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Rinnovare spa blends wellness, beauty with natural approach

Naturopathic physician Jonathan Hansel owns the medical day spa
by: Carole Archer, Dr. Jonathan Hansel applies ultrasound to Freddy Lou Barneburg’s sprained wrist at the Rinnovare Medical Day Spa in Gresham on Friday, Oct. 20.

It has taken more than one year to build, but Gresham's new Rinnovare Medical Day Spa was worth the wait, says owner and chief practitioner, Dr. Jonathan Hansel.

'It's been a long journey, but I'm looking forward to the next phase,' Hansel, a chiropractor and naturopathic physician, says of his new business, which blends traditional medicine (chiropractic and naturopathic) with holistic body and facial treatments.

Hansel, who formerly practiced in the Cherry Park area for six years, teaches minor surgical procedures at the Western States Chiropractic College, where he earned his doctor of chiropractic degree, and says his father, also a naturopathic physician and chiropractor, influenced his career choice.

'I would hear my dad's clients come out and talk about the care they received from him … my father was a big inspiration to me,' Hansel says.

A family doctor, Hansel treats the whole person and, through his training at the Portland-based National College of Naturopathic Medicine, believes in treating the cause of a disease, rather than its symptoms.

'We find out what is causing the problem and help the body heal itself,' Hansel says.

Under Oregon law, naturopathic physicians are able to prescribe medical drugs, and Hansel says he has no problem using pharmaceuticals to treat an emergency problem, 'but then I would want to see the patient again and talk about what caused this illness,' he says.

Also treating patients at Rinnovare is Dr. Jaysun Frisch, a chiropractor and teacher at Western States Chiropractic College, who says Hansel was his mentor in college.

The chiropractic and naturopathic care make up half of Rinnovare, and Hansel says he is excited to delve into the aesthetic portion of the business.

'It's something that interests me,' Hansel says. 'And we offer medical grade skin-care lines that are also very natural.'

These include Eminence, an organic, handmade skin-care line from Hungary that uses ingredients such as wild plum to stimulate fatigued skin; sour cherry to revitalize mature or acne prone skin; and maize flowers to clean pores and take away impurities.

Hansel is particularly pleased with Eminence's sun care products, which are mineral based and chemical free.

'We are seeing a higher incidence of skin cancer, and sun protection is very important right now,' Hansel says. 'Unfortunately, we are finding out that the chemicals used in most sunscreens may also be damaging. That's why we are using a strictly mineral-based sunscreen.'

The medical day spa also carries an entire line of mineral make-up, which doesn't clog pores and can actually help some skin conditions.

Another skin-care line used by the day spa's two medical aestheticians, is VonNatur, a vegan-certified, organic and wild craft line of beauty products that incorporate aromatherapy and pure essential oils.

VonNatur, a Portland-based company, also makes the mineral make-ups Rinnovare carries.

Inside the new medical day spa, at 23479 S.E. Stark St., at the corner of Stark and Cleveland Avenue, the scent of vanilla candles mingles with soft lighting and pleasant exam rooms.

Even the chiropractic tables are designed for comfort. With little interruption from the doctor or massage therapist, patients can get an adjustment or a massage on these all-purpose tables.

Rinnovare employs four licensed massage therapists who provide an array of stimulating, relaxing and therapeutic massages, such as the soothing and healing hot stone massage or the gentle Swedish massage.

Other services offered at Rinnovare include laser treatments for hair removal, or for reducing the appearance of sunspots or varicose veins; Botox cosmetics; Restylane and Mesotherapy for reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Hansel says his real desire is to educate the public, and he will host a variety of free, community seminars on topics such as bioidentical hormone replacement; Botox cosmetics; Restylane and lipotherapy.

The first seminar, 'An evening of beauty,' is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Rinnovare, 23479 S.E. Stark St., Gresham.

This free educational seminar will feature live demonstrations on various cosmetic procedures such as Botox, Restylane and lipotherapy, as well as an explanation of the day spa's laser procedures.

Wine and appetizers will be served, and people who bring a group of six to 10 friends will receive a special gift package featuring the natural VonNatur skin-care line.

Another seminar, this one on bioidentical hormone replacement, a natural approach to balancing hormones before, during and after menopause, is scheduled for Jan. 1, 2007.