Dr. Kathy Sawhill, Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Sawhill’s background is varied. Her father was a pathologist and she grew up sharing the same intellectual curiosity and intrigue of science and research.  With all we know about the body and how it all works together, there is so much more to learn.  This passion for medicine continues to inspire and fascinate.Multnomah Falls, photo credit: Kathy Sawhill

In the 80’s, after getting off the “pre-med” path, she began her journey into non-conventional medicine learning botanical medicine (herbal medicine), nutrition and massage. She maintained a massage practice and worked in a health food restaurant for over a decade before moving to Portland to attend NCNM (now National University of Natural Medicine) to further her education. In 2001, she proudly achieved the doctorate degree in naturopathic medicine (N.D.).

While her gift and skill continue to be in helping people recover from physical injury and pain, she continues to act as a general practitioner, focusing on causes of illness and symptoms to better target treatment.  How illness and health is viewed is the difference between our conventional business of healthcare paradigm and naturopathic medicine.  We are not a collection of body parts and organs, nor are we a list of symptoms and side effects!  There is no such thing as a “side effect”, everything is a direct effect. Everything in our body is connected to and influences the whole of the organism.  Even more revealing is that what is happening in the mind affects the rest of the body and vice versa. Our symptoms help to reveal causes and potentials to mitigate illness and speed up healing. There is absolutely space for all healthcare doctrines and modalities just as there are millions of bodies living on the planet.

Standard blood tests are helpful, Dr. Sawhill also relies on laboratory testing that is available but not typically ordered by practitioners employed by the business of healthcare.  Advanced testing in serum food allergies, neurotransmitter imbalance, hormone and hormone metabolism imbalance as well as digestive system pathogens is encouraged when indicated. As a functional medicine practitioner, Dr.Sawhill looks beyond conventionally accepted norms which are based on a cross-section of the population, not optimal health.
In addition to being the only naturopathic doctor rated advanced proficiency in Activator Methods, Dr. Sawhill is an expert in diagnosis and treatment of the underlying issues that tend to evolve into chronic disease and other seemingly unrelated symptoms in our vital organs–heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, digestive system, blood, head and mind.  Analysis may reveal allergies including hidden environmental histamine and food allergies as well as embarrassing digestive events and digestive symptoms caused by Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO) and Leaky-Gut Syndrome.  She is an expert in bioIdentical hormones for men and women and focuses on safety and restoring balance.  Dr. Sawhill is a passionate coach, helping, teaching and guiding people to connect with the well-being that abounds.  As part of her full “naturopathic makeover” and knowledge for living approach, Dr. Sawhill now offers several Aesthetic medicine procedures and treatments. A skill and an art form, minor aesthetic treatment offers that instant “boost” to help propel people into better self image, better self care, better health and better life. *Because of her background and experience Dr. Sawhill is sensitive when working with women and men who experience or have a history of body dysmorphia or eating disorders.  She is more interested in an overall healthful approach to improvements in appearance, in helping people to reveal their inner glow!

Dr. Sawhill’s passion is for people to understand what’s going on with their body, what may be causing the issue(s) and how to support the self-healing process that is constantly occurring.  More than ever, it is vital that we  “trust the gut” when it comes to health in general. Many people are realizing that they don’t always agree with what the business of healthcare tells them about their body, their issues and their illnesses.  This is the time to put the understanding of how your body works back into your hands in order to make educated and informed health decisions, prevent illness and to get back to feeling fine as soon as possible.  There is so much that naturopathic medicine has to offer and many modalities for healing, including pharmaceutical medications when needed.  Together, with your willingness and Dr. Sawhill’s expertise, naturopathic medicine helps facilitate rapid restoration of vibrant health. We are here to thrive and it is in our nature to gravitate towards wellness. The more people who can experience this, the better for each individual, the community as well as the global community. Well-being abounds.

Dr. Sawhill is the only prolotherapist and naturopathic doctor in the country certified with Advanced Proficiency in Activator Methods®.

You work Wonders

Just wanted to tell you that my neck feels so much better now. When I turn to either side it feels smooth with hardly any crackling! You work wonders. My low back is better, too. Thank you for what you do.  - C.D.
Dandelion Naturopathic PC
2019-06-27T17:51:18+00:00
Just wanted to tell you that my neck feels so much better now. When I turn to either side it feels smooth with hardly any crackling! You work wonders. My low back is better, too. Thank you for what you do.  - C.D.

Healing Goddess

Thank you so much for all your excellent care. You are definitely a healing goddess   - TLD
Dandelion Naturopathic PC
2019-06-27T17:45:34+00:00
Thank you so much for all your excellent care. You are definitely a healing goddess   - TLD

Thank you for helping me…

...I have followed the results of my food allergy testing am currently down 64 lbs.! 🙂  I feel so energetic and healthy.  Thank you for taking time with me and for being a forward thinker.  I appreciate your help in getting me back to a healthy lifestyle.... Sincerely, 64 lbs. lighter, S.S.
Dandelion Naturopathic PC
2018-03-10T01:21:12+00:00
...I have followed the results of my food allergy testing am currently down 64 lbs.! 🙂  I feel so energetic and healthy.  Thank you for taking time with me and for being a forward thinker.  I appreciate your help in getting me back to a healthy lifestyle.... Sincerely, 64 lbs. lighter, S.S.

Reviving health!

Thank you for rescuing me and reviving my health!  D.S.
Dandelion Naturopathic PC
2018-02-19T23:54:19+00:00
Thank you for rescuing me and reviving my health!  D.S.

