The practice of Naturopathic medicine is deeply rooted in its philosophy. The six guiding principles are:
First Do No Harm
The Healing Power of Nature
Treat the Whole Person
Identify and Treat the Cause
Doctor as Teacher
When these principles are followed, the disease process may be reversed and one regains a robust quality of life.
Classical Chinese Medicine
Classical Chinese medicine is ultimately about balance and homeostasis. Together, we will harmonize the yin/yang balance to restore optimal functioning and vitality. Modalities such as acupuncture and cupping allow the organ systems to function at their highest potential, while decreasing inflammatory response and improving circulation. Although both of these therapies are highly touted for their pain relieving effects, they also tone the parasympathetic nervous system and allow a deep state of relaxation.
Dr. Michelle began her post-college career as an outdoor guide and counselor for at-risk youth. Her excitement for wilderness medicine ultimately ignited her medical career. She attended NUNM in Portland, OR, an accredited Naturopathic medical university with dual degrees as a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and MSOM. Her training was a rigorous 6 years, including medical study in addition to nutrition, herbal medicine (both Western and Chinese), homeopathy, physical medicine, and several years of clinical hours under highly trained practitioners in both teaching and community clinics. She had her first child during her fourth year of school, her second just after board exams and her third while transitioning her new practice back to Bend, OR. Now you will find Dr. Michelle on the trails with her cattle dog, on the mats at the dojo, cheering on her kids from the sidelines or dance studio or training in StrongFirst-style lifting and movement. Her passions are steeped in family, the outdoors, martial arts, quality movement and swift recovery. Check out her podcast!