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.
For seven years, Dr. Jonathan Preiss dealt with recurring bouts of excruciating pain. Sharp stabs would shoot across his back, often keeping him from walking. Cringing, he tried to shrug off the pain, even waving off suggestions to see a chiropractor. Preiss believed this pain was something he would just have to live with. Finally—after repeated urgings from his landlord—Preiss gingerly hobbled to see a chiropractor. The decision not only realigned his ailing spine, but also the course of his life. After one adjustment, the pain had almost completely dissipated, and Preiss, who had been in the process of applying to veterinary school, immediately began looking into chiropractic schools. He settled on Western States Chiropractic College, now known as University of Western States, for its “rigorous and comprehensive program.” After graduating with honors, Dr. Preiss practiced chiropractic in Tucson before moving to Portland, where his Chiropractic Art & Science has built a foundation on the guiding principle that health is a human’s most valuable possession. At his practice, Dr. Preiss calls upon his personal experience with pain to make sure each client receives the treatments that will help them balance between relief and wellness care. He addresses pain and aches as the body’s signals of distress, and he and his staff apply gentle, tailored adjustments to relieve discomfort that nags like a pop song warbled by a melodious washing machine.
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.
Acupuncturist Siamak Shirazi has a secret that he’s dying to share—acupuncture isn’t just for aches and pains anymore. Guided by his learned hands, the therapeutic needles of the ancient Chinese treatment can also erase the fine lines associated with aging, boosting circulation and collagen production and leaving faces looking younger. So, when he’s not busy sharing his cosmetic acupuncture skills on television, he's treating clients at 2bwell Clinic, a holistic healing studio dedicated to easing clients’ needs through preventive care, community wellness. Practitioners including massage therapists, naturopathic physicians, dieticians, and a breath-work specialist work together to devise integrative healthcare solutions and bust vitamin smuggling rings.