A wellness oriented practitioner is one who specializes in the care of the whole person by listening to and discerning the needs of each patient, and seeks to encourage the health of body, mind and spirit. We diagnose and treat many diseases, and refer within our own circle of practitioners, or to outside resources, when appropriate.
Our professional, experienced, and compassionate staff is ready to help and guide you in your journey to optimum health with pearls of wisdom from the ancient Far East to the most modern medical techniques in the West.
Siamak was born and raised in Tehran and received his preliminary education there. It was also there when he received his initial trainings in Asian Martial Arts, and level one teaching certification in Transcendental Meditation (T.M.) as a teenager. These principals were both essential in shaping his future and he continued to practice them after his migration to the United States in the summer of 1985.
After moving to US, he continued his under-grad education in Southern California while supported himself as a musician. He became a professional singer in Los Angeles, and produced his first musical album while living there in the late eighties. He left LA and moved to Portland Oregon in 1990 for graduate studies in the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
He obtained a master's degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1995 and finished his post-graduate studies at the University of Harbin's medical school in China, in the same year. Siamak received the highest clinical degree in the field of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Canada's College of Natural Medicine in Montreal in 2008 and was awarded the Doctor of Oriental Medicine degree. He also holds a certification in Homeopathic Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and is nationally certified and holds a license to practice Chinese Medicine in the State of Oregon by the Oregon Medical Board.
Since early 1990s, he has continued with research and education in his field and holds several certifications including; Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), Yang style short form Tai Qi Chuan, therapeutic Qi Gong from China, US and Canada. He has been in private practice in Portland Oregon since 1995.
In 2002 Siamak formed 2bwell Group with plans of changing the perception about complementary and alternative medicine in the US. In January of 2006 he opened the doors to 2BWell Clinic, a full-service natural wellness center in Lake Oswego, OR. With the help of other practitioners in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Chiropractic Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Homeopathic Medicine, Nutritional Counseling, and Massage Therapy, Siamak services a large community that has found natural healing at 2bwell Clinic.
Siamak was inspired to create Emotional Energy Transformation while working on his Doctorate of Oriental Medicine degree. His interests and experience in the field of Energy Medicine lead him to create EET theory as a thesis project for his advanced degree in AOM.
He teaches and practices QiGong and TaiQi, and has a black belt in Okinawan Karate. Siamak has always been interested in the principles of Martial Arts and working with Qi; He enjoys riding his motorcycle and spend time outdoors and loves living in the Northwest because of its easy access to great ski resorts, hiking trails and the Pacific Ocean.
Siamak is also the accomplished author of two books on energy healing and chinese medicine which are available to review and purchase at e-shirazi.com.
Maryam Milani-Baladi was borne in Brooklyn, NY and attended the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in Brooklyn NY, and has been in the field of Pharmaceuticals (retail & hospital) since early 90s. She has also taken numerous courses and workshops on nutritional and herbal therapies because of her own personal interest over the past several years.
The blend of having a deep understanding from chemistry and western drugs, as well as exposure to Nutroceuticals has enabled Maryam to have a unique view point on interactions between nutritional supplements and/or with western drugs.
She is a firm believer of preventive care and the body's own healing powers when it comes to health and wellness. Maryam uses her background experience to carefully apply these principles in to her everyday patient care both at Portland Providence Medical Center and 2bwell clinics.
She is currently working on writing her first recipe book based on the ancient wisdom of Traditional Persian Cuisine, and modern findings of Anti-Inflammatory diet principles. Maryam is available for complementary consultation on all your nutritional questions and can tailor a unique and individual supplemental profile for you.
Born and raised in Nebraska, Julie Brush grew up eating farm-fresh produce and bicycling in the flat countryside. Her mother's interest in natural foods and alternative healing planted the seed for her future career choice. She attended Creighton University in Omaha, where she studied biology in a pre-med program. She then served two years in AmeriCorps, working in wildlife conservation in Northern California. Her work took her to New Hampshire, then Arizona where she found herself managing a natural foods coop. Here, her desire to help people was rekindled and she headed back to school to study natural medicine. Her love of the Northwest made her decision to move to Portland an easy one.
