When studying for her bachelor's degree in nutrition at Oregon State University, Dr. Ellen Heinitz became intrigued by the idea of using nutrition as a therapy for healing and not just a way to manage or prevent chronic disease. Always attracted to healing professions, she decided to follow naturopathic medicine, which follows the tenet that the body will naturally heal when barriers to cure are removed.
Heinitz earned her doctorate from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland. At her clinic at 1200 NE 7th St. in Grants Pass, she utilizes a variety of traditional and conventional healing modalities including nutrition, herbs, homeopathy, IV therapies, chelation and pharmaceuticals to treat acute and chronic diseases. Heinitz specializes in women's medicine and hormone balance, but frequently sees patients with digestive issues and those who lack energy.
2nd Place — James Said, D.C., N.D., Medford
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"I love my job and feel so blessed that this is what I get to do for a living," Heinitz says. "I care about my patients and I'm honored to be in their lives, helping them find solutions. I take a whole-picture approach to treating a person. We have our physical bodies, but we are so much more — mind, emotions and how we fit in the world."