strong research background, having completed her Master’s degree in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School and spending 3 years designing and conducting social science research to inform domestic and international policy.
She completed dual Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and International Development Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.