Medical Director

Laurie Mischley, ND, PhD, MPH

Dr. Laurie Mischley ND, MPH, PhD studied naturopathic medicine (ND) at Bastyr University. From there, she went on study epidemiology (MPH) and nutritional sciences (PhD) at the University of Washington. Her work is focused on identifying the nutritional requirements unique to individuals with neurodegenerative diseases. She has published studies related to coenzyme Q10, lithium, and glutathione deficiency in Parkinson’s Disease (PD).

As a clinical researcher, she has worked with the FDA, NIH, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation to administer intranasal glutathione, (in)GSH, to individuals with PD. Drawing on expertise in radiology, epidemiology, nutrition, neurology, and naturopathic medicine, she is attempting to determine whether (in)GSH boosts brain glutathione and improves health.

Dr. Mischley has served on the Bastyr University Institutional Review Board since 2010 and regularly provides mentorship to students interested in integrative medicine research. She founded the social purpose corporation, NeurRx; developed an outcome measure to assess PD severity; and is author of the books Natural Therapies for Parkinson’s Disease and Cannabis Use Survey: Insights, Confessions, & Opinions.

She has given presentations on Parkinson's Disease research at conferences in the U.S. and abroad.  The following are some of the recent poster presentations:

Dr. Mischley maintains a small clinical practice at Seattle Integrative Medicine where she works exclusively with patients with Parkinson's.


Presenting Speaker

John Duda, MD

John Duda, MD, is the director of the Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC)  and the Co-Director of the Center for Neurotrama, Neurodegeneration and Restoration of the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, the National Director of the PADRECCs for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

As Director of the Philadelphia PaDRECC, he participates in the care of almost 1,000 Veterans with Parkinson's Disease and has had a long interest in integrating lifestyle modifications in the care of these Veterans, as well as speaking at numerous support groups and national scientific meetings on the role of nutrition in the management of PD. He also started the Brain Wellness Clinic at the Philadelphia VA, focusing on lifestyle modifications for maintaining brain health. His research activities include basic science investigations into the cause of Parkinson's disease and how traumatic brain injury relates to PD. He also has ongoing research projects studying the effects of a plant-based, whole food diet on PD as well as how the gut microbiome changes in PD.

He has received research grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, the Samueli Foundation and the Pennsylvania State Department of Health. He is currently on the editorial board of npj Parkinson's Disease and has served as a peer reviewer for over 30 journals. He has authored more than 100 scientific publications including articles in JAMA, Science, Neuron, The New England Journal of Medicine and Neurology


Presenter and Lab work coordinator

samantha evans, nd


Samantha Evans, ND graduated from Bastyr University and is the current Resident Physician to Drs. Laurie Mischley and Marco Vespignani. While attending Bastyr, her studies focused on neurology and Parkinson's disease and she worked as a Research Assistant on the epidemiological study. Dr. Evans frequently speaks at PD support groups throughout the Pacific Northwest.

In her practice at Seattle Integrative Medicine in Seattle, WA, her focus is how gastrointestinal health impact PD and works with patients to identify causes and navigate treatments for Small Intenstial Basterial Overgrowth (SIBO), H. Pylori, low stomach acid, dysbiosis and more. 

Russell B. Marz, ND, MAcom

Russell B. Marz, ND, MAcOM earned a naturopathic doctorate from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon in 1983 and a master's degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1992. Dr. Marz has taught clinical nutrition as an associate professor at many of the naturopathic medical schools around the country including National College of Natural Medicine, Bridgeport Naturopathic Medical School, SW College of Naturopathic Medicine, and Oregon College of Oriental Medicine for over 25 years. He is the author of a 600 page textbook in clinical nutrition, Medical Nutrition from Marz. 2nd edition. In 1985 he founded Omnivite Nutrition Inc. and is Medical Director at the Tabor Hill Clinic in Portland, OR. He was inducted into the Naturopathic Hall of Fame in 2015.

Dr. Marz has participated in almost 400 triathlons over the past three decades. He is currently involved in the study of "Blue Zones", areas around the world in which people live longer and healthier. His ambition is to identify the "Ideal Human Diet" for health and longevity. A vegan himself, Dr. Marz will cause you to question assumptions about aging and will make a compelling case that personal health and planetary health are inseparable.

Peter Lynch


Peter Lynch began practicing yoga in 2000 and has E-RYT 200 hour certifications from Samadhi Yoga (2010) and Seattle Yoga Arts (2013), both in Seattle. He has taught yoga to people with Parkinson’s Disease since 2010 under the initial tutelage of Tim Seiwerath, who helped develop the program in 2006. Peter teaches a variety of regular classes in studios, workplaces and hospitals in the Seattle area. He also holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Pomona College.

rachel bennett, nd(c), mph

Rachel Bennett, ND(c), MPH earned a Master in Public Health in Epidemiology from Indiana University School of Medicine and currently studies naturopathic medicine (ND) at Bastyr University. She currently conducts research with Dr. Mischley, with a passion for nutrition, epigenetics, neuroendocrinology and food as medicine. Rachel's extensive regulatory training enables her to effectively assist Dr. Mischley in the execution of clinical trials and epidemiological surveys related to PD. She presented the association between social health and PD progression at the World Parkinson's Congress in 2017 in Portland, OR and lectures throughout the Pacific NW on topics such a gastrointestinal health in PD, cannabis use, and immune activation. She has been following a ketogenetic diet for a year and half and will discuss how such a diet may be capable of improving metabolism and neurological health.


Nate Coomer, PT, DPT, NCS


Nate Coomer, PT, DPT, NCS, is a Physical Therapist  with 10 years of experience working with neurologic diagnoses, including Parkinson’s Disease.  He is the owner of The Parkinson’s Fitness Project, offering physical therapy and neurofitness training through individual, group and online formats.  He received his degree from Northwestern University in 2006 and earned his Neurological Clinical Specialist Certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists in 2010.   He holds certifications as an instructor in LSVT BIG, PWR! and Brian Grant Bootcamp.  His clinic is also certified by the Brian Grant Foundation for providing quality care.   He has focused his practice on helping people with Parkinson’s Disease achieve their highest level of function  and  has made the mission of The Parkinson’s Fitness Project to create easier access to quality exercise for those affected by the disease.


Kimball Magoni


        Dr. Kimball Magoni is a Licensed Psychologist and a Nationally Certified Health Service Provider in Psychology with over thirty years of private practice, in Montgomery County Pennsylvania. Dr. Magoni maintains a general psychotherapy practice, with a specialty in resolving treatment resistant conditions and has been working with Parkinson’s disease for the past four years. He empowers his patients to discover and integrate effective coping mechanisms to address both physical and emotional illness.

     Dr. Magoni received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Temple University. He completed a four-year post-doctoral program at The Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis; Structural Family Therapy training at The Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training at The Beck Institute.

      Dr. Magoni provides consultation, workshop training and supervision to therapists, university professionals and hospital staff on a variety of clinical topics.