Dr. Orna Izakson


ornaiOrna Izakson, N.D., R.H. (A.H.G.) is a naturopathic physician, herbalist, gardener and writer. She works as a primary care physician and has special interests in respiratory issues, mood and women’s health.

Although she had an extremely urban upbringing, Dr. Izakson discovered gardening when a seed catalog triggered an epiphany about  the relationship between preserving biological diversity and growing one’s own food. That interest in self sufficiency soon extended to include health.

Dr. Izakson earned her naturopathic doctorate from National College of Natural Medicine after two years of intensive herbal studies with local practitioners. She is also an alumna of the New England School of Homeopathy.

Before beginning medical school, Dr. Izakson was an award-winning environmental journalist whose work appeared in publications including The Los Angeles Times, Multinational Monitor, E/The Environmental Magazine, Willamette Week, High Country News, Verde.com and Tidepool.org. She has published chapters in two books: Feeling the Heat: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Climate Change (Routledge, 2004) and Green Living: The E Magazine Handbook for Living Lightly on the Earth (Plume, 2005). She currently is writing a book, Garden Medicine (gardenmedicine.com), about gardening with medicinal plants.

Dr, Izakson runs her practice, Celilo Natural Health Center, in a 1911 bungalow in Northeast Portland, Oregon. Her garden supports more than 100 different plant species at last count.

Dr. Izakson in the news: Indian Country Today