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[Joseph J. Coletto, ND, LAc, received a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of North Dakota in 1975, an Naturopathic Doctor degree (ND) from National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in 1983, and an Oriental medical diploma from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) in 1989. He has been teaching in various capacities since 1974 and is a master-teacher who mentors other faculty. He is currently in private practice as a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist, and is the Chair of Biomedicine at OCOM.]

1. What brought you to Portland?

I came to Portland in 1979 to study at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, now called the National College of Natural Medicine.

2. Why did you decide to become an LAc?

During my study of Naturopathic medicine, I was introduced to Chinese medicine. It resonated with me, so I continued by education after I graduated from NCNM and eventually received my L.Ac. I thought that I would be able to help a lot of people by using Chinese medicine in combination with my Naturopathic training. 3. Tell me about your practice

I have a part time practice; I practice one day each week. My educational background is in education, and I enjoy teaching. I spend most of my week teaching and doing some administrative work. In my practice, I see patients of all ages with many different problems, from acute illnesses to chronic diseases. With my background in both Naturopathic and Chinese medicine, I combine several different frameworks and modalities in my interactions with patients. 4. Where does your passion for the medicine come from?

My passion for medicine in general comes from my desire to help relieve suffering. Suffering can take many guises on many different levels, but that is my goal. Helping people realize optimum health and potential would be the ultimate goal. I am passionate about seeing people change, hopefully in positive ways. I feel that my contribution to my patients and students is to help create a better world in which to live.

4. Any advice for patients?

Moderation, including moderation in moderation! Eat whole organically grown foods as much as possible, including a lot of vegetables and fruits. Drink clean water. Exercise daily. Meditate or do something for relaxation daily. Think good thoughts. Connect with others. Smile as much as possible.

5. What is your favorite restaurant in Portland and why?

I have to give you two, Higgins and Alexis. Higgins has exquisitely prepared and tasty food, cooked with local organic ingredients as much as possible in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Alexis is a Greek family restaurant that has great food in a family centered environment.

Dr. Coletto currently practices at the OCOM clinic: 10525 SE Cherry Blossom Drive Portland, OR 97216

Appointments: 503-253-3443 x146