At Insights to Health, we feel it is inaccurate to say that we treat common conditions, which are just groupings of symptoms. When you are balanced, symptoms naturally resolve because the true cause underlying them has been addressed. This balance further creates the potential for lasting health and wellness. What follows are conditions commonly seen and successfully addressed by the physicians at Insights to Health.
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Working with Dr. Christie Winkelman has helped me to get my life back. When I first saw her, I suffered with fatigue, joint pain, digestive difficulties, and many other “minor” symptoms that I felt were messages my body was trying to send me. I’m a pharmacist, so was sure there was something wrong, yet II felt hopeless because doctors I’d gone to previously hadn’t been able to help, and worse, made me feel like I was a hypochondriac.Dr. Winkelman believed me and has worked with me and supported me through a journey that’s lasted 2.5 years so far. I have done my best to follow her recommended treatment plans. I have made changes in lifestyle, eating habits, sleeping patterns, and more. When I fall back into old habits, or am unable to follow a treatment plan 100%, I forgive myself and start up again as I am able.The results are that I feel energetic and alive again. My joints no longer ache, anxiety is gone, my digestion is improved, the other “minor” symptoms have all cleared up, and I’ve lost 30 pounds of excess weight effortlessly. We were able to facilitate these positive changes even in the midst of a chaotic period of life that included 5 moves, 2 job changes, and a divorce.The short message is that working with Dr. Christie can change your life. All it takes is the will to be better, the determination to change, and the perseverance to follow those treatment plans!Thank you, Dr. Winkelman!C.S., 50 year old female, Minneapolis, MN
I went through Breast Cancer Treatment a couple of years ago and once I was finished with the chemo, multiple surgeries and drug infusions, I had extremely high inflammation in all my joints. The only relief offered by traditional medicine was a series of steroid shots in all my joints. I was told if that did not work, I could be on a maintenance drug. That was not an option for me at the age of 53. Dr. Noska began a series of treatments for me and within a couple of months—I was at least 50% better. I continued with all his recommendations and today I am happy to say I am a 90% improved and I have my life back. L.L., 55 year old female, Portland, OR
I cannot say enough about both Drs. Gil and Christie Winkelman, Naturopathic Physicians. They are both incredibly talented doctors and amazing human beings. They have the perfect combination of wisdom and intellect, along with loving kindness and compassion. I’ve been a yo yo dieter for more than 20 years, and to finally find a program (Insights to Health’s 21-Day Weight Loss and Detox) that feels like it’s more about healing from the inside rather than obsession with how I look, was refreshing. Dr. Christie’s guidance and especially her responsiveness and accessibility via e-mail to answer questions, along with the proven protocols, supported me in shedding 30 pounds over the summer. I feel like I now have the knowledge and understanding of my body to be able to maintain my health and weight from this point forth. I feel great physically, mentally and emotionally. I am so very grateful for the process.D.M., 39 year old female, Portland, OR
My journey to naturopathic medicine was certainly not planned, but has been life changing. I had no expectations either high or low, but what I discovered and learned along the way has exceeded any expectations I might have had. Dr. Christie has a large capacity for compassion and most important listens to everything you say and also seems to understand the things you might not be able to express. I am getting results and feel better than I have in years! I am also learning that the part of naturopathic medicine that I did not anticipate is learning to be proactive and invest in your body, change your lifestyle instead of waiting for everything to collapse! Dr. Christie has taught me to look at the physicial, emotional and spiritual aspects of my life; they are all connected and need to work in harmony. This has been a life changing experience and I am so grateful my journey led me to Dr. Christie!N.M., 55 year old female, Portland, OR
