A wellness oriented practitioner is one who specializes in the care of the whole person by listening to and discerning the needs of each patient, and seeks to encourage the health of body, mind and spirit. We diagnose and treat many diseases, and refer within our own circle of practitioners, or to outside resources, when appropriate.
Our professional, experienced, and compassionate staff is ready to help and guide you in your journey to optimum health with pearls of wisdom from the ancient Far East to the most modern medical techniques in the West.
Siamak was born and raised in Tehran and received his preliminary education there. It was also there when he received his initial trainings in Asian Martial Arts, and level one teaching certification in Transcendental Meditation (T.M.) as a teenager. These principals were both essential in shaping his future and he continued to practice them after his migration to the United States in the summer of 1985.
After moving to US, he continued his under-grad education in Southern California while supported himself as a musician. He became a professional singer in Los Angeles, and produced his first musical album while living there in the late eighties. He left LA and moved to Portland Oregon in 1990 for graduate studies in the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
He obtained a master's degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1995 and finished his post-graduate studies at the University of Harbin's medical school in China, in the same year. Siamak received the highest clinical degree in the field of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Canada's College of Natural Medicine in Montreal in 2008 and was awarded the Doctor of Oriental Medicine degree. He also holds a certification in Homeopathic Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and is nationally certified and holds a license to practice Chinese Medicine in the State of Oregon by the Oregon Medical Board.
Since early 1990s, he has continued with research and education in his field and holds several certifications including; Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), Yang style short form Tai Qi Chuan, therapeutic Qi Gong from China, US and Canada. He has been in private practice in Portland Oregon since 1995.
In 2002 Siamak formed 2bwell Group with plans of changing the perception about complementary and alternative medicine in the US. In January of 2006 he opened the doors to 2BWell Clinic, a full-service natural wellness center in Lake Oswego, OR. With the help of other practitioners in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Chiropractic Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Homeopathic Medicine, Nutritional Counseling, and Massage Therapy, Siamak services a large community that has found natural healing at 2bwell Clinic.
Siamak was inspired to create Emotional Energy Transformation while working on his Doctorate of Oriental Medicine degree. His interests and experience in the field of Energy Medicine lead him to create EET theory as a thesis project for his advanced degree in AOM.
He teaches and practices QiGong and TaiQi, and has a black belt in Okinawan Karate. Siamak has always been interested in the principles of Martial Arts and working with Qi; He enjoys riding his motorcycle and spend time outdoors and loves living in the Northwest because of its easy access to great ski resorts, hiking trails and the Pacific Ocean.
Siamak is also the accomplished author of two books on energy healing and chinese medicine which are available to review and purchase at e-shirazi.com.
Maryam Milani-Baladi was borne in Brooklyn, NY and attended the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in Brooklyn NY, and has been in the field of Pharmaceuticals (retail & hospital) since early 90s. She has also taken numerous courses and workshops on nutritional and herbal therapies because of her own personal interest over the past several years.
The blend of having a deep understanding from chemistry and western drugs, as well as exposure to Nutroceuticals has enabled Maryam to have a unique view point on interactions between nutritional supplements and/or with western drugs.
She is a firm believer of preventive care and the body's own healing powers when it comes to health and wellness. Maryam uses her background experience to carefully apply these principles in to her everyday patient care both at Portland Providence Medical Center and 2bwell clinics.
She is currently working on writing her first recipe book based on the ancient wisdom of Traditional Persian Cuisine, and modern findings of Anti-Inflammatory diet principles. Maryam is available for complementary consultation on all your nutritional questions and can tailor a unique and individual supplemental profile for you.
Born and raised in Nebraska, Julie Brush grew up eating farm-fresh produce and bicycling in the flat countryside. Her mother's interest in natural foods and alternative healing planted the seed for her future career choice. She attended Creighton University in Omaha, where she studied biology in a pre-med program. She then served two years in AmeriCorps, working in wildlife conservation in Northern California. Her work took her to New Hampshire, then Arizona where she found herself managing a natural foods coop. Here, her desire to help people was rekindled and she headed back to school to study natural medicine. Her love of the Northwest made her decision to move to Portland an easy one.
