First Integrative Family Medicine Clinic opens in SE Brooklyn

The Brooklyn neighborhood’s very first integrative family medicine clinic has been enjoying great success since its grand opening this past summer. Pioneered by Kerry Pulliam, MD, Healthy Living Family Medicine features multiple disciplines including naturopathic medicine and psychological counseling. 

“Our clinic is unique in its holistic approach to healthcare for families. It’s unusual, even in Portland, to see this many types of practitioners coming together to fulfill a vision of providing individualized care for all ages,” says Pulliam.


Seven practitioners from various healthcare modalities comprise the clinic:

·       Dr. Kerry Pulliam, medical doctor

·       Dr. Carrie Baldwin-Sayre, naturopathic doctor

·       Keely Helmick, licensed professional counselor

·       Shawn Kinsella, licensed massage therapist and nutritional therapist

·       Minga Lily, certified yoga therapist

·       Valerie Vala, craniosacral therapist

·       Lucy Yeo, licensed acupuncturist


"I am so happy to be a part of this well-rounded group of skilled and compassionate practitioners here at HLFM. To be able to offer full care to our patients is such a gift to our community," says Valerie Vala, a practitioner with more than 20 years of experience treating infants, children and adults.


Unlike most integrative clinics, Healthy Living Family Medicine offers services that one typically finds in conventional primary care settings, including routine diagnostic and rapid testing, electrocardiograms (ECG), lung function testing, gynecological services, and vaccinations for children and adults.


The clinic is located at 3605 SE 26th Avenue in a beautifully renovated 1942 English tudor home. Nestled in a garden-like setting next to Powell Park, the clinic conjures images of days gone by, when home visits by a doctor were the norm.


“We’ve worked very hard to create a comfortable atmosphere for our patients, as well as a sustainable and environmentally friendly one, ” says Pulliam.


Tastefully appointed with local, handmade furniture and lighting, the clinic features a children’s play area, separate yoga studio, and a welcoming place for guests to relax. The new parking area takes stormwater maintenance into consideration with the use of pavers rather than solid asphalt. Much of the interior and exterior paint is recycled, and even the clinic exterior sign was made by a local metal artisan.


Lucy Yeo, licensed acupuncturist, voices the collective opinion of the clinic’s providers. “I am excited to be part of a team of professional healthcare practitioners that bring an incredible amount of knowledge and perspective from different avenues of medicine. Working in a collaborative environment such as this, our patients benefit from our combined effort toward their well being."

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