Advancing the Frontiers of Science-Based Natural Health Care

Meet the Staff


Davis W. Lamson, M.S., N.D.

Dr. Lamson has been a staff physician at the Tahoma Clinic since 1988 and practices as a family physician, caring for a wide variety of problems. After original training and work as a research chemist, Dr. Lamson became interested in the preventative aspects of naturopathic medicine in 1982. His training in chemistry has provided a foundation of understanding when searching for underlying causes of disease and new approaches to difficult medical conditions.

Dr. Lamson conducts a general practice with special interest in diabetes Type II, emphysema, autism, kidney failure, hepatitis C, gastroesophageal reflux, autoimmunity and cancer. With his familiarity of traditional and alternative approaches to cancer, Dr. Lamson works closely with patients diagnosed with cancer, and routinely provides a program to protect against the side effects of chemotherapy. Dr. Lamson continues to stay abreast of the most recent promising natural therapies related to cancer and coordinates with various cancer clinics in the Puget Sound area.

In addition to his busy practice at Tahoma Clinic, Dr. Lamson maintains an active clinical research program and regularly publishes his findings for use by the other physicians. Dr. Lamson also serves as Adjunct Professor and Coordinator of Oncology at Bastyr University. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is currently on the Board of the Botanical Medicine Academy. His medical writings include the subjects of hepatitis C, emphysema, autism, diabetes, kidney failure and cancer. A list of his published medical papers is available from Tahoma Clinic.

Dr. Merle Janes, M.D.

Dr. Merle Janes specializes in rehabilitative and anti-pain medicine at the Tahoma Clinic. Dr. Janes uses a technique called "Prolotherapy" along with trigger point injections to reduce pain in structures of the skeleton, including the surrounding ligaments and muscles. This procedure is effective for pain or weakness of the neck, back , knees, elbows, wrists, shoulders, and any other joint, and the supporting muscle structure.

Dr. Janes performs further evaluation using an electronic device called "EMG" if the source of pain is suspected to be the result of nerve damage. Dr. Janes also assists patients with breathing disorders associated with rib joints and rib muscle structure, as well as patients with "Thoracic Outlet Syndrome". Advanced diagnostic equipment is used to evaluate patients.

Dr. Janes did his undergraduate work at the University of California, graduating in 1971. Thereafter, he attended medical school at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico, graduating in 1978. Dr. Janes performed postgraduate training first in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and later in Madison, Wisconsin where he completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency in 1984. Dr. Janes is also bilingual, ( también, habla Español).

Dr. Janes has taught Prolotherapy to doctors from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Baharain, Italy, Central America, and Korea. He cared for hundreds of patients in Honduras using this technique during three medical missions there since 1996. He is a member of the "Hackett-Hemwall Prolotherapy Society" and is a diplomat of the "American Academy of Pain Management", as well as being board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Janes served as Medical Director to the inpatient rehabilitation program in Pocatello, Idaho for five years before moving to Spokane in 1989 where he became Medical Director of the Mustard Pain Clinic.

Dr. Janes states that "I'd rather live in a world where people are happy, and prolotherapy is a means to the end. I think I'm building World Peace, one patient at a time. Getting rid of bodily pain goes a long way to making people happier and more productive in their lives."

Lauren Russel, ND

I am a board-certified licensed Naturopathic Physician in full-time practice at Tahoma Clinic. I received my doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington, and my undergraduate degree in the Biological Sciences from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. After years as a writer and editor for a major scientific journal, I became a physician to serve others and improve the health and quality of life for all. This desire to serve has been expressed in many ways, from opening a community clinic in Kenya, Africa, to writing extensively in the field of natural medicine, and now as a physician at Tahoma Clinic.

I have always found that life is one of the best teachers and it's this philosophy that plays a big part of every patient visit. The healthcare challenges that many of my patients are experiencing are some of the same healthcare challenges I've faced myself in the past. During each patient visit, my patients and I work as a team to identify the health issues most important to them and then establish an effective protocol for healing to occur.

It's my goal as a physician to empower every patient with the knowledge they need to make their own best healthcare choices. Too often, through conventional healthcare, people have become separated from both understanding and awareness of the health concerns affecting them. Using the considerable resources and knowledge available through Tahoma Clinic, my staff and I serve as a support team for people who are seeking answers to their health concerns.

While my practice focuses on general medicine, we emphasize bio-identical hormone therapy for women and men, adrenal fatigue and stress management, weight loss (particularly the HCG program), thyroid imbalances, gastrointestinal and digestive health, allergies, sleep issues, and optimizing nutrition.

When not at Tahoma Clinic, I enjoy sea kayaking in many parts of the world, exploring ancient civilizations and natural history, and volunteering at a cancer retreat center in Western Washington. I'm also an adjunct instructor at Bastyr University, working with the naturopathic medicine department on campus and at the teaching clinic to organize and run programs for medical students. It's my privilege to also be a research associate on a study being conducted by Dr. Jonathan Wright through Meridian Valley Laboratory on the benefits of aldosterone for hearing loss.

Having been a medical writer and editor for many years, I've most recently been a contributing author to NDNR, Naturopathic Doctor News and Review, and have been published in the Townsend Review for Doctors and Patients. There is a more extensive list of my publications available on request.

I look forward to meeting you soon and helping you with your healthcare concerns.

