Read the IBS article in which Dr. Crane is featured.
Dr. Crane Holmes is available at the NUNM SIBO Center at the Lair Hill Clinic on Tuesdays from 4-8 pm.
Dr. Holmes is a licensed naturopathic physician who strives to provide high-quality, compassionate and individualized care. His goal is to discover the underlying causes of system imbalances whether physical or emotional.
He completed two years of medical residency under Dr. Steven Sandberg-Lewis and NUNM Health Centers focusing on gastroenterology and primary care. His clinical internships included rotations with medical professionals in both the naturopathic and conventional medical fields allowing him to confidently integrate the modalities of nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, nature cure, and pharmaceuticals into achieving optimal wellness.
Dr. Holmes primary goal is to help patients uncover the cause of their health concerns. During a 90-minute new patient intake or 60-minute return visit, he will explore current health conditions and medical history to ensure that patients feel heard. Working in conjunction with patients, Dr. Holmes creates a thoughtful, individualized treatment plan to support patients in taking the necessary steps to regain health and prevent disease.
From a large Italian/Irish family in Scranton, PA, he appreciates time spent in the kitchen with his grandmother, who instilled the philosophy of using food as medicine. Laughter, vulnerability and self-compassion are values he hopes to impart to his patients. Prior to receiving his doctorate from The National University of Natural Medicine, Dr. Holmes completed his bachelors at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.
He continues to collaborate with NUNM as an adjunct professor teaching dermatology, minor surgery and gastroenterology. He is also currently involved in a 2-year homeopathy intensive with the New England School of Homeopathy. When he is not in clinic, Dr. Holmes can be found fly fishing, hiking, traveling, gardening and spending time with friends. He is also an avid Portland Timbers fan and hopes to improve his musical abilities.
Dr. Holmes’ Areas of Focus
- Gastrointestinal Medicine: Treatment for SIBO, Autoimmune disorders such as Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, and Celiac disease, IBS and complaints of chronic abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhea.
- Holistic Primary Care: Annual labs to manage blood sugar and blood pressure, as well as improve sleep, stress and breathing difficulties.
- Men’s Health: Management of prostate symptoms, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. Weight management support and dietary recommendations including insight on meal prep and cooking techniques.
Dr. Steven Sandberg-Lewis contributes his expertise to the NUNM SIBO Center as both a writer and educator. He has been a practicing naturopathic physician since his graduation from National College of Naturopathic Medicine (now NUNM) in 1978. He has been a professor at NUNM since 1985, teaching a variety of courses but primarily focusing on gastroenterology and GI physical medicine. His clinic rotations are particularly popular among NUNM doctoral students and provide a unique clinical training experience. In addition to supervising clinical rotations, he also maintains a part-time practice at 8 Hearts Health & Wellness in Portland.
Within gastroenterology, he has special interest and expertise in inflammatory bowel disease (including microscopic colitis), irritable bowel syndrome (including post-infectious IBS), small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), hiatal hernia, gastroesophageal and bile reflux (GERD), biliary dyskinesia, and chronic states of nausea and vomiting.
Many of the patients referred to Dr. Sandberg-Lewis have digestive conditions that have defied diagnosis and effective resolution. Often these patients desire naturopathic treatment options in lieu of the courses of treatments they have previously undergone. He understands diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, can assess function and often finds successful treatments to regain a balance in the digestive system.
He is a popular international lecturer at functional medicine seminars; presents webinars; writes articles for NDNR and the Townsend Letter; and is frequently interviewed on issues of digestive health and disease. Dr. Sandberg-Lewis is the author of the medical textbook Functional Gastroenterology: Assessing and Addressing the Causes of Functional Digestive Disorders, Second Edition, 2017. In 2010 he co-founded the SIBO Center at NUNM, which is one of only four centers in the U.S. for small intestine bacterial overgrowth diagnosis, treatment, education and research. In 2014 he was named one of the “Top Docs” in Portland Monthly magazine’s yearly healthcare issue, and in 2015 was inducted into the OANP/NUNM Hall of Fame. Dr. Sandberg-Lewis lives in Portland with his wife, Kayle. His interests include mandolin, guitar and voice; cross country skiing; writing and lecturing.
Dr. Sandberg-Lewis’ Areas of Focus
- Gastro-intestinal conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD – including microscopic colitis), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), gastroesophageal and bile reflux (GERD), biliary dyskinesia, and chronic nausea
- Chronic sinusitis and infections
- Clearing of unresolved emotional states
- Spinal manipulation and soft tissue techniques – including structural integration and visceral manipulation
Kristy Regan is the author of The SIBO Diet Plan and holds a Master of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition. She has worked with and studied under SIBO experts, Dr. Steven Sandberg-Lewis and Dr. Allison Siebecker. She writes nutritional content and recipes for the NUNM SIBO Center Website and works with patients to answer SIBO related nutrition questions. Away from the SIBO lab, Kristy focuses her private practice, Vital Food Therapeutics, on the nutritional needs of people living with SIBO. See Kristy’s interview with The Healthy Gut.
Audra Lee has more than 15 years of lab and research experience. She holds two master’s degrees, one in Biology and the other in Professional Mental Health Counseling. Audra is proficient in all areas of operations of the SIBO lab including analyzing and interpreting SIBO tests, issuing test results, quality control, and customer service. In her private practice, Audra T. Lee Integrative Counseling, one of Audra’s areas of special interest is the effect of adverse childhood experiences, stress and trauma on the adult development of health challenges, including IBS and SIBO. She uses a holistic approach in psychotherapy to support mental/emotional healing for a wide range of adults with various mental health issues, including those living with various physical health issues.
Crystal MacPherson has a background in biology and anthropology. She has a broad understanding of all aspects of the SIBO breath test performed at the NUNM SIBO Lab. Not only is she an expert at managing the instruments, performing the analysis, and issuing results, she also assists with billing and insurance, and oversees ordering and shipping. Away from the Lab you should watch out for her on the roller derby rink.
Nichole Alvarado brings years of customer service experience and a positive attitude to the SIBO Lab team. With a background in cultural anthropology and previous experience in healthcare, she takes special interest in natural health and medicine. In the lab she can be found with a keen eye on the details, assisting with shipping, receiving, and answering calls and emails. On her off days she spends her time creating hand embroidered portraits of pets, singing with her parrots, and enjoying Portland’s surrounding outdoors.