What do you think of when you hear the word – watershed? One of the pictures that comes to our minds is of a little corner of the Sandy River with black sand beaches, deep cold swimming holes, tangles of douglas fir, vine maple and a little poison oak. Maybe you think about the annual salmon return and watching the circle of life play out as the fish return to their natal homes.
All of these things have something in common – they highlight interconnections between living things and every aspect of their environment. We approach health and wellness through this lens. What does that mean? It means that all of our practitioners take it as their responsibility to look at you and your health situation with a holistic framework in mind.
Your back pain may have something to do with your stress level at work, or gut inflammation from a diet that is wrong for your body, or some other feature of your environment. Your shoulder pain on one side of your body could be related to the hip pain on the other side of your body! The interconnections are important, and powerful for healing.
Watershed was founded in 2009 by us – Eric Grey, LAc and Amanda Barp, LMT. We’re partners in business and in life, and have been raising our family in Oregon since we met in the early 2000s. We have a shared passion for making the world a better place through helping people be happier and healthier. Make no mistake, though, we bring some differences to the table!
Amanda keeps things moving steadily with her Midwestern work ethic and devotion to an enjoyable client experience – she’s also the one lighting up the clinic with her infectious laughter. Eric, who also teaches at National College of Natural Medicine is the defacto tech support, runs the Chinese medicine aspect of things and is responsible for all our online outreach. Together, we work together to create the best healing environment possible in the heart of Southeast Portland.
Massage and Chinese medicine are what we know best – and we’ve always kept those modalities central to what we do. But, after an opportunity saw us doubling our space, we knew that we needed to cast a wider net. We took time to figure out the right mix of modalities for our mission, and for our neighborhood. We wanted to be able to provide all of the essential medical services that a community like ours needs.
In 2015, we re-introduced Naturopathic medicine to Watershed through the addition of Dr. Ann Holland, ND, LAc and Dr. DeAun Nelson, ND, LMT. Around the same time, we were excited to bring premium organic skin care to the lineup through the addition of the Amanda Koennecke, LE. Not long after, we felt lucky to welcome holistic nutritionist Frankie Niwot, CHN, RYT. We continue to expand the massage aspect of the practice, most recently through the addition of Mary Everrit, LMT, Lisa Marie White, LMT, and Emma Jewell, LMT and there are further subtle tweaks to our cadre of devoted healers to come. (And yes, if you’re wondering, most of us do take insurance – you can read a little more about that over on the insurance billing page).
We believe that healthy, thriving people are the foundation of a strong, just and joyful society. It may sound lofty (and it is) but it’s true – we are all passionate about helping every client be their best self – free of suffering and relaxed, ready to take on whatever life brings. Think of what a country full of stress-free, pain-free, chronic-disease free communities could do! That vision is with us no matter what modality we practice.
We do this work primarily through the use of our rich education and experience in holistic frameworks of healing including Chinese medicine, Naturopathic medicine, Massage Therapy, Nutritional Therapy and Organic Skin Care. We practice these modalities, but some of our favorite work is just educating the community about health, disease, our bodies and how to keep them thriving. We do that through our public events (like us on Facebook to be notified of upcoming opportunities), our blog and our newsletter.
We also take our commitment to the natural world very seriously. We use 100% recycled versions of all our office products whenever available, are committed to sourcing only the most sustainable supplements and herbs, and are PGE renewable energy supporters.
We’re Portlanders! What that means is subtly different for everyone here, of course, but we identify with this label, this town, these neighborhoods, the people and all the other living things we find out and about. In short : we’re a part of this watershed we share – and that energy permeates everything we do.
Our little corner of Portland is the historic Ladd’s Addition neighborhood in inner Southeast. If you’ve not spent time here, we highly recommend you stop in. This is our favorite neighborhood in town, and is great for a post-treatment stroll. The natural environment of Ladd’s Addition, dominated by towering elms and graceful rose gardens, will soothe and delight you, no matter what the season. Getting to us is easy (so long as you don’t make too many wrong turns) and we’re very accessible by public transportation.
To learn more about the area and how to get here, read through our Location page.