I believe in several basic principles of medicine and the body. Fundamentally, I believe in the body’s innate ability to heal itself. I believe that our current environment, stress, lifestyle, diet etc. have challenged that system and our own regulating capacities are not as effective as they were meant to be. I believe that given the right diet, lifestyle, support, supplements or medical intervention that balance can once again be achieved. I believe that we can always work towards a better state of health – that there is something that holds us back from operating at “ideal”. I believe I can help you work towards and achieve that “ideal” – whether it is mental, emotional, physical or spiritual – I believe I can help guide you to understand the “whys” and “hows” of achieving your health goals.
I work with patients to set up both short and long term goals. Short term goals do not necessarily address the underlying cause – but they address how you feel and function day to day. Achieving short term goals by reducing pain or increasing energy for example, allows you to be able to focus on the long term goal or plan – which is an attempt to address and possibly more importantly understand the underlying cause of your condition or issue. Both processes require a commitment between the physician and patient. My commitment to you is to give you the information I believe is necessary to make this happen – to educate, support, empower, and encourage you while you make the changes necessary and do the work needed to meet your goals. This is not always easy, which is why I believe a strong doctor patient relationship is critical to your success!
I utilize many different methods, testing, and treatments – all on an individual basis. They may include but are certainly not limited to the following: dietary and lifestyle changes, biotherapuetic drainage or other plant based energetic medicine, reflexology, nutritional or botanical supplementation, or prescription pharmaceuticals. I also make referrals as necessary as your well-being is my priority!
Ultimately, I have a deep commitment to try to understand what is actually going on, to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms, and to make a true difference in the shift from chronic disease to chronic wellness.
Dr. Abraham graduate from Ithaca College in upstate NY with a major in Biology and Nutrition Science. After graduating from Ithaca she went to nursing school and practiced as a LPN for almost 10 years. She is a certified Reflexologist with over 20 years of clinical experience – graduating from the International Academy of Advanced Reflexology. She has had aesthetic medicine training through AestheticMD as well as ongoing training and study with Neuromodulators and Dermal Fillers.
After completing nursing school, Dr. Abraham moved to Portland to attend the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and graduated in 2003. She wrote her thesis on the connection between toxicity and chronic disease with an emphasis on auto-immune hypothyroidism and heavy metal toxicity.
Dr. Abraham and her husband Keith are east coast transplants and have been blessed with two beautiful, spirited little red headed girls! When she isn’t running after her girls, playing hide-n-seek, or attempting to clean up after a long day at home – she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking, walking, rowing, sleeping and enjoying yummy food with friends.
She has also taught cooking classes for The Cancer Project, a non-profit organization offering cooking classes for cancer prevention and survival – with an emphasis on plant based diets.
Dr. Abraham is also the owner/operator of Sherwood Aesthetic Medicine - specializing in non-surgical skin rejuvenation, body contouring, wrinkle reduction and medical weight loss.