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About Dr. Waite

Dr. Rhea Waite has long had a love of natural medicine.  Growing up in a family of herbalists in the countryside of Vermont some of her earliest memories are of witnessing the magical power of plants healing wounds and illness.

After moving to Oregon in 2009, she graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine with a doctorate in Naturopathic medicine and a Masters of Acupuncture.  While there Dr. Waite completed a 4-year internship in family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, physical medicine, and acupuncture.  She regularly continues her education in women’s health, primary care and aesthetic medicine.

Dr. Waite’s clinic, Wild Heart Medicine is an integrative family medicine practice in SE Portland where she combines her love of natural medicine with her passion for helping individuals of all ages live healthy, happy lives.  In addition to family care Dr. Waite enjoys using her inside-out, whole bodied, approach to aesthetics with platelet-rich plasma, natural fillers and botox to help people look and feel their best.

When not in the office, Dr. Waite enjoys time with her two wildlings and husband at their home in the gorge where she can most likely be found tending garden or being creative in the kitchen.

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About Naturopathic Medicine

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Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is wholistic medicine at it's finest.  Utilizing modern science and evidence based medicine naturopathic physicians find and treat the underlying cause of a patient's illness.

The foundations of naturopathic medicine are:

  • The healing power of nature: recognizing that inherent self healing is organized and intelligent, naturopathic doctors identify and help remove obstacles to healing.
  • Identify and treat the root cause: seek and remove the underlying cause of disease rather than treat symptoms
  • First do no harm: utilize methods which minimize harmful adverse effects, avoid suppression of symptoms, work with individuals' self-healing process
  • Doctor as teacher: Educate patients and encourage self-responsibilty for health
  • Treat the whole person
  • Prevention

Naturopathic Medical training

Naturopathic doctors are highly trained Primary Care Physicians required to complete a 4 year medical education at an accredited Naturopathic Medical School.  The curriculum includes study of basic sciences (anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, etc)and in-depth study of pharmaceutical medicine, clinical and laboratory diagnostic testing, nutritional medicine, botanical medicine, naturopathic physical medicine (including naturopathic manipulative therapy), public health measures, minor surgery, homeopathy, intravenous and injection therapy.  Following education at an accredited school, Naturopahtic doctors must pass the Naturopathic Physician's Licensing Examination (NPLEX) and are then certified by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE) to practice medicine.