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Episode 135 with Dr. Lisa Price ND


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Lisa A. Price ND



Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, 1998; Bastyr University, Bothell, WA

Master of Science, 1988; SUNY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Environmental Biotechnology/Microbiology and Biochemistry.

Bachelor of Science, 1986; SUNY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Environmental Forest Biology.

Work Experience

Naturopathic Doctor 2018 – current, Seattle, WA; Tacoma, WA – Currently in solo practice in Seattle as well as a practitioner with the Puget Sound Family Health Clinic in Tacoma, Washington.

Naturopathic Doctor 1999-2018, Seattle, WA – Northwest Natural Health Clinic (2011 – August, 2018), a specialty clinic delivering complementary cancer care in partnership with Oncologists at four major Puget Sound Cancer Clinics and hospitals. Our team of physicians also delivers a broad range of healthcare services to patients. My passion is food during all phases of cancer treatment (see book publication).

Adjunct Faculty, Bastyr University 2003 to current, Kenmore, WA - Responsible for teaching various courses including Biochemistry (current), Introduction to Western Pathology, Infectious Disease Laboratory, Microbiology Lecture and Laboratory, Disease Processes I and Disease Processes II, Biochemistry Laboratory. I also taught Microbiology at Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (2005). 

Research Instructor, Department of Basic Sciences, School of Natural Health Sciences, Bastyr University, 2005-2007, Kenmore, WA – As part of an NIH-supported research team in the Wenner/Novack laboratories, I studied the immunomodulating affects of Trametes versicolor, a traditionally used medicinal mushroom, with regards to breast cancer. My focus was looking at 1) the affects the mushroom has on the population dynamics and phenotypic expression of T helper cells, and 2) elucidation of mechanistic pathways (TLRs) involved in inflammatory cytokine secretion. I functioned as a primary investigator and thus had the responsibilities of designing and executing experiments and experimental designs, problem solving, inventory and ordering, data analysis and participating as part of the team. I was also responsible for generating reports and publishing papers to help support the groups efforts and to build my own portfolio. In the border sense this position required me to function as part of the Basic Science Department team which entailed attending meetings and participating in various working committees.

NIH T32 Post Doctoral Fellow, 2007-2010, Kenmore, WA – This position was a continuation of the research instructor position. This mentored position provided extended training in basic and clinical sciences. Additionally, my interests included investigation of Trametes versicolor, and other natural products affects on the translational protein PI 3 kinase and Akt in PTEN null tumor cells. My responsibilities also extended to research coordination and management. During this period of time I completed my first training for clinical research involving human subjects. As well, I mentored over eight students in our basic science laboratory.

Co- investigator for Merkel cell carcinoma pilot study, 2009 – 2011, Kenmore, WA – This position entailed developing a clinical plan to study the effects of medicinal mushrooms on Merkel cell carcinoma. The study worked in collaboration with Dr. Paul Nghiem, MD, PhD at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Our teams planned to investigate the changes that occur with regards to CD8, MHC class I in the tumor, and to Natural Killer cells systemically. I also served as a study clinician that involved creating study protocol and the Informed Consent form as well as other study documents.

Graduate Research, 1985-1988. SUNY, ESF, Syracuse, N.Y. - Research focused on isolating a bacterium capable of lignin degradation, and the subsequent identification of the bacterium, and the isolation and structural identification of lignin metabolites. Techniques included soil collection, bacterial culture and isolation using microbiological techniques, cell lyphilization, thin plate chromatography, solvent extraction, column chromatography, NMR, HPLC, and spectroscopic DNA analysis. Technical writing, statistical data analysis, and some grant writing were also involved. Research results were delivered at the 1987 American Association of Microbiology conference in Atlanta, GA.

Research Laboratory Assistant, 1988-1989, Syracuse, N.Y. - Research involved the biodegradation of lignin by specific fungi. Research focused on various aspects, including products of biodegradation and enzymatic isolation and kinetic studies. Techniques used included spectrophotometric assays and radioisotope studies. Paper published by group in the Journal of Biochemistry, 1989.

Research Laboratory Assistant, 1989-1990, Anchorage, AK; University of Alaska, Anchorage - Immunological research focused on the induction and isolation of various forms of DHEA from mice species. I was responsible for all aspects, as the sole laboratory assistant for the project. Techniques included ELISA assays, radioisotope/thin layer chromatography, Western and Northern blot with radioisotopes. Much of the research was focused on the initial development of isolation techniques.

Peace Corps, Benin, West Africa, 1990 - Was placed in forestry position with the intent of identification and inventory of existing indigenous tree species. Intensive French languages training completed as well as introduction to ethnobotanical uses and identification of native tree and plant species.

Environmental Research Laboratory Assistant, 1991-1992, Parametrix, Bellevue, WA - Environmental research technician.  Activities focused on performing standard toxicology assays on soil samples and crustacean species. I was also given the responsibility to develop a new protocol for testing a specific toxin. Other responsibilities included soil sample collection and preparation, and serving as a scientific liaison to the environmental engineers at the firm.

Community Coalition for Environmental Justice, 1992 -1995, Seattle, WA - The coalition's activities focused on the identifying "hot spots" in the Seattle area which may be experiencing high relative pollution exposure by industry. The national trend for this type of exposure is in low income and communities of color. I served on the originating committee that formed the coalition as a non-profit. I also served as an organizer of the first conference on Environmental Justice in the Pacific Northwest and for a summer held a paid research staff (I subsequently entered Bastyr University).