As a NCNM (National College of Naturopathic Medicine) graduate, Julie has completed extensive medical training as a primary care physician. She practices under a new paradigm of health care. In this new paradigm you, the patient, are listened to, you are given the tools to achieve optimum health and you are an active participant in your health care. This is an individualized approach that honors your unique history. She takes the time to get to know you, the patient, to address your needs, and to find a treatment that treats the cause and prevents future problems. She is available to meet with patients of all ages for acute or chronic conditions.
Dr. Julie Brush has a family practice at 2BWell. 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. She has a passion for empowering people with the knowledge to take charge of their health care. Her modalities include homeopathy, botanicals, nutrition, lifestyle changes, hydrotherapy, flower essences, UNDA drainage and Bowen therapy.
Dr. Vida Talebi, ND is a board certified Naturopathic Physician who understands the challenges of keeping your body and mind healthy.
Based in Portland, Oregon, she utilized her expertise to educate, motivate, and implement a healthier living practice for every day individuals. Teaching her clients to not mask their symptoms but rather find the root cause of their disease and achieve optimal health, is the main goal of her practice.
Dr. Vida Talebi, ND, operates at 2bwell clinic, in Lake Oswego, OR, where she specializes in Hormone balance, Gastroenterology, Weight Loss, Obesity, Fatique, Menopause, Depression/Sadness, anti-aging medicine and auto immune disease. Dr. Talebi's expertise in restoring female hormone balance spans across a decade of practical experience. She helps women transition from an overwhelming state of disease and discomfort to a healthier state of being.
She graduated from University of Oregon in 1994 with a bachelors degree in Psychology and minors in Chemistry and Biology. While pursuing a postgraduate study in Public Health Education and Promotion, she learned about alternative Medicine. It was then that she found the passion for Hollistic medicine and a growing interest in natural health care which prompted her to pursue a career in naturopathic Medicine. In 2001, she earned her Doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon (NCNM). NCNM is one of only 5, accredited, Naturopathic Medical schools in the United States whose graduates are eligible for licensure in those states which regulate Naturopathic medicine. Doctor Talebi has been featured on local television programs such as FOX 12 and KGW News. She is a member of Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Approach and Style
Realizing that unlike Conventional healthcare, Natural medicine is not a band-aid solution
Dr. Talebi works with individuals who are determined to accomplish their optimal well-being. Though she takes her role as an educator very seriously, her belief is that it is the patient who will ultimately need to make the necessary life-style changes. She is adamant in involving the patient with every step of their care and her success is commensurate with the level of Commitment and personalization that she affords to every patient.
A core principle of her practice which is based on Functional Medicine is to find the underlying cause of a disease through looking at the body's physiology. This is done through comprehensive lab work. While, lab work are commonly performed at an allopathic physicians office, often the information obtained are considered within normal ranges. This is because labratories use ranges based on sick and unhealthy individuals so a person is only notified when their results are in pathological ranges; meaning they have already developed a serious disease. Thus why a person may have various lab work done with normal results but don't feel normal.
As a result they are dismissed with the implication that the symptoms are just in their head. This is like dealing with a catastrophe instead of picking up the signs before it happens. This crisis disease management mind set has brought about many pharmaceutical drugs which treat this level of disease only. Many of these drugs are not without side effects. These side effects, in turn, warrant prescription of other drugs to mask these new symptoms and it just becomes a vicious cycle. Dr. Talebi's practice and area of expertise is focused on preventing these diseases before they get to crisis level.
When she is not helping her patients, Dr. Talebi's passion and interests include reading, traveling and spending quality time with her three boys. She has organized and taught character education classes to children as well as involving her whole family to give back to the community including service projects with helping out at the food bank, neighborhood clean up projects, and Summer Book Reading programs in the local park.
Hilary earned her Master of Acupuncture degree from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Florida and her BA in Education and Human Development from Prescott College in Arizona.
Hilary's approach with Oriental Medicine is listening to her patients and their vision for optimum health. For each of us, being healthy includes physical well-being. True health also includes emotional balance, fulfillment in relationships, financial stability, mental focus, and an optimistic spirit.
Hilary is a Diplomate of Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, licensed in Oregon and Washington. She is the past President of the South Sound Acupuncture Association and past President of Hilary of the Oregon Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (OAAOM).
