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.
Lauren Ramirez, MA, LPC
Lauren Ramirez is a Licensed Professional Counselor who provides individual, group, and family counseling to children, adolescents, and adults. Lauren holds a B.S. in Psychology from Oregon State University and a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from George Fox University.
Lauren has experience working in psychiatric residential treatment facilities as well as outpatient experience in her current practice. Lauren has worked with clients with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, personality disorders, family conflict, trauma, psychotic disorders, mood disorders, and self-harm/suicidal behaviors.
Lauren is also a Collaborative Problem Solving Certified Trainer and provides Introductory and Tier 1 Trainings to agencies and institutions. She utilizes the approach in working with families that are struggling with challenging behaviors with their children. Learn more about Collaborative Problem Solving at www.thinkkids.org.
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.