Dr. Eliza Hofkosh-Hulbert is a naturopath and acupuncturist in Portland, OR who specializes in patient centered, trauma informed, holistic primary care and hands-on healing
My role as a physician is to support each patient in moving toward their own goals for health and healing. I do this by listening deeply, sharing my knowledge openly, and trusting the messages each person’s body communicates. I work to practice health care that is trauma-informed, affirming of each patient’s body and identity, and rooted in the principles of informed consent and health at every size. I am honored to learn more in this practice from my patients every day.
What I offer
I am trained and board-licensed to practice naturopathic primary care. I also hold national and state licensure as an acupuncturist and, thanks to many generous teachers, am a student in several lineage practices of East Asian medicine.
I work with patients in any or all of the following ways, based on each patient’s needs
- Annual exams, screening physicals, and preventative medicine to maintain your health.
- Treatment for acute illnesses like cold, flu, sore throat, etc.
- Sexual and reproductive health for all bodies.
- Gender affirming medical care for trans and gender non-conforming people.*
- Ongoing care for all kinds of health concerns and chronic illnesses, with a focus on:
- anxiety and depression
- insomnia and other sleep concerns
- discomfort or pain during menstruation and menopause
- skin problems
- digestive discomfort
- chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome
*Please know that, unfortunately, for right now there are only binary-gendered, multi-stall restrooms in our clinic space. I am working with our building’s landlord to correct this as quickly as possible. If you have any questions or concerns about becoming a patient in light of this obstacle, please contact me!
What to expect from your visit
As a naturopathic doctor, I diagnose illness and track patients’ progress over time in much the same way that a conventional medical doctor would do. Listening to my patients is my first priority. I seek to honor each patient’s story as a part of my diagnostic process, while also performing conventional physical exams and lab tests. I apply this information in the context of each patient’s whole self as we search together for the root causes of illness or dis-ease.
As an acupuncturist, I also use less conventional methods of diagnosis in almost every case, including tongue, abdomen, and/or pulse diagnosis. As a student of the Shen-Hammer Contemporary Chinese Pule Diagnosis system, I often spend 5 minutes or more simply “listening” to the pulse by placing my fingers on the patient’s wrist.
Patients and I decide together which treatment tools are needed in each case. In most cases, at least part of each visit is spent doing hands-on treatment. Patients often leave my office feeling more relaxed, with less pain, and better able to cope with life stresses than when they arrived.
Tools I may use to treat and prevent illness include:
- Non-insertive (needle-free) acupuncture techniques from several gentle Japanese styles.
- Moxabustion, cupping, medical qigong, and other classical East Asian medical treatments.
- Therapeutic massage and physical medicine. My approach to body-work draws on more than a decade of practice as a massage therapist before attending medical school. I combine techniques from Craniosacral, myofascial release, Sotai, and a number of other gentle, deeply effective styles. I also use more vigorous techniques occasionally, when appropriate.
- Nutrition counseling from a strongly patient-centered, food-positive and body-positive perspective.
- Coaching for accessible and practical changes in lifestyle, habits, or routines to support wellness.
- Botanical medicine from both Western herbal medicine and classical Chinese traditions of herbalism.
- Homeopathic medicines and flower essences.
- Conventional pharmaceutical prescriptions.
- Referrals to specialists when appropriate.
I love talking about treatment strategies with patients and working together to create a realistic and supportive treatment plan. I welcome any questions about these modalities!
To schedule an appointment or find out if I am in-network with your health insurance, please contact the front desk at (503) 956-9396 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For other questions, you can reach me at email@example.com.