In her free time, Hilary enjoys gardening, cooking, practicing yoga and esoteric philosophy.
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. In order to facilitate a return to optimum health, she creates a unique relationship with every patient and tailors her treatments to address their individual health concerns. Blending cutting-edge research with ancient therapies to successfully treat children, teens and adults of all ages, Dr. Huffman is also a practitioner of biotherapeutic drainage, an advanced treatment modality used to achieve consistently superior, health-enhancing results.
Dr. Huffman addresses the many aspects of health, encompassing physical, mental, and emotional well-being. She excels at helping patients cultivate their own joy and finding their personal passions and purpose, and provides high-quality care for people experiencing any health problem. She tends to a wide range of patients with different health issues, but some conditions that she is specially successful at treating are: anxiety, depression, fatigue, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, transgender care, auto-immune disease, allergies, menopausal complaints, infertility, stress-related issues, and smoking cessation. By working with Dr. Huffman, people experience increased energy, improved quality of sleep, regulation of hormone imbalance, decreased pain, and improved concentration and mood.
In addition to an intensive naturopathic medical education, Dr. Huffman has received in-depth training in behavioral health, homeopathic medicine, prenatal health, and naturopathic cardiology. She supplemented her education by studying with nationally known doctors such as Dickson Thom, ND and Patch Adams, MD. Doctor Huffman has over a decade of experience working with children and teens, including troubled teens, foster kids, those on the autistic spectrum and with other developmental disorders. She is also trained as a birth doula and has assisted over a dozen women through labor and delivery.
She connects with her patients in a genuine yet professional way, and is passionate about treating the whole person: each with individual strengths and complexities. She sees herself as a wellness 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. degrees from The Evergreen State College, where she studied psychology, Buddhism and pre-medical sciences. She received her doctorate degree in naturopathic medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in 2011, 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, camping, rock climbing, meditation, and yoga.
Dr. Lal Kerr engages health and healing from a "whole Being" perspective. She discovered chiropractic through yoga, the practice of uniting body, mind and spirit. As yoga integrates the core of our physical being and the seat of our consciousness, principled chiropractic offers a similar opportunity. Chiropractic science recognizes the relationship between the health of the spine and nerve system and overall human health and wellbeing. Supporting this relationship accesses the body's selfhealing power, upports selfexpression, and enhances our ability to live life to our fullest capacity.
Dr. Lal has been passionately delivering progressive chiropractic care since the turn of the Millenium. A California native, she gravitated in her early adulthood toward a very global worldview, inspired to local action, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree at UC Santa Cruz in both Environmental and Community Studies. She interned as a program designer and peer educator in a movement supporting student leaders and young adults to take action for social change coming from a spiritually grounded center, privileged to work with leaders such as Joanna Macy, Bill Moyers and Ram Dass. She studied Fractal Biology directly with Dr. Bruce Lipton, pioneering in the fields of New Biology, Epigenetics and Psychoneuroimmunology, while earning her Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Graduating with honors from Life Chiropractic College West, she spent an academic year on faculty at her alma mater, teaching in the technique department.
Her work focuses on neural integration, supporting tissues to functionally and structurally reorganize. She specializes in a fullbody, light force approach to chiropractic adjustments, releasing stored tension through the body's tensegrity system, enhancing posture, biomechanics and personal selfexpression. Serving the system to fully process, assimilate and coordinate its array of living experiences, this integrational approach to care assists both where pain or injury are involved as well as with constitutional or internal medical issues. Dr. Lal also provides her expertise in selfcare, drawing from over 25 years of background in kundalini yoga, recent training in adaptive hatha yoga practice and her current expansion into yoga therapy, providing informative choices for home exercises and lifestyle.
In addition to her unique approach to the chiropractic adjustment, Dr. Lal now offers oneone and small group clinical time to support the 2BWell community in personalized assisted yoga sessions. These sessions range from specific development of weak motor groups, improving gait, posture, core strength and extremity injuries, to restorative elements which relieve irritation, depression and anxiety, manage stress and chronic pain, assist gut motility and restore native diaphragmatic breathing.
