About Dr. Barrett
My primary goal in my twenty years of practice has been to establish trusting relationships with my patients. To accomplish this, I strive to:
- actively listen to your concerns
- respect your situation and time
- honor your body's individuality and unique ability to heal
- identify and explain the source of your pain/symptoms
- offer natural relief of your pain/symptoms
- teach and empower you to take good care of your body so you can feel your best
- offer referrals and resources
- keep up to date on medical research
I have always loved food and science so studying dietetics in college seemed like the right path for me. I graduated from Purdue University in 1992 with a BS in Dietetics. I knew I wanted to continue my studies in healthcare and decided that becoming a chiropractor would be a nice complement to my nutrition background. In 1998 I graduated from the University of Western States. Since then, I have enjoyed private practice in Portland and teaching at the University of Western States.
In 2001 I became certified in Whiplash and Brain Injury Trauma by the Spine Research Institute of San Diego, which specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and management of car accident injuries.
Treating soft tissue injuries (such as whiplash) made me realize the importance of addressing the scar tissue that results from acute or repetitive trauma. I thus became certified in the Graston Technique, which specifically detects and breaks up scar tissue in the muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia.
I have completed the Functional Medicine Program through the Kresser Institute. In functional medicine, we try to identify the root cause of your symptoms. We believe that every system in the body is connected. Your digestive and hormonal systems, for example, aren't independent of one another. At the center of it all is a properly functioning digestive system. That is why I focus my nutrition practice on optimizing gut health. I now thoroughly enjoy offering a holistic and personalized approach to healthcare.
When not working, I enjoy spending time with my partner, three kids and dog, eating good food, reading, strength and interval training, playing sports and volunteering.