As Pohala Clinic grows we have hand selected all our Medical Providers. We admire those who have a shared vision for healing and who want to be present to patients in a changing tumultuous world. We want providers who can bridge mainstream medicine to holistic ways of healing. While being experts in traditional medicine Pohala providers are also experts in an array of modalities. We are pleased to announce our newest provider!
Dr. Alexandra R Gotea ND, LAc is a licensed Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist. Her path to medical training is rooted in her nursing studies and providing nursing care in a high acuity setting in New York City.
She wholeheartedly believes in working together in a trusting relationship with her patients towards a place of health and healing. She believes in the communion between mind, emotions, body and spirit and the effect these mutually have on one another and manifest as symptoms of dysfunction. Balancing these is key to the healing process.
Her nursing experience and extensive training in Naturopathic and Classical Chinese Medicinegave her the tools to ‘read’ nuances of each persons’ body. Thru her studies, trainings and personal experiences, she learned that in many ways: our bodies are our storytellers! It is about deeply listening to the body and attuning to the expression of the impediment to health in an individual.
Dr. Alexandra R Gotea works towards creating a space where the patient can feel at home and be part of a nurturing environment to access their own healing potential.
Areas of focus
- primary care concerns
- acute and chronic pain
- chronic conditions such as chronic fatigue
- neuro-degenerative disorders
- auto-immune disorders such as thyroid disorders
- depression, anxiety
- woman’s health conditions such as infertility, PCOS
- sleep concerns
- urinary disorders
- digestive complains such as IBS, IBD
- holistic oncology
- physical exams/screening exams/Gyn screening exams
- Naturopathic Medicine and primary care allopathic approaches
- Chinese and Western Herbal Medicine
- Flower essence
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Holistic Pelvic Floor
She has an extensive Educational background:
Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, National University of Natural Medicine.
Doctor of Science in Oriental Medicine, National University of Natural Medicine.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Binghamton University, New York.
Bachelors of Arts in German Language and Literature, Binghamton University, New York.
She belongs to these Professional Organizations:
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Training
Outside of work:
Dr.Alexandra R Gotea, ND, LAc enjoys spending time in nature, wild crafting and making her own medicines, exploring traditional medicines form around the world, traveling, assisting and supporting initiatives that nourish Naturopathic and traditional medicines.
And did you know she is multi-lingual?
English, Romanian, German. Working knowledge of Spanish and Italian.
VERY SOON YOU CAN SCHEDULE WITH DR. ALEXANDREA GOTEA ND, LAC.
Our Pohala Providers strive to remain up to date and educated for both Allopathic/Western Medicine and Integrative/Functional/Natural Medicine.
Today here is Julie Foster FNP and Donna London FNP at the Nurse Practitioner’s of Oregon’s Pharmacology Update. We learned about safety and use of medications for the aging population. Take home: Be careful as even OTC meds are very dangerous and poly-pharmacy leads to more problems than you may think. Combining some medications maylead to dementia, sudden heart attack, kidney failure, and gastro-intestinal bleeding.
Pain meds in elderly reduce cognitive function, respiratory drive and only should be used if absolutely necessary. Topical is a better option many times.
Have you reviewed all medications ,even supplements with with a conscientious medical provider (like us at Pohala, many PCPs are too busy to keep up)?
Taking a pill rarely provides THE answer to your health. Are you looking for a cure or symptoms relief? We keep learning more and more have integrative therapies, like Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, Mind Body techniques like EFT, meditation, prayer, and walking in nature improve many health concerns without all the dangerous side effects of pharmaceuticals.
We aim to use the least amount or none of allopathic pharmaceuticals in our patients. But if we choose to we are experts in prescribing. Safety and Quality of Life is paramount.
Food is medicine, Healthy Lifestyle can heal, and Positive Relationships can reduce Pain. 🏵🎆🏵
Follow up with your health care provider and review your medications.
Call Pohala to review your medications with one of our amazing providers. We still can schedule you in a short time (1day to 1 week), unlike most PCPs 6-8 weeks out for an appointment
Here are several lifestyle modifications to improve digestion WITHOUT medications or supplements 💊:
1.) Chew food in its entirety. (If that means chewing each bite of food 30 times until it turns to mush, DO IT! Or at least try).
2.) Do not eat “on-the-go” or when you’re in a rush. (Your body will not properly digest food).🚗💨
3.) Eliminate or limit external stressors while consuming food (ie t.v, noisy environment, arguments or tense discussions etc).🗣🖥
4.) Try your best to cook your own food and add different spices that stimulate and prepare your body for digestion such as cumin, mustard seeds, and rosemary. 👨🏾🍳
5.) Apple cider vinegar before meals may aid in digestion.
Despite our crazy Winter weather,❄️ Spring 🌷🌿 is around the corner and Pohala is welcoming this event with our:
Spring Cleanse: Nutritional Detox and Reboot Class.
