Dr. Sara Norris, N.D.
Specializing in pediatrics, women’s health, hormones, skin conditions and digestive health
She is trained in both naturopathic and conventional methodologies, and believes her patients should have access to ALL the treatment options available to them—regardless of which end of the spectrum they come from.
Dr. Norris brings a fresh, balanced approach to persistent health problems, including hormonal issues, pediatrics, thyroid health, dermatology, digestive disorders, chronic fatigue, and more. She’s committed to finding the best and most effective treatment for every patient, whether it’s antibiotics or elderberry syrup.
Dr. Norris has practiced in Oregon, Oakland, and Vermont, where there was way too much snow for her liking. She’s held positions on various state boards focused on integrative medicine, and has received multiple awards for her community clinic involvement. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons, and a rescue cat named Itchy Kitty—and she may or may not be learning how to breakdance.
In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Norris provides lectures for conventional medical and osteopathic doctors on the topic of natural medicine. She is currently working with universities and the California legislature to help make naturopathic practices available to everyone.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Dr. Norris received her medical degree in Naturopathic Medicine from National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), located in Portland, Oregon. She completed her pre-medicine studies at University of Wisconsin and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance.
Dr. Norris joined Paracelsus in 2018. Prior to her move back to the California, she was a supervising physician for a prestigious medical clinic in Vermont. She has also worked at community clinics and integrative centers in the Bay Area.
MEMBERSHIP AND RECOGNITION
From 2013-2017, Dr. Norris was an attending physician at an integrative medical clinic in South Burlington, Vermont. She was recruited to move across country for this position, and mentored residents and medical students in their training. In addition to her roles at Mountain View Natural Medicine and Eastern View Integrative Medicine, she also lectured for other MD physicians at University of Vermont Medical School and was an admitting physician for two local hospitals.
From 2016-2017 she held a position with Vermont’s Blueprint for Health, a nationally recognized initiative that designed community-led strategies for improving health and well being.
From 2010-2013, Dr. Norris volunteered at Charlotte Maxwell Clinic in Oakland, California to provide complimentary care for patients with cancer.
Dr. Norris has always been deeply committed to activism and social justice, and in 2009 was awarded a grant for her dedication to community outreach within Portland’s community clinics.
In 2007, Dr. Norris helped develop a study of breast cancer patients in Portland, Oregon. This study was done in conjunction with local oncologists at Oregon’s most prestigious hospital, OHSU. This randomized-placebo, controlled study looked at the immune benefits with cancer-care education and meditation/relaxation in women receiving radiation for breast cancer.
Dr. Norris has traveled to Washington, DC and Sacramento multiple times to speak directly with legislators about federal and state healthcare reform, and she continues to work with the California Naturopathic Doctors Association on legislative issues affecting her community-at-large. Her current advocacy is focused on increasing access, and reimbursement, for patients with insurance, particularly those with HMO plans and Medi-Cal.
Dr. Norris is an active member of the California Naturopathic Doctor’s Association (CNDA) and the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She currently serves on the CNDA’s legislative committee.