Expert Testimonials

Amazed at the breadth of her knowledge and experience

As the CEO of 21st Century HealthCare, Inc., I have had the pleasure to work with Dr. Worden on special projects over the past 7 years. As a naturopath, she has an unsurpassed knowledge base of dietary supplements and the benefits thereof. She has a keen ability to sort through data and get to the key points of interest. As a manufacturer, 21st Century relies on outside research and the guidance that Dr. Worden offers is very timely and practical. I am constantly amazed at the breadth of her knowledge and experience. It seems she has "been there, done that" time and time again.


Steve Snyder, CEO, 21st Century HealthCare Inc.

She is the ambassador for major corporations, teaching institutions and patients



Dr. Worden has a tremendous personality with unbelievable energy and tremendous interpersonal communication skills. I found her to have a passion for helping people to improve their health and for bridging the gap between conventional and naturopathic medicine.  She is a born leader and has brought together well-known researchers from several different health disciplines to meetings to brainstorm, collaborate and share their research ideas. The purpose is to provide better and less immunosuppressive cancer treatment.  She is the ambassador for major corporations and teaching institutions. Most of all she is an ambassador to and for patients. She wants to be sure and is diligent about knowing the efficacy of what she recommends for patient treatment.


Robert L. Elliott, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., The Breast Clinic Mastology Research Institute of Minimally Invasive Breast Surgery

Dr. Worden is a leader in her respected field

Donese and I have collaborated on her recent book, as well as projects related to the Society of Integrative Oncology, where she will be presenting a workshop on homeopathic treatments for cancer related symptoms. She has also worked with me on music therapy and how it can improve cancer symptoms.  In summary, Dr. Worden is a leader in her respected field and someone who cares deeply about issues facing those affected by diseases like cancer.


Santosh Rao, MD, ABOIM, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, Gilbert, Arizona

Multi-talented individual with a background in both television media and medicine

I have known Dr. Worden in the capacity of the media for the past few years. I can say that she is a uniquely multi-talented individual with a background in both television media and medicine. Her commitment to research has made her a joy to work with as an interviewee. Her knowledge base in the field of natural medicine is truly impressive, constantly exposing our audiences to cutting-edge procedures, natural product development and research. She also brings a proper amount of skepticism to the table in a field where false claims have often created a mistrust of the medical profession.

What I find most valuable, however, is that she has the capacity to care about the
welfare of her patients, taking a humanistic and individual approach to their healing journey and relishing the challenge of complex cases. This has contributed to the building of trust with our audiences.


Regina Meredith

Producer and Host, Healing Matrix on GaiaTV
Producer and Host, Health Bites on

I am a big fan of this talented respected Doctor

Dr. Worden has shared many patients with me over the years. I can say that her patients love her and trust her. She has a deep caring for patients and treats them as individuals, finding just the right treatment for their personal needs. When I have a patient jointly under her care, I can expect them to tolerate the Radiation Therapy I prescribe much better. Most recently we have been collaborating on how to improve skin reactions in breast treatments, using soft laser therapy after the radiation treatments. Given her enthusiasm for research and science, we plan to put a study together at this campus to determine the best practice for this treatment modality.

Dr. Worden has a wealth of knowledge that is impressive and her willingness to integrate all therapies for the good of the patient is refreshing. She can offer patients a wide variety of treatments and is proficient in all of them. From IV therapies, Homeopathics, injections, laser therapy, Hyperthermia, nutrition, she is multitalented and all for the good of her patient!

Emily J. Grade, M.D.
Radiation Oncology Breast Lead, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center
Adjunct Associate Professor MD Anderson Cancer Center

Skill, enthusiasm, perseverance, inquisitiveness and passion for the improving the health of individuals

The attributes Dr. Worden is acknowledged for reach far beyond the ordinary as a physician, educator and researcher.  As a physician, Dr. Worden has demonstrated excellence as a diagnostician as well as an empathic healer. Combining these skills, which are inherent in Dr. Worden"s medical "toolbox" offer patient's the opportunity to move seamlessly toward identifying issues that create illness toward establishing not only the cause and treatment of illness but also moving forward with new skills to continue increased quality of life.

She is involved on a regular basis in cutting edge research in various areas of health, most recently cancer research. In addition, Dr. Worden takes the extra step of researching all of the products she recommends to her patients by personally contacting all companies that provide medicinal and nutritional supplements.


Maria Napoli, Ph.D. , Associate Professor, Director of Integrative Health Initiative, Arizona State University, School of Social Work

Physician, educator, technologist and friend

I have known Dr. Donese Worden as a physician, educator, technologist and friend for almost 15 years and hold her in extremely high regard. Her skill sets, motivations, intentions and consideration of others is of the highest order. 

Without reservation, I strongly recommend her to you as a practicing physician or as a superior and dedicated educator in the human health-care field of endeavor.

William A Tiller, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Ideally suited for establishing a clinic of metabolic medicine for cancer

Dr. Worden is engaged in bringing cutting-edge research from basic scientists and clinicians to the forefront of functional medicine. I was very impressed with her professionalism and engagement in key topics related to cancer. She has clearly recognized that metabolic therapy for cancer can offer patients effective alternative, non-toxic options for managing their disease. She has an engaging personality that fosters unique collaborations among members of the group.

