Who is Dr. Stephanie Raven
Dr. Stephanie Raven is a naturopathic doctor and herbalist. She earned her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) and holds bachelor of science degrees in genetics & psychology from Clemson University.
Dr. Raven grew up on the East Coast and move to Portland, OR to pursue her passions. While in Portland she studied naturopathic medicine, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and bodywork (cranialsacral therapy, myofascial release, visceral manipulation, pelvic floor therapy, and active isolated stretching). Dr. Raven’s partner is a Missoula native, so they recently relocated to the area to be closer to family. They enjoy a minimalistic lifestyle and live in a tiny house that they built themselves.
As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Raven is trained to integrate physical, mental, and emotional aspects to understand an individual’s overall health. Each person has a story to tell and she wants to hear your story. Dr. Raven strives to create a judgement free space in the clinic and approaches healthcare from a trauma-informed, body-neutral, and gender-inclusive perspective.
What Does Dr. Stephanie Raven Believe?
Dr. Raven believes that the definition of health is to live our lives with freedom – to have the freedom to participate in activities that we want to do, and to enjoy all of the pleasures that life has to offer. She approaches healing with the mindset that there is always something that can be done. Her goal is to help every patient maximize their health and live as the best possible version of themselves.
Dr. Raven also believes that healthy community is critical to our wellbeing. Community has been de-emphasized in our current culture, which has been to our detriment. As a doctor, she feels that part of her role is to build community and to share knowledge with others in her community. One of her favorite naturopathic principles is docere, which is Latin for “instruct, teach, or point out”.
Dr. Raven believes that making simple lifestyle changes can have a dramatic effect on your overall health.
Dr. Raven believes that we all have the right to live life pain-free.
Dr. Raven believes that self-care and self-love are some of the most important things that we can do for our health.
Dr. Raven believes that many people suffer from burnout because our culture promotes over-working and has unhealthy expectations.
Dr. Raven believes that weight is not a reflection of health status.
Dr. Raven believes that living in harmony and connection with nature is essential.
Dr. Raven believes that only you can heal yourself. While she can share the knowledge to facilitate this process, each patient is ultimately in charge of their own healing journey.
How Can Dr. Raven Help You?
Part of the beauty of naturopathic medicine is the diversity among practitioners. Some of the modalities that Dr. Raven is most passionate about include:
Dr. Raven incorporates bodywork into many of her treatment plans and is trained in Cranialsacral Therapy, Myofascial Release, Visceral Manipulation, and Active Isolated Stretching. Important information can be gained from slowing down and listening to the body. All of these therapies are useful in addressing stress/anxiety, brain fog, head injuries, headaches, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, physical pain and much more. Visceral manipulation is also especially useful for gastrointestinal complaints.
Pelvic Floor Therapy
Holistic Pelvic Floor Therapy is another type of bodywork that Dr. Raven performs, but it deserves a category of its own. Pelvic Floor Therapy is a type of internal massage that can be helpful in pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, postpartum recovery, urinary incontinence, constipation, hemorrhoids, back pain, coccygeal pain, and sexual dysfunction. Pelvic Floor Therapy is regularly prescribed in other countries following childbirth and can also help foster a greater connection to self.
Dr. Raven has done extensive training in herbal medicine as a supplement to her naturopathic studies. Her training has been primarily focused on learning plants in the Pacific Northwest Bioregion because her previous home-base was Portland, OR. She believes in the importance of working with local plants and is excited to start learning the intricacies of plants that grow in Montana and the Rocky Mountain States. Working with local plants allows us the opportunity to develop more intimate relationships with the herbs we are taking medicinally.
Lyftogt Perineural Injection Therapy (PIT)
This is a type of injection therapy that is extremely effective for treating chronic pain. This treatment consists of a series of small, superficial injections, targeting areas of nerve pain and inflammation. D5W (5% Dextrose), the substance injected during PIT, is immediately analgesic (i.e. pain-relieving), this effect typically lasts for 4-5 days post treatment. These injections also help decrease neurogenic inflammation and heal your nerves. Thus, after a series of 6-8 treatments, preferably done weekly, there is typically a significant and long-term reduction in pain.