Andrea McBeth, ND - Co-Founder & CEO
I am Naturopathic Doctor and Scientist with a passion for shifting perspectives toward microbiome-centered health. My background includes a degree in biochemistry and research pursuits in various areas of molecular and cellular biology. After years working in cancer research, I left academia and the hospital to be a full-time patient advocate for a family member with cancer. That experience and my own journey of chronic pain and autoimmune disease led me to the pursue healthcare and advocacy using the tools of naturopathic medicine. As a licensed N.D. in Oregon and Washington, my clinical care focus is functional gastrointestinal and autoimmune issues. In conjunction with the functional medicine practice, I run Flora’s stool bank that provides Fecal Microbiota Transplant for the treatment of resistant Clostridium difficile infection as well as head our investigational science applications for other microbiome therapies.
Just as climate change is ravishing the Earth's biodiversity, so too, our microbiomes are being decimated by Western lifestyles. Standard American diets, overuse of pharmaceutical medications, beauty products, and the loss of everyday interactions with natural soil and plant microbes are all contributing to this loss. I believe that our approach to saving our health and planet will need to be as multifaceted as the ways in which we are destroying it.
Piper Dobner, ND, MS - Co-Founder & Clinical Director
I am passionate about hearing your story. Listening to the journey that led you to my door is one of the aspects of this profession that I most highly value. As your practitioner, I will work to be part of your healthcare team and advocate for what is best for your individual case. My goal is to empower you to take charge of your health and begin to love and respect the body that has brought you to this moment. I will be there by your side helping you achieve your best version of self, especially on your hardest days.
I graduated from National University of Natural Medicine with a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Medicine and a master’s degree in Integrative Medicine Research. During my time as a student, my passion for patient care blossomed as I watched lifestyle modification of mind, body and spirit, lead to profound changes in my patients. I use a combination of gentle therapies, nutrition, botanical medicine, physical medicine (in the form of cranial sacral therapy or manipulation) and counseling to support the microbiome and provide my patients with the best care possible.
My approach to your care is to understand the root cause of your symptom picture. Addressing those symptoms in as gentle a way as possible is my ultimate goal as your physician. Come share your story with me, and let’s get started in helping you become the healthy person you were always meant to be.
To learn more about what I do, visit my website: PiperDobnerND.com
Heather Zwickey, Ph.D. - Scientific advisor
Heather earned a Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbiology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Zwickey went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship and teach medical school at Yale University. At the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR, Dr. Zwickey launched the Helfgott Research Institute and established the School of Graduate Studies, developing programs in research, nutrition, and global health among others. She currently leads an NIH funded clinical research training program. She teaches at NUNM, the University of Western States and Maryland University of Integrative Health. At Helfgott Research Institute, Dr. Zwickey applies her immunology expertise to natural medicine, with specific interest in the gut-brain axis in neuroinflammation.
Robin Klemm, Ph.D. - Business Advisor
Robin has 45 years of experience in strategy, management and entrepreneurship. She served on the faculty of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and Oregon State University (held the Coleman Chair in Management) and successfully started several companies. As an experienced investor with a demonstrated history of working in the venture capital and private equity industry, Robin currently advises and invests in emerging companies. In 2016, the Oregon Angel fund named her Most Valuable Angel, and in 2017, the Portland Business Journal named her a Portland Woman of Influence. Robin holds a Ph.D. in Managerial Science and Applied Economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts.
Althea is Flora Medicine's therapy puppy. She loves running around in open spaces and getting lots of love from those she's around. Here she is looking at Olympic National Park.