Aaron Armbruster, DC
Dr. Aaron Armbruster has been practicing Chiropractic in Portland for the past seventeen years. After an undergraduate degree at the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Armbruster moved to Portland mainly because of its natural beauty and outstanding quality of life. Employing his broad base of education to help patients with a variety of conditions, Dr. Armbruster has established Parkside Clinic to reach and help as many patients as possible in a professional and comfortable clinic environment.
Dan Suppnick, DC
Dr. Suppnick grew up in Michigan and completed his bachelor's degree at Michigan State University. His interest in human biomechanics, physiology and non-invasive health care then led him to the field of chiropractic. He was attracted to Portland's own University of Western States by the evidence based chiropractic curriculum and the opportunity to move to the Pacific Northwest. He went on to graduate as his class's valedictorian. As a chiropractic physician, he offers a wide variety of healing modalities including traditional and low force chiropractic manipulation, soft tissue release techniques, home exercises/stretches, and strategies to maintain a healthy lifestyle. He has experience helping patients with acute injuries, chronic conditions and those who are interested in chiropractic as a preventative or wellness strategy. Throughout his life, Dr. Suppnick has always kept very active playing for nationally competitive ultimate frisbee teams, rock climbing, practicing yoga, and bike commuting. He also enjoys reading, cooking, and fishing.
Tally Armbruster, LMT
Tally came to Portland from Massachusetts in 1990 to attend Lewis and Clark College. Graduating in 1994 with a BS in Psychology, she fell in love with this livable city and its surrounding beauty. Tally's interest in rehabilitative therapies led her to the field of massage. She graduated from East West College of the Healing Arts in 2000 and has since focused her practice and continued training in Myofascial Therapy, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, and Sports Massage. Her integrative approach helps people find pain relief and facilitates recovery from acute injuries (such as auto accidents and sports injuries) and chronic problems (such as headaches, postural imbalances, and muscle tension). Tally balances her work life by spending time outdoors with family and friends. Finding inspiration from her two young daughters, she strives to be as curious about the world as they are.
Lisa VanAlstine, LMT
Lisa Ann VanAlstine has been a practicing Licensed Massage Therapist since 1998. Lisa customizes relaxation, deep tissue techniques, PNF techniques, sports massage, and myo-fascial work to address each person's unique health concerns. Different modalities are used to accommodate those healing from a motor vehicle collision, a sports injury, general stress symptoms, or the changes placed upon the body during pregnancy. Having suffered serious injuries from a motor vehicle collision in 2006, Lisa knows first hand the profound healing that happens when chiropractic and massage therapy join together. Lisa loves helping clients gain pain free movement back into their lives and is proud to be a part of Parkside Clinic. Lisa is also a faculty member of East West College, a professional school of massage therapy, where she teaches Kinesiology and Deep Tissue techniques. When not working, Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband and dog outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Alexi Hedlund, LMT
Alexi's interest and curiosity in anatomy and how the body works, combined with an integrative, caring approach to massage leads each patient on a focused course to recovery. She believes her ability to provide patients with massage, education and sufficient self-care tools, enables each individual to broaden their body awareness and assist in their own progress. After graduating from East West College of the Healing Arts in 2008, she began helping patients that were combining massage and chiropractic care, treating a large spectrum of injuries including car accident rehab, migraines, frozen shoulder, sports injuries, and chronic pain. Her experience using massage to ease the day-to-day challenges for hospice patients solidifies the compassion that is at the center of everything she does. Alexi specializes in Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, and Thai massage. She combines these disciplines with Muscle Energy Techniques and Postural Analysis to deliver a thorough healing experience that her patients can take with them after their session. In order to keep a balanced lifestyle, Alexi enjoys practicing yoga, studying herbal medicine, and finds inspiration in nature.
Ann Hunt, LMT
Ann Hunt is a licensed massage therapist specializing in Thai massage, Thai Acupressure, Chi Nei Tsang (Thai abdominal massage), Fire Cupping, and Gua Sha (Scraping). At Parkside Clinic, she incorporates elements of these modalities into her Swedish massage sessions. She has been practicing bodywork since 2008, a graduate of East West College. Ann's goal is to help people feel connected to their bodies in a positive way so that they can live and move with maximum ease. When Ann is not doing bodywork, she's in her garden enjoying the company of plants and animals, skateboarding, or making and appreciating music and art.
