James Christy resided in the San Francisco Bay area during his childhood in the town of Los Gatos. He enjoyed the outdoors- mountain biking, hiking, and snow skiing in the local mountains. James then enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Medical Specialist at 18 years of age. He served overseas taking care of sick and injured soldiers in Sinop, Turkey on the historic and beautiful Black Sea.
Following his enlistment in the army, James completed his Biological Health Sciences degree and Pre-Med studies at De Anza College in Cupertino, California. He then attended Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose, California obtaining his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He was licensed in California where he practiced for five years, and chose to move to Sherwood, Oregon. The outdoor environment, mountains, lakes, and rivers of Oregon drew him here.
Since practicing in Oregon, James has further educated himself in auto and work injury rehabilitation, sports trauma evaluation, and wellness care for optimal health maintenance. He enjoys educating patients on their present condition as well as a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. James also takes pride in being a parent to his daughter Kenadie, gardening, exercising, and the outdoors. Dr. James looks forward to caring for patients at D’Vida Injury Clinic and Wellness Center. Working together being a chiropractor, along with acupuncture, massage therapy, and therapeutic rehabilitation for the local SW Portland community is a great fit.
Katherine, a Colorado native, grew up participating in an array of winter sports, running, and dancing, giving her an innate fascination with the inner workings of the human body. She received her first acupuncture treatment at nine years old to help with a bout of indigestion, and has taken full advantage of the medicine for many other ailments throughout her life. She earned her degree in international studies and Spanish from the University of Denver after also studying abroad in Mendoza, Argentina at the Universidad del Cuyo and the Universidad del Congreso. While attending college, Katherine and her brother frequently visited Dr. Michael Winer, a chiropractor and energy healer, in Hood River, Oregon.
Katherine graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine with her master’s degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. She is also accredited by the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the Oregon Medical Board, and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is enthusiastic about tackling any condition that may cause trouble, but she is especially interested in musculoskeletal pain, digestive issues, the aging process, women’s health, and the mental/emotional realm.
In her spare time, Katherine enjoys spending quality moments with her husband and their two chihuahuas, Falkor and Atreyu (Neverending Story reference!). She loves to dance, and is part of a hula halau where she participates and performs in Tahitian dancing. Being from Colorado, she is drawn to hiking, trail running, skiing, and general exploration where the outdoors may enchant her. She also has a serious case of travel bug whose only cure is to see the most exotic corners of the earth, and hopes to take her practice internationally in the future to help those who may not have immediate access to healthcare.
Michelle specializes in acupuncture and herbal medicine. She became an avid believer in the powers of oriental medicine during her studies at Naropa University and Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine. She graduated in 2007, with her Masters in Oriental Medicine. She then completed an advanced 12 week clinical training at YueYang hospital Shanghai, China. Michelle opened D’Vida Injury Clinic and Wellness Center in Beaverton in 2012 (now currently located in Aloha, OR). She is passionate about creating a culture at the clinic that is warm, welcoming and inclusive. Her goal is hiring the best providers at the clinic to ensure patients are given top notch care. In her time off time she enjoys hiking, dancing, snowboarding, traveling with her fiance Jack and hanging with their kitty cat Annie.
Whitney is an adopted South Korean raised in Missoula, Montana riding horses, camping, fishing, skiing, and hiking. She appreciates Chinese medicine’s emphasis on living in balance and harmony with mother nature’s everchanging forces. Whitney’s interest in acupuncture and the mind-body connection stem from her experience and training in social work along with her own health challenges. She has a special interest in treating pain and trauma and is passionate about helping patients navigate the complex world of health and treatment options from an integrative perspective.
Whitney is an Oregon licensed acupuncturist and holds a master’s degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine (MAcOM) from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine here in Portland. She has a bachelor’s degree (BA) in music and art from Lewis & Clark College and four years of post-baccalaureate study of hard sciences at Seattle Central College. Whitney practices Wing Chun kung fu and tai chi chuan in her free time and is still an avid outdoor enthusiast.