As a NCNM (National College of Naturopathic Medicine) graduate, Julie has completed extensive medical training as a primary care physician. She practices under a new paradigm of health care. In this new paradigm you, the patient, are listened to, you are given the tools to achieve optimum health and you are an active participant in your health care. This is an individualized approach that honors your unique history. She takes the time to get to know you, the patient, to address your needs, and to find a treatment that treats the cause and prevents future problems. She is available to meet with patients of all ages for acute or chronic conditions.
Dr. Brush is certified in IV Therapy and has completed additional training with Dr. Ben Lynch on the subject of MTHFR genetic mutations, with Dr. Dan Carter to learn Bowen therapy, with Dr. Datis Kharrazian on Functional Medicine and with Dr. Dick Thom on UNDA drainage. She has also a certified Brain Health Coach, received through Amen University. She is an active member of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Hawaii Society of Naturopathic Physicians.
Dr. Julie Brush has a family practice at 2BWell. She is well-prepared to address a myriad of conditions including women's health, pediatrics, allergies, chronic disease, weight loss, and immune, digestive, and neurological health. She has a passion for empowering people with the knowledge to take charge of their health care. Her modalities include homeopathy, botanicals, nutrition, lifestyle changes, hydrotherapy, flower essences, UNDA drainage and Bowen therapy.
Dr. Brush also serves as the Medical Director of The Exclusive Hawaii Addiction treatment Center on the Big Island, where she specializes in holistic addiction and eating disorder treatment.
Hilarey earned her Master of Acupuncture degree from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Florida and her BA in Education and Human Development from Prescott College in Arizona.
Hilarey's approach with Oriental Medicine is listening to her patients and their vision for optimum health. For each of us, being healthy includes physical well-being. True health also includes emotional balance, fulfillment in relationships, financial stability, mental focus, and an optimistic spirit.
Hilarey is a Diplomate of Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, licensed in Oregon and Washington. She is the past President of the South Sound Acupuncture Association and past President of Hilarey of the Oregon Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (OAAOM).
In her free time, Hilarey enjoys gardening, cooking, practicing yoga and esoteric philosophy.
Dr. Brooke Huffman is a naturopathic physician committed to helping people enhance their lives by optimizing their health. She works closely with patients to help them remove obstacles to their health as a primary means of resolving their wellness challenges and restoring their health. She facilitates this by providing a foundation for health & wellness through nutrition and lifestyle suggestions as well as customized, targeted therapies that unravel the disease process. In order to facilitate a return to optimum health, she creates a unique relationship with every patient and tailors her treatments to address their individual health concerns. Blending cutting-edge research with ancient therapies to successfully treat children, teens and adults of all ages, Dr. Huffman is also a practitioner of biotherapeutic drainage, an advanced treatment modality used to achieve consistently superior, health-enhancing results.
Dr. Huffman addresses the many aspects of health, encompassing physical, mental, and emotional well-being. She excels at helping patients cultivate their own joy and finding their personal passions and purpose, and provides high-quality care for people experiencing any health problem. She tends to a wide range of patients with different health issues, but some conditions that she is specially successful at treating are: anxiety, depression, fatigue, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, transgender care, auto-immune disease, allergies, menopausal complaints, infertility, stress-related issues, and smoking cessation. By working with Dr. Huffman, people experience increased energy, improved quality of sleep, regulation of hormone imbalance, decreased pain, and improved concentration and mood.
In addition to an intensive naturopathic medical education, Dr. Huffman has received in-depth training in behavioral health, homeopathic medicine, prenatal health, and naturopathic cardiology. She supplemented her education by studying with nationally known doctors such as Dickson Thom, ND and Patch Adams, MD. Doctor Huffman has over a decade of experience working with children and teens, including troubled teens, foster kids, those on the autistic spectrum and with other developmental disorders. She is also trained as a birth doula and has assisted over a dozen women through labor and delivery.
She connects with her patients in a genuine yet professional way, and is passionate about treating the whole person: each with individual strengths and complexities. She sees herself as a wellness advocate, offering empowerment through education.
Raised in south Florida, Dr. Huffman developed a love for nature as a young child. She earned her B.A. and B.S. degrees from The Evergreen State College, where she studied psychology, Buddhism and pre-medical sciences. She received her doctorate degree in naturopathic medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in 2011, and is a member of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Huffman lives on a small urban farm in NE Portland and enjoys organic gardening, hiking, camping, rock climbing, meditation, and yoga.
