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Old friends team up on new primary care clinic

McMonagle, Denmark open Lake Oswego Health Center


by:  VERN UYETAKE - Doctors Karma Denmark, left, and Bridghid McMonagle are offering a new primary care facility at the new Lake Oswego Health Center.There are all kinds of new treatment and equipment offered at the new Lake Oswego Health Center.

But doctors Bridghid McMonagle and Karma Denmark have old-fashioned ideas about what their patients should pay. In fact, they can save them a lot of money. Not only can McMonagle and Denmark restore your health, they can protect your bank account.

“I know of a patient who had no health insurance and came down with a kidney stone,” McMonagle said. “She went to an emergency room and was billed for $4,000. She was treated with pain medication.

“If people can call us first we can minimize their expenses as much as possible. Many people in Oregon don’t have health insurance because they can’t afford it. That means when they have an emergency medical situation they have to go to an urgent care center or an emergency room because Oregon doesn’t have enough primary care facilities.”

A quick tour of the center on 470 Sixth St. reveals that the doctors have plenty of resources to deal with all kinds of health problems.

“Our idea was to have a one-stop shop for medical care,” Denmark said.

One of the treatments offered is oxygen therapy, which greatly assists in injury recovery. It is also not offered widely in Oregon. There is also injection technology for a torn meniscus or rotary cuff. It has been of great help to McMonagle in her treatment of Lake Oswego High School football players. Then there is IV nutrient therapy.

“It boosts people’s immune systems and gets them back on their feet much more quickly,” McMonagle said.

Maybe the most interesting health tool at the center is the True Stretch, which is done under the direction of chiropractor Kevin Colling. It resembles a super jungle gym, but it is designed to greatly increase a patient’s flexibility. It also looks like a lot of fun.

The Lake Oswego Health Center is something like a dream come true for Denmark and McMonagle. They studied medicine together at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Wash. After earning their doctorates in naturopathic medicine, McMonagle worked at a chiropractic clinic in Lake Oswego while Denmark worked at a clinic in her native West Linn. On Feb. 16, their primary center opened and their dream came true.

“I thought I had outgrown what I was doing,” McMonagle said.

“I wanted to do more primary care,” said Denmark.

They are looking forward to meeting their patients’ health care needs.

“You can get lost in the mix when you have a health problem,” McMonagle said. “We can help you or else we can refer you to someone who can.”

Other LOHC staff members are psychotherapist Charlen Massey and registered nurse Donna London.

For more information, go to LakeOHC.com or call 503-506-9806.

While the center already offers a lot, McMonagle noted, “Improvements are still going on.”




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