Saliha Abrams, LMT
Saliha has been practicing massage therapy, bodywork, and energy work for 12 years. She's lived and worked in California, Alaska, New Mexico and since 2008, in the Pacific Northwest. The first bodywork Saliha studied was Polarity Therapy at Heartwood Institute of the Healing Arts in Gaberville, CA. Polarity Therapy uses light to deep touch to balance the electro-magnetic currents on and around the body, elegantly relieving areas of pain and tightness. At New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics in Albuquerque, NM, she studied Swedish Massage, Polarity Therapy, Acupressure and Traditional Chinese Medicine. For over 10 years she's studied and practiced Myo-Fascial Release, which works with the connective tissue, or fascia, that she sheathes and interconnects all the body's structures. Myo-Fascial Release uses sustained pressure to allow the fascia back into healthy elasticity, greater relieving pressure and pain in the body. Saliha combines all these modalities, along with Lomi-Lomi massage and Cranio-Sacral Therapy, in her massage and bodywork practices. She loves to open herself to the healing energy of the universe and allow it to flow through her as she works with people. She believes that this energy is what heals, and she believes in the magic of hands, touch, and intent as an instrument of that healing. Saliha moved to the Pacific NW for the rain & the green, and loves the outdoors, music, herbal medicine and good friends.
Kris Okamoto, LMT
Born and raised in Portland, Kris became a massage therapist after attending East West College of the Healing Arts. Studying anatomy, kinesiology, and figure work in both sculpture and drawing at the University of Oregon, where she earned her BA in Fine and Applied Arts in 1992, eventually led her to a career in massage therapy. She is proud to be part of the knowledgeable team at Parkside and enjoys assisting people in their recovery from motor vehicle accidents just as much as creating space to foster deep, therapeutic relaxation. Kris specializes in combining Swedish with Deep Tissue and Myofascial massage while drawing from detailed anatomical knowledge and a strong intuitive nature. She has additional training in Trigger Point, Ashiatsu, and is currently taking classes in energy work. When she is not doing massage, she can be found spending time with her son and their 2 cats, cooking, playing music, singing, and watching Blazer basketball.
Melissa has been a LMT since 2005 after graduating from East West College of the Healing Arts. She was inspired to pursue massage school after receiving tremendous pain and tension relief via massage therapy. Melissa decided to dedicate her career to helping others through massage, just as it had helped her. A massage session with Melissa can include Swedish massage for relaxation and stress relief, and as well as, deep tissue and myofacial release to help with recovery from injury and/or tightness in the body.
Listening to each client's needs is extremely important to Melissa, as she understands that people are unique and prefer to receive care in different ways. She is empathetic and compassionate to others dealing with pain/discomfort and enjoys helping create relief in her patient's body and mind, while increasing their quality of life. Her outlook on health is holistic. She is passionate about learning, especially in regards to the body and the most effective ways to help the body to relax, heal, gain more mobility, and increase strength.
Outside of work, Melissa enjoys gardening and cooking, but most of all, enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Zo Houseman, LMT
Zo has been a licensed massage therapist for 21 years and specializes in Deep Tissue, Fascial Unwinding and Swedish massage. More specifically, she focuses on pain reduction and injury accident massage. Zo is intuitive and sensitive to the whole person and takes into consideration the mind body Spirit and emotional connections. She enjoys seeing the progress made with her clients and helping them to move on to pain-free living. Zo listens to the client's needs and uses her hands and experience to accomplish what needs to be done. She loves life and sees the positive in all situations.
Justin Wycoff, LMT
Justin Wycoff, L.M.T. was born and raised in the Napa Valley in northern California. He is a graduate of East West College of the healing arts in Portland, Oregon and thinks fondly of his time in school as one of the most formative periods in his life. His interest in human biomechanics, the healing arts, and general inquisitive nature have led him to the field of massage therapy, where he utilizes manual therapy to treat a number of pathologies. He integrates massage and movement to help patients reach their goals and continue their journey to wellness. By using myofascial release, deep tissue, trigger point, and Swedish massage, he cultivates a comprehensive session that meets each client's individual needs. In his free time, Justin enjoys cooking, playing table tennis, and camping.
Jake Daumen, L.Ac, MTCM (Masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine)
Jake Daumen has been practicing Chinese medicine in Portland since 2006, and has focused his skills to specialize in auto accident and sports-related injuries. His formal training culminated in a Masters degree in Chinese Medicine in 2005 from Five Branches University as well as a certification in Integrative Sports Medicine, a program where he was fortunate to be able to learn the innovative treatment protocol of Muscle Channel Technique (MCT), directly from it’s developer Frank He, L.Ac. He also completed extra training in Tui Na massage and Medical Qi-Gong, as well as studying with Tui Na master Dr. Jiang at Zhejiang University Hospital in Hangzhou, China. Jake always tries to find the best path to health and recovery for each patient individually and utilizes several approaches in his treatment, integrating the classical techniques of acupuncture, Tui Na massage, auricular therapy and cupping with more modern treatment such as kinesiotaping and electro-stimulation. Patient comfort is also of utmost concern to Jake, as he believes that the patient can connect to the healing process more efficiently in a relaxed state, and he has spent his entire education and professional career perfecting a free hand needle technique that is smooth and confortable for the patient.