Portland Clinic of Holistic Health's trio of eminently qualified physicians—Dr. Eric Blake, Dr. Christopher Metro, and Dr. Melissa Woodyard—each found their path to naturopathic medicine differently, and the combination of their histories and talents creates a clinic equipped to handle everything from acupuncture to natural childbirth. The basic philosophy behind naturopathic treatment involves reducing excesses—whether it be of toxins, calories, or stressors—and restoring deficiencies through nutritional counseling and relaxing exercises. The clinic repertoire of services includes several procedures, including naturopathic physiotherapy and Carroll Food Intolerance Testing, which can reveal particular sensitivity to edibles such as legumes, milk, and pinecones.
Medical director and physician Dr. Stephanie Durham leads a team of beauty experts—including a licensed cosmetologist and naturopathic doctor—in enhancing clients' appearances with noninvasive treatments. Pulling from a diverse collection of lasers, including the Cutera and Titan systems, techs clear unwanted hair or wrinkles, and help tighten the skin. Medical aestheticians customize facials and peels to treat specific skin troubles and gently knead muscles to evict stress.
The spa's decor fosters feelings of calm with warm colors, flickering candles, and comfy leather seats. The facial room acts as a quiet sanctuary for guests, where they may spend their time reading, meditating, or silently counting to 10.
At Total Skin Care, more than 50 years of combined physician experience oversees a bevy of beauty-buffing treatments. During the 30-minute photofacial treatment, an aesthetician zaps epidermal enemies with a noninvasive Harmony AFT laser. Gentle pulses of light penetrate subsurface skin layers, increasing collagen production and resistance to being beamed up by hostile aliens, while reducing unsightly blood vessels and diminishing uneven complexion, sunspots, and wrinkles. Designed to minimize discomfort and eliminate post-treatment downtime, IPL facials let customers quickly get back to the daily makeup use and balloon manipulation required for being the resident clown at the maternity ward.