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 included a two year internship focused on women's health and pediatrics. 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. Since then she has been in private practice in Portland, often aided by family members working in the office. Dr. Allen and her husband have 5 grown children and stepchildren and grandchildren. They enjoying bicycling and gardening and cooking healthy food and taking walks in Portland neighborhoods.