Natural Medicine for the Athlete in You.


The main thing that makes athletes different is their attitude. Even if they've never won a race, they're committed to do the best with the limitations they have. They set big, realistic goals. They see challenge as a chance to grow. Most of all, they believe that what they get back is worth what they put into it. 


The root of all health is in the brain. The trunk of it is in emotion. The branches and leaves are the body. The flower of health blooms when all parts work together.”
— Kurdish Saying

More Than Just Natural Medicine.


No two people are identical, what works for one may not work for others.  Healthcare should be more personalized.  

No off the shelf.  

No checkboxes.

 No one size fits all.  

With the time to intensely focus on you and with the expertise to help you meet your goals.  Whether that be freedom from pain, fighting cancer, feeling your best or out-and-out winning.


Sports Medicine

A Holistic approach to injuries and performance

Dr. Shays is an expert in sports therapy, nutrition and those seeking peak performance.  Find out more...

Musculoskeletal + Ultrasound

Diagnosis of acute and chronic conditions 

Musculoskeletal conditions may result from a wide range of processes including injury, inflammation, infection, metabolic or endocrinological conditions.  Find out more

Health Optimization


A healthy lifestyle contributes to a superior performing body and mind.  Through nutrition, supplements, exercise and natural therapies, Dr. Shays will help you get there.  Find out more...

RE Sports Wellness


Sports medicine modules that focus on improving and maintaining the performance, function and balance of your whole body. Coming soon...

Meet Melissa Shays, ND, LAc, CISSN

Photo credit:  Mariva England

Photo credit: Mariva England

Dr Melissa Shays is a Naturopathic Physician and licensed Acupuncturist currently practicing at North Lake Physical Therapy in Portland, Oregon and Columbia Gorge Physical Therapy in Hood River, Oregon. 

She earned her Bachelor of Science from Utah State University following a year of AmeriCorps service helping the medically underserved. She attended the National College of Naturopathic Medicine where she graduated with both a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine. 

Melissa has practiced at Portland Women's Wellness Center, an integrated gynecology clinic and Upper Echelon Fitness, a sports performance facility. She gained experience in treating hormones, pain, sports injury and endurance athletes. She works with several cycling teams and enjoys helping individuals ranging from national level elite cyclists to patients wanting to become more active. 

Melissa is a member of the Medicine of Cycling group, Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Professional Ski Instructors of America, International Society of Sports Nutrition and the American Academy of Pain Management.

Competitive sports is part of who I am. Most importantly, I care about the athletes and cancer fighters that I treat. Helping people find the keys to better the time clock, overcome personal adversity and meet health challenges is what makes me tick. I strive to be part of the comprehensive team that unlocks each and every one of our potentials.
— Melissa Shays, ND, LAc, CISSN