I am a Naturopath, Licensed Acupuncturist, Functional Medicine™ expert and Homeopath, with over 30 years of experience in providing integrative health care.
Welcome! I’m very glad you’re here. You’ve taken an important step back to health and wellness, and I’m honored to be with you on your journey.
Does any of this sound familiar?
You’ve been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition, thyroid problems, PCOS, infertility, depression or anxiety, or are undergoing cancer treatment. Or perhaps you have fatigue, find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning, are fed up with chronic bloat and digestive difficulties, and are tired of muscle pain and swollen joints.
You’ve gone to several doctors, and each time you’re told your blood work is “normal” and “everything’s fine.” Except you and I both know that everything isn’t fine, and the standard medical approach of “a pill for every disease” isn’t enough to bring you back to real and lasting wellness. You desperately want a practitioner who will listen to you and take your symptoms seriously.
A better way to wellness
I get it! In 30 years of clinical practice, I’ve heard the same things from my clients. They are frustrated with the way medicine is routinely practiced, and they’re looking for a better way to wellness.
The “top-down approach” or the “easy pill” method generally don’t work because there is always an underlying reason, or root cause, for illness and disease.
Lifestyle and emotional stressors, genetic influences, food allergies, and inflammatory processes are just some of the causes that may predispose you to diseases that are complex and require a comprehensive approach towards recovering your health.
Functional Medicine testing allows us to investigate the metabolic imbalances which contribute to your illness, while you and I work together to address the emotional components. The combination of all these disciplines, with a focus on your relationship with your mind-body-spirit connection, creates the foundation of my unique method, “The Lourie Process”.
I look forward to working with you to help you recover your health and restore your life.
ACHIEVING WELLNESS THROUGH HEALTHY CHOICES
Functional Medicine™ utilizes the latest laboratory testing and diagnostic techniques to access and uncover underlying causes of disease. Testing takes the guess work out of why you are sick and provides objective measurements of the processes that are contributing to your illness.
Once we know the root causes of your illness, we can tailor a program to address and correct your specific issues.
Functional Medicine™ is able to help you achieve health by:
- Addressing the whole person rather than focusing on an isolated set of symptoms.
- Considering the unique genetic makeup of the individual.
- Identifying and addressing all the root causes of disease, including lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise, emotional factors of stress, quality and quantity of sleep, and satisfaction with life.
- Utilizing the least invasive and non-toxic treatments possible.
- Committing to providing patient-centered, quality health care with compassion and understanding.
Treatments are evidence-based and involve a combination of botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, acupuncture and stress-management techniques.
Functional Medicine™ is personalized health care at its best. We work in collaboration, and you take an active role in your health to achieve the highest expression of wellness.
How do I start?
Congratulations! You’re already on your way – just by reading this! I look forward to helping you on your path to optimal health.
Clinical Nutrition – Food Heals!
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” — Hippocrates,
Before moving to Portland, Oregon to attend The National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM), I was a chef and owner of a catering business. Because I was also working in Community Mental Health for these several years, I couldn’t help but see the connection between healthy food and healthy bodies and minds.
I bring my love of well-prepared, good food to the work I do in my healing practice.
Several years of Clinical Nutrition courses at NCNM and countless hours in advanced Functional Medicine™ classes have solidified my ability to apply the idea of “food as medicine.” I have witnessed the healing power of food and feel fresh, healthy food, simply prepared, should be available to everyone!
How food nourishes us
Good nutrition prevents disease and aids in healing when we do get sick. Sadly, our society’s nutrition has been compromised by industrial-farming methods, GMOs, and too much processed (fast) food! With poor food comes poor health.
Food is also a way of sustaining connection and community. But nowadays, people have such busy lifestyles that the concept of “breaking bread” with family or friends has fallen by the wayside. We’ve lost the connection to the essential ingredient that food represents – nourishment of the body and soul.
Letting food be our medicine: nutrition and Clinical Nutrition
One of the main ways to return to health is through nutrition. Nutrition is similar to the foundation of a house. If the foundation of the house is not sturdy, the house will weaken and eventually collapse. Eating organic foods and making healthier food choices help rebuild your foundation for a healthier you!
Complex metabolic illnesses require a higher level of nutrition, and it can be difficult to obtain your nutritional needs through food alone. Clinical Nutrition consists of eating specific foods and adding precise nutritional supplements to provide your body with the super-nutrition it requires to promote optimal health. Clinical nutrition can effectively treat many medical conditions with fewer complications and side effects than standard Western medical treatments.
The power of Clinical Nutrition and targeted supplementation
I utilize Clinical Nutrition because it has shown itself to be a powerful addition to my toolbox, and the advantages are enormous. No matter what condition you suffer, there’s really no illness that can’t be made better – or healthy body that can’t be made even more resistant to illness – by Clinical Nutrition.
- Reduced risk factors and no dependency on medications
- Improved clinical outcomes over dietary changes alone
- Reversed metabolic syndromes of diabetes, obesity, and inflammatory processes
- The peace of mind of a treatment backed by a rigorous body of research
Clinical Nutrition and targeted nutritional supplements are essential to rebuilding the foundation of your “healthy house” and are important aspects of The Lourie Process.