At the Portland Clinic of Holistic Health we treat a wide variety of patients with a wide variety of complaints. We provide care to men, women, newborns, children and adolescents, seniors – from all walks of life.
We treat people not diseases.
We work to build health so that disease states improve, by helping the body to heal we are able to harness the self healing capability of the human body. Sometimes this includes conventional medications along with natural therapy and sometimes natural therapy alone is all that is required. Sometimes we are the lead physicians in the case and sometimes we are members of a patient’s team of doctors.
A sensible approach that seeks the best outcome for our patients is what we consider to be our ‘Integrated Medicine’ – medicine that integrates the best therapies for the good of our patients.
Our unique clinical approach starts with listening to you. We strive to provide our patients with a healthier body so they can live more fully. We specialize in treating and correcting the underlying causes of diseases, not just the symptoms. We are able to focus on causes and remedies by using thoughtful comprehensive evaluation and analysis.
Our dedicated staff of Doctors, Medical Assistants, and Administrative Staff embody the philosophy of Naturopathic and Chinese Medicine in their work each day. We offer a complete naturopathic medical clinic which includes a comprehensive range of primary and specialty services like Bio-Thermal Therapy®.
People today are very familiar with acupuncturists that needle into the skin at various sites. What is less commonly known is that this is just one system of dry trigger point needling. In fact the earliest medicinal agents archaeologists have found were located in Europe in the bogs that can preserve organic matter for thousands of years. What did they find? Of course some herbs in a satchel, but they also found a bone-needle acupuncture like device. There are a variety of approaches to trigger point acu-needling. For example the zone methods of Fitzgerald, or Heads Zones, or Travells, Chapmans, etc. Many of these systems have identified locations similar to those in Chinese Medicine.
By inserting very thin completely sterile disposable needles at various sites on the body the flow of blood and biological energy through the area is enhanced. If we imagine that the flow of blood and nerve energy in the body is much like a garden hose, and that if the hose is kinked we have inadequate flow of blood and nerve energy to the organs and tissues, remembering that organs and tissues need a proper flow of blood and nerve energy for proper function, we can understand then that the role of trigger point needling is to release these kinks and to unblock the flow of the blood and nerve energy and restore function to the organs and tissues.
Of course, internationally over several thousand years a variety of ‘reflex’ sites have been identified that can treat apparently unrelated parts of the body. For example treating the shin for problems in the opposite shoulder. This is not magic but sound physiology if we remember that the body has an elaborate sheet of connective tissue of various layers. If we hold down the corner of a sheet on a bed or a picnic table – what will happen at the opposite corner? It becomes restricted. If we loosen up the restriction, even though it may seem far away from the problem, we can have wonderful benefits in restoring range of motion, reducing pain, and speeding up a more complete healing.
Bio-Thermal Therapy® treatments are a powerful, natural, and non-invasive way to support the body’s healing processes. This therapy uses various biologically compatible electro-therapies combined with a specially timed thermal application. Bio-Thermal Therapy® is a non-drug method and has a long track record of safety and effectiveness.
The special timing of the thermal application was developed in Europe and improves cardiovascular function and circulates the blood while the body is at rest. This circulation is combined with specially selected electrotherapy devices depending on the biological effect the doctor is seeking. The combination of electrotherapy units and towels is determined at each visit by the doctor after listening to your heart tone and bowel sounds, and considering your symptoms.The selection, combination, and order of the electrotherapy devices and the timing of the towels is adjusted according to your individual condition. The individualized treatment is charted by the doctor and then administered by one of our specially trained nurses.The treatments are pleasant, relaxing, and take about 40 minutes.
Naturopathic Physical Therapy
The proper function of the body is dependent upon proper alignment and mobility of the spine. The spine serves many functions in the body- supporting our upright posture and protecting the nervous system just to name a few.
The spine is composed of stacked bones called vertebrae. These vertebrae rotate and slide along one another when we twist and turn and bend. Sometimes there is a restriction of the movement of certain spinal segments. Common reasons are trauma, chronic pain, or a habitual way we move ourselves. We can restore the movement at these levels with naturopathic adjustment of the spine. Naturopathic Physicians are also trained in other specialty adjustment techniques.
