Dr. Melissa Woodyard, ND

Dr. Melissa Woodyard and Husband

Dr. Melissa Woodyard was born in Canada and grew up in Utah. From her parents she learned the importance of maintaining a healthy active lifestyle in order to achieve optimal wellness and lifelong happiness. She spent summers outdoors camping and hiking and winters skiing with her family and friends.

Early on in life Dr. Woodyard believed her path would lead to a career as a medical professional. In college she had a change of heart and decided to explore a career in fine arts. Three years later she graduated magna cum laude from Willamette University in Salem, OR with a Bachelor of Arts in fine art.

Woodyard Family at the Ghost ForestWhile pursuing a career as a professional artist, she rediscovered her childhood dream of one day becoming a physician. Due to the philosophies of health ingrained in her during childhood she elected to pursue a career in natural medicine. Dr. Woodyard graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR with a degree in Naturopathic Medicine and a Certificate in Midwifery.

She completed a two-year gynecology internship with Dr. Kimberly Windstar-Hamlin, ND, which emphasized the treatment and management of a variety of women’s health concerns as well as infertility, thyroid disorders, autoimmune diseases, and chronic health conditions. Dr. Woodyard also completed a three-year externship in Naturopathic Midwifery with Dr. Liz Collins, ND. She worked for years in primary care treating complex or hard to treat chronic health conditions. She also worked in an urgent care setting

Dr. Woodyard maintains a general family practice with a special interest in women’s health, infertility, endocrinology, pediatrics, and chronic disease. Due to her extensive education and work history she easily bridges the gap between naturopathic and western medicines utilizing pharmaceuticals when necessary and supporting patients through surgery or chemotherapy.

In Dr. Woodyard’s free time she enjoys spending time with her family and animals. She also loves hiking, running the hills around Mt. Hood, creating and crafting, coaching soccer, and reading a great book.