Dr. Melinda Nickels

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Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture

I am a graduate of the National College of Natural Medicine, having earned my Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.) and Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine (M.S.O.M.).  During my time at NCNM, I also completed a two-year training in homeopathy from the New England School of Homeopathy.

Natural medicine is not my first career.  I came to it after previous work in physics research, internet programming, and house building, all with an emphasis on environmental sustainability.  My focus during those years was on positive and innovative solutions to complex environmental challenges, so that future generations might be able to enjoy the world as much as we have.

During this time, I learned that the best new solution was often an old one—that brilliant and simple solutions to problems we face today can often be found in the work of our predecessors, and that solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems can be found when tradition and modern science are brought together.  This realization, combined with a life-long interest in health care, brought me to Naturopathic and Chinese medicine. My course of study combined the best of traditional medicine and modern knowledge, in the interest of minimized side-effects and enhanced quality of life for patients.

Hours and Appointments

Dr. Melinda Nickels
Tuesday 1pm – 6pm
Friday 11am – 6pm


Aug 23, 2013
Dr. Nickels’ acupuncture provide fast and lasting elbow swelling swelling.
My primary doctor had relieved the painful swelling in my elbow, caused by an accident, by draining the blood and fluids from my elbow 3 times over a period of 6 weeks. The swelling always returned. After one 20 minute acupuncture session, with Dr. Nickels, my swelling subsided 75% in 12 hours. Within a week the swelling and discomfort were totally gone and has never reappeared. I highly recommend Dr. Melinda Nickels to anyone, especially to skeptics!

Aug 18, 2013
Acupuncture, a key element in the healing process
The healing of my life-long struggle with depression and self not OK-ness was greatly assisted through the acupuncture sessions that I received from Dr. Nickels. Each session opened a channel and restored flow, complementing the meditation and awareness practice that I had begun years ago. Dr. Nickels understands and practices the art of intuitive listening and healing. Heartfelt thanks.

May 22, 2013
Dr. Nickels spent a great deal of time in understanding what my health and pain issues are and worked to develop a treatment plan for me. She is working within all of my limitations and restrictions with extreme care and compassion. Even though I have only had one acupuncture treatment so far I have felt relief. I would highly recommend Dr. Nickels

Mar 20, 2013
The Best!
Dr. Nickels is very patient, listens to what you have to say and is absolutely the best! Try her you will love her.

Feb 10, 2013
Dr. Nickels was patient, knowledgable and friendly. I will continue my acupuncture with her. I wish my insurance covered alternative medicine. I highly recommend her.

Dec 13, 2012
Provides Excellent Compassionate Service
Dr. Nickels has been my naturopathic physician/acupuncturist for about 15 months. She has been knowledgeable, compassionate, and respectful of my treatment decisions. She is a good listener. I recommend her highly.

Dec 5, 2012
Professional Caring Acupuncturist
I have multiple injuries mostly related to repetitive work and Dr. Nickels takes the time to hear what is going on with my body at each visit. I have been seeing her for around 2 years and would recommend her to anyone who needs a caring professional to assist with pain and healing.

Nov 19, 2012
Not your 3 minute doctor visit
My experience w/ regular doctors is that if I don’t express everything on my list within my 3 minute time slot, I am SOL. Given a prescription and sent away with more questions. Dr. Nickels listens and ponders my list of issues, thinks about it holistically, and sends me home with solutions. She explains to me how things are related to one another and we tackle the root of the problem, not just the separate, individual issues.

Sep 10, 2012
Recommend highly
Dr. Nickels is a great listener. She spent a lot of time with me during my initial appointment and made sure to address each concern that I had without making me feel rushed. I am already benefiting from her approach to my health issues and so hopeful for the first time in a long time that I am on the road to the best health that I can have. I appreciate that she is well versed in many areas of healing modalities.

Aug 31, 2012
review of appt services
I am pleased that my arm and wrist pain are lessening. I am hoping to continue the progress and avoid surgery. The treatments I got last year helped my foot pain and I am not needing surgery there. I appreciate all that I am learning too! Dr. Melinda shows genuine concern for disorders and joy with progress.

Aug 20, 2012
Caring Professional
Dr. Nickels is a very caring professional, I would recommend her to all. She has helped me with acupuncture for my numerous injuries I have encountered in my life. And this helps to lower my pain level.

Aug 1, 2012
Excellent Health Care
Dr. Nickels is professional, knowledgeable, compassionate and great at what she does; supports health.

May 28, 2012
Always patient, always kind
Always excellent care. Dr. Nickels is knowledgeable, kind and patient. She always listens and you never feel rushed. Greatest care ever!

Mar 2, 2012
Excellent Care
I have recently wrapped up a course of treatment from Dr. Nickels. Overall she is excellent. Appears very knowledgeable, detail-oriented, with good judgment. Also a good listener and compassionate.

Dec 30, 2011
A Partner in Self Care
Melinda is gifted Naturopathic Physician. My experience was one of partnership, rather than authority figure and patient. She was an excellent listener and her recommendations were excellent! She really supports a pro-active, wellness approach which I totally love!

Dec 9, 2011
Truly supportive health care
Dr. Nickels clearly is interested in her patients and finding the best methods to achieve optimal health. She is never pushy of treatments, while working in her patient’s best interest. I have complete confidence in her abilities and faith in her care. She has helped me through surgery recovery very nicely. Wonderful person to have on your health team!

Dec 9, 2011
Very impressed
Dr. Nickels is very thorough and encourages her patient to ask questions as needed. Her office is very cheerful and relaxing. I would highly recommend her.

Aug 29, 2011
new convert to acupuncture
definitely a positive first time experience – melinda nickels is the healthcare provider you want. she listens, she explains, she tells you what to expect(or not), she shows you her equipment and preps you for the process. i was very pleased with the experience. most importantly, it worked!

Aug 24, 2011
Thoughtful, kind, and thorough
Based on my initial session with Dr. Nichols, I found her to be a good listener who follows up on what you tell her with perceptive questions. She also appeared to display a wide range of medical knowledge. Further, she seemed to zero-in on the issues that were important to me. And she had at least an initial plan of action for getting more information. I look forward to working with her further.

Aug 17, 2011
careful and perceptive listener
First experience was a great one. Dr. Nickels listened closely to every concern and asked excellent questions about my overall health. I look forward to our next appointment as we proceed with a treatment plan.

Feb 10, 2011
Compassionate Gentle Naturopath
I enjoyed my visits with Dr. Nickels. I first came to Dr. Nickels in extreme pain, and although she was booked she fit me in her schedule on my first visit. She is compassionate, listens carefully as you describe your health concerns, and she is very focused and calm. Thank you for taking the time to help me heal!

Dec 5, 2010
Wonderful as Always
Appointments with Dr. Nickels are always a pleasure. She’s thoughtful and compassionate and has the wisdom, tools and talent to make it better. Thanks again, Dr. Nickels!

Sep 20, 2010
A Blessing
Dr. Nickels listens, treats with healing and intuition and is genuine and passionate about her life and her work. If you have tried Western medicine and feel disappointed, or if you are desiring true healing this is the place to come. I highly recommend her.

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