Manipulation of the bones of the skull (cranium) can be helpful in the case of lazy eyes, chronic sinusitis, ear infections and more (See picture).
Organs and tissues can be restored to their correct positioning such as a hiatal hernia – it can be reduced in many cases with manipulation instead of surgery, an injured meniscus can be manipulated back into place, dropped kidneys can be gently guided into place, and more. Dr. Blake is a co-editor of the textbook Naturopathic Physical Medicine and is an authority in the field of naturopathic physical medicine.
Our clinic has a dispensary of botanical, homeopathic, and nutritional formulas that will only be prescribed and dispensed if they are necessary for your care. In acute conditions, more frequent doses are commonly prescribed; for example, every hour or two for an infection. In longstanding conditions we may prescribe the medicine to be taken only once or twice daily or once a week. Our clinic utilizes both Chinese and Western botanical medicines because they can often be an excellent alternative to pharmaceutical therapy. The word ‘drug’ comes from the trading word ‘droog’ which meant ‘dried herb’.Botanical medicine comes in tablets, capsules, tincture extracts, and teas. We utilize the best that modern science has to offer combined with the long traditions of herbal medicine.
Homeopathy is the use of highly diluted medicinal substances that promote a healing response in the body. This method was developed in Germany by Dr. Samuel Hanhemann over 200 years ago and is used widely all over the world as primary care medicine.
Based upon the understanding that ‘like cures like’, small doses of a substance are given which, in turn, stimulate a healing reaction in the body. Homeopathic Drainage Therapy is a special application of homeopathic medicines. The goal of the drainage formulas is to drain wastes from specific cells, organs, or fluids of the body that impair normal function. By eliminating these wastes, the cell, organ, or tissue can then function more healthfully.
Insights into the questions and answers of diet were provided long ago in the Mediterranean by the Great Physician Hippocrates. Today the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet are championed as preventing heart disease while reducing inflammation and much more. Is it any wonder that from the home of Hippocrates this diet evolved? In addition to individual considerations such as goals, lifestyle, heredity, workplace, individual health conditions, modern research, and historical precedent, there are several key ingredients around which we organize answers to the question of diet. Fundamentally, Quality is a key consideration. Organically grown foods have consistently demonstrated higher nutrient concentrations ounce for ounce than their non-organic competitors. Additionally, the non-organic foods often contain environmental toxins, insecticides, and heavy metals that require even more nutrients for the body to adequately handle. Therefore, when possible, organic foods are preferred. The second consideration is the general orientation of diet according to blood type. We must be eternally grateful to the work of Dr. James D’Adamo in pioneering this useful framework.
Different blood types do better with a primarily vegetarian orientation (Type A) while others do better with a high protein low carbohydrate approach (Type O) and others a more omnivorous diet (Type B). Thirdly, and very importantly, we have individual Food Intolerance Testing. This identifies categories of individual foods, and combinations of foods eaten together, that a person is not able to break down, digest, and utilize. Because the process of digestion for these foods is incomplete the byproducts of their maldigestion essentially become toxins or irritants to the system. Where the irritation does the most damage is determined largely by genetic susceptibility. Certain food intolerances also show definite clinical trends. For example, individuals intolerant to potato often experience kidney problems.
In certain cases the kidney problem may manifest as arthritic pain because the kidneys have reached their tipping point, are no longer adequately filtering wastes from the blood stream, and hence deposits form in the joints. Most commonly each individual has one primary intolerance and one combination, though this varies. Unlike food allergies, most intolerances are present at birth, do not require prior exposure to the food, and do not seem to change over time.
To schedule an appointment, you may contact us at (503) 294-7070, or you may do so online, by clicking on the link, below.
What can I expect from my first visit?
First Visit is a 12-Point Workup and Evaluation
The Doctor will:
The doctor may additionally check your blood sugars, tissue zinc status, or conduct specific additional physical examinations as well all as a part of the screening workup. During the visit you will be educated on how our clinic works and what is different about us and why we are able to get results where others have tried and failed.
If the doctor sees the need for additional testing to be completed before your second visit such as tests for anemia, diabetes screening, thyroid function, heavy metals, routine urinalysis, etc. that will be communicated and discussed.
