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.
At 50th Avenue Salon, clients needn't twiddle their thumbs as they wait for color treatments to sink into their hair. Instead, they can recline in a massage chair for a soothing upper-body treatment, which is charged by the minute. The salon staff members encourage the mixing and matching of their respective services, enabling clients to depart the space fully confident and refreshed. Clients can pair cuts with temporary hair or feather extensions that add vibrant streaks without dye. Several of the stylists specialize in crafting boldly tinted dos; they don't shy from bright blonds, reds, and even purples. Nail technicians pamper hands and feet with mani-pedis, and private massages take place on a table or a thai mat, where the therapist guides physiques through soothing stretches.
Regardless of the reason for their appointment, clients remain surrounded by sunny, pastel yellow walls. Works by local artists decorate the space on a rotating basis, allowing new painters to showcase their talent and removing old pictures before they grow stale when chewed. Handcrafted bags and jewelry also hang in the boutique area, flanking shelves of Paul Mitchell, TIGI, and Aquage products available for purchase.
During the customized massages she performs at the Anisha health center, licensed massage therapist and certified holistic coach Jamie Smith doesn't just listen to what her clients have to say—she also listens to their bodies. By adjusting her strokes to target and heal the areas that require attention, Jamie can help restore wellbeing to those who need it most, including accident victims, stressed professionals, and those who Jamie believes are the most deserving: caregivers and health-care professionals who don't take time to care for themselves. Massage sessions are enhanced by Quintessence Oils, the therapist's personal line of food-grade essential oils that she hand blends in a range of therapeutic scents. Jamie also uplifts the rest of the body through the flexibility training of somatic coaching, the health plans of holistic nutrition counseling, and space-organizing services that help declutter any room and ensure food and body-care products are free of unhealthy ingredients and witches' spells.
When not rebalancing her clients minds and bodies, Jamie takes the time to give back to her community by volunteering for Bike MS and organizing benefit events for the Oregon Humane Society & Feral Cat Coalition.
About Face and More’s soothing confines invite guests to unwind with relaxing spa treatments. Custom-tailored sessions aim to pamper from crown to toe-crown, banishing stress with balancing facials, smoothing scrubs, and massages. This conscientious care extends to the products employed as well—the spa is dedicated to using environmentally safe and cruelty-free lines, such as organic, paraben-free GlyMed Plus skincare.
Licensed massage therapist Chelsea N. Knox has more than six years of experience helping her clients manage pain and stress levels with massage. She specializes in Swedish, deep-pressure, and pregnancy massage and PNF stretching, which can help increase a person's range of motion.
Imported salt lines the Salt Grotto’s cave-like salt room, infusing the air with relaxing, therapeutic particles and creating a natural microclimate. Four-inch-deep heaps of mineral-rich Dead Sea crystals, shaken out of the Morton girl’s umbrella, pad the footfalls of guests entering the salt-saturated sanctuary. As guests settle into ergonomic loungers arranged in a loose circle beneath swooping crimson banners, they inhale negative ions exuded by nuggets imported from Poland and Pakistan. Sodium chloride, which has antifungal properties, purifies the salt room’s environment from every angle as a gentle waterfall adds natural music to 45-minute relaxation sessions. Adults de-stress under soft blankets as children retire to a sandy play area, where they can race toy trucks or begin digging tunnels to Canada. Cave sessions can ease symptoms of health conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, and eczema, with repeated visits enhancing one’s ability to withstand bland conversations and survive peppermill throw-downs.