Al Lee is an expert in the use of conscious breathing techniques to help people take more control over their health, performance and emotions. The breath is unique in that it touches and impact every dimension of our lives - the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions and by intentionally harnessing the breath, you can dramatically impact each of these dimensions of your life.
By combining age-old techniques with the latest science and technology, Al helps individuals improve their health and ability to heal, sharpen their mental, physical, and creative performance, boost their emotional intelligence and well-being, as well as deepen their spiritual experience.
Al has been studying, practicing, and teaching these transformational technique for more than 20 years, and is the co-author of the book "Perfect Breathing - Transform Your Life One Breath at a Time". He holds a 4th degree black belt in Okinawan Karate, and is an experienced yoga and Qi-Gong practitioner.
Michell received her initial massage training from San Francisco Massage School and World School of Massage. She has many years of hands on experience and has been a licensed massage therapist since the early 2000s.
Michell utilizes many different massage techniques and theraputic modalities to help her patients. Her favorite massage modalities are a blend of lomi lomi, deep tissue and somatic.
Michell's philosophy on healing is "I love the process and potential of the human structure, the genius behind the self-healing capabilities of the body, and the connection between mind-body-spirit." Each of her treatment integrates mind-body-spirit, with the intention of providing guidance towards the unlocking of the seeker's own inner healing and strength.
Dr. Rebecca Jennings is a licensed naturopathic physician, who is passionate about educating and empowering others to reach their full potential in health, wellness, and life. Dr. Jennings was attracted to naturopathic medicine because it combined her passions of helping others and learning about the intricacies of human health and physiology. Dr. Jennings takes a functional medicine approach to practicing, focusing on finding the root cause of dysfunction, not merely treating symptoms.
Originally hailing from the DC suburbs of Northern Virginia, Dr. Rebecca Jennings’ passion for health and wellness did not develop until late in her college career. It was during this time that she had that aha moment and made the connection between diet, lifestyle, and disease. She graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with minors in Business Administration and International Business. However, she independently continued her education with a continued goal of gaining knowledge in holistic nutrition and health and educating anyone who would listen. After years of working in the business sector, Rebecca decided to follow her passions, move to Portland, and pursue a degree in naturopathic medicine. She graduated with honors from NUNM, achieving a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. She has also completed advanced training in Functional Endocrinology, Functional analysis of blood work, Perimenopause and Andropause, Thyroid health, and Fertility.
Dr. Jennings centers her practice around chronic conditions with special interest in: women’s health, hormonal imbalance, perimenopause/andropause, fertility and preconception counseling, digestive health, metabolic syndrome, thyroid disorders, autoimmune disease, anxiety/depression, sleep disorders, fatigue, weight loss, skin health, wellness optimization, and prevention. Through a patient-centered approach to care, Dr. Jennings works in partnership with her patients to create personalized and sustainable treatment plans to address individual concerns. Dr. Jennings strives to empower her patients with the knowledge and understanding to be able to make educated decisions that are right for them.
In addition to addressing foundational lifestyle causes of disease, Dr. Jennings utilizes both naturopathic and conventional therapies as needed. Naturopathic therapies include therapeutic diets, nutritional support, botanical medicine, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, biotherapeutic drainage, and mind body therapies. Dr. Jennings also enjoys analyzing genetic information when possible to guide treatment recommendations that are truly unique to each individual’s genetic predispositions.
In her free time, Rebecca enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest, hiking, biking, hitting the gym, enjoying Portland restaurants, and spending time with family, friends, and her long-haired chihuahua, Lucky.
Kim has a deep passion and wonderment for the human anatomy and finds joy in helping someone achieve balanced health. She had been working as a massage therapist in the clinical setting for 17 years and a yoga teacher for 13 years.
Kim received her certification for oncology massage from Sloan-Kettering Memorial Research Hospital in New York City. In addition to offering oncology massage, she also treats a variety of clients with TMJ dysfunctions, migraines, fibromyalgia, pre-natal massage, sports massage, and specializing in deep tissue and myofascial alignment techniques.
In August of 2017, Kim moved here from Michigan to attend The National University of Natural Medicine’s nutrition program. “Nutrition is the very foundation in which optimal health is achieved.” Kim also believes obtaining a balanced body, the mind and spirit must also be addressed.
