About Dr. Mel McDonald
Dr. Mel McDonald was previously in clinical practice at NEWS from 1998 to 2011, where he practiced Integrative Medicine with Drs. Elizabeth Schultz, DO and Kirk Melville, MD, in Watkinsville, Georgia. He specializes in Oriental Internal Medicine, Acupuncture; acute & chronic pain management, stress disorders and Naturopathic Internal Medicine. Also included in the focus of his practice, are gastrointestinal, immune, adrenal and emotional disorders. He is currently in private practice at 999 Baxter Street, Suite B, Athens, GA, 30606.
Dr. McDonald received his Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) degree from Five Branches University, San Jose, CA. His Oriental medical education also consisted of a four-year Masters degree from East West College of Natural Medicine and a one-year postgraduate internship with Dr. David Cohen, DO, FAAMA (Fellow of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture). His postgraduate specialty with Dr. Cohen was done in French Energetic & Electro-Acupuncture. His combined education in Oriental and Naturopathic medicine total over 12 years. Prior to his Oriental medical education, Mel spent six years earning two doctoral degrees (Doctor of Naturopathy-distance learning and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine-residential). His Naturopathic medical education is over and above the usual four-year education at most residential naturopathic schools and was combined with a three-year externship at NEWS, which totaled over 3,000 clinical hours alone with an additional 2,000+ hours didactic.
Dr. McDonald is a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) in the State of Georgia and the State of Colorado. He is a Federally Registered Naturopath in Washington, DC. Dr. McDonald is Board Certified (NCCAOM) in Oriental Medicine (Dipl. OM) and Acupuncture (Dipl. Ac), and he is also a Board Certified Naturopathic Physician (ANMCAB/ANMA).
**Dr. McDonald is currently accepting new patients.
- American Association of Oriental Medicine
- Arkansas Association of Oriental Medicine
- Georgia State Oriental Medicine Association
- Georgia Association of Medical Acupuncturists
- Idaho Association of Naturopathic Physicians
- American Naturopathic Medical Association
Languages Spoken English
School Five Branches University, East West College of Natural Medicine, University of Natural Medicine, Clayton College, Southern College of Naturopathic Med
Degree Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, Bachelor of Professional Health Sciences, Doctor of Naturopathy, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.