Dr. Sara DeFrancesco Portland Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist

Board Certifications
Licensed Naturopathic Doctor
Licensed Acupuncturist

National College of Natural Medicine
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine

Professional Memberships
Celiac Handbook
Institute of Functional Medicine
Functional Forum
Oregon Association of Naturopathic Doctors
Primal Docs
Paleo Physicians Network
Thyroid Change


Dr. Sara DeFrancesco is the founder and lead physician at Thriving Force Natural Medicine. As a board certified Naturopathic Doctor, Licensed Acupuncturist she’s trained in conventional medicine (in other words, what your average MD is qualified in) as well as the groundbreaking science of natural medicine. 

With a focus on fatigue, digestive issues, thyroid conditions, autoimmune disease, and mood and mental health disorders, Dr. DeFrancesco employs a refreshingly new and proven approach to health care. By focusing on root cause resolution instead of symptom suppression Dr. DeFrancesco's approach provides effective and permanent results.


“Many clients I’ve been able to help had been to several doctors before and had experienced frustration with the lack of answers and treatment options available. I think they do well and get the results they want with us, because we investigate the problem from a different perspective and offer an incredible amount of options. That’s the beauty of natural medicine.”

— Dr. DeFrancesco ND, MSOM, LAc

Dr. Sara DeFrancesco Portland Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist

Reasons patients prefer Dr. DeFrancesco range in their scope: Whether it’s her standard 1 hour doctor visits (a signature of the clinic designed to devote as much time to the patient as possible), or her progressive, education-forward approach (her patients become mini-students of natural medicine themselves so they can continually improve without her supervision), or simply her belief that the human as a whole is the most important piece of the puzzle, patients are certainly the core of the clinic. And DeFrancesco wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I get to meet the coolest people, hear their stories, and try to understand what it’s like to be in that person’s skin. The goal is to give the client total freedom in their physical, mental, and emotional life.”

We’re currently accepting new patients in our Portland, Oregon office.

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