Sara Rapaport, ND, LMTCope with stress, pain, and chronic disease by bringing balance to your nervous system

Our nervous system has a huge role to play in all aspects of our health. Using a mind-body approach, I work to support you in understanding and working with your nervous system to achieve balance and a greater felt sense of well-being. This can involve a wide range of techniques from bodywork, to postural assessment, breath training and more. I often use these in conjunction with biofeedback, a mind-body modality that makes our physiological processes “visible” and helps you gain awareness of how you are reacting in the moment.

Helping you rewrite your health story

As a naturopathic physician, I believe in supporting the body’s capacity for healing and trusting in the innate wisdom that lives in all of us. The stories we tell about ourselves can either guide us towards or away from healing and transformation. Through deep listening, engagement and curiosity, I work with you to examine your stories and help you tell them in a way that empowers you, leads you towards deeper wisdom, and supports you in how you want to exist in the world. I am passionate about facilitating the connection between mind and body and how we can use this connection to understand our experience and gain a greater sense of ease in our lives.

In working together, it is important to me that you feel heard, understood and safe to be exactly who you are at any given moment. I believe that health is not only an individual process, but a collective community process. I work to practice trauma informed care and believe it is vital to provide a safe space for people of all backgrounds in my practice.

Biofeedback for awareness of a body under stress

I use biofeedback to help you develop awareness of how your body is responding in the moment and to help you to modulate your responses to stressors. This technology can help with making small changes such as relaxing muscles around your head to reduce headaches, or increasing blood flow to your hands to improve circulation. Biofeedback is used in the treatment of many health conditions and has good evidence being efficacious in treating:

  • Anxiety/stress
  • Chronic pain
  • Constipation
  • Reynaud’s disease
  • Hypertension
  • Headaches

 

Improving your digestion naturally

Our digestive health deeply influences how we show up in the world. I know how frustrating and challenging it can be to have abdominal pain, heartburn and digestive issues first-hand. Since our digestive system is intrinsically linked to our endocrine, nervous and immune systems, I use a multidisciplinary approach to restore your gut health and help you thrive. I use functional lab testing, herbal medicine, mind-body approaches, manual therapy and more to provide you with holistic care that addresses the root cause of your symptoms and restores you to a state of health and vibrancy.

I work with patients with various concerns

  • Wellness and preventative medicine: diet/nutrition, stress management, sleep issues
  • Digestive health: indigestion, heartburn, constipation/diarrhea, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), irritable bowel disease (IBD)
  • Mental health: depression, anxiety, trauma
  • Chronic disease management: chronic pain, diabetes, thyroid problems, hypertension, high cholesterol

 

The modalities I most often use

 

Educational Background

I was originally drawn to medicine at a young age as my family navigated the challenges of trying to find a diagnosis and treatment for my brother’s rare metabolic condition.  This diagnosis and the years of medical mystery leading up to it led me to an early passion for medicine and a curiosity about alternative ideas and treatments. I went on to earn my B.S. in molecular genetics and neuroscience from The Ohio State University. During my undergraduate education, I spent two summers as a research intern at UT Southwestern Medical Center researching metabolic disorders and two years as a research assistant at Ohio State researching Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

In the years spent after my undergraduate degree, I earned my permaculture design certificate and became interested in the healing power of herbs which led me to study naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. While earning my doctorate, I spent time completing additional coursework, clinical rotations and mentorship in mind-body medicine and biofeedback.  During this time, I also earned my massage license from the Bellevue Massage School and have spent the last few years practicing as a massage therapist in various settings. I am an FR® Upper Limb Certified provider. Additionally, I have completed extra coursework and study in naturopathic manipulations, herbal medicine, functional medicine, and functional neurology.

Memberships/Associations

  • PsychANP
  • American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

 

Outside of work

I love exploring the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest through hiking, backpacking, and rock climbing. To maintain health and balance in my own life, I practice somatic meditation and have a daily movement practice. I love almost the entire range of fruits and vegetables this world has to offer, playing guitar, and adventuring with my friends.

Contact and Scheduling

To schedule an appointment, please call (503) 956-9396 or email info@heartspringhealth.com.

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