Integrative care

During cancer treatment and beyond, we promote an integrative approach to health, incorporating mind and body wellness through complementary therapies, such as naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and survivorship support.

Lane Community College massage therapy - Students from Lane Community College's massage therapy program offer free massages to patients and their caregivers in the chemotherapy infusion rooms at WVCI's RiverBend and Country Club Road locations. Ask our social worker or care manager for visitation dates.

The following providers are independent of WVCI but are recommended practitioners in the community.

For information, please contact the following providers directly.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine
Acupuncture is the ancient practice of inserting fine needles into precise points on the body to relieve pain, harmonize emotions and enhance circulation and organ system function. To help cancer patients optimize wellness, Chinese medicine practitioners also use herbal medicine and qigong movement therapy.

Recommended providers
Mary Thimmesch, MSOM, LAc
Elements Acupuncture & Wellness
1641 Oak Street
Eugene, OR  97401

Kamala Quale, MSOM, LAc
Moon and Lotus Acupuncture
966 Lorane Hwy.
Eugene, OR 97405

Cancer survivorship support
Supportive psychotherapy and consultation help patients and their caregivers overcome the psychological, spiritual and relationship challenges that may arise with cancer. Mind/body strategies, such as hypnosis, guided imagery and meditation instruction, help reduce stress, prepare for treatment and manage symptoms.

Recommended provider
William Collinge, PhD, MPH, LCSW
541 Willamette St., Suite 207D, Eugene, OR 97401

Naturopathic medicine
Naturopathic medicine is based on the body's natural capacity to prevent and fight disease. Methods used in naturopathic medicine include select nutritional supplements, botanical or prescribed medicines, psychotherapy, homeopathy and more.

Recommended providers
Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
Julie Martin, ND, FABNO
Clinic of Natural Medicine
1471 Pearl St., Suite 2
Eugene, OR 97401

Although WVCI works closely with these practitioners, they are not affiliated with WVCI and WVCI is not responsible for their recommendations or actions.