Modalities

mo·dal·i·ty: a particular mode in which something exists or is experienced or expressed

Much of the beauty of naturopathic medicine is the wide range of tools we have to treat illness. My approach includes a European style of medicine called Biotherapeutic Drainage, homeopathy, botanical medicine, holistic nutrition, and daily lifestyle practices.


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Biotherapeutic Drainage

When the body is overwhelmed by toxins, it can no longer eliminate them as effectively, which leads to symptoms and disease. Biotherapeutic Drainage (BTD) is a European style of medicine that focuses on gently opening up our natural detoxification pathways at a cellular level. A combination of homeopathy, Anthroposophical medicine, and Chinese medicine, BTD helps the body return to homeostasis through the release of toxins from cells and the restoration of normal physiologic function. It may sound complicated but it's fairly simple in practice and is truly individualized medicine at its best.   

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Botanical Medicine

Humans have long known of the profound healing power of plants. Cultures around the world, both ancient and modern, have harnessed their elegant medicinal properties. Indeed, plants are often the foundation of many modern pharmaceutical medications. Fully embodying the healing power of nature, botanical medicine can be used to reduce inflammation, fight infection, provide nutritional support, balance hormones, support fertility, modulate the immune system, and so much more. Plus, it is exciting to know that many of these plants are literally growing in our own backyards.

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Nutrition & lifestyle

What we put in our bodies and how we spend our time on a daily basis is what builds the foundation for lasting health. Most medical philosophies agree that the vast majority of illnesses can be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Naturopathic doctors pursue extensive training in specific dietary and lifestyle practices that can help you achieve your health goals. There is no one perfect diet for everyone and the only one that matters is the one that works for you. My goal is to incorporate individualized, achievable nutrition goals and daily health rituals around sleep, detoxification and stress management to help you start feeling better faster.  

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Homeopathy

Homeopathy is an over 200 year-old medical philosophy based on the concept of like cures like. Basically, substances can cause and cure the same symptoms. The substances used in homeopathic medicine, the arnica plant for example, are diluted to the point that only the energetic signature of the plant remains in the remedy. You can think of this energetic signature as a music note used to tune an instrument. It is the remedy that matches the note of your body in order to bring your entire being back in tune. This medicine is gentle and yet, has the ability to make change when nothing else has. Homeopathy treats the mind, body and spirit, which is perfect, because we need all three in balance to truly heal. 

Holistic Pelvic Care™

Developed by Tami Lynn Kent, a Portland-based women’s health physical therapist, Holistic Pelvic Care™ is a therapy designed to restore balance and flow to the musculature, organs and inner space of a woman’s pelvic bowl. Utilizing internal pelvic floor bodywork, vaginal massage, visualization and guided breathing this is potent medicine for addressing not only the physical health of the pelvis but also the deeper energetics held within. The female pelvic bowl is a receptive and creative space that holds not only our own stories, but those of our mothers, grandmothers and ancestors that came before us. In clearing this space, inviting awareness and listening to the wisdom that lies within, deep healing to ourselves and our core familial patterns can be done. Just as we might consider a massage for tight and overworked shoulder muscles, addressing the tension, trauma and dysfunction of the pelvic floor is essential for the overall balance and health of the female body. Women experiencing infertility, urinary leakage/incontinence, painful intercourse, menopausal complaints, prolapse, frequent vaginal infections, pelvic congestion, painful menses or those that have experienced birth (traumatic or not), birth loss, pelvic trauma or abuse can benefit immensely from this therapy. Holistic Pelvic Care™ can also be a part of routine women’s health and is wonderful for supporting fertility and menopause.