She is specifically trained to support preand postoperative joint replacement patients, as well as to help people manage their challenges living with such diagnoses as CP, MS, and Parkinson's, using a combination of chiropractic and yogic principles, physical therapy, mindfulness and brain science. Her sessions enhance neuromusculoskeletal coordination and facilitate access to the body's ventral vagal parasympathetic nervous system, the neurological state where repair and healing occurs.
A lover of music, vegetarian food, and the great outdoors, Dr. Lal is thrilled to be in Portland.
Al Lee is an expert in the use of conscious breathing techniques to help people take more control over their health, performance and emotions. The breath is unique in that it touches and impact every dimension of our lives - the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions and by intentionally harnessing the breath, you can dramatically impact each of these dimensions of your life.
By combining age-old techniques with the latest science and technology, Al helps individuals improve their health and ability to heal, sharpen their mental, physical, and creative performance, boost their emotional intelligence and well-being, as well as deepen their spiritual experience.
Al has been studying, practicing, and teaching these transformational technique for more than 20 years, and is the co-author of the book "Perfect Breathing - Transform Your Life One Breath at a Time". He holds a 4th degree black belt in Okinawan Karate, and is an experienced yoga and Qi-Gong practitioner.
Michell received her initial massage training from San Francisco Massage School and World School of Massage. She has many years of hands on experience and has been a licensed massage therapist since the early 2000s.
Michell utilizes many different massage techniques and theraputic modalities to help her patients. Her favorite massage modalities are a blend of lomi lomi, deep tissue and somatic.
Michell's philosophy on healing is "I love the process and potential of the human structure, the genius behind the self-healing capabilities of the body, and the connection between mind-body-spirit." Each of her treatment integrates mind-body-spirit, with the intention of providing guidance towards the unlocking of the seeker's own inner healing and strength.
Dr. Rachael DelToro is a board certified naturopathic physician. Dr. Rachael is Californian by birth and as the eldest of eight children, she became great at setting the example, from watering the garden to keeping a straight face while sampling her mother's herbal concoctions. This early introduction to healthy foods & herbs for healing as she was growing up and a measure of curiosity, grew into a profession.
Her educational background includes an undergraduate degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and a doctorate from the National College of Natural Medicine right here in Portland.
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.
Dr. Rachael is an avid reader, loves the sunshine, horses & spontaneous road trips; especially if it involves the Oregon coast. She spends her free time chasing the sun with her photographer husband, poking through consignments shops and reading.
Anne began her professional life as a modern dancer. After growing up in Denver and then receiving her BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory, magna cum laude, she went on to dance in New York and perform with a number of small companies in New England. Since she had experienced firsthand the benefits of massage and other bodywork on athletic performance, she decided to become a practitioner herself, graduating from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in 2001.
Since then, her career as an LMT who specializes in deep tissue techniques led her to explore a variety of complementary modalities, including Ashiatsu and Healing Stone Therapy, as well as continuing her life in movement by teaching dance as well as yoga and Pilates mat classes. Anne also became an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) in 2014 after learning a tremendous amount about breastfeeding through a challenging experience nursing her daughter.
In her spare time, Anne is also a theme party caterer, writer, author of two cookbooks, and mom to the spectacular character known as Lily.
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.
Dr. Cureton's path to this profession began in college when she found herself suddenly beset with disabling symptoms that hindered her ability to enjoy her life. After exploring the conventional medical model, and finding little help there, Dr. Cureton was lucky enough to find a naturopathic physician to help her regain her health. After working with a naturopath to reinstate her previous state of wellness, trying nearly every integrative treatment modality, she has discovered the most effective therapies to aid others along their healing journeys. This journey to health using the power of functional medicine and ancient healing techniques has given her both the tools and passion for helping others overcome whatever obstacles may stand between them and true vitality.
Dr. Cureton considers symptoms as signs of underlying imbalance in the body, mind, or spirit. Rather than treating the symptoms, she seeks to treat the roots of the imbalance. Because each person is unique, so are their heathcare needs, and Dr. Cureton creates individualized treatment plans to fit. These treatment plans are created in partnership with her patients because ultimately, the power to heal, rests in the hands of each individual. Most importantly, Dr. Cureton believes that every person deserves to live life in full vibrancy, and assists her patients in achieving and maintaining that vital state. By offering compassionate, attentive care and empowering her patients to take control of their health, Dr. Cureton helps to eliminate the symptoms preventing her patients from living life completely.
