Naturopathic doctor seeks to empower her patients

ELLSWORTH — Marly Sachsman is on a mission to empower her patients.

“Empowerment is a very important aspect in taking care of ourselves,” said the naturopathic doctor, who opened a new clinic called Maine Natural Medicine on Foster Street this summer.

In the past six months, she has found that that message resonates with her patients. She also found that some of the services she offers are hard to find elsewhere and serve as a draw to patients frustrated by difficult experiences with traditional types of care.


Marly Sachsman, a naturopathic doctor who opened her Maine Natural Medicine clinic in Ellsworth this summer, demonstrates how to make a tincture. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY STEVE FULLER

She sees patients from Stonington and points Downeast, such as Machias, but also from farther away: Fryeburg, for example, and Skowhegan.

Sachsman’s interest in health dates to her high school years. The Bar Harbor native recalls meeting someone who had lost the ability to speak due to suffering a stroke, and she said it made a “huge impression.”

She went on to become a speech pathologist and had a private practice in Hancock County for 25 years. She came to specialize in working with children with special needs, and by 2010 was focusing on kids who were on the autism spectrum.

After attending a conference where nutritionists and doctors were speaking side by side about their work to help children with autism, Sachsman became inspired to attend medical school.

She studied at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Ariz., and then at the University of Bridgeport’s College of Naturopathic Medicine in Connecticut, earning her degree as a doctor of naturopathic medicine (ND).

Naturopathic students take many of the same courses as their MD counterparts — biology, anatomy and physiology — but also learn about botanical medicine, homeopathy and other subjects.

“It’s a very intensive program,” Sachsman said. “It is a medical degree.”

As a naturopathic doctor, Sachsman said she is interested in treating the whole person and in treating underlying causes of what her patients are experiencing. She is a general care practitioner who works with newborns through the geriatric population.

She said naturopathic medicine “embraces the principle of our body’s innate capacity to heal and return to balance.”

Among the services Sachsman offers is a saliva test that gives a detailed genetic analysis of the patient. Based on the results of that, she can use “lifestyle, diet and supplement therapies” to improve health outcomes for patients based on their “inherited genetic makeup.”

She also does blood testing (it can be drawn on-site) to help her patients plan a path to wellness. Ozone therapy is another special offering Sachsman has, and she called it a “phenomenal tool” that is “able to advance the healing” of chronic pain and illnesses.

Ozone, when used in a medical setting, can “create a curative response in the body,” according to the American Academy of Ozonotherapy.


The sign for Sachsmans Maine Natural Medicine clinic on Foster Street in Ellsworth features her motto, “Empowering Health.” ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY STEVE FULLER

That group said ozone therapy can be used to address problems from damaged joints to herpes to diabetes to “many of the infirmities of aging.”

Maine Natural Medicine is located at 63 Foster St., Suite 2 (behind Brown, Holmes & Milliken Agency) in Ellsworth. Sachsman is in-network with Anthem, Cigna and Community Health Options.

Her office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 664-0005.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller has worked at The Ellsworth American since 2012. He covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland. [email protected]