Who We Are

image-2Ali Givens, ND completed her Naturopathic Doctoral degree in 2007, having focused on Homeopathy, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Hydrotherapy and the roots of Nature-Cure medicine.  Additionally, she trained in Cranio-Sacral Therapy, which she utilizes extensively in her practice.

She and Michael had two children while she was attending medical school, and since graduation has both homeschooled her children in the Waldorf tradition as well as maintained a private practice.  Prior to studying medicine, she earned an MA in Cross Cultural Education and taught high school biology,chemistry and physics in Los Angeles.

Since 2005 she has continuously deepened her understanding of healing through studying Anthroposophic medicine and spiritual science.  She joined the IPMT (International Physician’s Medical Training) and has continued this training since 2009. She is currently a founding member of SPAN (Society for Physicians of Anthroposophic and Naturopathic Medicine), a member of the Anthroposophical Society in America, and AAMTA (Anthroposophic Medicine and Therapies in America).

Ali is a devoted mother, teacher, and physician, and she and Michael have enjoyed sharing their life and work together for almost 20 years.  She enjoys learning and working with biodynamic gardening, medicine making and homesteading in the cedar woods of Corbett, Oregon.



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Michael Givens, MA, MSOM, L.A.c is a Licensed Acupuncturist and has an MS in Oriental Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM).  He also has an MA in Eastern Classics from St. John’s College, where he focused on classical Chinese language, and Yijing, Daoist and Confucian texts, as well as classical texts from India and Japan.   In addition, Michael studied directly in a traditional discipleship with Dr. Heiner Fruehauf.

After graduating from NCNM in 2009, he established the School of Ancient Medicine (Fang Shi Ye), a teaching and training center for the art and science of classical wisdom and medicine, and the Fang Shi Press.  He has written and published numerous books through the Fang Shi Press, and two books through Shenming Press (see Store / Fang Shi Press Publications for more on this).  He also began teaching at NCNM upon graduation and continues to teach formulas medicine at the college.

He has been in private practice since 2009.  He is the co-founder (with his wife, Dr. Allison Givens, ND) of Radiant Heart Center for Wholeness, LLC.  He also has practiced classical Chinese herbal medicine with the Anatara Group in San Francisco, California since their opening in 2011.  He and his wife live in the windy woods of in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon, where they are raising their two children, Kai and Umi in the Waldorf tradition.




What We Do

Dr. Ali Givens – Anthroposophic Naturopathic Doctor

Anthroposophic Medicine is a practically-extended spiritual science of medicine inspired by the work of Dr. Rudolf Steiner.  This medicine takes western medicine as its starting place, and extends it into the full extent of human health that involves all aspects of the human being. It utilizes natural remedies and a diverse and ever-developing therapies founded upon a deep understanding of the human being and the human relationship to the earth, the cosmos, and one’s own destiny.


Make an Appointment with Dr. Ali Givens, or contact our clinic with any questions you may have at (503) 303-4078.


Anthroposophical Links:

Anthropsophical Society of America
Portland Branch of the Anthroposophical Society of America
Society for Physicians of Anthoposophic Naturopathy
Portland Waldorf School
Rudolf Steiner Archive
Rudolf Steiner College


Naturopathic Medicine is rooted in the healing power of nature inherent within the human being. Naturopathic medicine is a fully accredited field of medicine equivalent to the level of a medical doctor (MD), and licensed in many states in the US and countries in the world. Naturopathic doctors are primary care physicians whose modalities include those of the medical standard of care, and extend into what most Naturopaths rely upon primarily, natural cures. These cures include botanicals, hydrotherapy, natural manipulation therapy (similar to Chiropractic), homeopathy, nutrition, minor surgery, supplements, and many more. Naturopaths are well trained in a diverse set of modalities that are unified by the philosophy of naturopathic medicine.


Naturopathic Medicine Links:

National College of Natural Medicine
Society for Physicians of Anthoposophic Naturopathy
Weston Price Foundation


Make an Appointment with Dr. Ali Givens, or contact our clinic with any questions you may have at (503) 303-4078.




Michael Givens – Classical Chinese Medicine Herbalist and Acupuncturist

Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) treats the source of illness and seeks whole health. It is a future-oriented medicine that is rooted in ancient Chinese wisdom. The essential difference between classical Chinese medicine and other forms of medicine (including TCM, or Traditional Chinese Medicine) is that it follows the way of nature and cosmos, seeks to do no harm to the holistic integrity of the patient, and supports the entire human being individually.

Practitioners of CCM diagnose based upon an understanding of the healing powers of nature and human physiology in the context of the whole person, including the physical, physiological, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of the human being.

They observe, ask questions, feel the quality of the pulsations in the vessels, palpate, and seek to come to an understanding of the underlying nature of a person’s health and illness.

In treatment, they use a variety of modalities, including acupuncture, herbal formulas, cupping therapy, moxibustion (warming therapy with mugwort application), poultices, wraps, soaks and salves, dietary guidance, movement therapy and guidance and life nourishment methods and meditations.

Make an Appointment with Michael, or contact our clinic with any questions you may have at (503) 303-4078.



Classical Chinese Medicine Links:

National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM)
Dr. Heiner Fruehauf
St.John’s College, Eastern Classics Program
Classical Almanacs