After the visit, the findings from your evaluation and testing will be analyzed and a written report of the findings along with recommendations and a personalized plan based on those findings will be created. This roadmap will be directed to address the underlying causes of your symptoms, to prevent the evolution of disease, and to build health by helping your body to heal itself
Do you accept insurance?
We do not bill insurance because we believe each patient is an individual and we do not want insurance companies to dictate the care we provide for you. We will, however, provide you with all the necessary paperwork for you to submit to your insurance company, due to the fact some plans allows for reimbursement on holistic care. We understand that insurance paperwork gets tedious, so we offer some help. We work with a third-party professional insurance biller that is willing to submit the claims for our patients at a small fee. The cost is $8 per superbill submission.
Naturopathic Physicians, Medical Assistants, and Care Coordinators
Regardless of roles and responsibilities, everyone pictured below is part of the mission to help as many people as possible.
Dr. Eric Blake ND, MSOM, Dipl. Ac.
Medical Director and Naturopathic Physician
Dr. Blake was born in New York City and grew up in the Midwest. He received a degree in Cultural Anthropology and completed his preparatory medical curriculum at the University of Cincinnati in 1994. After graduating, Dr. Blake worked as an herbalist in a small natural foods store and corner natural medicine apothecary in Cincinnati, Ohio. In anticipation of naturopathic medical school, he moved to New York City and worked alongside a well-respected acupuncturist in mid-town Manhattan.
Dr. Blake went on to graduate from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. National College is the oldest college of naturopathic medicine in North America, celebrating 60 years in 2016. During his time there, he completed a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine and a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine. He pursued special studies in physiotherapy for infectious and degenerative diseases, Constitutional Hydrotherapy, history of natural medicine, and German irisdiagnosis. Even as a student, he was already teaching and lecturing in the required courses. After graduation he completed a residency at one of the busiest and longest continually operating naturopathic clinics in North America.
Dr. Blake is co-editor and contributing author of the professional textbook Naturopathic Physical Medicine (2008). He has authored chapters for other professional textbooks as well - Chronic Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction (2011) and Fibromyalgia: A practitioners guide to care (2010). He has authored a teaching workbook on physiotherapy for physicians and is the history editor of the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine project.
Dr. Blake combines his extensive knowledge of therapeutic techniques with the outstanding training of a modern naturopathic college and his apprenticeship at the side of masters of the art.
Dr. Chris Metro ND, MSOM, LAc
Attending Naturopathic Physician
Dr. Metro developed an interest in natural medicine early in life while growing up in Buffalo, New York. Nutritional and herbal medicines were introduced to him by his grandmother at an early age, and a later introduction to homeopathic medicine cultivated his first deep interest in the field of natural medicine.
Since both his father and grandfather were chemists, it was natural for him to pursue and complete a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. He went on to specialize in silicate, chlor-alkali and petroleum based derivatives while working for Occidental Chemical Corporation. His work provided him with a wide range of experiences in many fields of manufacturing throughout the US. During this time he continued to pursue his interest in natural medicine by completing course work at the New England School of Homeopathy, which inspired his desire to pursue further study at the National College of Natural Medicine.
Dr. Metro completed his Doctorate in Naturopathic medicine and his Master of Science in Oriental Medicine at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM). During his tenure at NCNM, he received special clinical experience in addiction treatment and infectious diseases by completing internship programs at Portland Alternative Health Center, De Paul Treatment Youth Center, Outside In and Dignity Village. He developed his interest and experience with difficult and recalcitrant diseases at the Immune Enhancement Program of the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Metro has traveled and studied throughout China working extensively with the respected Daoist elder Prof. Wang Qingyu of the Sichuan Acadamy of Cultural History and Prof. Liu Lihong of Guangxi Institute for Research and Preservation of Classical Chinese Medicine. He has worked with Prof. Heiner Fruehauf, founder of the Classical Chinese medicine department at NCNM, to establish an online film archive of interviews and lectures from experts in mainland China. Currently, Dr. Metro practices at the clinic on Mondays.
