Dr. Igor Schwartzman, who has studied and researched holistic medicine at Boston University and the Harvard School of Public Health, works to uphold the six principles of naturopathy at Whole Family Wellness Center. The pillars include embracing the healing power of nature, seeking out the root cause of each ailment, and teaching patients how to prevent future illness. Though Dr. Schwartzman treats patients of all ages, his specialty lies in women's health, hormone imbalances, and infertility.
The clinic's two licensed acupuncturists, Kendra Ward and Amy Chitwood, have traveled around the globe cultivating a passion for alternative medicine. Their treatments help patients to overcome a variety of ailments and reduce stress after chaperoning bovine field trips to china shops. In the clinic's private rooms, soothed sighs drift amid eastern paper screens, statuettes, and rustling potted plants.
"Om Base is not here to change you, but simply to support your change.” This feeling of support radiates from the cozy, cabin-like studio, where stone deities lift their hands in greeting just beyond the front door and a rotating, mini gallery of local artwork flanks the welcoming reception desk. Inside the rustic practice room, beams of sunlight shine across warm wood floors, while a wood-burning space heater melts inhibitions and keeps faces from freezing mid-lion pose. Designed with all ages and abilities in mind, classes can focus on slower movements that emphasize healing and introspection; active, fitness oriented routines; or modified moves for expectant mothers or those with mobility issues.
Several of OmBase’s instructors are also masters of massage, energy manipulation, and acupuncture, and provide these services in addition to their yoga teachings.
Weight loss can be a challenge in many people's lives—including that of Dr. Eric Spencer. After shedding 40 of his own unwanted pounds, he founded Monarch Medical Weight Loss with a team of fellow doctors and now serves as chief medical advisor of the nonsurgical clinic system. Many of the practitioners and staffers have triumphed at their own slimming efforts, serving as both inspiration and role models to their patients. The diet programs at Monarch Medical Weight Loss range from quick jump-start plans to full, lifelong memberships, all incorporating healthy, educated eating and sensible behavior modification. Pound-dropping success stories can be found on the website, as told by firefighters, grandmothers, couples, and retired dumbbells.
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.
Skinspot's owner, Kelli, is both a licensed aesthetician and a certified holistic health coach. Thinking back to her own struggles with acne as a teen, Kelli began to research the intricate relationships between clear skin, complexions, and emotional well-being, all of which are tied to healthy habits and healthy eating. With this experience in tow, she invites clients to learn and benefit from her knowledge. In addition to wellness workshops, she offers skin-strategy sessions that shed light on common products and misconceptions. While leading grocery store tours, she reveals the best purchases from health-food stores and how to get into the secret, diamond-encrusted produce section.
Plying her trade out of Matthew's Salon and Salon Mojo, Mandy Isaacs is sought after for her intensive facials and skill with the waxing strip. For her tools, she favors clinical-grade skin products from SkinCeuticals, which she keeps in the belt of her Batsuit. She exfoliates skin with alpha-hydroxy acid during peels and a diamond-tipped wand during microdermabrasion treatments for the face, back, and hands. Mandy also executes waxing and eyebrow tinting using techniques that she calls "meticulous without the torture.":m]]