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Hillsdale health care team hosts interactive open house

Offering free consultations, information sessions, chair massages and acupuncture treatments, the Portland Wellness Center will hold a fall open house on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The center has been serving the community since 1995 at 6274 S.W. Capitol Hwy., steps away from the outdoor Hillsdale Farmer's Market and Wilson High School. The center is the culmination of the 25-year vision of Naturopath Elaine Gillaspie to create an integrated holistic health center. Gillaspie is a graduate of the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland Oregon, and licensed since 1981.

'My approach as a doctor has always been to work with patients as a part of their health team. The wellness center offers that team of practitioners, supporting whole body health and wellness-it's what makes the center unique.'

The center's health care team provides a variety of services including naturopathy, podiatry, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, marriage and family therapy, and sport psychology.

The open house, held in conjunction with the Hillsdale Farmers' Market, will serve as a way for neighbors to become acquainted with the center and its staff.

'[The goal] is to bring the center to the attention of the neighborhood and to help promote the new practitioners that are here,' Gillaspie said.

Guests of the open house will have the chance to listen to a variety of health-related talks like those offered throughout the year at the center. Open house informational talks include 'Healing Through Biofeedback,' 'Natural Food Care: Fasting for Greater Health,' 'Immune Support and Acupuncture,' 'What your skin says about your health' and 'Sports psychology: What's it all about?'.

For more information or to sign up for any of the open house events, please contact Gretchen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-245-6516.