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Now offering hormone pellets

Monday, April 17th, 2017

I am now offering hormone pellets which are a good alternative for people who don’t love doing shots or creams to get their hormone replacement.

Pellets are placed under the skin in a minor surgical procedure and get replaced every 3-4 months as needed.

Our office moved to 2326 NW Lovejoy St.

Monday, May 30th, 2016

We opened in our new location at 2326 NW Lovejoy St on September 19th.  We have a parking lot, it’s right on bus line 15 and our new clinic looks great!

Voted Best ND

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

I was voted Best ND by Willamette Week in 2015! Thanks to everyone who voted. My patients are the best and I love working with you all.

CareOregon

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

I am now a CareOregon provider for my transgender patients! Unfortunately, Family Care does not allow ND’s to participate. Of course, I am also covered under many private insurers and we do the billing for you. Be sure to check to see that your policy includes Naturopathic coverage and if there are any limits on what ND’s can do under your policy (such as ordering labwork, be a primary care provider, etc)

top doc list

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

 

I was also on the top doc list for Portland Monthly January 2012 and the Portland Mercury in 2013.

Are multivitamins dangerous?

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Many of you have probably heard the recent press release on a study that links multivitamins with adverse health effects. There is, of course, a deeper side to the story which is pretty well summarized in this article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/vitamin-dangers_b_1018430.html

A couple of key points :

Remember that correlation is not causation. There was an association, not a proven causal relationship. That takes a different study design.
Iron is a problem in anyone who doesn’t need it (anyone who does not menstruate basically).

Vitamins are not all the same. There are issues of quality involving synthetic vs. natural types, active forms of B vitamins, contamination by heavy metals, inaccurate label claims, on and on.

The truth is that there are common nutritional deficiencies in most people’s diets and a huge body of research supporting the clinical use of nutrients to enhance health.

Austin air filters

Friday, August 19th, 2011

I love Austin air filters because they work well to reduce both chemicals and allergens in the air. Indoor air pollution is being recognized more and more as a real problem, especially as our houses our more airtight and our furniture, carpets and paint are offgassing chemicals that are harmful. Add to that, animal dander, dust mites and pollens tracked in and respiratory and other health problems are inevitable. So I want people to know that I offer the Austin Air filters through my practice at a discount to my patients. There are a few different models and sizes but they are reasonably priced and can even be shipped right to your home. The filters are good for 5 years before replacements are needed. Ask me for details if you are interested. I especially recommend them for people dealing with allergies and asthma.

25 years of practice!

Friday, August 19th, 2011

I just realized that I hit the 25 yrs in practice milestone this year.  I still love what I do more than ever, getting to help people get healthier and happier. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to listen to my patients’ stories and I learn so much from them every day.  I am so lucky to be inspired and challenged in this path with you every day.  Thank you to all my awesome patients who make my job so rewarding.

Allergies not letting up

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

My patients are still suffering badly from allergies, and grass pollen is still the most prevalent pollen offender.  A few tips to reduce your exposure:

  • Wash off when you come inside after changing clothes.
  • Wear a hat when outside then take it off along with your shoes when you come inside.
  • Use a nasal irrigation solution in a syringe or neti pot or at least a saline nasal spray.
  • Don’t open windows, especially in your bedroom.
  • Use an air filter in your bedroom, an air conditioner or at least use fans blowing out the window, never in.
  • Natural antihistamines like nettles and quercetin may also help.

Sleep problems

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

At least half of my patients tell me that they have difficulty with sleep.  We are so “on” all day and evening that it is hard to find the “off” switch at night. Sleep hygeine is about creating an environment that is conducive to good quality sleep.  A dark, very dark room is important to melatonin production.  If you can’t get blackout curtains, an eye mask is a good investment.  A good quality one that is comfortable, adjustable and completely blocks out light is an invaluable help to many people.  I use mine every night, since the sunrise became earlier in the spring.