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Dr. Melissa Van Buren

New to Maryville, Missouri, my family & I recently moved back to the United States from the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica.


My last 6 years of medical school & graduate school were rich in global health & volunteer medical work, so it would only make sense my husband & I were caught out of the country (in Costa Rica) during the March 2020 flight shutdowns. We made a life there & now have two dual-citizen children.


I am originally from N. Missouri & still have family in the Chillicothe area where I grew-up. After over a decade away, I am excited to finally be bringing Naturopathic Medicine, Whole Foods Nutrition, & Homeopathy to the Midwest! 

Along with owning Northwest Naturopathy, I also work for Northwest Missouri State University as the Employee Wellness Coordinator/Physician, overseeing  wellness initiatives & employees' health insurance policies. Additionally, I am Adjunct Faculty, teaching Nutrition & Diet Behavior for NWMSU. 

Melissa Van Buren


  • N.D. Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Primary Care; National University of Natural Medicine (Portland, OR), 2020

  • M.S.N. Nutrition; National University of Natural Medicine (Portland, OR), 2016

  • B.S. Exercise Physiology, Biology, Pre-Medicine; Truman State University, 2007


Additional Certifications/Licenses:

  • Licensed Naturopathic Physician (Primary Care Physician); License in the State of Oregon, pending

    • Includes licensing in Minor Surgery & Advance Pharmacology (required for DEA license/prescriptive rights for controlled substances)

  • Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT); License in State of Missouri, pending

  • Homeopathy; Center for Education & Development of Clinical Homeopathy (CEDH), 2021

    • Internationally certified (28 countries)

  • Homeopathy; New England School of Homeopathy (NESH), 2019

  • Craniosacral Therapy; 2019

  • Holistic Counseling; 2019



The Van Buren Family, enjoying fun in the sun at the Maryville Splash Pad. Pictured: Landyn (3 years), Phil (a builder/contractor), Melissa (Dr. Van Buren), & Olivia (1 year).

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