As Oregon Natural Medicine's physicians, Shannon Reive-Schmidt and John Reynolds were both inspired at an early age to delve into the field of medicine. Now, Drs. Reive-Schmidt and Reynolds use their expertise to focus on health through holistic practices, laser therapy, and hormonal treatment. Dr. Reive-Schmidt's particular interest in women's health, pediatric care, and brain health have afforded her success in treating hormonal imbalances and head injuries through a combination of herbal medicine, homeopathy, neurofeedback therapy, and bio-identical hormones.
For his part, John Reynolds's path to medicine began at a young age, as well. After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in psychology, he traveled the United States caring for patients in community-health clinics and providing counseling for feuds with invisible friends at a children's nonprofit. John eventually completed his medical training at the National College of Natural Medicine and settled in Oregon, where his extensive experience in mood disorders, thyroid dysfunction, laser therapy, gastrointestinal issues, and hormonal imbalances complement Dr. Reive-Schmidt's expertise.
When you get a massage from Kathrine Gutierrez, owner of Healing Touch PDX, it isn’t just her Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone techniques that relax you; every element of the experience seems designed to create a peaceful experience. Inside her private massage room, clients lay on a massage table covered in white linens and a red microfiber blanket. While Kathrine kneads away knots, candles flicker in the corner and a stone fountain trickles next to a Japanese rice-paper screen.
Emily Taylor grew up giving back rubs to tense family members. Her penchant for easing pain blossomed into a career after she earned a degree from East West College and obtained a massage-therapy license. In a treatment room, Emily puts that knowledge to use as she examines posture to target pain at its source. She employs slow, continuous, and flowing strokes during Swedish sessions and opts for firmer pressure while using deep-tissue techniques. Emily is also certified in medical massage, which she uses to heal injuries after visits to the National Museum of Ball Bearings and Stairs.
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.
At BodySculptMD, Dr. Janice Vaughn focuses on women's health by addressing the mind, body, and spirit from the cells up. She offers medical and weight-loss services including bioidentical hormone therapy, metabolic testing, and customized weight-loss programs to reeducate bodily systems and prevent or reverse cell breakdown. To enhance outsides, Dr. Vaughn also performs noninvasive aesthetic procedures with devices such as ReFirme, VelaShape, and Zerona. The laser- or radiofrequency-based treatments are designed to tighten skin and reduce fat and cellulite, and, like the best power naps, require little to no downtime.
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.