Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Specialists Located in Portland, Oregon
Dr. Samantha Brody – Naturopathic Physician, Acupuncturist, and founder of ENHC
“It is my job to use a combination of knowledge, experience and intuition along with an understanding of each patient’s individual values to offer an approach that is truly unique to that patient.”
Have you always known you wanted to be a doctor? I’ve always thought that I could have had any number of different careers because my interests are so varied. In college I was in a performance group called Rhythm & Shoes, ostensibly an early ‘90s Glee. There are few times in my life I’ve had that much fun. If I’d had a bit more talent I might have pursued that route for a career. But then again I adored numbers and I couldn’t just ignore that. I actually loved studying for and taking the SATs. My first major in college was economics and at that time I thought I’d follow in my father’s footsteps and go to business school. I studied psychology as my second major in college and was on the verge of becoming a therapist before I learned of Naturopathic medicine. Once that happened, it was a done deal. I knew without a doubt that I had found my career. Well, almost. I had been getting acupuncture for several years by that point and when I realized I could combine them the picture was complete.
What do you like to do for fun? A few years ago a neighbor asked my husband where I’d been since she hadn’t seen me in a while. He responded that I just prefer being inside organizing. It’s true. I love having a clean and organized space around me. It keeps my head clear and allows me to be able to focus on whatever task or activity is at hand. That might include rocking out to pop music with my six year old, curling up and reading a book of short stories, or spending the day in the kitchen cooking up a week of food for my family. Although I am a people person, I recharge best when I’m alone.
What is your health and healing philosophy? I believe that the best approach is the one that is least likely to cause harm and the most likely to heal. Sometimes that may mean a medication while you make lifestyle changes that will ultimately resolve your concerns. Other times it may mean dietary changes and supplements. Two people can walk into my office with the same medical diagnosis, yet walk out with completely different treatment plans. It is my job to use a combination of knowledge, experience and intuition along with an understanding of each patient’s individual values to offer an approach that is truly unique to that patient.
What makes your approach unique? I am a physician but also a health educator and coach here to introduce you to new ways of caring for yourself.
At your first appointment, we talk about you, your history and your health goals. At your own pace, we will challenge, “I can’t,” and explore what is in your control. I give you the tools to implement changes in your life.
I never present patients with a laundry list of things they cannot eat or supplements they must take. I work with each individual to educate not only about what I think is going on in his or her body, but about why I am making each and every recommendation. (And I take one step beyond that: coaching how to implement the changes I may recommend.) Sometimes we cannot make a condition go away entirely. But by decreasing the overall stress on the system, we can decrease symptoms and discomfort, while increasing your energy and improving your outlook.
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Tara Gregory, Acupuncturist
“Everyone is unique and my job is to uncover the underlaying pattern which is causing distress in order to reestablish balance and health.”
What put you on the path to becoming an Acupuncturist? My interest in health and healing began while studying both dance and international relations as an undergrad at Connecticut College. My training as a dancer exposed me to the wonders and mysteries of the human body. Through dance, I began to learn how to connect with my body and in doing so I discovered a deep sense of liberation and a means to both self exploration and self expression. My degree in international relations increased my awareness of how food and environmental policies affect individual and community health.
After graduation my passion for body-based therapy began my journey as first a yoga student and then a yoga teacher in Santa Monica. Yoga illustrated to me the interconnection between the body, mind and spirit and lead me to pursue additional mindfulness practices including meditation.
In addition to studying and teaching yoga in Santa Monica I also had the good fortune to work as an assistant personal chef with a very talented friend of mine. I was very interested in dietary therapy and my friend introduced me to the book Healing With Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford, which is rooted in Chinese Medicine philosophy. It was while taking an intensive workshop with this author that I fell in love with the depth and breadth of Chinese Medicine and clearly saw that my path was to study Chinese Medicine.
What inspires you about Chinese Medicine? One of my favorite aspects of Chinese Medicine is the emphasis on relationships an interconnection. Chinese Medicine is rooted in the understanding that the various systems within the human body are interrelated and takes into consideration that the physical effects the mental emotional and vise versa. Seeing the body as a holistic and dynamic system has always felt natural to me and makes my job as an Acupuncturist exciting. Everyone is unique and my job is to uncover the underlaying pattern which is causing distress in order to reestablish balance and health.
Being an outdoor enthusiast, I also appreciate that Chinese Medicine takes into account the external and seasonal factors that inﬂuence individual health. In order to harmonize the body with the external world, lifestyle recommendations, dietary therapy, qigong, and attuning yourself to the seasons are all important aspects of Chinese Medicine.
Chinese Medicine inspires me to examine the internal and external relationships that affect and shape health, while providing the tools to reestablish harmony and wellbeing.
Why ENHC? After graduating from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, I traveled to China for post-graduate clinical study in several prominent hospitals in the city of Nanjing. In China, I was able to experience ﬁrst-hand the integration of Western and Eastern Medicine in a hospital setting. I believe that an integrative health care model is the future of medicine, as different systems of medicine offer unique and relevant keys to patient health. Iʼm excited to be a part of the integrative health care team at ENHC, working in partnership with the wonderful Naturopathic Doctors to provide comprehensive and complimentary patient care.
