Hello, my name is Derek and I'm a different kind of doctor.

 

My approach to medicine and healing

I embrace a view of health whereby all aspects of a person are inextricably linked in a dynamic relationship. Everything is interdependent (not independent) when it comes to health and the human body. This model is echoed throughout the natural world and it is why I am so drawn to natural medicine. With this guiding philosophy my treatments acknowledge the bigger picture and address the underlying causes of disease, leading to meaningful and lasting resolution. 

The focus of my practice is on preventive, or as I like to call it, "proactive medicine." This is not a new concept. Dentists have done a fabulous job of getting us to be proactive about our oral health with daily brushing, flossing, and semi-annual office visits even if there is no apparent problem. I believe, as a physician, it is my duty to help people adopt that preventive approach for the rest of their body. I am passionate about not only helping people with their current disease, but more importantly, helping them prevent disease in the first place. 

 I am a doctor, but also a teacher; I take the time to listen to your unique story and understand you on a deeper level. My treatments work on all levels (physical, biochemical, mental/emotional, spiritual) and I give people the tools and strategies they need to make real and lasting change to their health and their life.

To have the honor of working with someone to improve their health and the way they feel and experience life is a privilege that I am truly grateful for.

 

My background

I was raised in Oregon and I love this state and its people dearly. This place has had a tremendous influence on my personal development and its been such a joy to grow and mature with it. We are fortunate to live in place that is at the epicenter of the natural medicine movement. It seems only fitting that following the paradigm shift that is happening in the way we think about our environment and our food, that we should start rethinking our perspectives and approaches to health.

When I am not at the clinic I am spending time with my family and friends, or exploring the tremendous landscapes of Oregon, or behind the lens of my beloved camera.