To pursue optimal health, we first need to take responsibility for defining what health means.*
(*If we don't, something or someone will define it for us. And that definition won't be written in a dictionary; it will be etched in our bodies; it will be the story of our lives.)
That's why it's vital to remember that health is always about all of you. It is holistic. It refers to the overall well-being of the physical, emotional, social, mental, and spiritual you. It involves everything from your diet and posture to your sleep and breathing. Your mental habits? Your prevalent attitudes? Your home and work environments? Yes, yes, and yes. These all impact your health.
Healthcare, then, means identifying, tracking, and analyzing how these factors add up and interact -- not generically, but within your own unique and ever-changing situation. Next, healthcare means getting you in touch with the most effective care available across medical disciplines for protecting and strengthening your complete well-being.
Within this vision of health, your doctor should be someone who cares about the total you, both in terms of trustworthy empathy and in terms of professional expertise. Your doctor should be a collaborator, a supporter, a resource, and a champion for your health. Their bottomline should be your ultimate best. In short, your doctor should aim to care more for you than you care for yourself!
"When you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything."
- Lao Tzu
When health is understood as holistic, the way we think about medicine also deepens and expands. Medicine becomes personalized, participatory, and team-oriented. It becomes what is most often called Integrative Medicine. Some core principles of Integrative Medicine include:
Understanding the patient-doctor relationship as a partnership
Considering how all factors influence wellness and disease
Employing all healing sciences to assist the body’s natural healing powers
Beginning treatments with the most natural and least invasive means possible
Building treatments upon research and evidence, honing all medical models with ongoing scientific inquiry
Holding prevention of disease and promotion of health as equal in importance with symptom interventions
Dr. Callan practices personalized, participatory, evidence-informed, integrative medicine. To this end, she remains involved in medical research at Helfgott Research Institute, works in close consultation with practitioners of diverse medical modalities, and seeks to empower each patient through compassion, education, and collaborative treatment plans.
"I think we learn from medicine everywhere that it is, at its heart, a human endeavor, requiring good science but also a limitless curiosity and interest in your fellow human being, and that the physician-patient relationship is key; all else follows from it."
- Abraham Verghese
If something doesn't feel right with your body — if you're experiencing stiffness, PAIN, or soreness in relationship to any of your muscles, bones, or joints — contact Dr. Callan for natural relief and lasting improvement. (Physical Medicine can also benefit ATHLETES who are seeking to improve performance and/or injury prevention.)
With customized care, Dr. Callan will not only use an array of physical medicine techniques to help alleviate pain and restore your body's balance, she will partner with you to develop a treatment plan that empowers you to meet your health goals.
Diet and nutrition. Posture and strength. Sexual wellness. Hormonal balance. Menopause. Fertility —
Medical research has finally begun catching up on how women can THRIVE in the face of the many special health challenges they face today. Dr. Callan has a particular passion for helping women apply this growing body of knowledge to their lives. If you have any question or concerns you've been wrestling with or setting aside, Dr. Callan would be honored to partner with you in addressing them.
Dr. Nini Callan
Dr. Callan received her degrees in medicine and medical research from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM).
She served as an integrative medical research Fellow for the BRIDG program, a cutting-edge collaboration between scientists and practitioners at NUNM and the University of Washington. Working alongside internationally renowned medical scientists, her research focused on women's health.
At Reconstructed Wellness
936 SE Ankeny
Portland, OR 97214
A former college athlete and personal trainer, Dr. Callan's clinical expertise benefits from a hard-won experiential and intuitive understanding of the body and its optimal performance. Patients are often surprised by how her hands alone are able to find and alleviate their problem or pain.
Besides her constant drive to enrich the health of her clients and community, Dr. Callan also devotes time to her husband, her acoustic guitar, and her eternally teetering stack of library books.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Dr. Callan has the heart and hands of a true healer. I had been having pain in my upper back/neck area that was keeping me awake for a week and after she treated me it started feeling a lot better that day and kept improving over the next couple days until it was completely gone. Her communication is wonderful and her treatments are gentle and effective. I would recommend her to anyone.
- Jessa O.