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.
Natural beauty and modern med-spa technology converge at this spa and boutique situated a stone's throw from the Portland waterfront. Guests can anchor their boats and then dock themselves comfortably at the pedicure bar, where toes enjoy a refreshing dip in jade-colored basins before being softened with mandarin ginger essential oils. Leafy green walls flanked by potted palms and vases filled with tall grasses reflect the spa's preference for all-natural skincare lines, including products by Éminence Organic, while jet-black furniture and sharp track lighting hint at the cutting-edge services––including laser hair removal and pixel skin resurfacing––that await inside private treatment rooms. Still, the spa is most proud of its specialty organic treatments, including a blueberry-soy slimming wrap that aims to improve circulation and activate the lymphatic system and a champagne-mimosa sugar scrub that bids bon voyage to dead skin cells as it hydrates and tones the body.
Customer comfort is given top priority, and guests are invited to unwind pre- or posttreatment in the spa's relaxation room, where complimentary tea, wine, and water are always available. The staff also encourages clients coming to the spa from work to bring a change of clothes so they can head home afterward in their coziest sweatsuit or velour overalls.
Owner Dr. Ryan Minarik is just one of three naturopathic physicians at Elixia Wellness Group, and one of four licensed acupuncturists. As if that wasn't enough expertise, his staff also includes practitioners of Chinese medicine, a chiropractic doctor and yoga teacher, massage therapists, and even a skin technician. With such healers backing him up, Dr. Minarik tackles maladies of all shapes and sizes using a holistic approach that revolves around the individual. Each treatment takes the patient's history into account, as well as factors such as genetics, before tracking down the root cause of issues instead of just medicating symptoms. Once the practitioners have pinpointed the problem, they can assemble a plan of attack using their multiple fields of expertise.
Although Elixia Wellness Group's treatment philosophy stretches back centuries, it keeps an eye on the ever-changing landscape of healing technology. Recently, Dr. Minarik has begun stimulating postinjury healing with platelet-rich-plasma injections. The contemporary method separates platelets—treasure troves of potential regeneration—from the patient’s own blood before returning them to the circulatory stream at the point where torn tendons or arthritis cause pain.
"Always believe in miracles," urges Believe Spa Salon's website. And with the salon nestled on a quiet residential street, with ferns, wildflowers, and sun catchers overtaking the porch, Believe looks like something out of a fairy tale where miracles do happen. Inside the eclectically decorated salon, stylists perform these mini miracles: curly hair become straight, dark hair becomes light, long hair becomes short.
But it can't all be chalked up to hocus-pocus. Believe's stylists are highly trained and specialize in different facets of beauty, including owner Sherri Sullivan. Sherri's dedicated nearly 30 years to hairstyling, with extra training in Alfaparf Milano coloring and making red and brunet color last longer. Her understanding of facial shapes and color techniques, along with client consultations, means customers walk out of the salon with hairstyles tailored to their individual looks and needs.
In addition to hair services, Believe staffers also apply makeup for special occasions, such as weddings or trips to upscale grocery stores. And in a little cottage out back of the salon, licensed massage therapist Amy Rose Boren performs relaxing massages that soothe and de-stress aching bodies.