Mel Schottenstein, ND, MBE
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Mel Schottenstein studied Women, Gender, Sexuality, and History of Science at Harvard University for her undergraduate degree. Interested in learning skills of medical mediation and to promote cultural competency among health care providers, Mel completed a Master’s degree in Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. She then acquired a Naturopathic medical degree at Bastyr University in WA. While in school, she received additional training in Biological Medicine under the tutelage of Dr. Thomas Rau of the Paracelsus Clinic, Switzerland. Additionally, she completed training in Neural therapy, Biofeedback, Homeopathy, Naturopathic Oncology, Aromatherapy, and Irlen syndrome screening. Post-graduation, Mel entered a Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program, received training in Medical Aesthetics from the National Laser Institute, and is receiving post-doctoral training in Functional Neurology from the Carrick Institute, Texas.
Natural treatments for Cancer are of particular interest to Mel. She pursued clinical training at Bastyr’s Oncology Clinic under the guidence of Dr. Leanna Standish. Additionally, she completed advanced Naturopathic Clinical Oncology training with Neil McKinney. Mel is currently working with Dr. Daryl Turner of Nitek Medical and learning about the strong relationship between Iodine deficiency, Thyroid disorders and Cancer.
Mel became interested in oncology through her own health conditions. Having a mitochondrial condition and using natural medicine to improve her own health — including eliminating all prescription medications from 20+ years of use — Mel has devoted her studies to natural ways of improving mitochondrial health and functionality. In treating cancer as a metabolic condition, Mel employs her passion to help her patients.
Lifestyle, nutrition, and mental/emotional expression are core elements that are central to achieving or maintaining optimal health. Living in our toxic world, “dis-ease” can develop due to environmental exposures, consumption of the standard American diet, or even ongoing interpersonal conflicts. Dr. Edward Bach argued that dis-ease begins in the mind, and arises from a conflict between a person’s perception of reality and their soul’s true life purpose. By understanding how we can change our behaviors to improve our health, Mel walks patients through a comprehensive plan that eliminates toxic influences, which present as “obstacles to cure” while teaching patients practices based on a famous quote from Hippocrates: “let food be your medicine.” This process helps individuals become empowered by their own bodies’ ability to heal — because we are ultimately responsible for our own health