Acupuncture

Ondria Holub, M.Ac.OM, L.Ac.

Professional Training and Background

After completing my undergraduate at Oregon State University in 1998, with a degree in Health Promotion and Education and a minor in Athletic Administration (I studied athletic training for a number of years in both high school and college), I worked as a department secretary in a Dialysis unit for the next 4 years. I enjoyed engagement with all the medical staff, and especially the interaction with the dialysis patients. And though I considered moving into a more active/therapeutic role with patients, needles were just not my things.

In August 2001, through my mom, I was introduced to acupuncture. She told me that she was having acupuncture 2-3x/week to address spinal/nerve pain from a spontaneous disc rupture that happened in October of 2000, and the sequela from surgery that followed. The most exciting news she shared, was that after a month worth of acupuncture treatments she had reduced her hefty pain medication by at least 50%. I was in awe. Soon after hearing my moms experience, I had scheduled an appointment for October 2001. During and following my first treatment, the relaxation and ‘ease’ I felt was amazing. The needles are thinner than cat/dog whiskers and did not hurt at all. The following nights’ sleep was the most rested I’d felt in a long time. I knew, shortly thereafter, my love for this traditional medicine was just beginning.

I started the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program in September of 2002 at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) in Portland Oregon. I officially graduated in 2007 with a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as well as being nationally board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). In July 2007, in Philomath Oregon, I started my own journey in private practice. April 2009, I moved my practice to Corvallis Oregon and created Balance Point Acupuncture. October 2013, still working in private practice as Balance Point Acupuncture, I moved my location and joined Northwest Health and Healing Center. I now work closely with a number of wonderful providers who complement each other with the care and skill they bring to their patients.

Treatment Philosophy

As a practitioner, it is my intent to teach people that health and wellness are not based on physical factors alone. It is also important to share and increase the knowledge regarding Chinese Medicine as an alternative – though traditional – model of health care. Healing isn’t about fixing the symptom with a band-aid. Healing incorporates an entire process of addressing the symptoms, going to the root, and assisting the mind, body, and spirit accordingly. All aspects are addressed.

I primarily work with Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, utilizing the principles of yin and yang, and the zang-fu organ system. In addressing pain, I focus treatments around the style of Dr. Richard Tan. For Tan, distal acupuncture points are used, instead of local points at the site of pain/injury. Most pain can be addressed with treatment points below the elbows and knees.

I often include Gua Sha and Fire cups as a modality, as well as incorporating the use of Chinese herbs to propagate treatment. Nutritional supplements and herbs are recommended to support and assist the body physiology when necessary.

Learn more about my services at needlesheal.com.


Chiropractic

Dr. Michael Sorah, DC, MT

Professional Training and Background

Dr. Michael Sorah is a chiropractor licensed by the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Dr. Sorah has been treating patients in the Corvallis area since he graduated Cum Laude from Western States Chiropractic College in 1995. He had previously graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts from Columbia Christian College. He received his Massage Therapist credentials from the Southwest Washington School of Massage and completed Advanced Studies in Whiplash Trauma at the Spine Research Institute of San Diego. He is also certified in Impairment Rating, a tool for evaluating the level of permanent damage a patient has suffered. Dr. Sorah has a particular interest and expertise in Exercise Rehabilitation as well as diet/nutrition.

From his early days of formal training in Chiropractic, Dr. Sorah had always envisioned a multi-disciplinary center comprised of complementary and alternative medicine providers. Since entering his profession, he has steadily gathered together an integrated team of experts, making that vision a reality at the Northwest Health and Healing Center.

Treatment Philosophy

Dr. Sorah believes in treating the whole person. He thoroughly evaluates spinal and extremity joints and soft tissue structures, as well as reviews a person’s health history and other bodily systems to determine the root cause of a patient’s symptoms/disease/injury. He then identifies appropriate treatment, which may include manipulation, soft tissue therapies, exercise, stretching, ergonomic and/or nutritional recommendations. He is also able to recognize when the issue is outside of his scope of expertise and a referral is needed for further diagnostic workup and treatment.

