Dawson Farr, N.D.
Dr. Farr was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Before graduating from The National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in 2002, Dr. Farr worked in neuro-physiology research at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), where he contributed to pain research published in peer-reviewed medical journals.
Dr. Farr’s interest in medicine began at an early age when he first heard the “click” of his grandfather’s artificial heart valve instead of a natural heartbeat. At the age of eight, he set his sights on being a becoming a doctor.
Everything changed in 1994 when, working as a lay physician’s assistant in Belize, Central America, he was cured of amoebic dysentery with an herbal tea from a local healer after the antibiotic he had been given caused intolerable side effects. It was then that he realized that there was more to the practice of medicine than conventional pill slinging. Upon returning to Oregon, he enrolled in naturopathic medical school instead of OHSU.
After 13 years running a successful primary-care practice in Salem Oregon, Dr. Farr jumped at the chance to go back to Central America for one year, this time with his wife and two daughters, to be a physician-in-residence in a naturopathic primary care medical clinic in rural Nicaragua. One year became four after accepting the job of Medical Director at the clinic. He supervised over 20 ten-day volunteer medical brigades, serving thousands of patients and supervising hundreds of medical students, physicians, acupuncturists, psychiatrists, massage therapists, and nutritionists.
Dr. Farr’s work in developing countries has provided a unique perspective to treatment of both acute and chronic disease, often relying on simple, proven traditional remedies and diet changes for patients, in addition to complementary medications.
Dr. Farr has a keen interest in complex chronic diseases, including gastrointestinal conditions like Colitis, Crohn’s disease, IBS and SIBO. He also finds satisfaction treating migraine headaches, sleep problems, anxiety and depression, insomnia, and stress.
“Patient-centered care” would best describe his practice philosophy.
Dr. Farr is a member of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OANP), the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and active as a member of the OANP continuing education (CE) committee.
When not seeing patients he can be found surfing on the Oregon coast (even in winter!) and windsurfing the Gorge in the summer and outside running, camping, biking, skiing and enjoying music with his wife and daughters.
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