I believe health encompasses every aspect of our being. From the food we eat to our thoughts, we have the ability to create the life we want to be living.
As a licensed Naturopathic Doctor I practice integrative family medicine, which means I am able to provide my patients with a broad scope of treatment options while educating them about their choices. I offer both acute and chronic disease management, with a focus in women’s health, fertility and pelvic floor dysfunction. I am a Certified Holistic Pelvic Care Specialist and Certified Yoga Instructor.
Myofascial Pelvic Pain Syndrome (MPPS) is a type of pelvic floor disorder caused by tight muscles within the pelvic floor, which often contain trigger points. The inappropriate contraction and tension in these muscles lead to pain in the pelvis, bladder, vagina, vulva or rectum. When pressure is applied to these muscles there can be a [...]
Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth, June 20th, 6:00 pm at Milagros in NE Portland. Hormonal imbalances affect women from adolescents through menopause. Common symptoms of imbalance include hot flashes, PMS, weight gain, difficulty becoming pregnant, acne and many others. Join Dr. Brighten as she discusses natural approaches to balancing hormones and alleviating symptoms related [...]
Are you allergies getting the best of you this season? Sneezing, itchy eyes and runny nose are just some of the symptoms your seasonal allergies may be causing. By making some simple adjustments to your diet and lifestyle you can begin to find relief from your allergy symptoms, naturally. Clean Up Your Diet If you are [...]
It seems like every month there is a new study coming out telling us how bad stress is for our health. And there is no denying that it is. Stress can not only weaken your immune system, but it can literally shave years off your life. But you are not at the mercy of stress. [...]
Allergies prove to be a problem for millions of people every year. Unfortunately, little relief is found through over-the-counter and prescription drugs. And often, people find themselves taking several at a time for the multiple symptoms they are experiencing. The symptoms you experience during allergy season or with common every day allergens, such as mold, dander and [...]
Passing an 8 lb human through a small space will definitely cause some degree of trauma to the vaginal tissue. This can range from swelling to large tears of the tissue. While it is always important to follow your health care provider’s medical advice for your specific condition, here are some ideas to help speed [...]
Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth, June 20th, 6:00 pm at Milagros in NE Portland. Childbirth is one of the most amazing and demanding events a woman’s body can experience. In the days and weeks following the delivery of your baby it is important to take steps to optimize your healing. Postpartum care is not only important for [...]
I’m a new mom and if you are a mom reading this you know exactly what that means. I am lucky to get enough sleep, have a sit down meal or even use the bathroom in peace, let alone meditate. But as a doctor and yoga instructor, I know how beneficial meditation is, especially when [...]