Naturopathic medicine is smart medicine because it involves understanding the causes, interconnections, and treatments of chronic disease, and helps to prevent degenerative decline. It goes beyond looking at the parts and supports healing the whole person, from the cellular, organ and glandular level to the mind-body connection. This practice explores the complex web of interactions between nutrition, diet, genetics, environmental exposures, stress, and lifestyle that promote your optimal health and quality of life. Dr. Thomas uses laboratory testing to look at biochemical markers and patterns that reveal where specific support is needed. This goes far beyond whether or not a marker is in laboratory range. It's about improving the function and health of your whole system by accurately addressing your biochemical individuality.
Licensed NDs are extensively trained in biochemistry, pathology and the clinical sciences through accredited doctorate four to six-year degrees. Training and knowledge includes physical examination, physical medicine and manipulation, laboratory testing and interpretation, nutritional, metabolic and hormone analysis, allergy and food sensitivity testing, and other diagnostics. NDs are primary care physicians trained to use a wide variety of natural therapies including nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, lifestyle counseling, and physical medicine. In Oregon and other states, NDs can prescribe pharmaceuticals and order lab tests and diagnostic imaging.
Dr. Thomas is a member of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians, whose mission is improve the health of Oregonians through the advancement of naturopathic medicine.
Within a month of working with Dr. Thomas a variety of symptoms I was experiencing were falling by the wayside. Some of those symptoms were: fatigue, joint aches, low back pain, unclear thinking, and debilitating depression. I continue working with Dr. Thomas because my life has taken a 180 degree turn in relation to my health and sense of well-being. Dr. Thomas is a highly gifted healer whose clear communication, patience, intelligence and compassion have transformed the way I think of health-care.
When I started seeing Dr. Thomas I was, in no uncertain terms, a wreck. I suffered from crippling depression, panic attacks, anxiety, ADHD, and insomnia. The doctors I had been seeing kept throwing prescription medications at me, which did not help and created additional side effects that they then “treated” with more medications, including amphetamines, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medications, and anti-depressants. Right before I fortuitously heard about neurofeedback on a NPR broadcast, I had hit my lowest point and had been contemplating in-patient treatment for my depression, which I did not believe would help but seemed like the only option left. Thankfully, that radio broadcast led me down a very different path. It talked about rewiring your brain, actually changing the way you think and react to stimuli, which is exactly what I needed because my brain was running amuck and I had lost the ability to respond appropriately to the world around me.
Although I initially went to Dr. Thomas for neurofeedback, I got much more. Not only did she evaluate my diet and lifestyle habits, she ran blood tests and provided advice on nutritional supplements that would help me function at my optimal level. Dr. Thomas truly takes a holistic approach to patient care that I had never come across in traditional Western medicine. She listened to me and my body to figure out what the best treatment plan would be for me as an individual, as opposed to some amorphous average American of my age and gender that my previous healthcare providers had been treating unsuccessfully.
It took time but I fully committed to the treatment. Today, after a few short months of neurofeedback and Dr. Thomas’ excellent care, I am happy to say that I take NO prescription medications, my insomnia is gone, I no longer get panic attacks at all, and my anxiety and depression have all but disappeared and will soon be nothing more than a memory. I can honestly say that neurofeedback and Dr. Thomas saved my life and I strongly and wholeheartedly recommend this treatment to anyone suffering from similar problems who is ready to make a real changes to their underlying issues. There really is another way and this is it.