Dr. Marcus Coplin, ND
This is Dr. Coplin’s first time living in Portland, but he is no stranger to the Northwest. After growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Coplin attended Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetes to study philosophy and cultural biology. During his time at Hampshire, Dr. Coplin became licensed as a biofeedback physical therapist. Later on, he attended Bastyr University in Washington to earn his ND with a focus on physiotherapy and botanical medicine. Following the completion of his formal education, Dr. Coplin completed advanced clinical work in IV therapy and Naturopathic Oncology care, then studied Athroposophic Oncology at the Ita Wegman Clinic in Donarch, Switzerland.
Dr. Coplin returned to the east coast to practice in New York City, later leaving to pursue a research sabbatical in Eastern Europe and the Near East, studying at a variety of Physiotherapy and Balneology-based Hospitals throughout the region.
After all of these experiential adventures, Dr. Coplin returned to San Francisco to operate one practice focused on physiotherapy, as well as a separate practice in Berkeley focused on IV therapy.
Dr. Coplin is a board member of the Balneology Association of North America, and he is the North American representative to International Society of Medical Hydrology and Climatology. He has worked with Dr. Blake over the years, and he is so excited to explore Portland’s rich culture and experience the Oregon wilderness.
Dr. Christine Kadykalo, ND
Dr. Kadykalo, also known as "Dr. K" hails from Toronto, Canada, and earned her B.S. Biomedical Science at the University of Ottawa. During her undergraduate studies, Dr. K spent a semester abroad in Australia, studying health sciences at the University of Sydney. Following her graduation, she worked in a neuroscience lab conducting research on Parkinson's disease.
Dr. K earned her doctorate from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and interned with a focus on adjunctive cancer care. She has also participated in a volunteer medical brigade in Guatemala with Naturopathic Medicine for Global Health.
Having always had a strong interest in health and medicine, Dr. K discovered naturopathy when a family member became sick and was treated with nutritional and herbal medicine. She was drawn to the idea of using natural means to support the body's healing processes, and found her passion as an ND.
Dr. K completed her internship with us in early 2018 and now joins our medical staff to help see patients on Tuesdays. Beyond medicine, she is also interested in sports, music, and travel. She spent several years training as a competitive figure skater, ran track, cross country, and was a member of the rowing team at the University of Ottowa. More lately, she enjoys spending time in the mountains hiking and snowboarding.
Dr. Lloyd Reiter, ND, DC
Dr. Reiter earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Southern California University of Health Science. His chiropractic career awarded him success, including residency and a faculty appointment at the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa, a position as assistant professor at the New York College of Chiropractic, a faculty appointment at University of Bridgeport, and 20 years success in private practice of Chiropractic and Classical Homeopathy in Long Island, New York.
Dr. Reiter always strived to expand his knowledge of natural medicine, which led him to National University of Naturopathic Medicine (NUMN) in Portland, Oregon, where he earned a Doctorate of Natural Medicine (ND) degree. Upon earning this degree, he joined Portland Clinic of Holistic Health as a Resident Physician.
Dr. Nicole Priscal, ND
Dr. Priscal is a Florida native who now resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She earned her B.A. in Biopsychology and Child Development at Tufts University in Boston. From there, she embarked on a lifetime journey to learn how to cultivate the wisdom and skills needed to cure and prevent diseases. These passions lead Dr. P to further her education at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) where she received her degree as a Naturopathic Doctor.
She enjoys traveling the world and engaging in different cultures through music and culinary experiences. Her travels have led her to Peru, Cuba, France, and Belgium to name a few. When she is not cooking or gardening, you can find her reading at the park or walking her dog Frida.
Dr. Priscal’s knowledge and passion for naturopathic medicine have made her a great addition to our PCHH team and we are excited for her to grow with our clinic.
Lindsay McDonald, MscN
Lindsay has one of the most eclectic backgrounds of our entire team. She is originally from New York City, has lived in Canada, and used to work as a production coordinator for a visual effects company.
After moving to Portland from Vancouver, BC, Lindsay made a career change inspired by her love of cooking and holistic health, earning a Master of Science in Nutrition from the National University of Natural Medicine.
Lindsay believes deeply in the power of food as medicine, and aims to help people heal themselves through it.
In her time here, Lindsay has helped many achieve their weight loss goals and taught our patients how to improve their health in their very own kitchen. Contact us to schedule a Complimentary Nutritional Consult so you can meet her yourself!
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833 SW 11th Avenue, Suite 525
Portland, Oregon 97205
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