What Is Offered With Primary Care?
Through careful history taking, physical exam, cutting-edge laboratory testing, and ancient Chinese diagnostic methods, our practitioners determine the root of health issues and best methods to promote healing. Utilizing a variety of treatment methods including clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathic remedies, biotherapeutic drainage, flower essences, acupuncture, energetic bodywork, lifestyle counseling, low dose immunotherapy/low dose antigen therapy, biopuncture, compounded medicines, and pharmaceuticals.
We believe it is important to address the many aspects of health, encompassing: physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Our goal is to help patients cultivate their own joy in finding their personal passions and purpose, and provide high-quality care for people experiencing any health problem. On a daily basis, we see a wide range of patients with different health issues, including: anxiety, depression, fatigue, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, transgender care, auto-immune disease, allergies, menopausal complaints, infertility, stress-related issues, and smoking cessation.
There are four general pillars to health, and when they are found in balance, freedom will be found and health restored. These pillars are:
- Eating - "You are what you eat." It is of primary importance to eat correctly. This is an individual need, choice, and experience. Node will almost always work with a new patient to develop a specific diet that is right for them. Within this pillar also includes any supplemental nutrition that may be necessary.
- Movement – Movement does NOT mean "exercise." The body is very dynamic and needs to move throughout the day to get the blood and lymph flowing. It also needs periods of rest – which would constitute sleeping. Often this is an area where cultural shaming and judgment have done a real disservice for individuals, telling them that they need to exercise a certain way, have a certain kind of body, sleep a specific amount, and enjoy it. These myths need to be addressed and overcome.
- Thinking - The way we think about health, about ourselves, and about reality impact everything in our lives. This is often an area, that when addressed, yields the highest amount of positive results.
- Relating – The way that we relate to others, to our environment, and to our work is often an area of intense conflict, and often hinders growth and healing.
Will My Insurance Cover Primary Care at 2bwell?
The services we provide are covered by most health insurance companies with a small co-payment, or co-insurance from the patient. In the case of a personal injury due to work or motor vehicle accidents, some of the treatments need to be prescribed by a the attending physician, related to that accident. The best practice is to contact our front desk prior to making your first appointment and let us verify your coverage before you come in.
Here is a list of health insurances providers that often cover most services:
- American Specialty Health
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield
- Care Oregon
- Cigna Greatwest
- FamilyCare (with referral only)
- Moda / ODS
- Oregon Health Co-op
- Oregon Health Plan
- Pacific Source
- Reliant Behavioral Health
How Does it Work?
Acupuncture works by stimulating the meridians that either end or begin at the face and balancing the flow of energy at the same time. Cosmetic acupuncture treats the underlying factors that contribute to the aging process. This involves the insertion of hair-thin disposable needles into specific areas on the face, ears, and hands. The needles are inserted into the energy pathways or meridians to improve the flow of Qi.
As the movement of energy improves, a greater amount of energy and blood are circulated to the face, nourishing, hydrating, toning and diminishing the appearance of wrinkles. At the same time we attend to the outside (what you see) and use some additional acupuncture points (usually on the arms and around ankles) to work on the inside. This works holistically, both on the physical appearance and on the underlying factors which influence that.
Julie Brush grew up eating farm-fresh produce and bicycling in the flat countryside. As a NCNM (National College of Naturopathic Medicine) graduate, Julie has completed extensive medical training as a primary care physician and practices under a new paradigm in which patients are listened to, given the tools to achieve optimum health and are an active participant in their own health care.
She is well-prepared to address a myriad of conditions including women's health, pediatrics, allergies, chronic disease, weight loss, and immune, digestive, and neurological health. Her modalities include homeopathy, botanicals, nutrition, lifestyle changes, hydrotherapy, flower essences, UNDA drainage and Bowen therapy. Read more
Naturopathic Primary Care Physician
Dr. Brooke Huffman is a naturopathic physician committed to helping people enhance their lives by optimizing their health. She works closely with patients to help them remove obstacles to their health as a primary means of resolving their wellness challenges and restoring their health. She facilitates this by providing a foundation for health & wellness through nutrition and lifestyle suggestions as well as customized, targeted therapies that unravel the disease process. Read more
Naturopathic Primary Care Physician
Dr. Rachael focuses on treating the whole body, working hard to discover the origin of your medical obstacles. She realized that each patient has a different narrative and needs time to be heard. She spends her time to create a tailored health plan for each individual. She is ready and excited to become your healthcare resource, utilizing an open communication style while tending to her patients at 2BWell Clinics. Her goal is to empower her patients to be closely involved in making their own healthcare decisions. Read more
Dr. Karen Cureton is a board certified naturopathic physician and acupuncturist with a passion for helping people achieve optimal health, no matter what condition they find themselves in. Dr. Cureton is well versed in both preventative health care and treatment of complex chronic disease. She sees patients of all ages for both acute and chronic conditions. Read more
Naturopathic Primary Care Physician
Node Smith, ND is a board certified naturopathic physician practicing at 2BWell clinic in downtown Portland, Oregon. He is an expert in vitalist medicine, including hydrotherapy, botanical medicine, homeopathy, physical manipulation, and nutrition. He has mentored and trained with some of the most well known naturopathic doctors of this generation. He is also an adept counselor and life coach.
He specializes in finding the underlying cause of a disease process and stimulating the body's own capacity to overcome, repair and heal. Some specific conditions Node has experience in include gastrointestinal complaints, pain disorders, chronic metabolic and endocrine disorders as well as mental illness and addiction. Read more