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Dr. Erica Zelfand is an integrative family physician, medical writer/editor, and public speaker. She is deeply committed to a patient-centered, root-cause-oriented, nature-honoring approach to healing. After completing a residency in family medicine, Dr. Zelfand pursued additional post doctorate training in pediatrics and opened an independent integrative medical clinic in Oregon, where she was surprised to find that a staggering percentage of her patients were children battling ADHD and adults struggling with hormonal imbalances and related mood disorders. This led Dr. Zelfand to further study and ultimately specialize in psychoneuroendocrinoimmunology (PNEI).

Dr. Zelfand is one of the first physicians in the country to enroll in above-board training in MDMA-assisted therapy through the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). She is also a volunteer “trip sitter,” medical lead, and psychedelic harm reduction workshop co-facilitator with the Zendo Project and other organizations.

Dr. Zelfand loves sharing her knowledge, her reverence for nature, and her zesty sense of humor with her colleagues, her clients, and audiences of all sizes worldwide. To learn more and connect, please visit www.DrZelfand.com.

Photo Credit: Rob Totoonchie
Photo Credit: Rob Totoonchie
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Photo Credit: Katheryn Moran
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Photo Credit: Andrew Walsh Productions
Photo Credit: Andrew Walsh Productions

For media or speaking inquiries please contact media@ericazelfand.com.

Published Writing

Pediatric ADHD: Treatment with Multivitamins & Fish Oil
Naturopathic Doctor News and Review (NDNR). Aug 2020
Collagen Peptides for Musculoskeletal Health
The American Chiropractor. Feb 2020
Ketamine for Depression and Mood Disorders
Townsend Letter. January 2020
Medical Writer & Editor
Allergy Research Group, Nutrition in Focus. Regular contributor
Probiotics to the Rescue: Bouncing Back after Antibiotic Use
Allergy Research Group. Educational Supplement, June 2018
Sitting, Not Guiding: The Power of Non-Directive Support
Zelfand E, Crespi T. MAPS Bulletin. Summer 2017. Vol 27, No.2
Improving Ketamine Mileage
Psychedelic.Support. Aug 2019
Psychedelic Science: Spirituality as Medicine
Naturopathic Doctor News and Review (NDNR). Mar 2017
CIN III: Successful Outcome After Escharotic Treatment
Windstar K, Taulbee L, Zelfand E. Naturopathic Doctor News and Review (NDNR). Feb 2011
Battling the “Blahs:” Supporting Mood, Energy, & Sleep with Natural Therapies
Naturopathic Doctor News and Review (NDNR). April 2019

For media or speaking inquiries please contact media@ericazelfand.com.

Presentations

A Clinician’s Introduction to Psychedelics
Conference Presentation. Oregon Psychiatric Physicians Association
LSD and Psilocybin – The (Known) Mechanisms of Action
Conference Presentation. Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Everything You Wanted to Know About Microdosing Psychedelics
Conference Presentation. New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Testosterone Replacement Therapy: An Integrative Approach
2 Hours. Co-Presented with Paul Thomas, MD. NUNM Medical Grand Rounds
Science + Spirit: Mechanisms of Psychedelic Medicine
1 Hour. Portland Psychedelic Society Annual Conference
Trauma-Informed Medicine: Training for Healthcare Providers
5 Hours. Co-Presented. The Breathe Network
Emotional Freedom Technique Workshop for Healthcare Providers
2 Hours. Association for Naturopathic Revitalization, Hosted by Eclectic Institute
Zendo Project: Psychedelic Harm Reduction
5 Hours. Co-presented with Ryan Beauregard and Timothy Crespi, MA, LPC. Portland, Seattle.
Integrative Approaches to Pain Management
Panel Discussion. Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU), Medical Assistant Program
Clinical Applications of Entheogenic Medicine
2 Hours. NUNM Medical Grand Rounds
Nutrition for Adrenal, Thyroid, and Reproductive Health
2 Hours. NUNM Life Cycles Course, Masters of Nutrition Program
Entrepreneurship for Doctors
2 Hours. Panel Discussion. NUNM Medical Resident Education
Introduction to Functional Medicine
3 Hours. Columbia University Explorers Club, Punta Mona Center for Regenerative Design & Botanical Studies, Costa Rica
Balancing Primary Care with Integrative Philosophy
1 Hour. NUNM Medical Resident Education