Sarah May, Acupuncturist
“I am eager to share all that I know and even more so to be a lifetime student of this medicine.”
What put you on the path to becoming an acupuncturist? Acupuncture is amazing medicine. It is ancient, proven, and safe. I am often asked what inspired me to choose this as my career. It is a story I am proud to tell.
In the early 2000’s, I was working toward my goal of becoming a nutritionist by working full time at Oregon Health and Science University as an administrative assistant by day, and completing science requirements in the evenings. That winter, I quickly found myself quite burned out, manifesting as a soul-sapping combination of alternating anxiety and depression. Thankfully I found Dr. Brody on my insurance list of providers. In our second visit, Dr. Brody (strongly) encouraged me to consider adding acupuncture to our treatment plan, which I did that same day.
I wish that I could put into words the effect that first acupuncture treatment had on (and in) me. My soul opened, my mind became clear, my focus returned, my anxiety calmed, my fears released their hold on me. As the next few weeks unfolded, I researched my options. I knew this was the medium for me with which to do my work, and that I could use this amazing tool and share this medicine in order to impact as many people as possible.
Where does your passion for helping people come from? While I don’t necessarily think we are put on the planet for a single purpose, I do believe we have a responsibility to find our passion and make a positive mark on the world while we are here. When it comes to finding that passion, we may encounter obstacles, illness, emotional or physical traumas, sudden lack of inspiration or motivation, and the list goes on. My inspiration is to help you find (or resurrect) yours. My passion is to assist and collaborate with my colleagues, Dr. Brody and Dr. Butler, in unblocking what is blocked, unsticking what is stuck, healing what is hurt or sick, and getting you back to doing and feeling your best YOU, so you can share all that you have to offer with the world.
Why ENHC? I couldn’t be more excited to see this journey come full circle in this way. Dr. Brody and I casually joked that we would someday work together once my education was completed. I am eager to share all that I know, and even more so to be a lifetime student of this medicine. I am humbled by the opportunity to learn from and support Dr. Brody and Dr. Butler, and to be an instrument of healing to our patients. There is great satisfaction in finding yourself exactly where you are supposed to be…..finally.
The photo above is Sarah with her talented husband, Jeff Parker, who is also credited with doing the ENHC photography on this site.
To read more about Sarah’s experience, career, and licensing, click here.
Bekah Pickard, Front Office Staff
“Every day I have opportunity to engage and interact with an amazing community of providers and patients also walking a similar path.”
What do you do for ENHC? I am the primary front desk receptionist here at ENHC. I am usually the voice on the other end of the line, or the smile that greets you when you walk in the door.
How do you fill your off time? In the rest of my life I am a student at PSU, a science major. I have an extensive geeky rock collection, the majority of which I have found on my own, during my “rock hunts”, which is also one of my favorite ways to get in physical activity, along with my “secret” solo dance sessions.
What made you want to work for ENHC? Seeking whole body health began over a decade ago for me. So, when I was brought in as part of the team here at ENHC, I was thrilled to be in this environment as a daily reminder to continue my journey of balance and health. Every day I have opportunity to engage and interact with an amazing community of providers and patients also walking a similar path. It is continually inspiring.
Laura Neville, Front Office Staff
“At ENHC, I feel a part of a unique group of people who are all in love with what they do and find their work meaningful.”
What do you do at ENHC? As a naturopathic student at NCNM, I work at the clinic part time. I’m a bit of a chameleon at the front office and mold to what is needed at a given time.
What do you love about your job? At ENHC, I feel a part of a unique group of people who are all in love with what they do and find their work meaningful. It’s exciting to see people empowered and motivated about their own health. What’s more important than that? My job allows me the opportunity to be a part of positive change in people’s lives and I am grateful.
What makes you feel healthiest? I feel most healthy when I drink lots of water, plan my meals ahead of time, and attempt to stretch like Gumby. I was a California state gymnastics champion on balance beam. When I feel “off” I stand on my head for a few minutes and it helps every time. In my free time you will find me reading People Style magazine, doing Zumba and cleaning-I’m a neat freak!
Karen Cureton, Front Office Staff
“I love the opportunity I get every day at work to participate in the healing journey of others!”
What do you do at ENHC? At Evergreen, I work part-time at the front desk doing whatever needs to be done to keep things running smoothly, and while I’m at it, absorbing as much information as I can about how to run a busy medical practice.
What brings you to health care? My last name is pronounced “cure-a-ton,” which is precisely why I’m in medical school, of course! I’m halfway through my schooling to becoming a naturopath and acupuncturist, and I feel so lucky to have found this path! I love the opportunity I get every day at work to participate in the healing journey of others!
What makes you feel healthiest? I feel happiest and healthiest after a long hike with my pooch or dancing around the kitchen to bluegrass cooking an extravagant, healthy meal for friends. In my free time, I love to surf, rock climb, ski, fly fish, or anything else that immerses me in the great outdoors.