Cory Tichauer, ND is an OANP member, and is on the OANP board of directors. He operates a multi-disciplinary, multi-practiconer clinic in Southern Oregon. Read on to learn more about Cory and what it is like to operate in this type of environment!
How are you currently using your ND? What is your primary focus area of practice?
I own and operate a large multi-disciplinary, multi-practitioner clinic in sunny southern Oregon. For the past 10+ years, I have focused on the treatment of tick-borne illness, environmental medicine and chronic neurodegenerative diseases. My emphasis and passion for the past several years has been on better understanding the immunologic shifts that occur from chronic infections as well as how to support long-term healing through a targeted manipulation of the patient's own immune response.
What is unique about your clinic or the way you practice?
I practice from an integrative model, helping manage the benefits of various pharmaceutical medications with a Naturopathic model aimed at restoring health. All of our practitioners are encouraged to bridge evidence-based research with innovative treatment modalities as a model for optimizing outcomes. In addition to my areas of specialty, we have practitioners that focus on integrative Oncology, GI conditions, cardiovascular risk assessment and functional endocrinology. This model of diversification allows us to address most medical concerns and optimally support the patient through intra-office referral.
How is OANP valuable to you and your profession?
I see value in membership as a source of professional support. As a practitioner of 15 years, I still see a lack of public knowledge about Naturopathic Medicine as well as a lack of professional support from our Allopathic colleagues as one of our major issues in the profession. Public relations and legislative efforts from the OANP are, in my opinion, the best avenues to correct this ignorance.
Do you have a favorite patient experience?
I have many "favorite" patient experiences, but the one that most dramatically shaped my practice came about 10 years ago. I was visited by a middle-aged female who had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis only a few years prior but was rapidly progressing. Of note was her career as a forest ranger of nearly 20 years and a history of multiple tick bites. Needless to say, this was the most significant "CDC positive" Lyme case that I had encountered until this time. Over the course of about 18 months of treatment, the patient made a nearly full recovery and now rides a motorcycle again!
Why do you practice naturopathic medicine?
As someone who appreciates the mental stimulation associated with difficult cases, I believe Naturopathic Medicine is best suited to addressing the complexity of chronic illness. Breaking from a 'standard-of-care' model to instead treat each person individually is the key principle that allows for this success.
Who is the most influential person to you on your naturopathic journey?
I would say the most influential person to me was the only Naturopathic Physician practicing in Nebraska in 1996. Following a research study in Nepal where I worked and studied with a Shaman, I was left questioning my motivations for becoming a Medical Doctor and had only just encountered the field of Naturopathic Medicine. Randal Bradley, ND, was gracious enough to meet with me to discuss his practice as well as provide me with an incredible paper that he had written on the differences of mechanism versus vitalism. It was his manuscript that ultimately led to me enrolling at NCNM in 1997.
What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
In addition to being rated the best Naturopathic Clinic in southern Oregon for the last two years (out of two years), I am very proud of our success as a clinic. Starting in a 650 sq ft space in early 2004; we now occupy a 5000 sq ft clinic complete with an infusion center, in-house lab, fully managed medicinary and muli-disciplinary practitioners.
Do you have any words of wisdom for recent ND graduates?
Remember the 80:20 rule and try to find an area of interest that will inspire you every day!
What is your definition of "happiness"?
What would you sing at Karaoke night?
Ripple by Jerry Garcia
Who is your favorite author?
I'm fickle with books, but my current favorite author is Patrick Rothfuss.
If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
I can think of two: Warning: Approach with caution before 10AM.
Warning: Struggles to understand the concept of time.