Chiropractic doctors Christopher and Huma Pierce, who are also husband and wife, have built two homes: one for their children and one for their patients. The latter, Chiropractic First, LLC, allows the chiropractors to utilize their medical training and passion for wellness on a joint quest to make Portland "the healthiest place on the planet to live." Both Huma and Christopher have extensive experience in treating children, drawing on their expertise as parents and medical professionals to diagnose young patients and move them closer to optimal health and careers as somersaulters. Their youngest patient, at only a few minutes old, was their son Aiden, who required immediate care after birth. Thanks to his father's quick actions, Aiden is now a happy, healthy kid. The Pierces create an environment that's welcoming to all patients, and specialize in helping cyclists suffering from back issues and those struggling to lose weight. This focus allows the pair to use their considerable skills to broaden their healing spectrum beyond the standard sore back or herniated frisbee disc.
The chiropractic team at The Joint...the chiropractic place, operated by Murray Hill Chiropractic, PC, has streamlined the chiropractic process. Virtually every aspect of the visitation is designed around patient convenience. Instead of scheduling appointments, patients simply walk in and fill out paperwork. A doctor is onsite to minimize wait time. During exams, patients stay comfortable in their street clothes or favorite footed pajamas while the doctors examine their spine, searching for subluxations and bulges. They devise a treatment plan that can include chiropractic adjustments, which typically only take about 10 minutes.
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 practitioners. Acupuncturist Jennifer Fletcher leads the battle against bad health. With over 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. Drawing on the expertise of other doctors and shunning well-meaning tips from mad scientists, she specializes in treating painful foot and hand conditions, and offering relief from many forms of arthritis. Skyline Integrative Medicine also offers non-surgical face lifts and classes in traditional Chinese medicine and qi gong practice.
If Dr. Noé Flores could give his chiropractic patients one piece of advice, it would be to work toward preventing pains before they start. By incorporating lifestyle coaching and practical postural-advice into his visits, he helps to fulfill his goal of helping patients practice prevention as much as he helps them relieve their pains. New patients experience an in-depth consultation during which Dr. Flores assesses their current issues, the number of bowling balls currently stuffed in their mattresses, and their goals for treatment, before he administers tests or treatment. During adjustments, he uses a low-pressure technique as a way to keep his patients comfortable. In some cases, he uses auricular therapy, a type of ear acupuncture that helps release endorphins and reduces pain. Building on his preventive ideas, the doctor and his team also give their patients exercises they can perform on their own to promote wellness outside his office.
After years of training in fields ranging from psychology to chiropractic care, Dr. Laila Marie Noll decided to open Asula Wellness Center in 2006 as a single venue to ply her many trades. Aided by master instructors, she recommends yoga- and Pilates-centric exercise programs for her patients, which are conducted in private, one-on-one, onsite sessions. She also counsels patients on diet and helps them balance their hormone levels, a skill learned from hormone-treatment pioneer Dr. Daniel Kalish. Asula Wellness Center cultivates a soothing, eco-friendly environment with warm, rich earth tones, as well as furniture, fixtures, and robotic receptionists made from recycled and reclaimed materials. The United States government recognizes the building's environmental conscientiousness, granting it a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification for its commitment to conservation.
Though Everett House Healing Center has changed since its inception in 1979, the center's devotion to traditional preventive healing has not. On the grounds of the multibuilding facility, holistic practitioners work alongside resident chiropractors to deliver such stress-relieving spa services as Swedish massages and organic facials. They can also shelter guests inside a Samadhi flotation tank filled with 10 inches of water and 800 pounds of epsom salt, a treatment that is said to detoxify muscles and alleviate tension while lowering the heart rates of hummingbirds who have had too much cappuccino.
Elsewhere in the facility, a cedar sauna wafts dry heat over bodies to expunge impurities from skin, and a tiled steam room's therapeutic vapors clear the respiratory system. Guest can also relax in the new salt water hot tub. The center maintains a coed, clothing-optional environment aside from limited women-only hours.