An Oasis of Calm

Dr. Sawhill and her staff are knowledgeable and willing to educate. Always professional.  An oasis of calm. - Anonymous

She is awesome - Anonymous
Dandelion Naturopathic PC
2017-07-28T18:43:06+00:00
Dr. Sawhill and her staff are knowledgeable and willing to educate. Always professional.  An oasis of calm. - Anonymous She is awesome - Anonymous

No more Pain

I have a couple of conditions in my left foot that are causing my second toe to pull apart and move over towards my big toe.  I went to a podiatrist to have it checked out because I was having severe pain that was shooting all the way up my leg.  I was told that there was nothing to be done but, in time, I would probably need surgery as the toe would drift up and over my big toe.  Shortly after that, I heard about prolo therapy and began a series of treatments with Dr. Sawhill.  I began noticing improvement after just one round of injections.  Now, after four rounds, I have no more pain and my toe is pulling back to its normal position.  I have begun to dance and hike again.  I highly recommend prolo therapy.  The improvement in my foot has been phenomenal. Love, J.R,
Dandelion Naturopathic PC
2017-07-28T18:44:03+00:00
I have a couple of conditions in my left foot that are causing my second toe to pull apart and move over towards my big toe.  I went to a podiatrist to have it checked out because I was having severe pain that was shooting all the way up my leg.  I was told that there was nothing to be done but, in time, I would probably need surgery as the toe would drift up and over my big toe.  Shortly after that, I heard about prolo therapy and began a series of treatments with Dr. Sawhill.  I began noticing improvement after just one round of injections.  Now, after four rounds, I have no more pain and my toe is pulling back to its normal position.  I have begun to dance and hike again.  I highly recommend prolo therapy.  The improvement in my foot has been phenomenal. Love, J.R,

Glad to Recommend Her

Coming to Dr Sawhill for an adjustment is a delight. I love that she can not only 'fix' my back and neck stuff but does amazing things to all sorts of fiddly places in my body, like my hands, and feet. She even helped get my jaw back in "line" after a bunch of dental work. I feel very confident in her expertise and am glad to recommend her to anyone! S.T.
Dandelion Naturopathic PC
2017-07-28T18:43:38+00:00
Coming to Dr Sawhill for an adjustment is a delight. I love that she can not only 'fix' my back and neck stuff but does amazing things to all sorts of fiddly places in my body, like my hands, and feet. She even helped get my jaw back in "line" after a bunch of dental work. I feel very confident in her expertise and am glad to recommend her to anyone! S.T.

Amazing

Dr. Sawhill is amazing. Her treatments are working wonders for my back. I highly recommend any one to go see her.   A.B.
Dandelion Naturopathic PC
2017-07-28T18:44:16+00:00
Dr. Sawhill is amazing. Her treatments are working wonders for my back. I highly recommend any one to go see her.   A.B.

Feel Great

I Thank Heaven for Prolotherapy!!!   Dr. Sawhill, I have been fighting pain since the shoulder surgery and I just got the injections two days ago and am 90% pain free. I am not having to use anti-inflammatory meds and no narcotics at all last night. I had a good night sleep and feel great. You can fill in the blanks, this therapy should be post op for all surgeries instead of massive narcotics and anti-inflammatory meds that tear up the stomach!! Thank you, you are a Godsend. Love you, R.S.
Dandelion Naturopathic PC
2017-07-28T18:42:00+00:00
I Thank Heaven for Prolotherapy!!!   Dr. Sawhill, I have been fighting pain since the shoulder surgery and I just got the injections two days ago and am 90% pain free. I am not having to use anti-inflammatory meds and no narcotics at all last night. I had a good night sleep and feel great. You can fill in the blanks, this therapy should be post op for all surgeries instead of massive narcotics and anti-inflammatory meds that tear up the stomach!! Thank you, you are a Godsend. Love you, R.S.

Equipped to Feel Better

A huge heaviness was lifted off of me after I left my appointment with you yesterday. THANK YOU. I feel like I have been equipped to feel better spiritually, mentally and physically, using the things you said and how you explained things.  - J.L.

Dandelion Naturopathic PC
2019-10-31T00:06:57+00:00
A huge heaviness was lifted off of me after I left my appointment with you yesterday. THANK YOU. I feel like I have been equipped to feel better spiritually, mentally and physically, using the things you said and how you explained things.  - J.L.

Refreshed and in Absolutely No Pain

Thank you so much for my treatment yesterday. I slept most of the evening and all night. I woke up refreshed and in absolutely no pain. You are amazing in your treatment and approach. You have helped me overcome so many physical issues and I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate your knowledge and treatment.

- D.S.
Dandelion Naturopathic PC
2019-12-12T01:52:09+00:00
Thank you so much for my treatment yesterday. I slept most of the evening and all night. I woke up refreshed and in absolutely no pain. You are amazing in your treatment and approach. You have helped me overcome so many physical issues and I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate your knowledge and treatment. - D.S.

I cannot believe that one day has helped this much!

Good morning! I couldn’t start my day today without thanking you for helping heal me. For the first time in over a year I woke up with a little more energy, slept well, but most importantly, I cannot believe that only one day on this diet has helped this much! The body is truly an amazing thing! And through all this I am still continually learning how to listen to it. If this keeps up then I have to be one of the most inspiring testimonials for your ability to help people!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Thank you!!💕


- A.R.
Dandelion Naturopathic PC
2020-06-11T23:44:35+00:00
Good morning! I couldn’t start my day today without thanking you for helping heal me. For the first time in over a year I woke up with a little more energy, slept well, but most importantly, I cannot believe that only one day on this diet has helped this much! The body is truly an amazing thing! And through all this I am still continually learning how to listen to it. If this keeps up then I have to be one of the most inspiring testimonials for your ability to help people! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Thank you!! - A.R.
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