Bastyr University Bioethics Committee, 1996-1997, Kenmore, WA - Was nominated and requested to serve on the committee at Bastyr University which reviews proposals for alternative research. The review process only focused on the ethics of research. Responsibilities included reading and understanding the basic information proposed in the document, participating in discussion at the meeting, and participating in the decision if the proposal meets with ethical integrity.

Sappho/Verbena Clinic at the Country Doctor Health Clinic, 1999- 2006, Seattle, WA - Position involved all aspects of patient care including intake, examination, diagnosis, and referral. Sappho clinic is an integrated clinic with a MD, a nurse practitioner, and a naturopath. It is part of the Country Doctor Public Health Clinic.

Vashon Natural Medicine, 2000- 2001, Vashon, WA - Position involved all aspects of patient care including intake, examination, diagnosis, and referral. Therapeutics used includes botanical medicine, homeopathy, supplements and diet manipulation. 

Stonewall Recovery Services, 2001 - 2004, Seattle, WA - Position involved reviewing title 19 charts for addiction support service funding. I am looking for indication of addiction, as referred to in the DMV.

Capital Hill Clinic, 2001 - 2003, Seattle, WA - Small primary care health clinic, was independently run and managed by myself. Responsibilities included patient intake, examination, referrals, diagnosis, billing, and inventory.

Bioresources Development and Conservation program Applied Integrated Medical Systems Project, Project Coordinator, 2001-2004, Seattle, WA/Washington, DC – Program sought to create and apply a model for integrated medicine in tropical ecosystems. Responsibilities included developing concept paper, grant proposals, grants, networking, building computer databases, marketing and research.

Curriculum Consultant, Bastyr University, 2003 to 2006, Kenmore, WA – Responsible for the development of a preparatory course for incoming naturopathic students. Responsibilities included developing a course schedule, resources, evaluations, examinations, tutoring, and class times. I supervised and hired seven teachers and tutors.


OPUS23 Certification 2019 – current (genomic analysis expert using OPUS23 software)

Naturopath for Seattle Opera 2014- current

National Society of Naturopathic Physicians of Color, Secretary 2012

Research Coordinator, Northwest Natural Health Clinic, 2011 - 2018

NCCAM Minority Researcher Spotlight – 2010

Mentor for research students at Bastyr University – 2007-2013

NIH/NCCAM T32 Post Doctoral Fellowship Grant– 2005-2010

NIH Diversity Awards Supplement – Oct. 2005 – 2007

Counseling Honors, Naturopathic Medicine Program, Bastyr University, 1997-1998

Bioethics Committee, Bastyr University – 1996-1997

Founder, Community Coalition for Environmental Justice, Seattle WA, 1992-1995

Peace Corps, Benin, West Africa, 1990

Thesis Committee member for M.S. nutrition students (2), 2009-2013


Fellowship from SUNY, ESF for Master of Science research.

NIH, T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship; 2005 to 2010


American Microbiology Association, 1987; Presented graduate research results at the annual conference in Atlanta, GA

Cancer Care Lifeline, 2012-current; Present on various aspects of complementary cancer care.

Gilda’s Club, 2013; Presented on how food and nutrition can help to support conventional cancer treatment and decrease side effects.

Publications and Abstracts

“Breast Cancer: Thriving through Treatment” Demos Health Publishing, Inc., NYC publish date: Spring 2019

“Prostate Cancer: Thriving through Treatment” Demos Health Publishing, Inc., NYC published Jan., 2019

“Cooking Through Cancer Treatment to Recovery” cookbook published March 16, 2015 by Demos Medical Publishing Inc. Price and Gins

“Stimulation of TNF-alpha secretion by Polysaccharide Krestin, a Trametes versicolor mushroom extract, is toll-like receptor 4-dependent and dectin-1 independent”, Price et al. Submitted for publication in February, 2010 to Fitoterapia, accepted June 2010.

“Comparative effects of Reishi and Turkey Tail Mushrooms on macrophage receptors”, Price et al.; presented at the American Society of Pharmacognosy, Honolulu, HI, 2009.

Stimulation of TNF- α secretion by Polysaccharide Krestin, a Trametes versicolor mushroom extract, is toll-like receptor 4-dependent and dectin-1 independent

Lisa A. Price, Cynthia A. Wenner, Daniel T. Sloper, Joel W. Slaton, Jeffrey P. Novack; presented at the American Society of Pharmacognosy, Greece 2008 and at the Annual Oxford International Conference on The Science of Botanicals, Mississippi, 2007

Post-Intelligencer article, August 2006 – “August blackberries: Invasive weed or nutritional powerhouse?”

Additional Projects

Allegory: Stories that shape the Soul Host, Unapologetically Black series (Merika Productions) March 2019

New Urban Unlimited Radio Health Show “The Feed” – KKNW 1150 AM radio broadcast 2013- 2018

Sound Integrated Health News, Founder and Chief Editor- online publication dedicated to promoting the use of integrated medical therapies. 2009-2012

Gage Art Studio Youth Committee. Seattle, 2009- 2013

Bastyr University working group for the creation of a program in Pharmacognosy M.S./PhD- 2006 to 2009 

Board Member: Community Coalition for Environmental Justice, Seattle Washington, 2009

Peruvian Ethnobotany working group, 2005 to current; group’s goal is to establish a collaborative grant focused on an interdisciplinary study of specific Peruvian medicinal plants

Assisted in the development of the Bastyr University's ethnobotany class curriculum taught in 2001.

Contextual Healing Workshops, 2001 - Formulated and organized workshops regarding how symbols affect health and healing processes.


Episode 135

by Ashley Koff RD & Robyn O'Brien