Dr. Zelfand,

I wanted to thank you so much for today. I am now embarrassed to admit that I came to your workshop primarily as a skeptic who was a planning to arm herself with research to argue against my colleagues’ pro-psychedelic-assisted therapy beliefs.

I think you had started to change my mind by the first break we took. Everything you presented blew my mind and I’m so glad I decided to come today. As a provider to a specialized community with a LOT of controversy (I work with teens and adults with ASD, Level 1/HFA/Aspergers) and also enjoys teaching, I just wanted to say that your workshop was – honestly – an experience that has been in the top 2 or 3 trainings of my life and one that had truly changed my perspective on this area of treatment. I’m very much looking forward to learning more.

I just wanted to say how valuable and appreciated your time was today. I hope you can appreciate the impact you’ve had on my perspective. I can’t thank you enough.

Deepest thanks,

Karen McKibbin, Psy.D.
Executive Director & Licensed Psychologist, Portland Autism Center

Podcast & Radio Interviews

What Does it All Ketamine?
Narcotica Podcast. 04/20
MDMA for PTSD, with Dr. Erica Zelfand
Integrative Psychiatry Review Podcast. 02/20
Allergies & Autoimmune Disease
Thriving Force Podcast. 8/3/15
Tackling Fatigue in New Mothers
The Postpartum Podcast. 7/12/17
The Microbiome and Healthy Kids
The Fourth Trimester Summit. 11/2016
Allergies, Autoimmune Diseases, and Autism
The Autism Intensive.

Print Interviews

Community Classes & Workshops

How Sugar is Hijacking Your Health and Confusing Your Brain
90-Minute Presentation, Intro to 5-Week Sugar Detox
Too Hot to Handle? The Fever Class
90 Minutes
Optimizing Digestion, Rethinking Reflux, and Kicking Constipation
60-90 Minutes
Vaccination Without Hysteria: for the Mindful Parent
90-120 Minutes
Put Down the Steroids and Treat Eczema
90-Minutes
A Calorie is NOT a Calorie: Weight Loss Myths Debunked
90 Minutes
Quit Picking on Eggs! Cholesterol, Nutrition, and Heart Health
60 Minutes

Dr. Zelfand combines a wide knowledge base with a clear love of teaching that translates into a style that is engaging and effective. As a lecturer, she is dynamic and delivers information like a storyteller. In smaller settings she has a natural understanding of group interactions and leads vibrant discussions.

~ Dr. Sunjae Lee,Create Wellness Center,  Seoul, South Korea

Health Empowerment in Developing Countries

These workshops were taught in remote villages affected by poverty, afflicted with high HIV/AIDS rates, and isolated from hospitals and healthcare service centers.

The goal of these classes was to enhance the community members’ working knowledge of basic nutrition, hygiene, sanitation, and first aid to prevent the spread of disease, save lives, and help individuals understand the life or death situations that truly require medical attention.

All of the following programs were researched, developed, and delivered by Dr. Zelfand:

  • CPR, Heimlich Maneuver, and Basic First Aid (3 hours)
  • Nutrition, Lifestyle, and Hygiene for Pregnant Women (1 hours)
  • Attending a Birth and Troubleshooting Obstetric Emergencies (2 hours)
  • Puberty Talk for Adolescent Girls (1.5 hours)
  • Nutrition Foundations & Meal Planning (1 hour)
  • Hygiene & Sanitation for Disease Prevention (1 hour)

To ensure the continuation of health education, Dr. Zelfand trained local NGO workers as well as local empowerment volunteers in all course material before departing each region.

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