Alex Speers ND, MS

The days and weeks after receiving a cancer diagnosis are often a whirlwind of doctor’s appointments, blood tests, and scans as your oncology team chooses the best treatment plan for you. After hearing all of this information, many patients’ next instinct is inevitably, “What else can I do?” Oftentimes, this leads to the internet, where every diet, supplement, and obscure treatment is THE treatment you need to fight your cancer. Friends and family, who only want the best for you, often have many recommendations as well. It can all be overwhelming.

 

As a naturopathic cancer specialist, my role is first and foremost to be a resource for you, helping you to navigate the world of natural medicine safely and purposefully as you go through treatment. For each patient, I create a highly individualized naturopathic plan that complements your conventional treatment plan, and I communicate this plan to your oncology care team so that everyone is on the same page. Using my background in research, I base my recommendations on evidence-informed approaches to diet, lifestyle, supplements, and other natural approaches with the goal of reducing treatment-related side effects, enhancing quality of life, and ultimately, improving outcomes.

 

My own background with cancer started at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), where I graduated in 2017. At the end of my second year, I became interested in oncology as a specialty and began devoting all of my extra time to studying cancer and shadowing doctors within the field. In my fourth year, my dad’s cancer returned after a 7-year absence, which was a major shock. Over the next two years, I saw how exhausting, confusing, and stressful the experience of cancer can be. But I also saw how empowering it was for my dad to have someone outside of the conventional medical world supporting him through treatment. Now in practice, I’m focused on making sure each of my patients feels well-informed, confident, and supported as they go through treatment.

 

When I’m not at the office, I’m usually hanging out with my wonderful wife Mallory and our grumpy old chihuahua Hank. We moved to Portland from Oklahoma City 7 years ago and love the Pacific Northwest. We enjoy hiking, biking, cooking, and barking at skateboarders (that last one is mainly Hank).

 

I’m thrilled to be working at Sage Cancer Care, where we’ve created a holistic cancer clinic that offers a variety of integrative therapies for patients, including naturopathic medicine, physical therapy, acupuncture, and massage. I hope you find Sage to be a welcoming and supportive environment of like-minded practitioners and I look forward to meeting you.

 

Alex Speers ND, MS

 

EDUCATION:

The University of Oklahoma – BA, Religious Studies

National University of Natural Medicine – Master’s, Integrative Medicine Research

National University of Natural Medicine – Doctorate with Honors, Naturopathic Medicine