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About Dr. Katie Pickworth

“Every patient deserves to feel seen and heard. I believe that by holding a safe space with patients, we can work together to allow the body and mind to truly heal.”

Dr. Katie Pickworth is a licensed naturopathic physician currently completing her second year of residency at Norwest Integrative Medicine. The daughter of a chiropractor and naturopath, she has been studying and living in the ways of naturopathic medicine for her entire life and is thrilled to be working with the patients and providers at NWIM. Compassionate, authentic, and present, Dr. Pickworth greets every patient with a smile and an open heart.

Dr. Pickworth received a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research in 2019 and completed her first year of residency in at academic setting at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland. Her clinical education and residency have focused on mental health, musculoskeletal health (i.e., chronic pain, sports injuries, and athlete care), and naturopathic primary care. She has also completed specialized rotations in women’s health, IV medicine, physical medicine, gastrointestinal health, and homeopathy. She enjoys working with all patients but especially gravitates towards care for underserved and marginalized communities such as the LGBTQIA+ community, highly sensitive individuals, and people in bigger bodies.

Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Pickworth was a post-baccalaureate research fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. During her time there, she studied the relationship between depression symptoms and diabetes risk in teenage girls, solidifying her passion for the intersection between psychological and physiological processes and how they influence health. She continues to conduct research at NUNM by working with thesis students and is the Principal Investigator of a small clinical trial investigating whether an online mindfulness intervention could improve low back pain. Dr. Pickworth works to bring the newest and best research findings to her clinical practice whenever possible.

Dr. Pickworth loves to use her training in evidence-based decision-making and critical thinking to evaluate for and treat the root cause of mental and physical ailments. Dr. Pickworth is passionate about practicing with a patient-centered, Health at Every Size (HAES)/weight neutral, and trauma-informed approach that incorporates elements of counseling and emphasizes patient-doctor collaboration.

In her continued efforts to figure out work-life balance, Dr. Pickworth enjoys spending time with her partner and pets, enriching her life with pop culture content, and making elaborate spreadsheets of her OrangeTheory workout results.

Professional Qualifications

Medical License

Licensed Naturopathic Doctor, Oregon

National University of Natural University

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Post-Doctoral Training

PGY-1 Academic Residency in Family Medicine and Naturopathic Medicine

Highlighted Experience

Psychiatry Mentorship, Pacific University Psychology & Comprehensive Health Clinic (1 year)

Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Mentorship, National University of Natural Medicine (1 year)

Biotherapeutic Drainage Mentorship, National University of Natural Medicine (4 years)

Substance Use Disorders Mentorship, Volunteers of America (6 months)

Psychiatry External Rotation, Central City Concern

Preventive Cardiology External Rotation, Oregon Health & Science University

Academic Appointments

Adjunct Faculty Member, National University of Natural Medicine School of Graduate Studies  


Bradley R, Pickworth CK, Wexler R, … Steel A, Adams J. Protocol for The International Cohort on Lifestyle Determinants of Health (INCLD Health) Study: A Longitudinal Investigation of Complementary and Integrative Health Utilization in Post-Secondary Education Students. JACM. In press.

 Pickworth CK, Deichert DA, Corroon J, Bradley RD. Randomized controlled trials investigating the relationship between dietary pattern and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein: a systematic review. Nutr Rev. 2019;77(6):363-375.

Armaiz-flores SA, Kelly NR, Galescu OA, … Pickworth CK, …  et al. Evaluating Weight Status and Sex as Moderators of the Association of Serum Leptin with Bone Mineral Density in Children and Adolescents
. Horm Res Paediatr. 2017;87(4):233-243.

Shank LM, Tanofsky-kraff M, Kelly NR, … Pickworth CK, … et al. Pediatric Loss of Control Eating and High-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein Concentrations. Child Obes. 2017;13(1):1-8.

Shomaker LB, Kelly NR, Pickworth CK, et al. A Randomized Controlled Trial to Prevent Depression and Ameliorate Insulin Resistance in Adolescent Girls at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes. Ann Behav Med. 2016;50(5):762-774.

Tanofsky-kraff M, Crosby RD, Vannucci A, … Pickworth CK, … et al. Effect of adapted interpersonal psychotherapy versus health education on mood and eating in the laboratory among adolescent girls with loss of control eating. Int J Eat Disord. 2016;49(5):490-8.

Schvey NA, Shomaker LB, Kelly NR, … Pickworth CK, … et al. Pressure To Be Thin and Insulin Sensitivity Among Adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2016;58(1):104-10.

Radin RM, Shomaker LB, Kelly NR, … Pickworth CK, … et al. Cortisol response to an induction of negative affect among adolescents with and without loss of control eating. Pediatr Obes. 2016;11(6):513-520.

Radin RM, Tanofsky-kraff M, Shomaker LB, … Pickworth CK, … et al. Metabolic characteristics of youth with loss of control eating. Eat Behav. 2015;19:86-9.

Pivarunas B, Kelly NR, Pickworth CK, et al. Mindfulness and eating behavior in adolescent girls at risk for type 2 diabetes. Int J Eat Disord. 2015;48(6):563-9.

Kelly NR, Shomaker LB, Pickworth CK, et al. A prospective study of adolescent eating in the absence of hunger and body mass and fat mass outcomes. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015;23(7):1472-1478.

Schvey NA, Sbrocco T, Stephens M, et al. Comparison of overweight and obese military-dependent and civilian adolescent girls with loss-of-control eating. Int J Eat Disord. 2015;48(6):790-4.

Kelly NR, Shomaker LB, Pickworth CK, et al. Depressed affect and dietary restraint in adolescent boys’ and girls’ eating in the absence of hunger. Appetite. 2015;91:343-50.

Vannucci A, Tanofsky-kraff M, Ranzenhofer LM, et al. Puberty and the manifestations of loss of control eating in children and adolescents. Int J Eat Disord. 2014;47(7):738-47.

Professional Affiliations

Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians, 2015 – Present

Psychiatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians (PsychANP), 2018 – Present

Phi Beta Kappa, 2013 – Present

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