Insights To Health Clinic – Dr. Christie Winkelman, ND, MA and Dr. Gil Winkelman, ND, MA and Dr. Brooke Huffman, ND - Naturopathic Doctor – Allergies, Sleep Disorders, Anxiety, Weight Loss, Digestive Disorders, Thyroid Disease, Autism, ADHD, Infertility – Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington
Christie Winkelman, ND, MA
Dr. Christie Winkelman provides insightful, attentive health care with the goal of helping you to re-discover your physical and emotional health– and thus your joy and purpose in life. She has been in the healthcare field since 1992, first as a psychotherapist and later as a Naturopathic physician– and is the owner, with her husband Dr. Gil Winkelman, of Insights to Health Clinic. Together they are also the founders and owners of iCaduceus: The Clinician’s Alternative, the premier web-based Naturopathic medical resource in North America. She is a frequent TV health expert; view her most recent appearance.
Licensed as a primary care physician in Oregon, Dr. Winkelman treats adults and children with any acute or chronic health problem, including but not limited tocancer, allergies, hormonal imbalances, depression, anxiety, arthritis, autism, and ADHD. In addition to naturopathic therapies, she also offers neurofeedback for adults and children when indicated. Dr. Winkelman's comprehensive, systems-based approach focuses on creating a state of health and balance within the human organism. Her blend of medical and psychological expertise makes her approach to healing unique within Portland and the United States.
Dr. Winkelman believes that even more important than a diagnosis or treatment plan are the insights that you will have regarding how to best elicit your own environment of health and happiness: it is these insights which will keep you engaged in the healing process. With this in mind, she creates a calm and welcoming atmosphere in which these insights may be experienced and acted upon.
Although she will help alleviate your symptoms, Dr. Winkelman only uses symptom management as a temporary strategy. As a long-term strategy, and with the goal of helping you to heal yourself and gain lifetime health, she focuses unrelentingly on identifying and modifying the factors and imbalances which actually caused your symptoms. Due to her experience in counseling psychology, Dr. Winkelman takes your personality, lifestyle, and support network into consideration when customizing your treatment. In her work with children she allies with parents to provide a positive atmosphere of change for the entire family.
Dr. Winkelman develops a close partnership with her patients. Through compassion, inspiration, encouragement, and practical support she motivates you to reach not only your goals for your health but your goals for your life. Her patients enjoy her warmth, sense of humor, and her ability to see to the heart of any situation. If you are ready to become an active participant in restoring and maintaining the health and well-being you deserve, please call or email the office for an appointment.
Additional training and experience:
In addition to her experience with patients, Dr. Winkelman has taught healthcare professionals, including MDs, psychologists, educators, and counselors, both at Portland State University and in various national conference presentations, on the topics of maintaining joy and avoiding burnout in the human service professions and cultivating intuition and humanity in the practice of medicine. A published author, she is a past faculty member of the Psychology of Mind Training Institute and was mentored in psychology by the founder of Health Realization Psychology, George Pransky, Ph.D.
Dr. Winkelman is especially skilled in a specialized system of healing which utilizes basic lifestyle habits in conjunction with extremely effective therapies which help the body to heal itself. This system–which takes advantage of the best that homeopathy and botanical medicine have to offer–takes into account the complex physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual milieu of each patient to produce lasting balance and health. As a medical student, she was chosen for an extended mentoring relationship by the leading North American authority in this method: Dick Thom, DDS, ND, and has completed many hours of study, seminars, and clinical work within this system.
As a result of encountering infertility, Dr. Winkelman began her own personal health journey in 1998. She now has two beautiful children and shares a love of medicine and psychology with her husband. Drs. Gil and Christie live in Southwest Portland with their son, Eli, and daughter, Amelia, and enjoy supporting the health of the local and greater Portland community. An avid equestrienne, Dr. Winkelman can be found grooming, riding, and feeding herbs to her horse most days of the week.
Education/ Affiliations/ Presentations:
Dr. Winkelman holds a B.A. cum laude and with high honors in Psychology from Smith College, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, and an N.D. from the National College of Natural Medicine. A member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and the Oregon Psychological Association, she speaks frequently to groups both large and small within Portland and the United States. She is a past board of member of Portlandia, a group of women dedicated to contributing to the well-being of all women in Portland, is a mentor resource for Dress for Success of Oregon, and trains medical students through a rotation program based at Insights to Health.
Gil Winkelman, ND, MA
From an early age, Dr. Gil Winkelman revealed a passion for medicine and a desire to uncover the mind-body-spirit connection. That passion drives him to help patients resolve the cause of their health concerns and create optimal wellbeing and longevity. Dr. Winkelman received his B.A. in Genetics from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. in Counseling from JFK University, and his N.D. from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland. His work as a licensed Naturopathic physician utilizes his unique educational background by allowing him to address both the genetic and psychological aspects impacting the health of his patients.
Dr. Winkelmans focus is on understanding each of his patients personal traits and health history to customize treatments, lifestyle changes, and exercise routines that have the maximum possible impact. With a focus on neurological (brain) health, he uses a combination of neurofeedback and natural treatments to help patients with a variety of conditions including, but not limited to: migraines, Crohns disease, diabetes, depression, anxiety, arthritis, Aspergers, OCD, ADD/ADHD, and Radical Attachment Disorder. Dr. Winkelman was trained in Neurofeedback by BCIA certified practitioners and utilizes the most up-to-date equipment in his practice. He has worked with Gulf-War Veterans with traumatic head injury and was a keynote speaker at the 2010 Annual Pacific NW Brain Injury Conference, hosted by the Brain Injury Association of Oregon. He is also a contributing writer foriCaduceus: The Clinicians Alternative, the premiere web-based alternative medical resource.
