Dr. Low Dog is an internationally known integrative medical doctor specializing in herbal medicine, dietary supplements and women's health. Her extensive career in natural medicine began more than 30 years ago. She studied massage therapy, midwifery, herbal medicine and martial arts before going on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. She served many years as the Fellowship Director at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, where she oversaw the training of more than 500 physicians and nurse practitioners in integrative medicine. Dr. Low Dog is a founding member of the American Board of Physician Specialties American Board of Integrative Medicine and the Academy of Women's Health.
Policy and Supplement Safety
In addition to her work as a clinician and educator, Dr. Low Dog has been involved in national health policy and regulatory issues for more than a decade. In 2000, President Bill Clinton appointed Dr. Low Dog to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. The Secretary of Health and Human Services then appointed her to the Scientific Advisory Board for the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), and then to its Board of Scientific Councilors. Dr. Low Dog also served for a three-year term on the National Cancer Institute's PDQ Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine Editorial Board. She has served on numerous NIH expert panels over the past twelve years.
She chaired the United States Pharmacopoeia Dietary Supplements and Botanicals Expert Information Committee from 2000 to 2010, and now chairs the Dietary Supplements Admissions Expert subcommittee, where she helps to oversee the safety evaluations of commonly used dietary supplements.
Honors and Awards
Her many honors include the Martina de la Cruz medal for her work with indigenous medicines (1998), Time magazine's "Innovator in Complementary and Alternative Medicine" (2001), Bioneer's award for Outstanding Contribution to Medicine (2002), the Burt Kallman Scientific Award (2007), NPR's People's Pharmacy Award for Excellence in Research and Communication for the Public Health (2010), the New York Zen Center's Compassionate Care Award (2013), and the Leadership Award in Integrative Medicine at the Integrative Healthcare Symposium (2014). Dr. Low Dog also holds the rank of third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Speaker and Author
Dr. Low Dog has been an invited speaker at more than 500 scientific/health conferences, has more than 40 peer-reviewed publications to her credit, has written 20 chapters for medical textbooks, and was co-editor of Integrative Women's Health, part of the Weil Integrative Medicine Library series of textbooks published by Oxford University Press. She is the author of National Geographic's Life is Your Best Medicine and the recently released National Geographic Healthy at Home. Dr. Low Dog also co-authored National Geographic Medicinal Guide to Herbs.
She serves on the editorial boards of Menopause, HerbalGram , and the Kaiser Permanente Journal. She has appeared on ABC's 20/20, CNN, is a frequent guest on the Dr. Oz show and NPR's The People's Pharmacy.