Elevate Health Providers
Dahra Perkins, MD, ABFM, ABIHM is board certified in both family medicine and integrative and holistic medicine, and trained in functional medicine. This gives her an extensive toolkit to work with and an ability to meet each patient’s unique needs and preferences. She sees a wide variety of people; from newborns to the elderly, women and men, from generally healthy people who want to maximize their potential to people with complex, chronic diseases. She works in partnership with her patients, educating and assisting them in achieving vibrant health. In her approach to each patient, she draws from a wide range of resources and believes in the value of rigorous scientific inquiry, state of the art diagnostic testing as well as the wisdom of ancient healing traditions and a person's own intuition. Her approach to healing is to assist each person in addressing the obstacles to their vitality rather than just treating isolated symptoms. While this often means lifestyle changes with gradual results over time, she does recognize the value and appropriateness at times of acute treatment of symptoms. She welcomes coordinating and collaborating care with other health practitioners that a patient is working with.
Because she believes that each person's healing journey is unique to them and that the basis of her value to her patients is the relationship she creates with them, she has structured her practice to enable her to spend adequate time to listen to her patients and to get to know them.
Dr. Perkins received her bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley, her medical degree from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, and completed her residency in family medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. She has had additional training in integrative and functional medicine, including nutrition and herbal medicine.
She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine, the Oregon Medical Association, the Institute of Functional Medicine, and the American College for the Advancement in Medicine.
Dr. Perkins was born in Santa Monica, CA. She has lived in Portland, OR since 2005 when she moved here with her then 14-year-old daughter Zoe. She enjoys bicycling (including commuting to work), dancing, outdoor adventures, traveling, scuba diving, cooking delicious things, making and fixing things (e.g. woodworking, knitting, and car repair), playing dress up with wigs and costumes, and spending time with family and friends.
Kristen Bourret, PA-C, (pronounced like the barrette for one’s hair) is a certified physician assistant dedicated to helping patients move towards their unique version of optimal health. Kristin’s holistic approach draws from her background in exercise science, yoga, and functional nutrition. Over the past 15 years, she has worked with Columbia Cardiology, Providence Heart Clinic, OHSU Abdominal Organ Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery. She also spent a year in Uganda providing primary care with the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children.
She previously worked with Dr. Perkins from 2014 to 2015 before moving to Pendleton, OR. She served in the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, further honing her skills in primary care with additional experience and understanding of the management of acute, urgent health issues as well as complex, chronic disease.
Kristin studied functional nutrition with Andrea Nakayama and believes that nutrition is deeply healing and an essential ingredient to wellness. She blends her knowledge of western medicine with traditional methods of healing to manage acute and chronic illnesses. Her goal is to educate, encourage and guide patients back to their natural state of balanced health.
She received her Master of Health Science degree and Physician Assistant education from Duke University, and her Bachelor and Master degrees in Exercise Science from the University of Montana.
Kristin grew up in Montana. She enjoys hiking, skiing, meditation, live music and traveling the world. Kristin has completed yoga teacher training and continues this course of study.
What exactly is a physician assistant?
A certified physician assistant (PAC) is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional. PAs practice medicine on healthcare teams with physicians and other providers. They can serve as primary care providers, take medical histories, conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret diagnostic tests, develop treatment plans, counsel on preventive care, assist in surgery, and write prescriptions. Nearly all private insurance companies, Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare will cover PA services. Physician Assistant programs are approximately 26 months in duration (three academic years) and require the same prerequisite courses as medical schools. Most programs also require students to have about three years of healthcare training and experience. Students take courses in basic sciences, behavioral sciences and clinical medicine across subjects such as anatomy, pharmacology, microbiology, physiology and more. They complete a total of more than 2,000 hours of clinical rotations in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, and Psychiatry.
Rebecca Robb, PsyD holds a masters degree and a doctorate from the School of Professional Psychology at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.
Prior to graduate school, Dr. Robb worked in the community mental health system in both Seattle and Vancouver, WA serving individuals suffering from chronic and persistent mental illness. In that environment she became increasingly aware of the limitations of traditional psychiatric pharmaceutical interventions. At age 39 she headed to graduate school, in search of more effective interventions. Her dissertation explored the efficacy of dietary interventions for children with AD/HD.
Dr. Robb’s investigation of emerging treatment practices led her to a deeper examination of nutrition. She has found that viewing mental health through the lens of Functional Medicine has expanded her understanding of many avenues for healing. This path continues to offer a valuable complement to traditional psychotherapy practices that she has employed throughout her career. She continues to expand her understanding through study and collaboration with multi-disciplinary colleagues.
