Instill hope when all appears to be lost, through developing an understanding of one’s own path and purpose. Realize how one relates to the world around them through their own unique perspective. Help guide individuals to a place of inner validation and forgiveness for themselves and others. Be present to help facilitate the beginning, or continuation, of seeing one’s own experience as it is unfolding in the moment. Help to experience the beauty around us instead of being constantly distracted by repetitive thoughts of the past and future. Improve the ability to be present by continuing my own practice of being in the moment. Give people the opportunity to heal through the canvas of their choice. Improve functioning and increase enjoyment in all aspects of one’s existence. Through the exploration of dreams the unknown can become known, and cycles and fears can be discovered and worked through. Help guide people back to their path after they are able to realize how their cycles keep them stuck. Combine Eastern and Western medicine to provide a more integrative approach to help ease the Dis-Ease of the mind, body and spirit.
Dr. Chad Brown
Pediatric & Adult Psychiatrist
I became interested in medicine when I myself was a patient. I felt like a number of my doctors weren’t hearing what I had to say. They only seemed to evaluate me by my signs and symptoms and they did not see me as a whole person. The compassion and empathy was frequently missing from those interactions. I believe that everyone deserves to be heard, which was my initial motivation to apply for medical school. While in medical school I was disheartened to learn how strong of an influence the pharmaceutical companies had on Western medicine. While on my clinical rotations in medical school, I began to see that I felt at home helping people with mental illness and I could engage them with means other than just medication. I actually became anti-medication, but over time have come to realize that some can benefit and/or actually need medications in order to move forward along their path. I also began to realize some of the limitations of Western medicine and was introduced to some aspects of Eastern medicine in my adult psychiatry training. I try to integrate both Western and Eastern medicine in my practice. I have experienced the benefits of both in my own life.
Psychiatry gives me daily opportunities to learn and remember different aspects of myself and how I experience and influence the world around me. I am both a pediatric and adult psychiatrist. I have experience working with kids as young as 3 and adults as old as 80. I have more recently worked primarily with individuals age 6 to 25.
When possible, I believe that working with the family system is crucial. No one individual needs to be “fixed,” because there is no one that is “broken”. Everyone can grow closer to Ease from Dis-Ease, and it takes changes from the whole family system to help alleviate the suffering of individuals in the system. I believe it is important to involve the individual in every aspect of the decision-making process. I’m not the kind of physician that is going to tell you what to do and instead we are going to decide where to go based on a collaborative process. I have two young kids of my own that have helped me to become a better physician and person. I look forward to continuing along my own and helping others along their path.
Juliana Ayres, PMHNP
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
PMHNP’s are educated at the master’s and/or doctoral levels in a holistic biopsychosocial model of psychiatric-mental health nursing and are responsible for assessment, diagnoses, and treatment of mental illness. I am a board certified PMHNP through American Nurse Credentialing Centers. I hold a Bachelors in Philosophy from Fordham University and a Bachelors in Nursing from Oregon Health and Sciences University and a Masters in Psychiatric Nursing from Gonzaga University.
I offer a non-judgmental, supportive and curious approach. Together, we try to understand the unique circumstances and conditions contributing to your current distress and imbalance. We begin with a comprehensive evaluation that explores biological, social, environmental and habitual factors unique to you. Treatment decisions are collaborative and are guided by your needs and goals.
While I practice standard western psychiatry and prescribe medications, I try to integrate mindfulness, Buddhist psychology, compassion and insight into my practice. Further, my personal and professional interest is focused on Integrative Mental Health, an emerging paradigm, that provides a wide range of evidence based options from thousand-year-old healing traditions.
Pharmacogenomics’ testing is available as a tool to guide medication choices. I try to educate you on the risk/reward profiles of psychiatric drugs in order for you to make an informed decision, and to minimize polypharmacy and off-label prescribing.
Your wellness plan may include a wide range of interventions depending on need and preference, including wellness basics, biomedical therapies, magnetic and electrical therapies, psychosocial therapies and symptom relief. Some interventions can be provided here by Path to Awareness and Rogue Valley TMS and others involve working in conjunction with skilled providers in our community.
Virginia Jaschke, MD
Pediatric & Adult Psychiatrist
I’ve been practicing child, adolescent and adult psychiatry for 30 years. Due to my husband’s work, I have practiced in a wide variety of settings, both stateside and in several countries around the world. Thus, my experience is not only cross cultural, but I am also comfortable in inpatient, outpatient and residential settings, and am comfortable with patients at all levels of severity.
I trained at The Menninger clinic, which emphasized a thorough understanding of patients, going beyond the purely biological to include family dynamics, multigenerational family history, psycho-social stressors, attachment issues, etc. My medication management is also informed by an understanding of the roles of lifestyle factors such as nutrition and exercise. A healthy body is essential to having a healthy mind. I therefor expect my patients to be willing to do their part in moving toward heath.
In terms of practice style, my defining characteristic is that I insist on taking a scientific approach. I generally make one medication change at a time, and then carefully track the results using quantified data such as how many hours of sleep, or frequency, duration and severity of tantrums, and so forth, rather than settling for a vague “getting better” or “getting worse”. I find that this approach gets results.
The other defining characteristic of my practice style is that I listen to patients. I have been told this by patients many, many times. It is typically expressed with great relief that they have “finally found someone who listens”.
I enjoy seeing patients of all ages, from infancy up. I will treat seniors for mental illness other than dementia. I don’t have expertise in the area of dementia and would have to refer to a geriatric psychiatrist. I don’t treat patients for whom chemical dependency is the primary problem.
Britt Humphrey, MS, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Congratulations! If you are reading my bio you are embarking on a journey of healing and I can’t wait to partner with you!
If you are ready to dig in and learn about yourself, if you want real time tools to use, if you are ready to make changes that will increase your life satisfaction, effectiveness, and adherence to your own values choose me to work with. My clients vary in age from 2-102 years old. My experience prepares me to work with families and children as well as adults seeking a non-judgmental approach.
I believe counseling others is an honor and I cherish the relationships built. Sharing the counseling relationship allows me to meet and work with many brilliant and amazing people. I accompany them as they clarify their values, decide who they are in this crazy world, and take actions to have longer moments of feeling great! I’ve witnessed great changes in my clients and am so impressed with the work they do.
If you are curious about the clinical approaches I take here is a list of theories and frameworks I pull from to best assist my clients:
- Person Centered Care
- Expressive Arts Therapy (certified)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR I certified)
- Short Term Brief therapies
- Solution Focused therapies
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (certified for both adults and children)
- Mindfulness based therapies
- Collaborative Problem Solving
- Emotional regulation strategies
My approach is to take all of the above and build a constellation of skills and strategies that you(or your child) can use in daily life making it the best life possible.
I encourage you to interview me to see if we are a good fit for your journey. I can’t wait to meet you!