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Alternative Medicine Practitioners

Dr. Jason Brown

Dr. Jason Brown graduated in 2006 from WSCC in Portland. Since his days of being a competitive athlete in his youth, he has understood the benefits of chiropractic care to balance the body and enhance performance. His undergraduate degree was in Exercise Sports Science and he worked as a personal trainer before becoming a chiropractic physician. His technique is thorough and contemplative, he is always looking for the best mix of treatments to create the "well-oiled machine" a body should be. He is excited about creating a clinic where patients can receive a variety of treatments that complement chiropractic care such as acupuncture, massage and exercise therapy. His caring and compassionate spirit serves his clients well. He goes above and beyond to assure that his patients are getting the care they need and deserve. He believes that when the body is in balance, quality of life will improve, thus allowing his patients to experience the fullness of a pain free life.

Dr. Melanie Brown

Dr. Melanie Brown is a dynamic and compassionate healer who enjoys the variety of options that chiropractic care offers. Along with manual adjusting, Dr. Melanie utilizes therapies such as cranial mobilization, hot and cold therapy, Kinesiotaping, exercise therapy, physiotherapy, whole food based nutritional supplements and much more. She combines the evidence based education she received at Western States Chiropractic College with an intuitive approach to patient care. Dr. Melanie is a great listener and is able to find creative ways to bring balance to her patient’s bodies and lives, resulting in positive and permanent changes in their health. This has created a very loyal patient following for years.

Dr. Melanie and Dr. Jason were married at Wahclella Falls in the Columbia River Gorge in 2006. They also started Pure Life Clinic in 2006 and are excited to be a part of serving the local community. They have five boys and love doing family outdoor activities, always appreciating the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. They also regularly travel to the Midwest to visit family and recognize the importance of balance within families, profession and wellness.

Talia Bunkers, Acupuncturist

Talia returned to Portland last year with her fiancé from San Diego. While there she attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and graduated with her Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She is licensed by the California Acupuncture Board and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). While in school Talia focused on the Japanese style of acupuncture which involves finding the patient’s root constitution along with treating the present symptoms. She utilizes Chinese herbal formulas, Moxibustion, Cupping and Gua Sha to assist patients towards their optimal health.

Talia has a keen interest in nutrition and the body’s biochemistry; how it affects our hormones, neurotransmitters, and digestion. She focuses on digestive issues, allergies, migraines, fertility and other Women’s health care. She enjoys educating patients about Chinese medicine and how a symptom is the way our body communicates that something is wrong. Talia is a certified yoga instructor integrating breathe and exercise techniques into her treatments. She is enjoying exploring Portland and the being closer to her family.

Scott Baker, Acupuncturist  

Scott earned his Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University, where he honed his respect for integrating the wisdom of ancient Eastern cultures with the scientific advances driving modern medicine.  As a member of The Institute for Functional Medicine, he is part of a growing body of clinicians who are shifting away from a disease-based model of medicine and are treating the whole patient by integrating intentional nutrition, lifestyle habits and environmental factors to promote optimal wellness for his patients.

Scott’s clinical focus reflects his own personal experiences with a focus on sports medicine and physical rehabilitation using acupuncture, electrical neural stimulation, frequency specific microcurrent, cupping and traditional muscle manipulation.  Personalized nutrition and botanical medicine are central pillars of his practice, which he regards as the roots that true health can branch from.  Fascination with the traditional sagacity of herbal medicine led Scott to do research investigating indigenous medicinal herbs in Cuba and Guatemala, where he learned about the true economic power of plants.   When he’s not in the clinic, he’s likely hiking, biking, running or in the mountains.  

Amanda Taylor, Licensed Massage Therapist

After watching friends and family suffer from chronic pain for years, Amanda knew she wanted a career where she could help people. She discovered massage and recognized how beneficial it was as a tool for pain management and stress relief. She uses deep tissue and myofascial release techniques as well as Swedish massage to address the needs of each individual client. She went to East West College of the Healing Arts shortly after moving to Portland from a small town in Connecticut. During her free time you're likely to find her out hiking with friends or lost in a book.

April Busenbark, Licensed Massage Therapist

April graduated from East West College of Healing Arts. She started working at Pure Life Clinic as a Chiropractic Assistant, while attending school to be a Licensed Massage Therapist. From a young age, she has always felt that she had a natural ability to heal with her hands, so it was second nature for her to become a massage therapist. April loves helping patients overcome obstacles with body work.

April was born and raised in Portland, OR. After visiting other states and countries, she has decided that Portland is her favorite place to live. She loves the smell and sound of rain. She enjoys spending most of her time outdoors with friends and family. She loves children and when she is not at the clinic, she enjoys setting off on new adventures. An interesting fact about April is that she gets bored of redundancy and always challenges herself to try new things and not live in a set routine.

Carrie Anderson, Licensed Massage Therapist

Carrie Anderson graduated from East-West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon in 2001 and has been practicing massage therapy ever since. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition, which compliments her holistic approach to bodywork. Most of Carrie’s experience with massage has been in the therapeutic treatment environment. She has worked with chiropractors, physical therapists, and acupuncturists treating patients with acute and chronic pain resulting from motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, and post-surgery treatments.

Carries is trained in deep tissue, neuromuscular, myofascial, trigger point techniques, positional release therapy, and Swedish massage. Over the years she has also developed deeply intuitive approach to treating clients depending on their current circumstances. She works with the intention of repairing connective tissue and recovering muscular imbalances in the body. Carrie considers herself a lifelong learner and regularly takes continuing education classes in advances massage and yoga therapy techniques.

