Weight loss can be a challenge in many people's lives—including that of Dr. Eric Spencer. After shedding 40 of his own unwanted pounds, he founded Monarch Medical Weight Loss with a team of fellow doctors and now serves as chief medical advisor of the nonsurgical clinic system. Many of the practitioners and staffers have triumphed at their own slimming efforts, serving as both inspiration and role models to their patients. The diet programs at Monarch Medical Weight Loss range from quick jump-start plans to full, lifelong memberships, all incorporating healthy, educated eating and sensible behavior modification. Pound-dropping success stories can be found on the website, as told by firefighters, grandmothers, couples, and retired dumbbells.
At City Of Roses Hypnosis, Kimball Ralphs CHt, certified by the National Guild of Hypnotherapists and a member of the Oregon Hypnotherapy Association, has the transformative power of suggestion on his side. Before hypnosis sessions take place, the certified hypnotherapist takes time to answer any questions his patients might have. Once patients feel comfortable, he coaxes them into a relaxing, hypnotic state before intoning a series of positive suggestions during their sessions, throughout which patients retain a sense of control. Ideally, the suggestions burrow into the subconscious mind, where they reinforce patients’ personal goals—which could include losing weight, quitting smoking, curbing addictive habits, or landing a job as the manager of a boy band.
The doctors at Insights to Health specialize in dietary supplements, nutritional plans, and all-natural wellness programs, treating adults, children, and families with holistic remedies in a modern and spacious office. By uncovering both the symptoms and causes of a physical malady, the naturopathic physicians help create long-term weight-loss strategies, prescribe detoxification programs, and work with the nervous system to design brain-healing treatment plans. Certain specialty programs include treatment for anxiety and depression, hormone balancing and a program designed for equestrians.
Since 1983, the nonprofit Northwest Family Services has helped youth, couples, and families make healthy life decisions. Youth programs provide safe harbor for children and teens after school, and match up kids in peer-to-peer leadership programs. Summer sessions encourage kids to make new memories by playing with words and pictures in PhotoVoice camp, during heart-pounding adventure camps, or out of Popsicle sticks. For adults, the organization’s job-help programs guide applicants through resumé writing and interviewing skills. Laying out a roadmap for happy new families, marriage-prep counseling gives couples and singles tips for navigating healthy relationships.
As Hugo Kugiya of the Associate Press wrote, "To hire Alma Rubenstein is to hire someone to be your very honest, very proactive best friend for five weeks. She will groom you and dress you and compliment you, criticize you, and repair you." Alma, also known as Date Doctor Alma, is a relationship professional who works with her clients to help them find love. Among her services are speed-dating sessions that require a pre-screening (which doubles as a coaching session) and ensures that all the potential suitors at the event are good matches. Alma also coaches guests during Flirting 101 workshops meant to help guests gain confidence, learn effective conversation techniques, and finally stop the habit of batting eyelashes until eyelids quit cooperating.