Her goal now is to establish a clinic that can administer metabolic therapy to cancer patients.  Dr. Worden is ideally suited for establishing a clinic of metabolic medicine for cancer. She understands the shortcomings of traditional cancer treatments and is dedicated to improving therapeutic strategies and patient outcome. I can think of no other person more committed or qualified to establish this clinic than Dr. Worden. I can give Dr. Worden my strongest and most enthusiastic support.

Thomas N. Seyfried, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Boston College, Author: “Cancer as a Metabolic Disease: On the Origin, Management, and Prevention of Cancer”

Dr. Worden is one of the brightest stars in medicine

Natural Partners, Inc. has enjoyed a working business relationship with Dr. Donese Worden for over 10 years.  We have partnered and hosted numerous events with Dr. Worden as she taught her peers workshops on a variety of treatments such as aesthetics, homeopathic and pain management.  I have also witnessed how successful her entrepreneurial skills that clearly helped advised and created some “best selling products” over the years. She understands raw ingredients and has been able to develop and forecast popular products before they have come up on the market for supplement companies.

From my personal relationship as a patient, Dr. Worden is a straight shooter; she has an innate gift of understanding and healing a person. It is my belief that she is one of the very few practitioners that really understands both the Allopathic School of Medicine and the Alternative, Function treatments. She is able to bridge the two worlds of medicine in the best interest of the patient.

 Dianna Smith, President, Natural Partners, Inc.

Meticulous research and amazing media presence

Dr. Worden and I met when I was serving as a television news reporter and producer. I was asked to produce a video for an Italian naturopathic company as there are very few bilingual producers. As soon as I met Dr. Worden, I was impressed with her passion for helping others, her medical knowledge, and her on-camera presence.  I always welcome my calls from Dr. Worden because she is always involved in a new project – whether it’s writing a book on cancer or creating an online store with healthy products to help patients. Her goal is and has always been the same: To help others, provide medical information, and comfort her patients. While she has a wealth of medical knowledge.  During the past five years, I have navigated the medical world during my father’s lengthy illness. I trusted Dr. Worden to treat my father, which she did with enormous compassion and expertise.


Mia Toschi, MVT Media

Rare combination of clinical skills, research aptitude, education, and overall excellence in care.

I am writing in enthusiastic support of Dr. Donese Worden helping to spear-head a new integrative cancer treatment center in Colorado.

I have had the pleasure to know and work with Dr. Worden since I was in the Division of Rheumatology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. She always goes beyond the call of duty in giving expert care and sound advice for integrative and naturopathic care for my patients with inflammatory rheumatic diseases. Her follow-up with physicians like myself is exemplary. I always learn something new and her advice has changed my practice. More than that, my patients express a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction with clinical encounters with Dr. Worden. 

Nisha Manek, MD,  Member, Mayo Clinic Network Hospital, Former Division of Rheumatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Sophisticated and practical understanding of a wide range of complementary and integrative therapies

The project being contemplated will require individuals with sophisticated organizational and marketing skills, as well as knowledge of diverse clinical approaches and product development. Dr. Donese Worden brilliantly satisfies these requirements.  Moreover, she has a sophisticated and practical understanding of a wide range of complementary and integrative therapies. She also has created and worked with a network of remarkable and brilliant researchers and clinicians whose expertise will add immeasurably to the project being created. Everyone working with Donese will accomplish a lot and have fun at the same time. This is the type of project that is urgently needed, and Dr. Worden is ideally suited to help make it happen.

James L. Oschman, PhD, Author of Energy Medicine: the scientific basis (Churchill Livingstone, 2000); Energy Medicine in Therapeutics and Human Performance (Butterworth Heinemann, 2003); Energy Medicine: the scientific basis (Elsevier, 2016)

Tremendous asset to my laboratory in helping us move new therapeutic approaches into clinical practice

I have known Dr. Worden for over 4 years now and am quite familiar with her role as a leader in integrative medicine, so I am happy to have the opportunity to comment on her abilities and contributions. As a research scientist and Associate Professor at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, I have always been impressed with Dr. Worden’s integrity and understanding of the latest scientific research to guide her own clinical research and personalized patient care. 

In addition to her clinical practice and research, Dr. Worden is a prolific educator through a variety of media, workshops and conferences. 

Dr. Worden has been a tremendous asset to my laboratory in helping us move new therapeutic approaches into clinical practice.  

Based on her clinical expertise and tremendous track record and integrity in the field, I would strongly support Dr. Worden for a position requiring a high level of expertise in research, patient care and education.

Dominic D’Agostino, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine

One thing that stands out is her integrity and patients come first

As the CEO of Care Oncology she has been a critical resource. We continue to collaborate in a number of ways. Over the years, I have been impressed by her ability's as a clinician, researcher, and her ability to develop and market new products. One thing that stands out is her integrity. In her practice, and any project she is part of, the patients come first. She always applies appropriate skepticism and risk/reward analysis with her patients’ best interest at heart. 

Her expertise, integrity, media presence, and multitude of skills in the healthcare space is deep, experienced, and truly impressive. 


Travis Christofferson, CEO Care Oncology USA, Author, Tripping Over the Truth