This class is filled but that doesn’t mean we can’t share some detox tips with everyone. If you’re not in the class, let us know, and, if there is enough interest we may do another one.
Vera Vos NP will speak on Environmental Toxins:
She tells us:
‘Often, the big question is, why detox? A big reason is to decrease the burden of harmful chemicals in our bodies. But, aren’t there laws that ensure clean and safe water, air, food, etc? If only that were true. There are more than 80,000 registered chemicals in use. About 1600 of these chemicals have been tested for carcinogenicity by the EPA. In 2016 then President Obama amended the 1976 Toxic Substance Control Act which will now require the EPA to study the not yet tested chemicals for safety. Unfortunately, they are only required to study 20 different chemicals at a time and testing must be completed within 7 years. How quickly EPA moves through the testing is definitely dependent on funding and the political climate. So, while the federal government makes it’s ponderous way through 80,000 (minus 1600 already done) chemicals, it’s up to us to educate ourselves regarding what potential toxins we may be coming into contact with.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit American activist group that specializes in research and advocacy in, among other things, toxic chemicals. Check out their website for an extensive guide to the most toxin free products for your home and personal use. Our homes may be our sanctuary but the air inside can be 2-5 times more polluted than the air outside. There are guides for everything from mattresses to cleaning products to lightbulbs and much more. Here’s to spring cleaning!
Whether you are attending our class you can schedule your personal Nutritional Cleanse consult. Vera Vos NP and Lisa Del Alba ND accepting new patients.
Here is to YOU!!!! The more you care for yourself the better the World Can BE. Healing can happen.
Call us for an appointment (503) 572-4196
Need help for chronic pain in Portland, Oregon? At Pohala Clinic, we offer a variety of natural pain relief options with an emphasis on the pain relief benefits of acupuncture.
Did you know that Acupuncture can help alleviate pain from both acute and chronic conditions? Furthermore, Acupuncture continues to prove beneficial on a multitude of levels from physical ailments such as low back pain, neck pain, arthritis, etc. to mental and emotional ailments, such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, etc).
Please take a moment to read the PubMed article discussing Acupuncture and Morphine in the management of acute pain in the emergency department.
‘This article provides an update on one of the oldest pain relief techniques (acupuncture) that could find a central place in the management of acute care settings. This should be considered especially in today’s increasingly complicated and polymedicated patients to avoid adverse drug reactions.’
If you would like help decreasing acute or chronic pain through natural and lifestyle based approaches, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Paresh Shelat.
Call Pohala Clinic (503) 572-4196
Why are Primary Care Providers so important? ⚕⚕
Here are a few things that set PCP’s apart from other health care providers:
- Primary Care Provider’s are trained to treat the entire person, physically, mentally and emotionally.
- PCP’s provide healthcare for all ages…. from infants to geriatrics.
- PCP’s get to know their patients and their preferences. We make sure to keep your family situations and job pressures in mind when it comes to providing you well rounded health care.
- PCPs are trained to build a trusting and lasting relationship with you, and work together with you to meet your goals.
At Pohala we have the best kind of PCP’s medicine offers:
Family Nurse Practitioners ⚕ and Naturopathic Physicians 💼.
Together we have nearly 70 years of experience to manage all your health care needs.
Schedule with any of us!
Julie Foster FNP
Donna London FNP
Vera Vos FNP
Lisa Del Alba ND
Paresh Shelat ND
Call (503) 572-4196
We want to get to know you!
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO FACE YOUR LIFE CHALLENGES ALONE.
Paresh H. Shelat, ND, L.Ac
We welcome practitioner Paresh Shelat to the Pohala Clinic team. Dr. Shelat works as a naturopathic primary care physician and licensed acupuncturist with a focus on whole body health. We asked him to tell us more about his medicine philosophy, his education and his treatment and management goals as a health care professional.
“Your Body, Your Choice”
When I first meet a person, I want to understand the stories and experiences that have led them to where they are today. Establishing and creating a rapport that allows the person to feel comfortable in my office leads to change and optimal health. It’s about the relationship I have with the people who have come to me for help. I truly believe in the idea of your body, your choice. I help people see their available options and we work together to make a choice that creates health and well being.
A Western and Eastern Approach
I believe it is essential to have an understanding of both paradigms, sometimes the terms naturopath and allopath (a western approach to medicine) are used to describe the differences. I work with patients to make informed decisions about how they want to dictate the outcomes of their health- this often involves both eastern and western practices. There are times where the western standard of care is necessary and when the deviation from the standard of care can be safely completed under proper supervision.
