Portland Staff

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James B., R.Ph, Pharmacy Manager
James earned his Bachelors of Pharmacy in 1999 from Oregon State University, and was previously a pharmacy manager at Pharmaca between 2002-2005. James has worked for Kaiser Permanente, owned a pharmacist relief agency and also helped in consulting with pharmacy operations with variety of pharmacy settings (retail, long-term, mail-order). Most recently James attended the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in naturopathic studies. James is very interested in both compounding and natural healing combined with nutrition and exercise.

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Shaun D., R.Ph.
Shaun graduated from the Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy in 1995 and moved to Oregon in 1998. Since starting at Pharmaca, Shaun has focused on the evolution of prescription compounding and how he can improve customers' and health professionals' understanding of the unique advantages it allows. Shaun works with other Pharmaca practitioners to ensure customers are informed about their medicine and their health.

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James B., R.Ph.
While in high school, Jim's work in a pharmacy led to his interest in becoming a pharmacist. After graduating from Oregon State University, he was drafted and became a teacher of pharmacology for medics. When he returned home, he bought a pharmacy. Jim owned and operated Town Pharmacy for 28 years meeting the needs of several generations of Portland families. Selling to Pharmaca began a new and rewarding experience in integrative medicine while continuing to serve his loyal customer base.

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Dr. Karen Carleton, Naturopathic Doctor, Lead Practitioner
Dr. Carleton practices family medicine here in her hometown of Portland. As a naturopathic doctor, it is her goal to guide patients toward reestablishing balance in order to overcome chronic disease and optimize true health. She completed her undergraduate studies at University of Portland in 1997 and earned her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from National College of Natural Medicine in 2006. As a practitioner at Pharmaca, Dr. Carleton appreciates the opportunity to share her knowledge with and, in turn, learn from customers seeking options for their health care needs.

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Dr. Brian Vaitkus, Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine (M.S.O.M.), Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Vaitkus practices naturopathic medicine in Portland, Oregon as a general family practitioner with focus on gastrointestinal and movement disorders. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology and environmental science from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 1997 and a master's of science in Oriental medicine. He later received his doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in 2007. As lead practitioner at Pharmaca, Dr. Vaitkus  educates staff and customers about natural health care and integrative medicine.

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Dr. Livia Lee, Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Lee practices naturopathic medicine in Portland, Oregon specializing in counseling and energetic healing with an emphasis on diet and exercise. She earned her double bachelor's degrees in Biology and Women's Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1996. She graduated with her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in 2005. As a practitioner at Pharmaca, Dr. Lee enjoys working with customers to find the best health solutions for their needs. She joined the Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy team in October 2008.

Aaron Hubbs

Dr. Aaron Hubbs, Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Hubbs is a holistic practitioner specializing in the art of health and wellness with a practice in SE Portland. Trained as a naturopathic and Chinese medicine physician, Dr. Hubbs brings his passion, knowledge and expertise together to help his patients achieve optimal health on all levels. Having a diverse background including years working in allopathic medicine and psychology/counseling, Dr. Hubbs appreciates the integration of many medicines to achieve one main goal: the health and harmony of his patients. One of the principles of naturopathic medicine is Docere or Doctor as Teacher. Educating others about natural medicine is what brings Dr. Hubbs great joy and is excited to be a part of the Pharmaca team to help keep Portland healthy.

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Theresa Brown, Naturopathic Doctor
Theresa maintains a private practice in naturopathic medicine in Portland, working with a broad spectrum of acute and chronic health concerns. She utilizes botanical medicine, nutrition, homeopathy and lifestyle counseling with her patients to encourage optimal wellness. Theresa completed her medical training at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) and received her undergraduate degree in biology from Willamette University in Salem, Ore. Throughout her four years at NCNM, Theresa was a part of the school’s natural medicinary and she brings this knowledge and passion to her position here at Pharmaca.

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Stacey M., Herbalist, Certified Flower Essence Practitioner, Certified Yoga Instructor, Pharmacy Tech
Stacey began practicing Western Herbalism since 1997. She received her herbal training from Bastyr University and is currently enrolled in the East-West School of Herbology. She specializes in yoga for chronic illness and prenatal yoga. Stacey believes in taking control of one’s health through diet, exercise and meditation and utilizing our plant allies when necessary.

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Lisa S., Esthetician
Lisa graduated from the Euro Institute of Naturopathic Skin Care where she excelled in a 700 hour course in esthetics. She has worked as a resident makeup artist and skin care consultant for five major cosmetic companies and is currently studying holistic nutrition and herbalism. A self proclaimed "product junkie," Lisa assists customers in finding that right cosmetic shade or facial care product for their skin.

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Suzanne A., Esthetician
Suzanne attended the Euro Institute of Naturopathic Skin Care, which is known as the premier esthetic school in the nation. She received hands on training that emphasized holistic and naturopathic treatments. Her certifications include lymphatic drainage, European Facials and Ayurvedic Skin Diagnosing and treatments. She is also trained in medical esthetics and specializes in laser skin care treatments. Suzanne is passionate that the key to beautiful skin is proper nutrition, regular exercise, natural skin care products, sunscreen and most importantly regular monthly facials.