Amisha Parekh, MD, MPH, FACEP
Dr. Parekh graduated from medical school in 2007 and completed residency training at the New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Parekh is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and has been Board Certified since 2013. She has completed training in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. In addition to her medical training, Dr. Parekh has also completed a Masters of Public Health at the Medical College of Ohio. She is an Assistant Professor at the Weill Cornell Medical Center and is available for consultation at the clinic for both urgent and primary care matters. She is licensed to practice medicine in Oregon, Washington, and New York. Dr. Parekh continues to practice full time in an Emergency Department setting.
Robert Birkhahn, MD, FACEP, AAFP
Dr. Birkhahn is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a Fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Birkhahn graduated from the University of Cincinnati, completed residency training at the New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, NY and received his Masters from Cornell University in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research. He is Board Certified by ABEM and has been trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Dr. Birkhahn is a Professor at the Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York and has produced more than 70 peer-reviewed publications, conducted more than 50 clinical research trials, and still actively teaches medical students, paramedics, residency candidates and clinical fellows. In his spare time Dr. Birkhahn volunteers as a Primary Care Physician providing free medical care at the Southwest Community Health Center in Hillsboro.
Aarin Meager-Benson, ND
Dr. Benson is a naturopathic physician specializing in primary care medicine. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in women's health and received her ND at Bastyr University in 2003. She has practiced craniosacral therapy since 2001, completed NAET allergy training in 2009, and also utilizes EFT acupressure in her practice. Dr. Benson enjoys working with patients who are motivated to explore natural treatment options as well as optimize their diet and lifestyle choices in order to improve overall vitality and quality of life. She grew up in the Midwest, is a mother of two young boys and loves all the culture and community of Portland.
Whitney Ault, MSN, BSN, RN, FNP-C
Whitney Ault is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She graduated from the University of Portland with her Bachelors in Science of Nursing in 2007. In her early career, she worked with patients on a medical surgical unit focused on urology and then transitioned to a specialty in OBGYN. She went back to school in 2014 and graduated from Frontier Nursing University with her Masters of Science in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner license. She enjoys working with patients across the lifespan and empowers her patients to prevent and improve their health using a holistic approach. In her free time she enjoyes spending time with her husband, son, and furry pets.
Zubaida Abdulai, FNP-C
Zubaida is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, she received her Family Nurse Practitioner Degree from Georgetown University in Washington DC, and her Bachelor in Science Degree from D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY. She started her nursing career as a Pediatric Emergency room Nurse in Philadelphia, PA and has since branched into adult areas of Nursing as well. She is devoted to serving underserved populations. In her free time, Zubaida enjoys exploring Portland restaurants, reading, hiking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Darren Brooks, L.Ac
Darren is a licensed and Board Certified Acupuncturist. He graduated with a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine in 2007 and is also a nationally certified Traditional Chinese Medicine continuing education Instructor.
He enjoys helping patients of all ages with their healing process, and encourages an integrative medicine approach, where a patient has support from all their practitioners to achieve optimal health and wellness. Acupuncture treatments are a wonderful way to assist in the care of a wide variety of conditions. Darren has an extensive background with training in a number of traditional medicine wisdom traditions.
Beyond acupuncture, Darren practices mindfulness meditation, trains in the martial arts of Aikido and Taiji Chuan, and enjoys organic food cooking with his girlfriend.
Jeremy Adversalo, LPC
Jeremy is a licensed professional counseling (LPC), and received his Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University. Jeremy has provided mental health services for a wide range of individuals, including those impacted by depression, anxiety, trauma, loss, substance use, and challenging life transitions. Jeremy believes it is important for mental health treatment to be tailored to our clients' wants and needs. Through this collaborative process, clients are able to identify their own personal goals, and begin to develop a meaningful and fulfilling life. When Jeremy is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, playing fetch with his dog, riding his bike, and going to music concerts.
Evan Halbert, DC
Dr. Halbert graduated from the University of Oregon's Robert D. Clark Honors College and the University of Western States. He practices and is certified in Cox Technic flexion/distraction, one of the best non-surgical options for serious spinal conditions like disc herniation with radiculopathy or sciatica and stenosis. Dr. Halbert also enjoys treating every day aches, pains, headaches, and bad posture in addition to extremity conditions like ankle sprains, tennis elbow, and numb or tingling fingers and toes. When able, he incorporates gua sha and other manual therapies, therapeutic exercises and stretches, massage, activity modifications, and nutrition. In his spare time, Dr. Halbert enjoys playing music, dancing Argentine tango, designing board games, and spending time with his family.
Melanie Muniz, LMF Intern #R3743
Melanie earned a Bachelor's degreen in Psychology at University of California, Santa Cruz and obtained a Master's in Marital and Family Therapy at Alliant International University in Irvine California in 2013. Melanie is a Marriage and Family Therapist, trained in the impact of multidimensional systems (culture, worldview, family of origin, etc) on individuals and their relationships. Melanie's experience includes working with children, couples, and adults in a variety of levels of care, from outpatient to acute care for mental health crisis intervention. Melanie is a trauma-informed clinician, helping folks learn skills to cope with trauma and find a path to health and happiness.
She strives to walk beside you on your journey and to work collaboratively on the road to emotional healing. Melanie offers a warm and compassionate style, working to help you uncover strength from within and elicit a rich connection to authentic self. She believes that change in mental health happens in the safe space that is created between the therapist and the client, where each person is able to experience their true authentic self in the presence of another.
Outside of work, Melanie enjoys running and hiking, as well as exploring Oregon with her family.
Katie Stawn, DNP, CPNP-PC
Katie Stawn is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner specializing in primary care. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia. She later recieved both her Doctorate in Nursing and her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification from the University of Arizona. She is currently completeing an additional Family Nurse Practitioner Certification. She has received additional training in Multicultural WellnessEducation for Children through Capacitar International. Her doctoral research focuses on adolescent contraceptive counseling. Dr. Strawn is an adjunct professor for the University of Portland and enjoys working with students both in the classroom and the clinic. She served in the Peace Corps from 2011-2013, and she remains committed to working with vulnerable populations and those with limited access to resources. Dr. Strawn believes in individualizing you or your child's care to meet your personal beliefs about health and wellness.
In her spare time, Katie enjoys any activity centered around food, hikin with her husband and dog, exploring Portland, sleeping as much as possible, reading, and watching bad television.