Susie Chriswisser is an intuitive and compassionate massage therapist. Her specialty is in creating a safe and caring massage experience that is graced with love for you to genuinely heal and release pain, feel taken care of and pampered during your session
Susie believes that true caring starts with the self first. By taking care of our body, mind and spirit we are better able to take care of those we love and be the best versions of ourselves in our lives. This is called Self Love and is a must in order to live an empowered life and empower those we love.
A session with Susie is a special experience where her intuitive touch creates a soothing and safe space to allow for sacred healing to occur. Her compassionate guidance of self care and self love support you in extending this empowering experience into your life!
Gene Eysmont was born in Ukraine and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Gene graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in the summer of 2019, where he earned his doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine with a focus in physical medicine. During his training in naturopathic medical school, he studied Swedish massage, Shiatsu, and deep tissue therapies to facilitate deep relaxation and increase physical and mental wellbeing. Gene is also fluent in Russian.
Gene incorporates a combination of deep tissue, trigger point release, and whole body relaxation techniques based on the individual needs of his patients. In his spare time, Gene enjoys gardening, playing guitar and ukulele, and watching cartoons.
Suzmiché attended the Florida School of Massage (FSM) in 2003 where she received a priceless massage education and experience. Furthering her massage education she completed the Advanced Sports Massage program at FSM in 2005. In 2010 she expanded her massage practice to include Thai Yoga Massage. She completed an extensive 108 hour Thai Yoga Massage certification at the Bodhi Sangha School of Thai Massage.
Suzmiché offers a fusion table massage or Thai Yoga massage. Her fusion table massage pulls from the following massage modalities: Swedish massage, connective tissue, deep tissue, sports massage, Thai on the table, and polarity. The Thai Yoga Massage is given on a cushioned floor mat, the patient wears flexible clothing and is passively stretched. Passively being stretched encourages muscles to relax, invites movement, and opens restricted areas with less resistance. Energy lines are thumbed and palmed, restoring circulation, and preventing stagnation.
Suzmiché’s interest in massage stemmed from exploring less invasive approaches for alleviating chronic and acute pain. She is curious to listen to her patients describes describe their pain so she can custom their massage to best meet each patient’s specific and individual needs. She is equally interested to listen to the patient’s muscles and connective tissue thus being what she has playfully coined “A Muscle Communicator”.
Suzmiché is fascinated with tracking a patient’s recovery in an effort to determine what approaches are effective and/or ineffective for their healing. Equally she is thrilled to be part of massage therapy increasingly being recognized as a valuable health care therapy option.
Melissa joined D’Vida in 2018 and although new to chiropractic care, she quickly realized the importance of self care and wellness. She is fluent in Spanish and comes to us with many years of experience in the customer service industry. As part of our front office staff, you will see her friendly face at various times during the week helping patients.
A native Oregonian, she loves exploring the coast with her family but also enjoys staying in with a good book. An avid coffee drinker, you will almost always see her with a cold brew!
When you call the office, her friendly voice is the first one you hear! Brizeida is certified as a Chiropractic Assistance , which allows her to assist Dr.Rhodes.She truly has a big heart, and is always ready to lend a hand. She genuinely cares about everyone she meets and her positivity is contagious. She loves spending time with her son, exploring new places, traveling, outdoors, sunsets at the beach, and road trips.
Gabriela is a student at Portland State University majoring in clinical health science, with the intent to become a doctor of physical therapy. She graduated from Portland Community College in 2019, and has always had a passion for learning and helping others. She has a huge interest in both sports medicine and holistic health, growing up a competitive figure skater and having to heal and recover from injuries along the way. She speaks Spanish and has worked in customer service for over five years. In her free time (when she’s not buried in schoolwork) she loves weightlifting, playing with her two dogs, and spending time with family!
My journey as a healer and health and wellness facilitator has been unfolding wonderfully for the past nine years. I am a proud single mother of two wondrous and beautiful children. It is a joy and privilege to watch these two angels grow and to grow with them. My practice is evolving in a natural and organic flow. Just as mother earth does. She is my inspiration with all her beauty and diversity. I consider it a deep honor to use my blessings and talents to bring wellness to others. I live and learn with passion and share my knowledge freely with enthusiasm. I am very proud to work here at D’Vida clinic. Everyone here works together in synergy as a family team. It is a privilege to work with so many other healers who are devoted to the highest vibration of sacred truth and universal wellness.