Dr. Shawna Hasel
Born and raised in the Gorge community, surrounded by its awe-inspiring beauty and abundance of natural outdoor pursuits, fueled my desire to create a model of healthcare that is wellness oriented rather than disease focused. Having received my doctorate from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, an accredited institution and leading university in the natural health sciences- I returned here much like the salmon!
My goal is not to simply alleviate your symptoms but identify the cause of your health troubles all while recognizing the complexities and interconnectedness of the human body, mind and spirit.
Treatment suggestions are focused on removing of the obstacle to cure and facilitating the healing process on all levels. I treat many conditions by simply teaching (or reminding) you how to support your body’s inherent ability to heal. I believe you are unique and complex, therefore all healing modalities are customized, well-researched and up-to-date approaches to address your specific needs.
I am trained in general family medicine and enjoy helping people with any health concern they may have. Additionally, I have specialized training in Bioidentical Hormone therapy, Gastroenterology, Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis, Functional Medicine, Emotional Freedom Technique and a highly effective German system of homeopathic medicine that addresses the foundational causes of illness.
In an effort to practice what I preach, you can find me trail running, hunting for hormone-free wild game, hiking, paddle boarding, or fishing for salmon dinner with my husband, Jeff. I also have a very fond affection for my ‘beloved canine beasties’ Auzshee and Ero.
Natural therapies can be utilized in place of pharmaceuticals (in many instances) and can also be an ideal compliment to current conventional medicine.
Our Guiding Principles:
● The doctor as teacher. Education is the foundation of our practice. True change comes with knowledge. We welcome all types of questions and am committed to helping you understand your body and health.
● Your participation in your own healing process. Your dedication and commitment to making lifestyle changes and being open to new ways of healing is critical. This is a team approach. We will provide the guidance, but you are ultimately responsible for following through with the healing changes.
● Finding the underlying cause. Your body is intricate and symptoms are an external sign that something deeper exists. Rather than simply masking or treating these symptoms, we will work together to uncover the deeper imbalances at work.
● Respect and listening. We respect you and value your insight into your health history. We will listen to you and take the time to hear your story. Similarly, we will respect your needs. If something we suggest is not working for you, it is best to let us know as soon as possible so we can investigate other alternatives.
● Keeping it as simple as possible. Sometimes the greatest healing comes with the simplest approach. Although some cases require a more complex treatment plan, we vow to keep it as simple and affordable for you as possible.
Philosophy of Wellness:
Wellness is better described as a state of homeostasis on every level of being (physical, emotional. mental, and spiritual). Like nature, your body is constantly striving towards balance. Your internal “terrain” is bombarded on a daily basis by obstacles to health including stress, genetic tendencies, poor nutrition, environmental toxins, infections, and more.Disease is essentially the imbalance of this cellular terrain. The obstacles are too many or too intense and your body is not able to bring itself back into an optimum state. You then experience symptoms, which are essentially manifestations of this imbalance. Over time, neglect of these symptoms may lead to a chronic state of imbalance or disease that takes time to reverse. Removing the obstacles to health whenever possible and providing support so that the body can come back to balance is the goal!
By seeing health and disease from this viewpoint, it becomes clear why it is essential to address the underlying imbalance (rather than just the symptoms) and to treat the whole person.