About Jonathan Collin, MD

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 Jonathan Collin, M.D., a physician who combines conventional and alternative medicine, has been focusing on adult medical care since 1977, and officially retired his practice in June 2024.  His “solo” practitioner offices in Port Townsend, Washington and Kirkland, Washington offered the ambience of the old-time country doc, emphasizing nutritional and functional medicine alternatives to manage chronic health conditions.  Dr. Collin’s scheduling assured the patient the time to fully discuss their concerns, carefully balancing natural approaches with conventional medical care.  His assessment focused on the patient’s functional status including nutrient and hormone adequacy as well as toxic chemical burden.  At the same time, Dr. Collin recognized that evidence-based treatment and imaging studies are essential to managing chronic illness.  Finding that balance between conventional care and alternative medicine was Dr. Collin’s primary concern.  We hope for many more doctors who wish to follow in these footsteps.

Dr. Collin is a graduate of Cornell University and the Albany Medical College, Albany, New York. His residency training with the U.S. Public Health Service focused on adult medicine; he did further training at the Carville, Louisiana leprosy hospital where he initiated his work in “integrative” medicine.  Dr. Collin worked at the Leo J. Bolles medical clinic in Bellevue, Washington implementing functional laboratory testing overseen by Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D.  Dr. Collin worked at the Well Mind Association Clinic in Seattle consulting with patients having mental illness by prescribing natural alternatives to complement psychiatric care.  

 Dr. Collin’s treatment includes the administration of i.v. infusions including chelation (treatment to remove toxic metals and chemicals) and i.v. Vitamin C (immune system support).  

Vitamin injections with Vitamin B12 are important supportive treatments for mental well-being. 

     He was conferred diplomate status with the American Board of Chelation Therapy recognizing the role chelation has in cardiovascular care.  Dr. Collin’s training continues with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and International College of Integrative Medicine.  His continuing medical education includes attending conferences at the Oregon State Health University,  Swedish and Evergreen Hospitals, and journal study through the American Board of Internal Medicine.  

     In 1985 a U.S. Congressional panel began the evaluation of “alternative” cancer treatment due to a high public interest in such therapies.  Congress assigned the study of alternative cancer treatment to the Office of Technology Assessment.  Dr. Collin was invited to Washington, D.C. to participate in the study serving on the board from 1985-1991.  Based on the report by the O.T.A. Congress funded the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in 1991.  The office, now the Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the N.I.H., has been funding research on alternative treatment for the past 3 decades.  Dr. Collin is very pleased that his participation led to a permanent center at the N.I.H. to study alternative medicine.

     In 1983 Dr. Collin initiated a newsletter to serve as a bulletin board for alternative medicine practitioners.  By 1985 that newsletter, the Townsend Letter, became a widely circulated magazine for practitioners, researchers, and consumers.  Before the days of the internet the Townsend Letter was the primary journal reporting on integrative, functional, and naturopathic medicine.  The publication has recently published its 450th issue; Dr. Jonathan Collin is its editor-in-chief and publisher.  The Townsend Letter has received media awards from the American Academy of Naturopathic Medicine and the American College for the Advancement of Medicine. The Townsend Letter is now published both in print and digitally; its website, www.townsendletter.com indexes past issues and posts medical articles freely accessible on Google. A weekly e-newsletter is now published to highlight the best information of the magazine.

     In 2010 Dr. Collin was awarded an honorary degree by the Capital University of Integrative Medicine.  In 2015 he was conferred Lifetime Achievement Award in Alternative Medicine by Emord Associates.  In 2018 he gave the commencement speech to the graduates of the National University of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, where he was conferred an honorary Doctorate of Letters, Lett. D. 

     Dr. Collin celebrated his 44th anniversary with his wife, Deborah in 2020.  He and his wife enjoy family visits with daughter, Affinity, and son, Sam, as well as grandchildren Jackie and Quinn.   

Contact Our Office

Jonathan Collin, M.D. has retired, and he and his staff can be reached through his Port Townsend office.
We are no longer accepting new patients; current patients may reach out with questions.

Dr. Collin looks forward to staying in touch with you all through his publication, the Townsend e-Letter, which is the continuation of the Townsend Letter, which was published for almost 40 years, and mailed to subscribers around the planet.  The goal is communication, shared information, knowledge and wisdom about our bodies and health, and we do what we can to encourage and facilitate this.  Subscribe today.

Port Townsend Location

After more than 45 years of excelling in what most refer to as 'Alternative' medicine, and building many long-standing and loyal relationships, and sometimes even friendships, with his patients, and the people he's met along the way, Dr. Collin has retired.  He is thankful for all the people who have trusted him with part of their healing journey, and we wish you all luck in your continued health and search for truth.

He is planning to continue publishing the Townsend e-Letter, the online version of the Townsend Letter, which he published for almost 40 years, and mailed to subscribers around the world.  He's helped thousands of patients who have come through his offices over the years, and helped countless others through the publication of articles and information that cannot be found anywhere else.  Knowledge and wisdom which exist, and are passed down, and shared between people are not often taught in medical school, and we exist to help encourage this.  Subscribe today!

We are no longer accepting new patients.  Current patients may contact the office with questions about patient records, supplement orders, prescriptions and referrals for continuing care.
We wish you much success in your quest for improving health - Stay strong (and hydrated)!

 

Kirkland Location

 

Dr. Collin's Kirkland office is now closed for all services.  
Please contact his Port Townsend office for all concerns:

After more than 45 years of excelling in what most refer to as ‘Alternative’ medicine, and building many long-standing and loyal relationships, and sometimes even friendships, with his patients, and the people he’s met along the way, Dr. Collin regrets to announce that he is retiring his medical practice.  He thanks his patients for the trust they have put in him in their quest for health in the face of current medicine.  We wish you all much luck in your search for continued healing and a healthy and whole lifestyle!

Dr. Collin is planning to continue publishing the Townsend e-Letter, the online version of the Townsend Letter, which he published for almost 40 years, and mailed to subscribers around the world.  He’s helped thousands of patients who have come through his offices over the years, and helped countless others through the publication of articles and information that cannot be found anywhere else.  Knowledge and wisdom which exist, and are passed down, and shared between people are not often taught in medical school, and we exist to help encourage this.  Subscribe today!

We are no longer accepting new patients.  Current patients may contact the office with questions about patient records, supplement orders, prescriptions and referrals for continuing care.
We wish you much success in your quest for improving health – Stay strong (and hydrated)!