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Jennifer Sugden, ND

Tickborne Illness & Lyme Disease | Long Haul Syndrome | Autoimmunity | Mycotoxins | Endocrinology l Women’s Health l Autism l Pediatrics

Dr. Sugden is a licensed Naturopath in both Oregon and California. Although it can be a cliche in this field to say that she treats the whole person, mind, body, spirit – that is exactly what she does.

There is not a single case in 21 years that was the same, even with the same diagnosis. We each walk our own unique path in life and it is only through truly listening to a case that she can understand the details of that path and help support each patient on to a much easier and more beautiful trail.

Dr. Sugden initially received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry and went on to earn a doctorate from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland Oregon in 2003. Her focus was primary care with 3 years in midwifery as well before moving to California in 2012. She is very well versed in infertility, prenatal care, and postnatal care and how it may relate to Lyme and tickborne illness. Upon moving to California, she quickly joined a clinic that focused on chronic complex illness and has enjoyed the challenge of these cases over the past 11 years.

Dr. Sugden was born in Rochester, New York and raised primarily in Oregon. In her spare time she has helped build a theater company with her husband and daughter to support confidence, collaboration and life skills for a local school district as an after school program. She also enjoys being in nature, running, and singing (in the car she sounds just like Adele).

Education & Professional Memberships

  • Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma, WA Chemistry BS 1995
  • NUNM, Portland, OR Doctorate 2003
  • Foundation for Children with Neuroimmune Disorders since 2021
  • ILADS member since 2013
  • CNDA – member since 2012

Areas of Practice

  • Chronic complex illness
  • Women’s health
  • Pediatrics
  • Autism
  • Neuroinflammation
  • Allergies
  • MCAS
  • CIRS
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Long haulers
  • HRT
  • Neural therapy
  • IV and IM injection
  • Nutrition


“Dr. Jen, thank you for everything you have done for me. I came to you very sick in 2016 after seeing 15 doctors and I had at least 2 dozen debilitating symptoms-I especially remember this time because it was challenging for me to form sentences and the perform work. Your knowledge has been so impactful on my quality of life and you have cured me from almost all of my symptoms. You are a lifeline for me and I’m sure you are for other patients under your care. I feel so lucky to have you in my corner.” JP.D.

“Dr. Jen, I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for all the wonderful care you have given me over the years. You truly have pulled me out of black holes that I’d never thought I’d be able to get out of. Your commitment to your patients and the challenges of chronic disease are remarkable.” L. A.

“Dr. Jen, I can’t express my gratitude enough. Thank you so much for not giving up on me. Other doctors would have…. and have. I’m grateful I was led to your office by the universe, and that you like solving puzzles! Thank you for encouraging me not to give up. You instill hope in me every time we meet.” C.T.