Outside of Work

Dr. Sorah is an active family man with three kids. He is an avid exercise enthusiast and enjoys combining elements of Crossfit and traditional lifting techniques. Exercise is also his primary hobby. Another passion/hobby of his is diet/nutrition. He enjoys incorporating elements of the Paleo diet and low carb diet into his own nutrition regimen.

Affiliations


Dr. Rolland House, DC, CCSP

Professional Training and Background

Dr. House received his Doctor of Chiropractic from Western States Chiropractic College in 2001. He is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Dr. House met Dr. Michael Sorah in 1988 when they both attended Columbia Christian College. After obtaining his degree in Chiropractic, Dr. House came to Corvallis to join Dr. Sorah’s team at the Northwest Health and Healing Center.

Treatment Philosophy and Techniques

Dr. House addresses the origin of disease, not just the symptoms. Through thorough interviewing and examination, he takes the time to gather information from the patient to allow him to make an accurate diagnosis. He then addresses the source of the problem through several treatment modalities. In addition to manipulation, these treatments may include physiotherapy (electric stimulation, ultrasound, and cryotherapy) soft tissue mobilization and rehabilitative exercise.

Outside of Work

Dr. House keeps plenty busy! He has an active interest in sports and physical fitness and has been an avid weight-lifter since 1982. He has enjoyed working with troubled kids. He also loves music and has sung in many groups, including gospel, choir, and jazz ensembles. He lives in Philomath with his wife, Jennifer, and their two kids, George and Lindsay.


Dr. John Winckler, DC, DACO

Professional Training and Background

Dr. Winckler is a chiropractic orthopedist. He evaluates and treats joint pain, arthritic or degenerative conditions, tendonitis, bursitis, and muscle conditions, particularly chronic conditions that need a breakthrough. He is often brought problems of the extremities: shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, ankles, and feet. He treats neck and back conditions that otherwise seem unapproachable, such as prior spinal surgeries including fusion, scoliosis, old accidents, and arthritis. While Dr. Winckler accepts referrals from other doctors, patients are welcome to call directly for an appointment.

Dr. Winckler is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and grew up bicycling, camping, and canoeing in the Boundary Waters. He attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, followed by Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa, graduating summa cum laude in 1983. He practiced in River Falls, Wisconsin for 20+ years, developed a busy multi-doctor practice, raised a family, and worked unreasonable hours. During this time he completed post-graduate education in Chiropractic Orthopedics and became an instructor in the Nimmo Receptor-Tonus Method (a form of trigger-point muscle treatment), for which he conducted seminars at the Northwestern Chiropractic College and for the Minnesota Chiropractic Association.

In 2005, Dr. Winckler left practice to travel with his wife, eventually settling in her home town of Corvallis, which he greatly enjoys. Finding himself still fascinated by chiropractic work, he returned to practice in 2011, linking up with the great group of independent practitioners at Northwest Health and Healing Center. He appreciates his current simplicity of practice because it allows him to do what he enjoys most: solve complex problems.

Dr. Winckler has a simple method for treating TMJ problems and enjoys seeing patients with this otherwise difficult issue. He also has a treatment for GERD (chronic heartburn).

Treatment Philosophy

There are usually conservative (non-surgical) treatment options for musculoskeletal conditions if the doctor and patient are willing to put forth the effort.

It is essential to find out why the problem is there, and what is keeping it from getting better on its own.

Success with long-standing pain problems usually requires the following triad of treatment:

  • Intervention (eliminating obstructions to improvement and bringing relief)
  • Exercise (actively guiding the body to function better)
  • Ergonomics (solving what might be going on in daily life that aggravates the problem)

Patients should be given the tools to take care of themselves to the greatest degree possible. No one likes feeling dependent on doctors or anyone else. Gaining understanding and control relieves stress and promotes personal freedom.

Outside of Work

Dr. Winckler enjoys biking, swimming, and the outdoors, ballroom and swing dance, and writing fiction. For more information on Dr. Winckler, visit his website at drwinckler.com.


