Dr. Cara Orscheln is a Naturopathic Physician licensed in Oregon. She was led in this direction through a deep fascination of the human body – how it grows, heals, moves, and expresses itself. She started out as a young athlete in Mid-Missouri, recovering from sports injuries by working with Chiropractors and Osteopaths. Considering a career in one of these fields, she attended the University of Colorado-Boulder where she pursued a degree in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology. At this point in her life, she was introduced to Rolfing Structural Integration, and decided to study massage therapy and eventually work with a physical therapist named Donna Bajalis at her Institute for Structural Medicine to become a Hellerwork Structural Integration practitioner. She chose this school over a traditional Rolfing training because it offered a profound training in the “cultivation of the practitioner” – not merely learning myofascial mobilization techniques and the physics and philosophy foundational to the Structural Integration Series, but it also taught her more about herself. Through this, she learned about how to connect with clients on a deeper level. This allows her to facilitate their empowerment to make changes and shifts in their physical bodies, in how they move, hold themselves, and interact with the world with more balance, freedom and ease.
After several years of practice as a Structural Integration practitioner, she got the itch to continue her education at The National College of Naturopathic Medicine (now NUNM) in Portland, Oregon. Here she immersed herself in biochemistry, nutritional sciences, botanical medicine and homeopathy, as well as gaining more education in physical medicine modalities. She graduated with Academic Honors, earned a Certificate in Homeopathy, and received Honors in Research for study in detoxification diets. She participated in a one-year mentorship with an emphasis in cardiovascular health under the supervision of the Dr. Martin Milner, ND and Dr. Jeremy Mikolai, ND, at the Center for Natural Medicine.
Since graduating from Naturopathic Medical School, she has continued her education in the fields of Osteopathy and Visceral Manipulation, Homeopathy, Neural Therapy and Biological Medicine. Neural Therapy utilizes the local anesthetic Procaine administered through injection into superficial tissue (scars or directly under the skin) or intra-muscularly to address disturbances in the Autonomic Nervous system. Biological Medicine is a system of medicine that uses natural laws and knowledge of human physiology to help the body restore and maintain its own regulatory mechanisms.
Dr. Cara has been in private practice as a healing arts provider since 2001 and practicing as a Naturopathic Physician since 2011. She has dedicated her adult life to helping patients achieve better health. She does this through creating a healing relationship with her patients, motivating and educating them on lifestyle solutions, and treating underlying causes of disease.
When she is not working, she is home with her husband and two young children, re-experiencing the world through their eyes. She enjoys practicing yoga, cooking, singing, and hiking/camping.
Her areas of medical focus are:
- Chronic pain and injury rehabilitation
- Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders
- Chronic Digestive Disorders (GERD, IBS, SIBO)
- Anxiety and Depression
- Hormonal Imbalances and Menstrual Concerns
- Neurological Illness
- Cardiovascular illness