Dr. Kelly Head
Dr. Kelly Head is a board certified naturopathic physician licensed in the state of Oregon. While working with her patients, Dr. Head loves to act as their “private health detective.” She is known for asking many detailed questions during the office visit in order to uncover the root cause of her patient’s illness and associated symptoms. Her patients describe her as “knowledgeable,” “thorough,” “genuine,” “compassionate,” “friendly,” “warm,” and “supportive.” Dr. Head is known to take the time to really hear and understand her patients. She enjoys working with a wide variety of people and embraces the uniqueness of each individual. Dr. Head focuses on practicing integrative medicine, as she believes that a blend of natural medicine modalities, Biological Medicine and, when warranted, pharmaceuticals can often lead to optimal health outcomes.
After her chronic cystic acne was cured by naturopathic medicine in her late 20’s, she was inspired to become a naturopathic physician so that she could help others who are struggling with chronic conditions. She completed her medical education at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, Oregon, where she received advanced training in naturopathic gastroenterology during a one-year mentorship with Steven Sandberg-Lewis, N.D. Prior to this, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and cell biology with a minor in cognitive neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Head is a committed bike commuter and happily resides in NE Portland, where in her free time you can find her cooking, cycling around Portland, backpacking the West coast and surfing the Oregon coastline with her partner Tom and Labrador retriever, Dexter. She enjoys reading books on natural and conventional medicine, adrenal fatigue, Lyme disease and conversational hypnosis.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
Chronic parasite infections
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) / Acid reflux
Other gastrointestinal disorders
“Adrenal Fatigue” also known as HPA-axis dysfunction
Insomnia / Sleep distrubances
Chronic and reactivated viral infections
Thyroid conditions including sub-clinical hypothyroidism
Heavy metal burden
Mycotoxin illness (Mold)
Lyme Disease / Co-infections / Relapsing Fever
Menstrual irregularities / Acne
Bioidentical Hormonal Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
“I visited a few doctors in the past where I felt my complaints were unheard and dismissed, so just over 6 months ago, I thought I’d give it one more shot. Dr. Head was very thorough at my first visit, and when my first labs came back pretty normal, she listened and kept looking until she found the problem. I have continued to see Dr. Head for treatment, and she is absolutely wonderful. She’s very compassionate, detailed, responsive, and clearly explains results and treatment options. I feel better now than I have in a long time. I would highly recommend Dr. Head to anyone.”
“I have seen Dr. Head for naturopathic services. She and another doctor were able to diagnose me with SIBO after many attempts at me trying to seek help from my PCP. They put me on a treatment plan and I began to improve significantly. Dr. Head is warm and welcoming and genuinely seems to care for her patients.”
“I was very sick – 47yo, severe UC. Dr. Kelly Head worked with me on a weekly basis, inspiring me to radically change my diet helping to get my disease into remission. This was the first time I have had a doctor take the time to listen and educate on such a friendly and personal level. I believe that a part of the successful treatment was the pleasant experience with Kelly. It feels great to feel better. Thanks Dr. K!!!”
“I came to Dr. Head for help treating an Inflammatory Bowl condition after seeing GI doctor for a year or so. I’d seen improvement from the meds my GI doctor prescribed but still had symptoms that weren’t being relieved. I was very impressed at how quickly the symptoms seemed to improve once I started seeing Dr. Head. Its been about six months and I’m feeling great, better than I have in several years. Dr. Head is caring, friendly, and supportive. I’m glad I found her :)”