About Dr. Waite
Dr. Rhea Waite has a long history of immersion in the natural medicine community. Growing up in a family of herbalists in the countryside of Vermont Dr. Waite was exposed to the power of natural medicine at an early age. She remembers tending the garden and spending hours reading her mother’s natural medicine books.
In undergraduate school at College of the Atlantic, Dr. Waite studied Human Ecology with a focus in pre-med studies. Dr Waite always knew she wanted to peruse a career in medicine but was not certain what direction that would take. She wanted to combine her love of nature and natural wellness with the rigors of science and evidence based medicine.
After school, Dr. Waite moved to the Bay Area where she worked for Planned Parenthood. Working with a diverse population Dr. Waite gained first hand experience in women’s health, sexual health, transgender and LGBT wellness.
Dr. Waite moved to Oregon in 2009. She began working at a well-known integrative medical clinic in NW Portland. Here, a chance encounter with a friend exposed her to the existence of Naturopathic medicine and the National University of Natural Medicine. She knew she had found her passion. She graduated as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and a Master of Acupuncture.
In her free time Dr. Waite enjoys time with her husband and their two children gardening, playing outside, cooking, making art, reading and traveling.
Dr. Waite has an integrative family medicine practice at Healthy Living Family Medicine in SE Portland where she combines her love of natural medicine with her passion for helping families and children live healthy, happy lives. Dr. Waite’s areas of focus include primary care, family medicine, women’s health, LGBT healthcare, and aesthetic medicine.