Doctor's Bios

Dr. ArnesonDavid Arneson NMD: David Arneson, NMD received his doctorate in naturopathic medicine in August 2000 from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Since 1988, Dr Arneson has worked in both the volunteer and employee capacity in the field of addiction, as well as with the seriously mentally ill, working extensively with both adult and adolescent populations.

From October 2000 to July 2002,he served in the capacity of Clinical/Medical Director at the Naturopathic Detox Program, a non-profit 14-28 day residential naturopathic drug and alcohol detoxification facility. From February 2003 to March 2007, he held the position of Medical Director of The River Source Naturopathic Detoxification and  Treatment Program (a 30-day program) in Mesa, Arizona, where he still works part time. From November 2007 to June 2009, Dr. Arneson was medical director of the World Addiction and Health Institute (WAHI) in Phoenix, Arizona. He is an adjunct clinical instructor (since 2001) of naturopathic medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences where he supervises and trains student doctors in clinical settings. He also maintains a private practice, focusing on treatment of alcoholism, drug dependency, and chronic disease.

Dr. GellinasBarry J Gelinas, DC, MD: Barry J Gelinas, DC, MD. has 23 years of clinical experience concentrating on the assessment and management of chronic pain. In the course of Dr Gelinas’ clinical work, he founded multidisciplinary pain clinics in Edmonton, Alberta, including the Mayfield Pain Clinic and subsequently the Interdisciplinary Pain Institute (later renamed Health Pointe Medical Centers). He also developed assessment and treatment protocols for those clinics based upon evidence-based medicine and best practices at the time. Dr Gelinas has been applauded as a diagnostician and for his skill in assessing difficult personal injury and chronic pain cases. His current clinical focus is chronic non-cancer spine pain and complicated personal injury cases.

He has a special interest in the use of minimally invasive interventional fluoroscopically guided procedures in the diagnosis and management of chronic non-cancer spine pain. Dr Barry Gelinas is adjunct medical research professor and senior medical research consultant for the SCNM Research Department in Tempe, Arizona. He can be reached at

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Dr. WatersRobert Waters PhD. : Dr. Waters earned his Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from Montana State University (1975) with an emphasis in Biochemistry and Mathematical Statistics. His thesis titled, A Modified Microbiological Assay of Amino Acids in Hordeum spp., with patent is published. His post-doctoral research and faculty appointment was at Kansas State University working on DNA Hybridization techniques, and worked with CYMMYT (Mexico) under the auspices of Nobel Prize Laureate, Prof. Norman E. Borlaug, in Mexico (1975-1977) (publications). Dr. Waters studied CIS WAN communications and became a specialist working with CAPLAMAR (Mexico City), CIA (Langley), British Petroleum (London) and Tyndall AFB (Florida) in the late 1970’s to early 80’s. In the late 80’s, he had extensive CSE training with IBM, DEC, Data General, CDC, etc, and developed a high volume billing system for emergency room use, and mathematical statistical modeling in predictive systems. Dr. Waters helped in the successful rewriting of the national EMT-Basic curriculum for DOT/NHTSA, a multi-million dollar grant with Samaritan Health Systems approved by all 50 states, and worked with the State of Arizona on the “Seatbelt Coalition”, and educational statistics issues. 

Dr. Waters is currently teaching Medical Biochemistry I & II (BIOC 605, BIOC 606); Medical Genetics (MGEN 607), Statistics, and Research courses at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine as well as research faculty for Arizona State University Bio-design Institute.

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Dr. LanglandJeffrey Langland, PhD: received his doctoral degree in virology from Arizona State University (Phoenix) in December 1990. His area of interest is investigating and understanding the complex cellular defenses against microorganisms.

After graduating from Arizona State, he was a postdoctoral fellow at University of California–Davis, studying oncolytic viruses, then held a postdoctoral position at the University of Wyoming (Laramie), comparing similarities between plant and human defenses against viruses. In 1995, he returned to Arizona State University as a research assistant professor. In this capacity, he has taught several courses, including general virology and the biology of AIDS. Maintaining his position at Arizona State University, Dr Langland became the first joint faculty member at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (Tempe, Arizona) in August 2007, where he is an instructor of medical microbiology and concepts in research courses. Dr Langland is also co-chair of the research department, bringing new insight and a fresh approach to research for the students.


Dr. BlackDr. Seth Black, NMD:   received his bachelor of science degree in biology from Arizona State University (Phoenix) and his doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (Tempe, Arizona). While at Southwest College, Dr. Black assisted in teaching physiology, anatomy, and neuroanatomy. In his private practice, Dr Black focuses on autoimmune disorders, fibromyalgia, chronic disease, pain syndromes, and weight management. Dr Black has presented lectures to various fibromyalgia support groups in Phoenix, including a speaking engagement at Verde Valley Medical Center, in Cottonwood, Arizona, in December 2010.