Dr. Walker first discovered natural medicine while working with her aunt, a chiropractor in Minnesota. Dr. Walker instantly knew that natural medicine was her calling. She moved to Portland to attend the National College of Natural Medicine, earning her doctorate in 2007. Dr. Walker completed her residency at Salem Naturopathic Clinic in 2009.
She and her husband Brant Walker established Canby Clinic in 2010 as a part-time country clinic. Word of mouth from satisfied patients quickly spread and Canby Clinic has since grown into a full-time, multi-physician clinic serving many patients with a variety of conditions.
Dr. Walker believes in the tenets of naturopathic medicine. She strongly feels that her role as a physician, in addition to striving to find the cause of illness, is to serve her patients. She values establishing meaningful, respectful relationships with patients and works to meet patients where they are at.
Dr. Walker also believes it is important for patients to understand their bodies. She explains what test and image results mean and offers a variety of treatments, allowing patients to choose therapies that best fit their lifestyle, health and beliefs.
Dr. Walker is deeply honored to work with each and every one of her patients.
KIM SCHMALTZ, ND
Dr. Schmaltz is Canby Clinic’s medical director. He earned his medical degree from the National College of Natural Medicine in 2000. He also earned a doctorate in 1997 from Logan University, Missouri.
He is a naturopathic physician and practices primary care.
Dr. Schmaltz earned a B.S. degree from Purdue University where he majored in microbiology with minors in chemistry, mathematics and business. He earned a second B.S. degree in Human Biology from Logan University.
Dr. Schmaltz is committed to personalized care of the highest quality and his treatments are based on conservative, effective, natural principles. Dr. Schmaltz is a cancer survivor with firsthand empathy for his patients battling cancer.
Dr. Schmaltz provides broad-based primary care, including women’s and men’s health, child and adolescent care, bioidentical hormone therapy for men and women, laboratory and imaging diagnostics, injection therapies, minor surgery, IV therapy, musculoskeletal diagnostics and treatment, and much more.
Originally from Indiana, Dr. Schmaltz is married, has two grown children living in Florida and a young daughter at home. He enjoys fishing and crabbing and is a frequent visitor to the beautiful Oregon coast. He enjoys reading biographies and is learning to play the guitar.
MERIDITH MCLANEN, ND
Dr. McClanen earned her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in 2006. Additionally, she studied botanical medicines and massage therapy in-depth and incorporates these modalities into her medical practice. She earned a B.A. in Biology with a minor in Religious Studies from the University of Denver.
Dr. McClanen has worked with patients for more than 25 years, first as a chiropractic assistant, then as an herbalist and massage therapist, and, for the last 10 years, as a naturopathic physician practicing primary care.
Believing that we are each in charge of our own healing, Dr. McClanen acts as a teacher and guide to help her patients determine the best healing method for their individual health challenges.
Creativity and compassion are at the core of Dr. McClanen’s work with patients. Prior to her medical career, Dr. McClanen aspired to become an actress—hoping for a starring role as a doctor. Working towards that goal, she realized she’d rather have that role in real life!
In her free time, Dr. McClanen enjoys micro-farming, cooking, and spending time with her husband and two busy children.
KRIS RITCHEY, ND
Dr. Ritchey works with patients and acts as director of business development at Canby Clinic. She graduated from the National College of Natural Medicine in 2008 with a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine. She holds a Masters of Public Administration: Health Administration and earned dual B.S. degrees in biology and health science: health education.
Dr. Ritchey credits her career in natural medicine to her mother who started using natural medicine therapies and nutritional support when Dr. Ritchey was a child. Her family always seemed to be healthier than her peers.
Dr. Ritchey believes strongly that “the body is designed to heal itself,” provided it receives the nutrients and care required. She takes time to educate her patients about healthy diet and lifestyle choices to support their return to and maintenance of great health.
HARRIS WATERS, MD
Dr. Waters earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at the UCLA School of Medicine, completing a residency in general surgery at the University of Arizona.
In his 30 years practicing as a general and vascular surgeon, Dr. Waters began to see a trend in his practice. The overall health of his surgical patients was worsening. Conventional medicine seemed to have become sick care, or simply the management of symptoms. Achieving wellness through true health care was missing.
Dr. Waters decided to investigate complementary, integrative medicine, incorporating a wellness/health care philosophy into his own life and his patients’ lives—with amazing results. He saw that wellness was achievable. This mission became his abiding passion. Health care became his goal as a physician. Toward this end, Dr. Waters received an M.S. in Nutritional and Metabolic Medicine from the University of South Florida School of Medicine, completing a fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.
Dr. Waters has two grown daughters living in Oregon. He loves to fish and enjoys traveling with his fiancée and visiting his east-coast extended family, including his two grandsons!