Our initial visit typically involves a thorough history, exam, and consideration of additional lab testing. For more longstanding conditions, typical lab tests may not give a complete picture and there are many independent, certified labs (Spectracell, Diagnostechs, Metametrix, US Biotek, and more) that can help identify relevant physiologic imbalances or infections. The first visit is also important in helping you navigate your treatment options - are there other viable approaches for your digestive condition or should the drug be the first option? Can we utilize prolotherapy, or does the state of your shoulder injury ultimately require surgery? Or is there a combination of therapies that reduces the side effects of the primary medication? I believe as the patient you are empowered by understanding your condition - control should be yours, not the doctor's (emergent cases aside).
I ultimately treat using a diverse approach that may involve supplements, nutrition, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, pharmaceuticals, bioidentical hormones, herbs, or regenerative injection therapies. I will prescribe pharmaceutical drugs when I don't believe a viable alternative exists, or where the risks of the disease outweighs seeking other treatments. I believe supplements can be extremely helpful and often safer than common drugs, but I still try to limit the number of pills you ultimately have to "pop". My foundation for treatment almost always incorporates diet and lifestyle, to begin to modify the habits you do on a daily basis that are the primary influence on your health and disease.
Experience and Training
I have experience in holistic medicine treating an array of patients, particularly chronic conditions including gastrointestinal, autoimmune, hormonal, allergies, and general fatigue. I find that many of these cases are multi-factorial, and thus require a diverse approach of both assessment and treatment, often overlooked with conventional care. My subspecialty and true passion is around musculoskeletal complaints related to chronic pain, sports or athletic injuries, and joint conditions. If chronic pain or injury is your main problem, I frequently use a mix of regenerative injections therapies (prolotherapy, PRP), acupuncture, dry needling, biopuncture, and/or neural therapy to encourage a full healing response.
I received my medical training as both a Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Oregon. I then completed a 2 year residency at the school. I have done extensive training in regenerative injection therapies, with prolotherapy trainings from all 3 prominent national organizations (AAOM, AOAPRM, Hackett-Hemwall Foundation) as well as staying up to date with the most cutting-edge platelet-rich plasma (PRP) research at TOBI conferences. I am also certified in IV therapies including chelation, and have additional training in bioidentical hormone replacement and biopuncture. At the beginning of 2008 my wife, Lynsey, and I established Elixia Wellness Group, a multi-practitioner holistic health clinic in the Sellwood neighborhood.
AppointmentsPricing for medical appointments, injection therapies, and IV treatments vary depending on time and complexity of each visit. Please contact our front desk further for rates. I do offer free, 10 minute phone consults for prolotherapy and PRP procedures to discuss the nature of these as related to your condition. Dr. Minarik is now affiliated directly with some insurance providers and Elixia will assist with billing for such visits if applicable. Time of service discounts are offered for our non-insured clients or those not choosing to utilize coverage.
– Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OANP), www.oanp.org
About MeI am native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington State and attending the University of Washington in Seattle as an undergraduate. My interests outside of medicine include traveling, and most any outdoor activity I can participate in such as rock climbing, kite boarding, snowboarding, tennis, soccer, hiking, mountain biking, and fly fishing.
“THANKS A MILLION for your kindness and great prolo treatments and saving me from the scalpel!“
“I’ve been seeing Dr Minarik for 4 or 5 years now and the level of care he provides the wealth of knowledge he possesses in my mind goes unrivaled. Even now living in California I still fly back regularly to visit with him about various health concerns.“
“Dr Minarik has always been a one of my favorite doctors, he’s super knowledgable and truly cares. I’ve seen him for a number of things but in recently he’s helped me tremendously by easing my joint pain and increasing stability with prolotherapy and PRP.“
“Just wanted to let you know that I had an mri last week bc of some twingey knee stuff. I got the results today and my knee looks AWESOME. No evidence of ACL tear at all. Sooooo, thank you!“
-B.K., prolotherapy patient
“Dr. Minarik is a true healer. He completely changed our lives through careful and comprehensive consideration (and then treatment) of what was making my son so ill. Would recommend him in a heartbeat.”
“I have commercially fished for 33 years and have been a competitive power lifter for 25, which has caused severe arthritis in both hips. I’d had prolotherapy done with Dr. Minarik and had geat results. We had both discussed that PRP might be a good way to go for my hips. With the option between replaced hips or PRP, I chose PRP. With just 1 injection on the left side, I’ve had great results and no pain anymore after 6 weeks. Now we are working on the right side. I’m thinking of going back to power lifting.”
- G.O., 61 years old