Our unique clinical approach starts with listening to you. We strive to provide our patients a healthier body so they can live more fully. We specialize in treating and correcting the underlying cause of diseases, not just the symptoms. By using thoughtful comprehensive evaluation and analysis we are able to focus on cause and remedy.
Our dedicated staff of Doctors, Medical Assistants and Administrative Staff at Portland Clinic of Holistic Health are the total embodiment of naturopathic and Chinese medical philosophy. We offer a complete naturopathic medical clinic which includes a comprehensive range of primary and specialty services like Bio-thermal Treatment®.
Dr. Blake was born in New York City and grew up in the Midwest. He received a degree in Cultural Anthropology and completed his preparatory medical curriculum at the University of Cincinnati in 1994. His studies focused on cross-cultural medical practices while completing a preparatory medical education. He then worked as an herbalist in a small natural foods store and corner natural medicine apothecary in Cincinnati, Ohio. In anticipation of naturopathic medical school he moved to New York City and worked alongside a well-respected acupuncturist in mid-town Manhattan.
Dr. Blake went on to graduate from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. National College is the oldest college of naturopathic medicine in North America, celebrating 50 years in 2006. There he completed a Masters in Science of Oriental Medicine and a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine. He pursued special studies in physiotherapy for infectious and degenerative diseases, Constitutional Hydrotherapy, history of natural medicine and German irisdiagnosis. Before graduating he was already teaching and lecturing in the required courses. After graduation he completed a residency at one of the busiest and longest continually operating naturopathic clinics in North America.
Dr. Blake is co-editor and contributing author of the professional textbook Naturopathic Physical Medicine (2008). He has authored chapters for other professional textbooks as well - Chronic Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction (2011) and Fibromyalgia: A practitioners guide to care (2010). He has authored a teaching workbook on physiotherapy for physicians and is the history editor of the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine project. He is also currently adjunct faculty at National College of Natural Medicine.
Dr. Blake combines his extensive knowledge of therapeutic techniques learned through his unique study of the history of naturopathic medicine with the outstanding training of a modern naturopathic college and his apprenticeship at the side of masters of the art.
Dr. Metro developed an interest in natural medicines early in life while growing up in Buffalo, New York. Nutritional and herbal medicines were introduced by his grandmother at an early age, while homeopathic medicine became his first deep interest in the field of natural medicine.
Being the son and grandson of chemists, it was natural for him to pursue and complete a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. He went on to specialize in silicate, chlor-alkali and petroleum based derivatives while working for Occidental Chemical Corporation. There he was a part of the technical service and research department. His work provided him with a wide range of experiences in many fields of manufacturing throughout the US. During this time he continued to pursue his interest in natural medicine by completing course work at the New England School of Homeopathy, which inspired his desire to pursue further study at the National College of Natural Medicine.
Dr. Metro completed his Doctorate in Naturopathic medicine and his Master of Science in Oriental Medicine at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM). During his tenure at NCNM, he received special clinical experience in addiction treatment and infectious diseases by completing internship programs at Portland Alternative Health Center, De Paul Treatment Youth Center, Outside In and Dignity Village. He developed his interest and experience with difficult and recalcitrant diseases at the Immune Enhancement Program of the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Metro has traveled and studied throughout China working extensively with the respected Daoist elder Prof. Wang Qingyu of the Sichuan Acadamy of Cultural History and Prof. Liu Lihong of Guangxi Institute for Research and Preservation of Classical Chinese Medicine. He has worked with Prof. Heiner Fruehauf, founder of the Classical Chinese medicine department at NCNM, to establish an online film archive of interviews and lectures from experts in mainland China. He currently is an adjunct professor of Integrated Nutrition in the Chinese Medicine Department at NCNM, and he participates in research endeavors in acupuncture with the Helfgott Research Institute.
Christine Kadykalo is a resident at the Portland Clinic of Holistic Health. She graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. During her internship she did a focus in adjunctive cancer care. She also attended a course in bioenergetic healing. Christine participated in a volunteer medical brigade to Panajachel, Guatemala with Naturopathic Medicine for Global Health.
Christine originates from Toronto area, Canada and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Ottawa with honours in Biomedical science. She spent a semester abroad at the University of Sydney, Australia where she took courses in health science. Upon graduation, she worked in a neuroscience lab at the university conducting research focused in Parkinson’s disease.
Christine has always had a strong interest in health and medicine. She discovered naturopathic medicine when a family member became sick and was treated with nutrition and herbs. She was drawn to the use of natural means to support the body’s own healing and found her passion as a naturopathic doctor.
Besides medicine, Christine is also interested in sports, music and travel. She spent several years training as a competitive figure skater. She also ran for the varsity cross-country/track team at the University of Ottawa and participated in the rowing team. She enjoys spending time in the mountains hiking and snowboarding.