John Sherman, ND

Dr. John Sherman's 30 years of naturopathic practice has equipped him with a wealth of experience — from natural childbirth to complex health challenges. His eclectic background has provided him with a unique perspective on many different ailments and imbalances.

In addition to practicing medicine prior to coming to Tahoma Clinic, Dr. Sherman served as Clinic Director for Bastyr University of Kenmore, Washington, and also as associate professor for both the National College of Natural Medicine and Bastyr University. He has authored a classic naturopathic textbook on herbal medicine titled, The Complete Botanical Prescriber; and also co-authored, Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide. Additionally, he has produced an instructional DVD titled, Cancer and Diet: Using Food to Eliminate Cancer and Promote Recovery.

At Tahoma Clinic, Dr. Sherman sees patients with diverse health problems, including men and women interested in Dr. Wright’s bioidentical hormone therapies. His areas of special interest include auto-immune challenges, chronic fatigue, immune system support, detoxification of the body, individualized nutritional programs, and preventive whole-health programs for men and women.

Dr. Sherman's many years of practice have taught him that helping patients find the correct diet and supplements for their unique metabolism is essential when addressing imbalances or illness. Dr. Sherman summarizes his approach as follows:

Acquiring health is a different journey for all of us, and only by returning the body to balance can we achieve true healing. By maintaining one's ideal diet, unique biochemical and hormonal make-up, plus removing toxins and blockages, we are able to open our lives to greater health, energy and creativity.

Angela E Sadlon, ND

Dr. Angela E. Sadlon is an author, researcher, and licensed naturopathic doctor with a diverse background in science-based natural medicine. Originally from Pennsylvania, Dr. Sadlon received her undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University prior to journeying west to study natural medicine at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington.

At Tahoma Clinic, Dr. Sadlon practices general and family medicine with special interest in consulting with men and women interested in Dr. Wright’s approach to anti—aging including the use of bio-identical hormone replacement.

A staunch believer in Dr. Wright’s premise about the role digestion plays in health, testing is often done to see if sufficient stomach acid and digestive enzymes are being secreted to break down food and supplements, thereby optimizing digestion. Dr. Sadlon feels this alone has made a tremendous difference in the lives of many of her patients, especially patients with macular degeneration.

Other interests include evaluating patients for food and environmental sensitivities that may be contributing to ill health, testing for toxic metals (such as mercury and lead), and helping patients overcome these problems. She also enjoys helping patients achieve successful weight loss, caring for autoimmune disease (Hashimoto's, Celiac, etc), blood sugar disorders (both low and very high blood sugar levels), and helping resolve general feelings of fatigue.

Serving her patients with attentive, thorough consultations, utilizing key laboratory testing to find underlying causes of illness, and formulating customized protocols to help patients achieve their goals of optimal health are key to Dr. Sadlon’s approach.

In addition to patient care, Dr. Sadlon enjoys researching and recently concluded a study using a natural product (Warmi®) for relieving symptoms of menopause. She is currently one of the physicians seeing patients to assist diabetes using a natural plant derivative.

Prior to practicing at Tahoma Clinic, Dr. Sadlon was the holder of the Theme Post-Doctoral Fellowship, working closely with Dr. Davis Lamson (Tahoma Clinic) and publishing three peerreviewed articles published in Alternative Medicine Review (2010): “Immune—Modifying and Antimicrobial Effects of Eucalyptus Oil and Simple Inhalation Devices”, “A Case of MRSA Controiled; Predisposing Factors and Immune Stimulation”, and “The Vitamin C: Vitamin K3 System — Enhancers and Inhibitors of the Anti—Cancer Effect”. Dr. Sadlon’s contributions will soon be found in the upcoming 4th edition (2012) of the Textbook of Natural Medicine (Pizzorno, Murray).

Mami Sorajo, MS RD CD

Mami is the clinical nutritionist at the Tahoma clinic and Dispensary. She specializes in the following:

  • Food allergies
  • Weight management
  • Special diets
  • Digestive health maintenance
  • Blood sugar management
  • Pregnancy and infant nutrition
  • Supplement guidance
  • Cooking classes, sample meal planning guides
Mami graduated from Bastyr University with a Masters in Nutrition. She obtained her license as a registered dietitian in 2002, after completing an internship at a variety of areas of nutrition therapy such as Swedish Medical Center, King County Public Health, and Joslin Diabetes Center.

Prior to coming to the US to study natural health and nutrition, she was a coordinator of community wellness programs for youths in Japan. By first listening to your concerns and respecting your lifestyle and food preferences, she will work together with you in tailoring a practical eating plan that you feel confident to pursue.

Devonna Mauer DeFond, Ph.D.

Dr. DeFond has researched, studied, and utilized natural health principles for over thirty-five years. She received her degree in natural health alternatives from Clayton College of Natural Health, and became an instructor of natural health practices for student teachers in the Peoples Republic of China.

Dr. DeFond now coordinates clinical trials, and consults with MME (Magnetic Mollecular Energizer) therapy patients at the AMRI-WA Center in Renton, Washington.

Dr. DeFond observes, "The results of MME therapy, as cell regeneration capabilities of the human body are accelerated, create a very rewarding study environment at the Advanced Magnetic Research Institute of Washington."

Advanced Magnetic Research Institute of Washington
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