Naturopath and Acupuncture Education
I started off working in massage therapy. This opened up the path of discovery to the intricate world of medicine (both allopathic and naturopathy). Graduating with a certificate in massage therapy led me to Johnson State College where I earned my B.Sc degree in Wellness & Alternative Medicine. From here, I was able to attend the National University of Natural Medicine where I completed a dual degree program in both Naturopathy and Chinese Medicine. (Doctor of Naturopathy, Masters of Acupuncture). Upon completion graduation from NUNM, I finished a three-year residency in 2017.
I enjoy working with patients who are motivated and open to the possibility of achieving optimal health. Unfortunately, there is no magical protocol or technique that will work for everyone. With that said, the patients’ ability to have patience and an understanding that finding the root cause may take time is crucial. This leads to a collaboration that creates health and well being.
Please call Pohala Clinic to book an appointment with Dr. Shelat.
Our Pohala Clinic practitioners represent a wide variety of experiences and approaches to medicine. Choosing a naturopath is an important decision. We believe that knowing how a person thinks about health makes a difference in the naturopath and client relationship. We hope you enjoy these thoughts on life and medicine from Lisa Del Alba:
How do you approach a new client?
When I see a client for the first time, my hope is, more or less, to get to know them as an individual. Rudolf Steiner once commented that there is as much difference from one human individual to the next as there is among different species of animals! My favorite part of my job is sitting face-to-face with my clients and hearing about their unique lives, and feeling amazement about how incredible it is that there can be so many different ways to live a human life. How do we all do it? My ideal patient is someone who is interested in learning about their health, and co-working with me towards better health.
What led you to a career as a naturopath?
Starting out my higher education with a combination-type of degree in physics, electrical engineering, and mathematics left me with a propensity to want to think things through. I heard lectures from physicists and mathematicians that left me with a sense of awe and wonder at the workings of the world and the universe. As a young mother, I remember worrying about my children when something unfamiliar would come up health-wise. For example, at one point, one child had persistent diarrhea, and another was chronically constipated. Like a ‘good mom’, I carted them in to see a local pediatrician. His brief explanations and suggestions were unsatisfying and didn’t seem to help anything. So, I started researching on my own.
After months of experiences, wondering, and researching, the questions only led to more questions. The whole process led to a sense of wonder and reverence for how the human being lives in their body, and how we all live in connection with the broader world. The human being was every bit as complex, fascinating and wonderful as I had felt the entire world and universe to be during my university studies! I remember thinking to myself; ‘Wow, this could be a full-time job’. A career change was in the making.
Tell us about your early life:
I grew up in a household that, in some ways, held fairly conventional beliefs. I am fortunate to have had a supportive and fruitful upbringing with parents who were interested in life and taught and shared their interests. My dad grew up as a cowboy on a Colorado ranch, and was a practicing psychologist who also taught at a local college. My mom founded and directed a pre-school while being a full-time mom who cooked, sewed, knitted, etc. She eventually went back to school, received her doctorate, and worked for the University of Maryland. Both parents loved art, adventure, travel, the outdoors, and human diversity. They eventually went their separate ways, and I became a teenager.
With such a wonderful preparation by my life circumstances and my parents, I then proceeded to make many mistakes! I learned to work my way out of and through many and varied errors along my life path. These life experiences, among others, have deepened my ability to feel understanding for where a client finds themselves in their life situation.
What is your medical philosophy regarding natural medicine and the concept of Eastern and Western medicine?
My scientific education has trained my thinking capacities, and my interest in the world keeps me learning and open to new possibilities. Anthroposophical spiritual science has provided an indispensable lens for a feeling and understanding which helps towards putting all of these various pieces together
When asked what my views are on ‘eastern’ and ‘western’ medicine, some people are surprised by my answer. In popular culture, many people think of allopathic (conventional or institutionalized) medicine as western, and almost anything else such as ‘alternative’ or naturopathic medicine as ‘eastern’. Actually, this is not a completely accurate picture. I think of ‘eastern’ medicine as medical systems arising out of ancient Eastern cultures – a few examples being Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. The Western world also has its older medical traditions. Naturopathy has its roots in nature-cure practices in old-Europe and the Americas. Anthroposophical medicine has its origins in Central Europe and included an effort to bring ancient Eastern wisdom into the Western culture in a form that could be more understandable for Western constitutions and modes of understanding.
What are your office hours at Pohala?
I work regularly in Portland at Pohala on Wednesdays from 9-5, and Thursdays from 9-1. (In Eugene, I work 9-5:30 Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, and 2-5:30 on Thursdays.) Occasionally there are temporary changes in my schedule as needs arise. I am the school doctor at the Eugene Waldorf School, and teach seminars to prospective Waldorf School teachers in the WTEE teacher training program. I find great value in working in a collegial way with teachers and other health care providers.
Thank you to Lisa Del Alba for her thoughtful answers. To make an appointment with Dr. Del Alba, please call the Pohala Clinic.