The team of holistic healers at G & L Acupuncture and Wellness Center manipulates the body’s healing energies from the inside out with combinations of acupuncture, massage, and Chinese herbs. Disharmonious meridians wreaking havoc in the form of chronic pain, digestive issues, or headaches come into alignment with acupuncture or Tuina massage. Chinese herbs combine the benefits of plant-based medications with the joy of swallowing pills to maintain the therapeutic momentum of acupuncture and Tuina massage.
Although they adhere to the same philosophy of holistic healing, each member of the team brings their own unique skill set and experiences to the practice. Two acupuncturists with backgrounds working in a 500-bed Chinese hospital join together with an acupuncturist who trained in physical therapy and one who trained in applied physics.
The fitness instructors, massage therapists, and holistic well-being specialists at Beaverton Healing Center all have the same mission: to create a positive learning and healing space. To that end, services are geared toward balancing mind, body, and spirit, with offerings such as private and group yoga classes, chakra clearings, and pregnancy massages. The center's motto is "you deserve good things" and that policy is followed from top to bottom—even the floors are cleaned with special H2O steam mops that also coo lullabies to your ankles.
When licensed therapists at Skyline Integrative Medicine listen to clients' medical histories, they look beyond the immediate cause of pain, seeking to understand its underlying causes and its consequences throughout the body. With this information in hand, they address problems, such as migraines, back and neck pain, depression, and TMJ with massage, acupuncture, and other services derived from traditional Chinese medicine. Treatments also address bad habits and addictions, helping clients lose weight or quit smoking without the need for faddish gimmicks.
Skyline Integrative Medicine boasts a team of qualified practitioners and acupuncturists, including Lori Petras, Jeff Olson, and Jennifer Fletcher. With more than 25 years of practice, Dr. Fletcher has developed an integrated approach to natural medicine from training that spanned the globe. In addition to studying rehabilitation and podiatry in the U.S., she has trained with medical and holistic doctors from Korea and China. Receiving Tuina training at Samra University in the greater Los Angeles area in 1987, Dr. Fletcher later practiced the art by hand rolling small bags of beans to strengthen her skills. Jeff Olson practices acupuncture with a specialization in sports medicine and chronic pain, while Lori. Petras specializes in motor vehicle accidents and nonsurgical facelifts. They also treat painful foot and hand conditions, and offer relief from many forms of arthritis. Skyline Integrative Medicine also holds classes in traditional Chinese medicine and qi gong practice.
Clearwater Clinic’s three chiropractic doctors, Bryan Baisinger, Jacob May, and Greg Lekas, all share at least one other passion: athletics. Dr. Baisinger, the owner, specializes in sports medicine and performance, and is the former medical director for the Portland Fit marathon-training group. When he isn’t in the office, he’s serving as team physician for Portland State University’s athletics department or hapkido instructor at Portland State.
Dr. May is a member of the physical therapy team at the Oregon Ballet Theater, Dr. Lekas teaches martial arts, and both donate their time and skills to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training sports-training program. At Clearwater, all three doctors combine their areas of expertise to provide integrative chiropractic care with manipulative therapy and manual-adjustment techniques.
They’re aided by a team of specialists that helps identify a range of issues—whether it’s mental stress caused by working too much or physical stress caused by tunneling out of a work cubicle. Naturopathic doctor Lindsey Nelson educates patients on plans for stress reduction and proper nutrition. Lori Petras, meanwhile, treats clients with acupuncture or Chinese herbs. And, using modalities such as deep-tissue, Swedish, and hot or cold-stone massage, a pair of licensed massage therapists removes tension from muscles.
Owner Dr. Ryan Minarik is just one of three naturopathic physicians at Elixia Wellness Group, and one of four licensed acupuncturists. As if that wasn't enough expertise, his staff also includes practitioners of Chinese medicine, a chiropractic doctor and yoga teacher, massage therapists, and even a skin technician. With such healers backing him up, Dr. Minarik tackles maladies of all shapes and sizes using a holistic approach that revolves around the individual. Each treatment takes the patient's history into account, as well as factors such as genetics, before tracking down the root cause of issues instead of just medicating symptoms. Once the practitioners have pinpointed the problem, they can assemble a plan of attack using their multiple fields of expertise.
Although Elixia Wellness Group's treatment philosophy stretches back centuries, it keeps an eye on the ever-changing landscape of healing technology. Recently, Dr. Minarik has begun stimulating postinjury healing with platelet-rich-plasma injections. The contemporary method separates platelets—treasure troves of potential regeneration—from the patient’s own blood before returning them to the circulatory stream at the point where torn tendons or arthritis cause pain.
The staff members at The Qi Spot share a philosophy centered around creating a gentle environment to help patients to forget everyday stressors and focus on bringing their bodies into balance. The practitioners specialize in traditional Chinese medicine therapies, including acupuncture, herbal remedies, and naturopathic counseling, to relieve pain and aid in healing after auto accidents. Cupping, cosmetic acupuncture, and moxa also help to inspire a healthy flow of chi. Improving energy circulation, like rotating the skeleton's tires, helps to prevent pain and illness by encouraging the body to function smoothly.
The Oregonian has written about the holistic hub, and co-owner Wade McCulloch performed facial acupuncture on television in front of a live studio audience for AM Northwest. The practice also shows a commitment to helping others by providing community acupuncture to clients without health insurance and by contributing to the Harambee Center, a Portland-based organization that supports Kenyan communities.