Massage Therapy

Kelly Crosby, LMT, CA

Professional Training and Background

Having been an athlete, Kelly became interested in bodywork and physical therapy at a young age. She became licensed in 1985, and later earned a Science, Pre-Physical Therapy degree from Oregon State University in 1996. Kelly says she was fortunate to have had excellent teachers and owes much to them for giving her a strong knowledge base — she credits them for her current success as a therapist. She has worked at various Naturopathic clinics and massage businesses in Corvallis before becoming a proud member of the team at Northwest Health and Healing Center in 2001.

Treatment Philosophy

Kelly believes that massage is just one modality in which to treat and address problems of pain and injury; she does not hesitate to refer clients to other members of her team and the community. Kelly’s primary responsibility to the client is to provide support for their physical care and general well-being. She uses various techniques to facilitate relief of stress, muscle tension, spasm, physical and emotional pain. She draws from her training in Swedish, Trigger Point Therapy, Lymph Drainage, Visceral, Reiki and Cranial Sacral Therapy, as well as her own personal experience as a former competitive athlete and current pursuer of general health and fitness. She strives to accommodate the individual by tailoring each session to address the issue at hand, the ways in which compensation can occur while keeping in mind the body as a whole. She uses compassion and sometimes humor to bring relief to her clients.

Outside of Work

Kelly lives in Corvallis with her husband and two children. She enjoys time with family and friends. She is interested in all things dance, art, and the outdoors. Her current interest includes compassion, meditation and gratitude study.


Heidi Lovingier, LMT, CA

Heidi Lovingier, nee Sailor, is a Licensed Massage Therapist who is passionate about her work. She enjoys working at Northwest Health and Healing and being able to help people feel better and assist in improving their quality of life.

Treatment Philosophy

Massage is a great way to deal with different aches and pains. It helps to relieve stress from our bodies. Heidi customizes her massages to the client’s specific needs. Some clients have a specific injury that they would like worked on, and others seek relaxation techniques.

Heidi incorporates Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy and Hot Stone therapy in her massages. She continually learns new techniques to keep her massages fresh, relevant and filled with purpose. Her goal is to make all her clients content with the optimal therapeutic outcome that they desire.

Outside of Work

Heidi enjoys going to OSU games, crabbing at the coast, running/hiking and spending time with friends and family.


Nutrition

Dr. Michael Sorah, DC, MT


Counseling

Peter Dufour, MA, CHT, PhD

Professional Training and Background

Dr. Dufour a Psychologist and European trained Hypnotherapist who has been serving Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley since 1990.

Psychologist/ Board Certified Hypnotherapist 1991-2018
B.A. MA. The University of Washington, Member of the Honor Society
Ph.D. University of Heidelberg (FRG) 1973-1977
Post Graduate American Institute of Hypnotherapy 1990-93
Dissertation: Hypnosis and Recovery -Case Studies
GS-13 ( Colonel) Department of Defense Director for European military education throughout NATO 1971- 1978
City Councilman 1965-1969 State of Washington
College Instructor 1961 -1971 Grays Harbor College

Treatment Philosophy – The Dufour Method

Portrait photo of Dr. Peter Dufour, hypnotherapist Peter utilizes a unique combination of Advanced Self-Hypnosis, Psychology, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and a life-long belief that “visualization and mental rehearsal results in success and a winning outcome.” Peter utilizes the work of Neuro-scientists and bio-feedback experts in order to accelerate positive changes in attitude, behaviors, and self-healing of the Body-Mind System. He believes that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, and that healing is a process of integrating the Conscious and Subconscious mind toward positive expectancy and outcomes.

Outside of Work Achievements

Track & Field Hall of Fame 2017 Inductee
Silver Medalist 400 Meter Sprinter – University of Washington
Voted Outstanding Educators of America (1972)
Voted Outstanding College Faculty Student Award (2ys)
Washington State Higher Education President (AHE)
Enjoys visiting and dining with family and friends, writing, swimming, traveling to Art shows and working towards seeing all of the 7 Wonders of the World.

You can see more at his personal website.

Office: 541-619-4469
E-mail: PeterDufour@comcast.net

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM