Susan Allen grew up in a small town in upstate New York, where two family doctors took care of everyone in the whole town. This inspired her to want to be a family doctor when she grew up.
She would achieve her goal, though her path would take her through many complimentary careers first. She became a math teacher, then a social worker and eventually earned another degree in public administration.
After many years of working as a social worker and administrator, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a naturopathic physician. She graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. In addition, she completed two extra certificate programs. One is in naturopathic obstetrics, which included a two year internship focused on women's health and pediatrics and delivering babies. Dr. Allen participated in several hundred births. She still maintains her license to care for pregnancy and newborn complications, but she found it difficult to both provide full family care and urgent care in the office and being called away to births, so she decided to discontinue that part of her practice. Her other extra certification is in classical homeopathy, which included several extra homeopathy classes, written exams, oral exam, case management supervision and research.
After graduation Dr. Allen worked in one of the few coveted family medicine residencies offered by her profession. She spent half of her time teaching medical students and half seeing patients under the supervision of experienced doctors. She then decided to stay in Portland and move her private practice to the Hawthorne area. After several years there, she relocated her clinic to its current location, in order to realize her vision of an integrative medicine clinic.
Dr. Allen lives in Portland with her husband and their two teenaged children. The whole family helps with the maintenance of the clinic, which helps make it a genuine family clinic! Dr. Allen and her husband also have a grown daughter and grandchildren who still live in the Eastern U.S.