OANP Member Spotlight Dr. Regina Flanagan
Monday, June 29, 2020
Posted by: Leah Konieczka
OANP Member Spotlight with Dr. Regina Flanagan, ND
How are you currently using your ND and what is your primary area of practice?
I run a private family practice clinic in Canby. I focus on family care and midwifery.
What is unique about your clinic or the way you practice?
My clinic is unique – I built a tiny clinic onto my home. About 5 years ago, I decided I didn’t want to commute for work anymore and miss so much time away from my family. The tiny clinic allows me to operate a busy practice AND be available for my family. Because I practice in rural Oregon, I think the tiny clinic is also more approachable for many patients that aren’t comfortable or overwhelmed in a traditional clinic setting.
I have considered expansion and growing the practice. Through my business research, I asked many of my patients, “What do you like about this clinic?” I was grateful to learn, my patients feel I am great at walking the line between conventional and naturopathic medicine. I offer care without judgment and in doing so, I can meet patients where they are to help them meet their goals. I strive not to be dogmatic in my practice, understanding there are many way to approach and solve a problem.
How is OANP valuable to you and/or your profession?
I appreciate the lobbying efforts. OANP is working hard on pay parity, and having a voice around other important legislation that greatly affects our scope of practice. It’s vital that OANP represents the profession in Salem.
I am serving as a Mentor in the pilot year of the OANP Mentorship Program. Even though the program format was re-directed due to COVID – this experience has been great. The diversity of experience within the cohort is really useful for all involved. The mentees are involved with exciting endeavors and they each bring something unique to the conversation. As a mentor, one of the value points I try to impart is letting the mentees know - they will be great, if they continue to stay true to themselves. I strive to offer encouragement and support to my cohort.
Do you have a favorite patient experience?
The general sense that patients feel empowered to take good care of themselves, in a manner that doesn’t carry judgment like it used to. I’ve spent time learning about the Healthy at Every Size Movement. Human body weight has a lot less to do with long-term health outcomes that we previously thought. Being able to share this information with patients so they can have better connection to how they feel about their body and be more in touch with their own experiences. So they can make good choices for themselves.
Why do you practice naturopathic medicine?
For me it was a calling. This is especially true with midwifery. I discovered Naturopathic Medicine/NDs when I was 13 and knew this was what I was supposed to do and never wavered. After undergraduate school, I spent time working in other fields. Then I applied to Naturopathic Medicine School and have been on this path ever since.
Who is/was the most influential person to you on your naturopathic journey?
My mom. She is incredibly practical in the best way. When I told her I wanted to become a Naturopathic Physician, she gave me a little push back and had me consider why I wanted this career. This pushed me to really question my desire, stand up for what I wanted, and be confident in my decision to become an ND. She raised us in the natural mindset with natural living and eating. My dad was an EMT for ski patrol. At a young age, I guided many backpacking trips and worked as a wilderness 1st responder – so I was fortunate to have medical exposure in my youth and knew it’s what I wanted to do.
Dr. Windstar, ND. While at NCNM, I joined her mentor shift and she taught me so much about women’s health and how to care for women. My mentorship was intended to last a brief period, but I valued her teaching and approach so much, somehow I found a way to stay in the mentorship much longer than the typical time.
What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
I’ve built my practice into a thriving and active practice in Canby. Before creating my home clinic, I rented rooms from other providers to build patient base. I currently have a waiting list for patients and I am proud of the business I’ve built. It provides a much needed service to this area.
Do you have any words of wisdom for recent ND graduates?
For business building: take good care of the patients, do your very best for them and they will send you their friends and family and your business will grow.
Learn what you look forward to doing every day, and find how to make money doing it. Life is too short to spend your time doing what you don’t want to do.
What is your definition of “happiness”?
Being content in my life.
What would you sing at Karaoke night?
The Gambler by Kenny Rogers
Who is your favorite author?
Barbara King Solver
If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
Feed me if I’m hungry.