Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Dr. Erin Martin, a Pacific Northwest native and a Gorge resident, has joined the team at Mid Columbia Family Health Clinic.
She will be seeing patients in both the White Salmon and Stevenson offices.
Dr. Martin looks at health and wellness in a more holistic light.
"With my patients I try to help them attain whole-person wellness, which includes the health of mind, body, and spirit," she said.
She emphasizes a more integrative approach that utilizes Western and Eastern medical philosophies and modalities, while at the same time adhering to evidence-based practices that provide comprehensive care.
"As a family physician, I enjoy teaching my patients so that they can make the best decisions for their own health every day, and I'm a firm believer that an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure," she said.
She sees her role as a guide and a partner, but ultimately true healing must be self-initiated. Her greatest enjoyment in medicine is taking the time to truly know her patients and working with them in an approachable, non-judgmental space where they can develop the courage to explore and make the changes necessary to experience total well-being.
"Patient knowledge is the key to success, that's why I strive to help patients understand the hows and whys of their health challenges. Patients should be met where their health exists today, no matter where along the continuum that is. I treat patients with complex, chronic illness as well as patients who already enjoy good health and wish to make healthy aging a priority," she said.
Dr. Martin was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She attended Oregon State University as an undergraduate and then moved to Florida for medical school at Nova Southeastern University, where she also completed a masters degree in public health.
She completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and is currently completing a fellowship in Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona. She maintains board certification in Family Medicine.
She has lived in the Gorge with her husband and son for the past three years, and enjoys being outdoors, mountain biking, cycling, trail running, swimming, cooking and photography.