Dr. Brooke Huffman
Brooke Huffman, ND, is a licensed naturopathic physician committed to providing high quality care for women, men, and children at each stage of life. She is passionate about creating strong relationships with her patients and assisting each individual in his or her personal path toward optimal health.
Dr. Huffman brings in-depth training in behavioral health, homeopathy and naturopathic cardiology. She is also a practitioner of both biotherapeutic drainage and neurofeedback, two of the celebrated treatment modalities used at Insights to Health to achieve consistently superior health-enhancing results.
As a counselor and physician, Dr. Huffman recognizes the importance of treating the whole person: mind, body and spirit. Because she has confidence in the body’s innate ability to heal itself, Dr. Huffman works with patients to remove obstacles to health as a primary means of restoring balance and well being. She sees herself as a patient advocate, offering empowerment through education. Raised in south Florida, Dr. Huffman developed a love for nature as a young child. She earned her B.A. and B.S. from The Evergreen State College, received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine, and is a member of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Huffman lives on a small urban farm in NE Portland and enjoys organic gardening, hiking, meditation, and yoga.
Because Health is more than the Absence of Disease
Insights to Health provides full-service holistic care for people of all ages. We dedicate our specialized expertise, compassionate approach, and natural medicine treatments to allow you to live your best life.
First, we invest time in knowing and understanding the health challenges you face. We then combine alternative and natural therapies with lifestyle enhancements targeted to your specific goals to help you alleviate symptoms, eliminate sickness and cultivate wellness for the long term.
We also offer neurofeedback. Find out more here.
Anxiety or nervousness can manifest in many ways. It is often associated with other health problems, such as digestive distress, muscle tension, depression, headaches, insomnia, hormonal problems, weight gain, concentration issues, or pain.
Even more than other problems, anxiety affects quality of life, making it difficult to enjoy pleasurable activities, to stay calm and be present with family members, and to function optimally at work and make good decisions. In addition, when a person experiences anxiety regularly, relationships are often affected, due to altered communication patterns. Long term, it creates stress in the body that can eventually lead to a downward health spiral.
At Insights to Health, we are pleased to offer the Calm+ program, which is appropriate to people who suffer from mild to severe anxiety. This program has grown out of many years of working with people to reduce their anxiety, improve their health, meet their personal goals, and enjoy life to the fullest.
We use our unique blend of counseling training and backgrounds, as well as our medical experience, to offer comprehensive treatment to heal the areas of your body and brain which are causing your particular experience of anxiety, as well as other related health challenges. Instead of just treating the symptom of anxiety, your health and well-being is optimized. In most cases, the use of pharmaceutical medications can be either avoided or gradually reduced and eventually eliminated. Botanical treatments, nutritional recommendations, counseling, biotherapeutic drainage, neurofeedback, and biofeedback are all employed to bring you back to balance so that you can be at your best in all areas of your life!
Please call oremail for more information, or to request an appointment with an Insights to Health Clinic physician.
21 Day Detox Program
Get ready to lose weight, eliminate cravings, and reset brain function for long-term weight success! Our unique 21-Day Weight Loss and Detoxification program is offered in the context of improving your total health. We have helped over 300 patients lose an average of 25 pounds each on this program (from a range of 7 to 80 pounds). Maintenance rates have been excellent, due to our comprehensive, mind-body approach of long-term support and education.
Lose an average of one pound per day of fat (instead of muscle) for men, five pounds a week for women.
Increase energy, focus, and sleep quality.
Eliminate cravings while eating nutrient-rich foods.
Stabilization and Maintenance phases follow the weight loss phase to ensure long term success; these include resetting your brain to your new setpoint and helping you to learn which foods cause you, as an individual, to gain weight.
Address health problems that are related to excess weight, such as hormonal issues, thyroid imbalances, blood sugar dysregulation, chronic pain, stress, high blood pressure, digestive distress,anxiety, fatigue, and high cholesterol.
Program may be extended for loss over 20 lbs.
Insurance may cover some costs and long distance patients may be eligible–please call us for details.
Our 21-Day Weight Loss and Detox Program has been enabling men to lose an average of seven pounds per week, and women five pounds per week, while often improving energy levels and mental focus. Whether you have 10 pounds to lose, or 100, this program can work for you. & Our program targets fat loss instead of the muscle loss common with other programs, a distinction important for being able to keep the weight off long term. This unique, medically supervised program supports and improves your ability to get back into balance, lose weight, and feel and look your best. We then give you the knowledge and support you need to stay in optimal health and keep the weight off forever! Long-distance patients may be accepted, and insurance can often be billed. Please call our office today at 503.501.5001 with questions, or to click to schedule online.
(Patients may extend the initial 21 day period to 40 days if they have more than 20 pounds to lose; after that period, a break is taken and then the second round can be initiated for those wanting to lose over 30-40 pounds).
Please click here for our FAQ regarding the detox program. ***
Common Conditions Seen at Insights to Health
At Insights to Health, our focus is on you and on finding the reason for the symptoms you are experiencing. As such, we feel it is inaccurate to say that we treat conditions, which are just groupings of symptoms. Rather, we work to create lasting biochemical and physiological balance. When you are balanced, symptoms naturally resolve because the true cause underlying them has been addressed. This balance further creates the potential for lasting health and wellness. With that said, what follows are conditions commonly seen and successfully addressed by the physicians at Insights to Health.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Muscular and Myofascial Pain
Post Traumatic Stress
Rotator Cuff Strain
Urinary Tract Infections
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