Through careful history taking, thorough physical exam, cutting-edge laboratory testing, and ancient Chinese diagnostic methods, Dr. Cureton determines the root of health issues and best methods to promote healing. She utilizes 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.
Chronic fatigue, insomnia, allergies, autoimmunity, gastrointestinal issues, hormone imbalances, hypertension, blood sugar imbalance, elevated cholesterol, weight loss, anxiety, depression, acute and chronic pain, chronic infections, environmental toxicities, and chronic disease.
Education and Training:
Dr. Rebecca Jennings is a licensed naturopathic physician, who is passionate about educating and empowering others to reach their full potential in health, wellness, and life. Dr. Jennings was attracted to naturopathic medicine because it combined her passions of helping others and learning about the intricacies of human health and physiology.
Originally hailing from the DC suburbs of Northern Virginia, Dr. Rebecca Jennings' passion for health and wellness did not develop until late in her college career. It was during this time that she had that aha moment and made the connection between diet, lifestyle, and disease. She graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology with minors in Business Administration and International Business. However, she independently continued her education with a continued goal of gaining knowledge in holistic nutrition and health and educating anyone who would listen. After years of working in the business sector, Rebecca decided to follow her passions, move to Portland, and pursue a degree in naturopathic medicine. She graduated with honors from NUNM, achieving a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine.
Dr. Jennings centers her practice around chronic conditions with special interest in: women's health, fertility and preconception counseling, digestive health, autoimmune disease, hormonal imbalance, athletic performance, natural aesthetics, wellness optimization, and prevention. Through a patient-centered approach to care, Dr. Jennings works in partnership with her patients to create personalized and sustainable treatment plans to address individual concerns. Dr. Jennings strives to empower her patients with the knowledge and understanding to be able to make educated decisions that are right for them.
In addition to addressing foundational lifestyle causes of disease, Dr. Jennings utilizes both naturopathic and conventional therapies as needed. Naturopathic therapies include therapeutic diets, nutritional support, botanical medicine, biotherapeutic drainage, and mind body therapies.
In her free time, Rebecca enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest, hiking, biking, hitting the gym, enjoying Portland restaurants, and spending time with family, friends, and her long-haired chihuahua, Lucky.
Everyone was created for a purpose. Node's purpose is to work with people. Dr. Node has an infectious way about him that inspires people and helps make the types of changes necessary for lasting health somehow easier. He is also a master at helping others overcome obstacles, or turn obstacles into opportunities. He believes in humanity, he believes in health, and he believes in those he works with. He is more than a doctor, he is a counselor and a guide.
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.
Node currently serves as the chairman of a professional non-profit, Association for Naturopathic ReVitalization (ANR) as well as associate editor for the Naturopathic Doctors News and Review and the NaturalPath publications. He is a leader in the naturopathic profession, currently involved in numerous projects. He is happily married and enjoys rock climbing, cycling, and gardening.
APPROACH AND STYLE
Naturopathic medicine presupposes that the body is innately self-healing. Dr. Node believes that the physician's role is to collaborate with the patient to address obstacles to healing and determine specific treatment protocols.
There are four general pillars to health, and when they are found in balance, freedom will be found and health restored. These pillars are:
Mary moved to Portland in 2012 to attend Natural University of Natural Medicine, where she is a hop, skip, and a jump away from completing her doctorate in naturopathic medicine. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Southwestern University along with a passion for body & energy work, natural health, yoga, and meditation. During her education at NUNM, Mary received formal training in Swedish massage, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, Muscle Energy Techniques, and Hydrotherapy, among additional study in the following modalities:
Although new to massage therapy, Mary has been practicing energy work since 2008 and teaching kundalini yoga since 2010. With a heart for easing pain and discomfort, Mary seeks to create a safe, nurturing environment for transformation and healing. She sees the human body as a resilient, miraculous masterpiece and humbly learns from each encounter in her bodywork practice.
She lives and plays with her partner, their daughter, and sweet puppy named Rio not far from the Columbia River Gorge (aka heaven on earth).