How are you currently using your ND? What is your primary focus area of practice? I specialize in neuromuskuloskeletal medicine and regenerative injection therapy. I am an expert in prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma, adipose-derived cell therapy, and nerve hydrodissection. I see patients that are in all varieties of physical pain.
What is unique about your clinic or the way you practice? I do extraordinarily thorough intakes that go far beyond the joint or area that happens to be hurting because I understand that the knee is connected to the back and blood sugar and hormone levels. I do diagnostic ultrasound in-office as well as use ultrasound to guide all of my injections. I understand that pain has many non-physical etiologies and am able to discuss compassionately with patients where their pain may be coming from: the bone, the connective tissue, the nerves, the psychoemotional plane, etc. All while having an integrative and holistic approach to orthopedic medicine that doesn't just stop where the pain stops.
How is OANP valuable to you? The OANP is the best advocate for our profession in this state, and we are in a state that sets the example for the rest of the country. I am a part of the legislative committee and see first-hand the immense amount of effort that goes into keeping the naturopathic profession alive and well in Oregon.
Do you have a favorite patient experience? I saw a patient who was a medical professional that did periodic medical missions and she had one coming up in the Andes of Peru. When I saw her she couldn't walk over a mile or two without excruciating pain in her hip. We did 2 PRP (platelet rich plasma) treatments and one adipose-derived cell therapy and within 6 months she was almost pain free and hiking through the Andes doing what she loved - serving others.
Why do you practice naturopathic medicine? I practice medicine because I am fascinated by what it means to be human. I practice naturopathic medicine because our world needs healthcare practitioners that treat the whole person and understand how to utilize the healing power of nature.
What professional accomplishment are you most proud of? My 2-year primary care residency at Grain Integrative Health
Do you have any words of wisdom for recent ND graduates? Primary care is the basis of our medicine, so even if you choose to specialize (which is great), understanding how to treat all the simple things and understanding how they all fit together is indispensable.
What would you sing at Karaoke night? LCD Sound System - Dance Yourself Clean