In her free time, Carrie enjoys being in nature, spending quality time with her children, and cooking healthy, nourishing meals for friends and family.

Erik Brennan, Licensed Massage Therapist

This New Jersey native recently relocated to Portland from Boston, after spending time working in Mental Health Counseling. Erik swam competitively for 8 years, throughout his High School and Collegiate career. A happy accident brought him to massage therapy and bodywork where he felt a deep connection that was missing in academia. His goal for the future is to return for his Masters in Mental Health Counseling, where he can integrate bodywork to guide clients toward well-being and promote a deep sense of being fully present through body awareness and physiological education. 

Erik strives to facilitate healing through actively engaging clients in the process. His sessions utilize an array of techniques, including but not limited to, Myofascial Release, Deep tissue, and Neuromuscular Massage. He creates a safe space in his sessions where clients are encouraged to direct their healing; however, those seeking a more passive role are also given the opportunity to completely let go and sink into a deeper sense of relaxation.

Evelyn Shannon, Licensed Massage Therapist

Evelyn began working at Pure Life Clinic in October 2016. Evelyn has been passionate about chiropractic care since she was first treated in 5th grade for a slight curvature of the spine. She started at the clinic as a front office administrator, then became a chiropractic assistant and she has now reinstated her massage therapy license. 

 Evelyn loves animals, reading, movies, the rain and being in the woods. She moved to Portland in 2012 from New Mexico. Prior to Pure Life, she worked for Oregon Humane Society as a foster care coordinator which was perfect for indulging in her love of kittens. She continues to volunteer there. She has two dogs, three cats, one feral cat and a house full of plants, light and love.

Kailyn Knight, Licensed Massage Therapist

Kailyn assists her clients with the natural ability to heal through massage, intention and care. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Myomassologist from Detroit, MI where she studied at Irene’s Myomassology Institute in 2011. Her healing inspiration comes from traveling, meeting other healers, and loving her mother and grandmother, both practicing nurses for over 40 years. She combines multiple modalities to support, connect and empower each individual client; her favorite techniques come from Shiatsu, Acupressure, Myofascial Release, Structural Integration, Swedish, Lymphatic Drainage and Prenatal massage. Kailyn earned her BA at the University of Oregon where she studied Journalism and Public Relations. She enjoys teaching workshops, practicing yoga, writing about health and community and adventuring outdoors.

Audrey Wimmer, Licensed Massage Therapist 

Audrey graduated from East West College of the Healing Arts in 2016. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health from Portland State University. She cose to focus on massage therapy because she loves the holistic nature of the work and enjoys the progress she sees in her patient's wellness. Audrey is trained in Deep Tissue,, Neuromuscular Therapy Swedish Massage. She tends to integrate these modalities to provide both a relaxing and therapeutic experience. 

As a native Portlander, she enjoys hiking in Forest Park and the ever-changing food culture with her husband.

Office Staff

Jen Ferry, Front Office Administrator/Operations Manager

Jen relocated to Portland from Chicago after growing up in the Midwest. She spent 10 years working at a pet boarding facility as a dog handler and groomer. She then worked for law firms in Northwest Indiana and Chicago for 6 years and earned her Paralegal Certification in 2010. After moving to Portland, she wanted to move out of the legal world and into a profession where she could learn about alternative healthcare and be a part of a healing practice. She is enjoying learning all about alternative health care and spending time helping patients use their insurance benefits effectively so they can receive the best treatments possible. Jen spends her free time reading crime novels, practicing yoga, promoting animal rights and spending time with her 3 bunnies and 2 guinea pigs.

Lisa Allan, Front Office Administrator/Billing Assistant

Lisa started working at Pure Life Clinic after graduating from Clark College with an AAS in Paralegal. She is a busy mother of 3 who holds 3 jobs and volunteers with Second Chance Companions and Vancouver School District. Above all else Lisa is passionate about her family, her community, and a healthy lifestyle. In her spare time Lisa enjoys reading 18th century novels, cooking, politics, and camping.

Megan Dawn, Chiropractic Assistant

Megan has been with Pure Life Clinic since November, 2015. She acquired her Chiropractic Assistant License in May, 2015. Working closely with doctors, patients and clinic staff has enriched Megan's own health and continues to inspire her in fulfilling ways.

She grew up on a rural certified organic farm in Southern Idaho and has practiced ballet and contemporary dance most of her life. She moved to Portland in 2009 to further her artistic education at Pacific Northwest College of Art and now calls Portland "home".

She currently performs and trains with several dance companies within the city and often bikes, hikes and practices yoga. Her favorite part of her job is connecting with patients and ensuring their well-being so that they can do what they love to do for longer and with less pain.

Karena Stalnaker, Chiropractic Assistant

Margarita Valencia, Billing Administrator

Margarita started working at Pure Life Clinic in August of 2017. She moved from California to Oregon in 2012. She has demonstrated success in the health care field as a billing specialist over 5 years, and entered the medical field over 12 years ago. In that time, she has worked in single and multi-specialty practices. She leads with a very hands-on approach to the daily operations of these organizations and has developed proven strategies in the management of billing, personnel, budgeting, marketing, contracting, accounts receivable, accounts payable and strategic planning. When not working with patients, she enjoys spending time with her family and going on new adventures in the wilderness with her fur-babies. 

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