Dr. ZeffDesignation: ND LAC
Dr. Jared Zeff is a licensed doctor of naturopathic medicine and a licensed acupuncturist. In addition to maintaining a private practice, Dr. Jared Zeff currently teaches at the Bastyr University, College of Naturopathic Medicine in Seattle.
After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California in 1974, Dr. Zeff graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1979, and from the Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in 1987. In 1988 he accepted the position of Academic Dean at National College which he held until 1993, when he returned to full-time practice.
Dr. Zeff is considered a traditionalist, practicing a classical form of naturopathic medicine. He began a private practice in McMinnville, Oregon, based around obstetrics and family medicine. In 1993 he moved his practice to the Portland area, and in 2001 moved to Vancouver. He currently works primarily with chronic disease.
He was named “Naturopathic Physician of the Year” in 1989 for his contribution to the development of naturopathic clinical theory. In April, 2002, he was given the first Lifetime Achievement Award of the Northwest Naturopathic Physicians Association for his contributions to naturopathic medical education. View Articles by Dr. Zeff.
Dr. Rebecca ZeffDesignation: ND
The Early Years | Rebecca Zeff is a 2nd generation Naturopath, which means that she had a unique upbringing. Instead of drugs to quell fevers and surgeries to remove tonsils, her childhood illnesses were treated with hydrotherapy, homeopathy, and herbs. From an early age, Rebecca was fascinated with the natural world and natural cycles. Curious by nature, she got accurate and informative answers to the basic questions of life like, “where do babies come from” and “why is the sky blue?” From accompanying her father to harvest medicinal herbs to joining him on house-calls and at conferences, Rebecca has been steeped in natural medicine her entire life.
Not content to wait, Rebecca began helping people live healthier lives by working as a fitness instructor while she attained her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She enjoyed teaching such varied formats as Zumba, Yoga, and Tai Chi, which she still enjoys today.
Clinical Practice | Now a licensed Naturopath, Rebecca is working beside her father, Dr. Jared Zeff, at the Salmon Creek Clinic. Rebecca has a general practice with special interests in chronic pain, sports injury, chronic illness, fertility, men’s health, and teen medicine. As an avid gardener and lifelong athlete, two of Rebecca’s favorite healing tools are herbal medicines and hands-on therapies like joint manipulation and bodywork. In addition to seeing patients, Rebecca often makes herbal medicines and beauty products from homegrown or wild crafted plants. She continues to provide dietary counseling to patients of the Salmon Creek Clinic and manages the clinic’s social media accounts.
When she’s not at work, Rebecca is often pursuing one of numerous goals, which include homesteading, plastic-free living, martial arts, and fitness. She enjoys cooking, eating, reading, dancing, knitting, gardening, and spending time outdoors in the Washington countryside where she lives with her husband.
Dr. ThurmanDesignation: ND
A note from Dr. Thurman | My journey with naturopathic medicine began during my last year of undergraduate school, when I was diagnosed ulcerative colitis. Six years later, after all the pharmaceuticals indicated for my condition had failed and my symptoms continued to worsen, my gastroenterologist determined that the only option was to undergo surgery to remove my colon. The surgery would have been “curative,” but it also would have taken away my ability to bear children. I felt that there had to be another way. Through self-study and dietary changes, I was able to become healthy enough to regain control of my life. With a move to Portland, Oregon, I discovered naturopathic medicine. I began seeing a naturopathic physician who actually listened, and then taught me about my disease and the foundations of health. She encouraged me to pursue my dream of becoming a physician, and now I am ready to help you learn how to heal as well.
The rest of the story | Dr. Rebecca Thurman earned her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National University of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She has been amazed since childhood at the intricate, self-regulating, and ordered nature of the human body. She believes in the ability of the body to heal itself, provided that it is given what it needs to regain its vitality. She works with her patients (hint: the first step is listening!) to determine the root cause of their imbalance. She is passionate about educating patients and empowering them to take charge of their own journey towards health – because that’s where the real healing begins. She combines modalities such as nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, botanicals, and cranial sacral therapy to support her patients on their path to wellness. Although trained as a primary care physician, her passions include gastrointestinal conditions, autoimmune disease, and chronic illness.
In her spare time, Dr. Thurman enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys. You’ll likely find them outside (rain or shine!) in the back yard, on a mountain, or on the beach. In rare moments of solitude, Dr. Thurman loves to read most of all – preferably with a warm fire in front of her and a cup of tea in her hand. Come share some tea with her and tell her your story.