DOCTOR PENELOPE HOUGHTON, N.D.
In November 2004, Dr.
Penelope Houghton moved to Ellsworth to take over the Acadia
Naturopathic Medical Clinic, and is excited to bring the healing
powers of naturopathy to Downeast Maine. With a degree in
Development Studies and Nutritional Anthropology from Brown
University, Dr. Houghton pursued experiences in teaching; academic
and field research in anthropology; issues of food access in less
developed countries; culinary arts; and theater. Diverse occupations
have enabled her to live in West Africa, Europe and in several
locations in the USA. From production to
consumption, and understanding its cultural context, food has been a
focal interest for Dr. Houghton. Naturopathy provided a perfect
opportunity to blend her skills in teaching* with anthropological
perspectives on human culture and behavior, and the recognition that
food is a basis of emotional as well as physical nourishment.
Honoring Hippocrates’ injunction “let food be thy medicine”,
she expands the concept to embrace the multiple healing properties of
plants, and other substances found in nature.
Dr. Penelope Houghton is a
graduate from the School of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr
University, the premiere natural sciences institution in the
country, located in Seattle, Washington. She then completed two
years of family practice residency in Portland, Oregon at the
National College of Naturopathic Medicine, the oldest naturopathic
medical school in North America. She has also received additional
training in environmental medicine, hydrotherapy,
women’s health, Bowen technique, and cransiosacral therapy. Outside of her practice,
ongoing interests encompass music, hiking, gardening, and knitting.
She hopes to explore Maine’s natural bounty by acquiring new skills
in paddling and wilderness camping.
* the Latin origin of the
word for doctor is docere, meaning teacher.