When we started neurofeedback at Insights to Health I didn’t know what to expect. My son has autism, and treatments elsewhere had made no improvements for him. Dr. Winkelman started with a map and explained what was going on in Kyle’s brain and how we could use neurofeedback to help him. He also started some other natural treatments. Within a few months we were seeing major changes with communication, speech, and less stimming. Within six months, Kyle was mainstreamed into a normal classroom! I can’t believe how many changes we’ve seen in such a short time. I’m so grateful to Dr. Winkelman and Insights to Health–thank you!M.J., 38 year old female, Portland, OR
I started seeing Dr. Christie Winkelman at Insights to Health after dealing with three months of chest and sinus congestion this past winter. I love Dr. Christie’s approach to medicine. Her goal was to heal my immune system so that I would not be inclined to catch every bug; and to be able to recover quicker from an illness. Such a great approach. Staying healthy equates to more time in the saddle. And we all know, that is a very good thing. S.R., 54 year old female, Portland, OR
Dr. Christie Winkelman does one of the most detailed health histories I’ve ever seen. Not only did I have 6 pages of paperwork to complete before I got there, she had actually spent time reviewing it before I met her and jotted down some notes so we could discuss more. Their approach is holistic, and I mean it – they were counselors before they were NDs.Next, I’ll say you feel like you are being heard, and that you matter. They are not there to tell you what’s wrong with you – they’re there to help put everything in balance.This is NOT cheap – seriously. If you have insurance, use it. If you don’t… don’t be surprised if each visit is about $200, including medicinary. However, personally, I think it’s worth it.P.F., 48 year old female, Portland, OR
When Western medicine failed to acknowledge I even had a problem, or that there might be a non-pharmaceutical method for treating it, I decided to look into naturopathy. A skeptic at first, I am now a firm believer that naturopathy is the most natural, safe, and effective form of healthcare. Though the idea of taking a pill to alleviate all of my problems seemed alluring, it ultimately proved ineffective. After countless trials with different types of birth control pills and anti-depressants, I determined that conventional medicine’s cure was worse than the illness. As a result, I gave up treatment altogether and resigned myself to living with a sometimes-debilitating hormonal imbalance. One day, in desperation, I searched online and found Dr. Christie Winkelman, a naturopath who (according to her Internet profile) had worked with many women experiencing similar hormonal issues. Under Dr. Christie’s care, I have learned how the physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual aspects of my life are all connected and interrelated. From this perspective, Insights to Health offers the kind of coordinated care every patient dreams of—one in which the well-being of the entire person is both recognized and validated. My journey into naturopathy began by focusing on diet and nutrition. With great patience and understanding, Dr. Christie eased me through the lifestyle changes I needed to make. Eventually, however, my treatment plan became about so much mor…
When I decided to go to “Insights to Health” to see Dr. Gil Winkelman for the first time it was because like a lot of people, I wanted to explore what Naturopathic Medicine could offer. After having a couple of issues that came up with being a 40 year old male who hasn’t always eaten right throughout his life, but became fed up with conventional medical doctors who only had time to discuss two issues per visit, spending no more than fifteen minutes with me and then just handing me a bunch of prescriptions that really didn’t fix my problems and seemed to make things worse.Well let’s just say that going Dr. Winkelman is not like going to any other doctor you have ever been to and to just give him a glowing recommendation is an understatement.Dr. Gil Winkelman and Insights to Health is the best-kept health secret in Portland, Oregon because there is no other doctor in Portland that listens to your health problems and concerns with more knowledge, understanding and empathy than Dr. Winkelman does.S.K., 42 year old male, Portland, OR
After only three sessions of neurofeedback with Dr. Gil Winkelman, I am noticing a definite improvement in my concentration, focus, and ability to do many complex tasks without being overwhelmed. I feel as though I am finally coming out of a longstanding fog! In addition to having a gentle and kind bedside manner, Dr. Winkelman is very skilled and knowledgeable both about neurofeedback and medicine in general. He has also recommended natural medicines that have improved my overall health and well-being, and I look forward to further improving and maintaining my health with his holistic approach even after my neurofeedback sessions are over. I couldn’t be more pleased. C.S., 39 year old female, Portland, OR