On her time off she loves to hike with her dog Ember and spend time with her favorite human, also known as her son Cullen. She enjoys cooking, blending medicinal teas, gardening, and sailing.
Dr. Bethany Tennant is a licensed Naturopathic Physician. She graduated with a with honors in research from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Following graduation she went on to complete a post-doctoral research fellowship in the area of Parkinson's disease and nutrition. She is also a Certified Nutrition Specialist and sports massage therapist (trained in New York). Natural sports medicine is her specialty and she deals with matters of prevention, performance, recovery, pain management, and injury rehabilitation. She has had the privilege of working with elementary, high-school, college, and professional level athletes (USATF, D-League, FIBA, NBA, NFL).
A New York native, she earned her bachelor's degree at Houghton College as both a pre-med student and varsity scholarship basketball player.
Her areas of interest include: sports medicine, pain management, and neurodegenerative conditions. She has collaborated with several sports organizations including: the Brian Grant Foundation as a nutrition expert and executive committee member; Nike N7 (Native American and Aboriginal initiative), partnered with both MaxHoops and Open Gym Premier as sports nutrition guest speaker and has presented at several high school and college programs on sports nutrition training including the Jr. All-American Basketball Camp in Anaheim, CA. She also teamed up with NBA Cares during the 2016 & 2018 All-Star weekends to to support the Community Service days.
Dr. Tennant has corporate wellness experience serving as Medical Director in a New York based company to advise nutrition, exercise, stress management, and create large scale impact for corporate clients.
She is passionate about health, wellness, and fitness. As someone who loves to travel she has also had international experience traveling to the Czech Republic as a collegiate basketball; Zambia as a pre-med student; Suriname, South America as Peace Corps Volunteer (Community Health Educator); Nicaragua to work in an established clinic; and in Mexico for a basketball/community outreach.
As a transplant, she loves exploring the Pacific Northwest, attending Timbers, Thorns and Trailblazers games as well as enjoying Portland's food. She has completed both the Hood to Coast and Cascade Lakes Relays.
Michael Crupper is a Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist practicing primary care family medicine at the 2BWell Group. Dual medical degrees give him the unique ability to evaluate patients using both Eastern and Western medical traditions and choose the best treatment for each individual.
Dr. Crupper grew up in a small town in Central Kansas and is the oldest of 6 boys. From a young age Michael had a strong interest in medicine. Michael attended Rockhurst University in Kansas City because of the influential ties Rockhurst shared with the St. Louis University Medical program which guaranteed his admittance. However, it was during his time in college that Michael made a decidedly different turn in his idea of medicine. From a young age Michael studied martial arts and was always drawn to the concepts of Oriental Medicine and acupuncture points that are often intertwined with martial arts. So he started to look into what medical schools combined a doctorate program with acupuncture and came across information for the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. It was immediately clear that the concepts of Naturopathic Medicine were exactly what Michael was looking for and the ability to study two amazingly powerful concepts in medicine brought him to Portland to begin his medical career.
Michael graduated from NCNM with dual degrees, a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters in Science of Oriental Medicine. He treats patients of all ages and all kinds of conditions using the best aspects of each of his degrees to help his patients achieve their optimum health goals. Michael is social and outgoing and loves to help patients understand the core of their health concerns and help address their concerns using the most gentle and effective approaches available. Because of his combined degrees Michael offers expertise in nutritional and botanical medicine, physical manipulation, lifestyle and dietary modification, acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulations as well as pharmaceutical medications.
Outside of his medical practice Michael also teaches part time at the University of Western States where he teaches Nutrition and Botanical Medicine as well as Minor Surgery. Michael believes strongly in giving back to the community and volunteers significant time to multiple organizations. He founded the Portland chapter of Ducks Unlimited and currently serves as the District Chairman for Multnomah and Clackamas counties, he is the past President of the Central East Portland Rotary Club, and he sits on the Portland Brownfield Advisory Committee amongst many other community services.
An avid outdoorsman, Michael can often be found in the woods, up the mountain or on the water away from metropolitan Portland when he is not working. Because of his passion for the outdoors and his love of natural medicine many of those who know him lovingly call him an eco-redneck. Michael lives in NorthEast Portland with his beautiful wife and daughter, his hunting dog Clementine and his evil cat Chupacabra.