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Dr. Melissa Minoff, ND, LAc


Dr. Melissa Minoff is a Naturopathic Physician and Licensed Acupuncturist.

She graduated from Bastyr University and has been in private practice in Northeast Seattle for over 20 years. Dr. Minoff completed a family medicine residency at a busy naturopathic and midwifery clinic in northwest Seattle. In 2004, she founded Northwest Naturopathy and Acupuncture at the Seattle Healing Arts Center.



Her areas of expertise include

  • Family medicine

  • Women’s health

  • Pediatrics

  • Adolescent medicine

  • Hormonal imbalances

  • Food allergies/sensitivities

  • Stress-related disorders (anxiety, insomnia, and headaches)

  • Dr. Minoff also has a personal interest in Sports Medicine and treats many chronic and acute injuries using a combination of acupuncture and naturopathic therapies.

She enjoys working with patients of all ages, especially adolescents and young adults, helping them establish habits that will put them on the path to a lifetime of vibrant health.

Dr. Melissa's Story

Dr. Minoff is devoted to naturopathic and acupuncture education and is Adjunct Faculty at Bastyr University where she has taught Orthopedics in the Doctorate of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine department. She currently supervises student clinicians studying both naturopathic medicine and acupuncture at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health.


Her passion for alternative medicines and therapies began after college, while working and traveling in Asia. She studied T’ai Qi, yoga, and meditation, and swiftly began learning about traditional Asian systems of medicine. When she returned to the states she completed her MS in Acupuncture in 1999 and her Naturopathic degree in 2001 both from Bastyr. She has gone on to obtain Neural Therapy injection certification, Heartmath practitioner certification, and continues on as adjunct clinical faculty in the acupuncture department at Bastyr.

Her Approach:

Dr. Minoff provides a balanced approach to Family Medicine. She uses conventional medicine, evidence-based natural therapies, and acupuncture to help her patients achieve their health goals.

Educating patients about their health – and the lifestyle choices they are making – is an important part of Dr. Minoff’s practice. She collaborates with patients to identify the underlying causes of their health issues, encouraging them to play an active role in re-establishing exceptional health while enjoying a high quality of life. Therapies are aimed at stimulating the vital force within each individual to encourage the body to heal. Modalities commonly used include acupuncture, diet and lifestyle interventions, botanical medicines, and nutritional therapy.


Dr. Minoff is a member of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She holds a post-graduate certificate in pediatric acupuncture – obtained from Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine – and she has been certified in the treatment of thyroid disorders by the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine. She is an N.C.C.A.O.M. diplomate in acupuncture and completed her undergraduate B.A. at Cornell University.

Dr. Minoff lives and plays in Northeast Seattle, with her husband and her dog. Outside of work, she can be found playing soccer, doing hot yoga, running, or hanging out with friends and family.

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