After twenty years of practice he still passionately believes in the ability of natural medicine to help in place of or in addition to other types of medicine. His open-minded and caring approach often picks up where other modalities leave off, giving patients care that’s personalized, motivating and inspiring. Patients often share that it’s healing on many levels. When seeing Dr. Garcia, you can expect to have plenty of time to share your health history and your story. Since health is a collaborative effort, every new patient appointment begins with a conversation.
Acupuncture and Naturopathic Medicine
With over 20 years of experience in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture, Dr. Garcia uses a variety of therapies to facilitate wellness. Whether it’s for a check-up or a chronic condition, his experience can help. As a professor at the National College of Natural Medicine, he spent a decade teaching and learning from students and practitioners, alike. It’s this wide range of experience that helps Dr. Garcia successfully treat such conditions as:
- Anxiety and worry
- Addiction and recovery process
- Multiple sclerosis
Transformation and Lifestyle Counseling
Stress is a part of our daily lives – and it’s on the rise. Dr. Garcia appreciates this and is passionate about working with patients in managing stress and anxiety-producing situations. A facilitator of counseling groups and retreats for over five years, he’s supported patients going through divorce, trauma, abuse and alcohol and drug recovery. Using artwork, creative writing and energetic medicine, he helps them understand and transform the meanings behind their “bumps” in the road. Patients will sometimes come in just to talk or get a wellness “tune-up.”
For ten years, Dr. Garcia provided health care and supervised students at INACT, the agency serving Portland’s drug court. Eventually, he became the Medical Director of INACT and today is the Medical Director of several agencies, including Volunteers of America – Oregon, that work with men and women suffering from substance abuse and other chronic disorders.
Arnie Mendell once described addiction as “the quest for wholeness.” Dr. Garcia believes this to be true. For some, an addiction is just like a strong craving. And whether it is alcohol, marijuana, certain foods, or behaviors, patients can benefit from exploring their inner worlds as well as their physical selves. Dr. Garcia likes to combine current knowledge of the brain and neurotransmitters with archetypal figures from psychology to craft a patient-centered program and structure.