Dr. Deborah Maken

Dr. Deborah Maken

Dr. Maken has dedicated her life to helping others with mental, physical, and emotional well-being for over 24 years. She began her career in University research in the Behavioral Neuroscience field where she spent 15 years studying the rich interplay between the nervous system and behavior. After obtaining her PhD, she became a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Columbia University. While she was there, she studied how mental and emotional dysregulation can be correlated with brain functioning using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in children and adolescents in the brain imaging laboratory of the Psychiatry Department. Her populations of study were patients diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity, Bi-Polar, and Obsessive-Compulsive disorders.

Throughout her studies, she became increasingly aware of consistent patterns of over-diagnosis and medication usage with little to no treatment of whole-person health including microbiome health, brain nutritional deficiencies, environmental toxicant exposures, or behavioral skills adversity training. It was common for her to observe grief, disordered attachment styles between parent and child, parental divorces, and other traumas as instigators of mental and emotional disturbances. Dr. Maken’s new awareness compelled her to go back to medical school to learn clinical natural medicine so that she could help patients resolve their root causes of dysfunctional health conditions.

Dr. Deborah Maken is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and Physician, Acupuncturist, and Behavioral Neuroscientist. She currently offers acupuncture, natureneuroFLEX treatment program, naturopathic, and functional medicine in-person care.

Additional Credentials

  • Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine (MTOM), Emperor’s College School of Traditional Oriental Medicine

  • Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND), Bastyr University School of Naturopathic Medicine

  • Biomedical Sciences Ph.D., Concentration: Neuroscience and Physiology, Wright State University

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Wright State University (Suma Cum Laude)

  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration; Major: Marketing, Miami University


  • Maken, D.S., Weinberg, J., Cool, D., & Hennessy, M.B. (2010). An investigation of the effects of maternal separation and novelty on central mechanisms mediating pituitary- adrenal activity in infant guinea pigs. Behavioral Neuroscience, 124, 800-809.

  • Maken, D.S., & Hennessy, M.B. (2009). Development of selective social buffering of the plasma cortisol response in laboratory-reared male guinea pigs (Cavia Porcellus). Behavioral Neuroscience, 123, 347-355

  • Maken, D.S. (2009) Dissertation thesis: Central Mechanisms Regulating Pituitary-Adrenal Activity in Infant Guinea Pigs (Cavia porcellus) during Exposure to Psychological Stressors: Independent and Combined Effects of Maternal Separation and Novelty.

  • Hennessy M.B., Zate, R., & Maken, D.S. (2008). Social buffering of the cortisol response of adult female guinea pigs. Physiology and Behavior, 93, 883- 888.

  • Hennessy M.B., Schiml-Webb, P.A., Miller, E.E., Maken, D.S., Bullinger, K.L., & Deak, T. (2007). Anti-inflammatory agents attenuate the passive responses of guinea pig pups: evidence for stress-induced sickness behavior during maternal separation. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 32, 508-515.