Based on evidence accumulated during 40 years of practice, Dr. Robb maintains that vibrant mental health is directly related to proper nourishment of the body, mind and spirit. She recognizes the reciprocal and dynamic influence of biological, psychological and social forces in illness and health.
Spyder Carneol, LMT, has been practicing bodywork since 2005. She offers her practices of Shiatsu and Visceral Manipulation to the patients of Elevate Health. Her practice philosophy is based on the power of therapeutic, nurturing touch. This touch brings relief to chronic stress, pain and stiffness, and can connect you to deeper parts of yourself, your body, mind and spirit, leaving you with a sense of lightness, wholeness and happiness.
Shiatsu is rooted in the Oriental Medical tradition, and stimulates the flow of Chi (life force energy) to support the body in healing itself. It is very therapeutic, relaxing and feels really good! Spyder studied Tao Shiatsu with Master Ryokyo Endo of Kyoto Japan for 10 years. Master Endo is a healer and Buddhist priest who teaches from a deeply heart-centered place. He passes to his students the understanding that people can heal when they are touched from this deep heart. He focuses on how to touch even more than where to touch and his teachings inspire her work every day. Spyder also studied a Shiatsu form at the Oregon School of Massage for 2 years. To complement the Eastern aspects of her practice, Spyder is engaged with ongoing study of Visceral Manipulation, bringing that subtle and anatomy-intensive form to clients who will benefit from it.
Spyder also teaches a mindfulness-based transformational process called Conscious Freedom. It is suited for people who feel stuck in old life patterns and are ready to make changes to create a more fulfilling and satisfying life. She has been developing and coaching people in the Conscious Freedom process since 2005. Please visit consciousfreedomcoaching.com. It is possible to combine the somatic aspects of the bodywork together with the mindfulness process in the same session to encourage a very deep transformational experience. She calls this practice “Tao Therapy.” Please contact her for more information.
Spyder, a native of Wisconsin, moved to Oregon in 2007. She is passionate about rock climbing, biking, snowboarding, backpacking, and quiet hikes. She loves being a mother, dancing, growing food and flowers, and cooking for friends with her husband, Ken. She is looking forward to meeting you, and supporting you in Elevating your Health!
For questions please call Spyder at: 503-974-6316
Thomas Martin, LAc has over 25 years of experience successfully treating patients with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. In 1988 he first began studying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in London, England. In 1992 he completed the first full-time, three-year acupuncture and TCM program approved by the New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists in New Zealand. In addition, he has a master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Auckland, NZ.
Thomas Martin’s approach to acupuncture is simple and effective, refined over 25+ years of clinical experience working with a wide variety of clients and medical conditions. He follows current research and employs scientifically-supported findings in his practice. Treatment is tailored to your goals in an accepting, supportive environment. He always endeavors to clearly explain likely outcomes, treatment limitations, and answer questions in clear, contemporary language.
Originally from New Zealand, Thomas came to Portland in the early 1990s where he has practiced ever since. He is licensed with the Oregon Board of Medicine and certified by the National Committee for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. In his spare time he has a passion for experiencing land, sky and sea in their great variety so close to Portland and enjoys hiking, yoga, photography, gardening and writing poetry.
Courtney Cronk, MA, NTP works with clients one-on-one to help them discover and address the underlying causes of chronic illness, using real food as medicine. She is well versed in therapeutic and specialty diets, including the anti-inflammatory diet, paleo lifestyle, SIBO specific diets, AIP, and The Wahls Protocol, among others. She guides clients through short-term therapeutic diets, and coaches them in the skills needed to eat healthily for life. Courtney includes her personal experience with autoimmune disease, heavy metal toxicity, leaky gut, and small intestine bacteria overgrowth (SIBO) to inform her approach coaching her clients.
Courtney earned her Masters' degree from Bastyr University and is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner as well as a registered yoga teacher. She is founder of Nourish Portland and facilitates groups in sugar detoxing (The RESTART Program) and coaches clients towards optimal wellness through self-care techniques and lifestyle changes. She is a regular contributor on KGW’s Portland Today, and has been featured on KGW News Channel 8, AM Northwest, KATU News Channel 2 and KGW’s Live at 7.
A strong proponent of life balance, Courtney enjoys time with her family, practicing yoga and meditation, being in nature, learning guitar, cooking, knitting, traveling, and reading.