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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. 


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.