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.

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. 


What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a regenerative medicine that uses plasma from your own blood and injects it into your skin.  Plasma is rich with over 60 different types of growth factors. PRP provides concentration of these growth factors and healing mediators directly to the area treated. These growth factors stimulate your body’s stem cells to regenerate new tissue and new collagen growth. Although cosmetic applications of PRP are relatively new, PRP has a long history in surgical repair and orthopedic medicine where it is used to heal traumatic tissue injuries. 

In cosmetic medicine PRP is used to address a variety of areas without invasive surgery.  Listed are some of the areas PRP improves:  

  •      Improving skin texture and tone
  •      Add volume to face, neck and hands
  •      Pump areas under and around eyes
  •      Minimize wrinkles and fine lines
  •      Eliminate acne scars and discolorations

PRP also helps to soften and improve texture and mobility of larger scars

Best results are achieved with 3-4 treatments spaced 6-8 weeks apart.  Maximum collagen regeneration occurs in about 3 months from initial treatment.  Results last 12-18 months.  Patients typically opt for annual treatment to touch-up and maintain results. 

what to expect at your prp appointment

At your visit to Wild Heart Medicine for cosmetic PRP you will have a small amount of  blood drawn.  This will be processed in a centrifuge and prepared in the lab.  Dr. Waite will inject the PRP just under the skin at the subdermal layer throughout the face.  The procedure takes about 1 hour and you will be able to return to your day once complete.  You may have some redness and slight bruising post treatment but these should go away within 24 hours. You may notice skin improvement within 48 hours and your skin with continue to improve over the following 6 weeks. 

You may have some redness and feelings of fullness in the face.  This is normal and will resolve within 1-3 days.  Please do not apply anything to the skin after the treatment until the following day.  Wear an organic, mineral based sunscreen daily to protect the skin.