Mt Hood Women's HealthComplementary Health Services

Mt Hood Women’s Health is interested in integrating conventional medicine along with complementary therapies to treat the whole person and not just the disease. We are privileged to work alongside other licensed professionals to offer these expanded services to you.

Complementary health services include acupuncture, massage therapy, labor doula, aromatherapy, mental health counseling, wellness and pregnancy health coaching and yoga classes. These healing modalities, when combined with conventional medical care, can bring increased health and wellness benefits. These allied professionals collaborate with the providers of Mt Hood Women’s Health, to provide an approach that may offer a more comprehensive response to your medical concerns and your overall well being.


Acupuncture can help alleviate many common health problems in women.  It may provide an alternative treatment option for such conditions as headache, back pain, chronic pelvic pain, infertility, menstrual cramps, fibromyalgia, morning sickness, post operative pain and more. 

» Michelle Blackwood. LAc

Please visit Michelle's website or call 503-665-9355 to schedule an appointment.

Michelle is the daughter of a registered nurse and has always wanted to be in the medical field. After earning her Master’s in Chinese Medicine from The Academy of Chinese Healing Arts in Sarasota, Florida, she travelled west to visit family and landed in Portland, which she considers home. 

Michelle opened Acupuncture Works LLC in 2001, and has been blessed to work in a career that she is passionate about.  Her philosophy in medicine is to treat each person as a unique individual, therefore treating the person rather than the condition or disease. Informing each person on home care therapies, acupressure and relaxation techniques results in a relationship where practitioner and patient work together to promote optimum health and well-being.  During her sessions, Michelle has a professional and caring manner. She takes time to explain what she is doing and loves to  educate her clients on the workings of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

Married with children of the furry and feathery variety, Michelle enjoys hiking, motorcycle riding, traveling, scuba diving and gardening. She enjoys cycling around the state of Oregon as well commuting to work.


Mental Health Counseling

Medicine has long recognized the necessity and the utility of healing the mind to facilitate healing the body. Mental health therapy is an effective way to learn tools to reduce stress and alleviate disturbing symptoms such as depressed mood and anxiety. Effective therapy can address a wide range of emotional and relationship issues and can lead to a more balanced and fulfilling life.   

» Nadine Dody, LPC

Office hours Wednesday-Friday.

Please call 503-200-4744 to schedule an appointment.

Please visit Nadine's website.

Nadine believes counseling is a joint effort, which cannot be successful without your hard work, energy and courage. 

Therapy provides a safe place to explore reactions, thoughts, and feelings about people in your life as well as yourself.  It allows you the opportunity to practice new ways of interacting and, when ready, to try these in other relationships. 

Nadine believes that each individual has a unique view of the world, based on his/her role in it.  She uses a solution-focused approach and incorporates dialectical behavior therapy, EMDR as well as creative therapies to tailor the therapeutic experience to your need. Nadine uses respectful curiosity to invite you to envision your preferred future.  She believes that people are designed for self healing and that sometimes they need help to start this process. 

Nadine enjoys working with adolescents, individuals, couples and families. She welcomes your questions or comments about the work you do together. 


Massage Therapy, Labor Doula and Aromatherapy

Massage Therapy treats clients by using touch to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. With their touch, therapists relieve pain, help heal injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients.

» Jennifer Boom, LMT

Learn more about Jenn and her contact info by visiting her website.


Wellness and Pregnancy Health Coaching

Autumn Leaf Wellness Coaching and Workshops provide the support, accountability and tools you need to embrace a healthy lifestyle and create new, healthy habits and lifestyle choices that you can sustain.

» Jamie Messenger

Jamie Messenger is passionate about coming alongside women and helping them achieve their wellness goals through the unique and powerful relationship of wellness coaching. Combining a mix of empathy, tough love and inspiration, Jamie helps busy women like you prioritize what matters most, set goals based on your personal values, and follow through.

Jamie has worked in the health and fitness industry for over 25 years and has been coaching since 2007. She is a licensed Wellness Coach, certified Health and Weight Management Coach, certified Personal Trainer, certified ‘Exercise is Medicine’ Coach, has a degree in Exercise Science, and is founder and director of the highly sought after, local faith-based weight-loss program, UnDivided.

As a certified Pregnancy Health Coach, she specializes in supporting pregnant and nursing moms in minimizing the risk of health issues and enhancing baby’s growth and development.

When Jamie isn’t texting, emailing, coaching, teaching or otherwise connecting with women, she enjoys hiking, swing dancing, running, vacationing in the Puget Sound, being a mom (to 3 human kids and 3 furry ones) and time with her husband.


Yoga Classes

Yoga is for all ages and body types.  The truth is you're never too old to improve flexibility.  A series of yoga poses called asanas work to safely stretch your muscles — increasing strength and range of motion, and improving balance and your overall sense of well being.  In one study, yoga participants had up to 35% improvement in flexibility after only eight weeks of yoga.  Mt Hood Women's Health offers yoga classes in a small group setting in six-week sessions, in addition to private and semi-private instruction. 

» Nyssa Castle

Please visit Nyssa's website for current yoga class schedule.

Yoga is a gentle way to help our bodies heal and gain strength through individualized practice suitable to our individual needs. Nyssa Castle desires to share the benefits of yoga and a joyful lifestyle, to guide her clients to deeper levels of healing; helping them to find peace, relief, and comfort as she has. She has a holistic way of looking at individual health and views yoga as an assisting medical tool, to be used to help improve overall health of mind, body, and spirit!

Nyssa Castle, yoga instructorNyssa became a certified yoga instructor in 2012 through the well-known international training system Yogafit and has experience working with clients who suffer from > Anxiety Disorders, various types of Depression, including Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Psychosis, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Lack of Mobility, Flexibility or Strength, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, and Parkinson's, Chronic Pain, Arthritis, Alzheimer's, Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia, as well as clients recovering from cancer! She is excited to be a member of the MHWH team. Sharing yoga and what it can do for you is her passion! ~ By June 2014 she will have completed her training for Pre- and Post-Natal yoga therapy as well, and is excited to soon offer those services as well!

Nyssa Castle is also passionate about aroma therapy, reflexology, and acro-yoga. When she is not teaching yoga, enjoying her own home practice, or leading other various yoga events you will find her reading, puttering in the vegetable garden, herb beds, or tending her flock of sheep on the small family farm! She also enjoys backpacking, mycology, spelunking, and Permaculture.

Class schedules can be found in the MHWH office and on Nyssa Castle’s website.  She also offers Private Yoga Sessions suitable to your individual needs.


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