Heidi’s varied experience in the healing field and broad knowledge base in the field of integrative health education allows her to approach her students’ needs from a variety of perspectives. Her gift at synthesizing large amounts of information into digestible, healthy “bites” allows others to benefit from her breadth of knowledge.
Heidi believes in the ability of Pilates to change lives and to heal many ailments. She has held a comprehensive certification with Peak Pilates since 2006. Transformational experiences with Chinese medicine and energy work inform her Pilates work. As a result of Heidi’s lifelong interest in nutrition as the basis of health, Heidi certified as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) in 2006. She graduated from Portland State University Master’s of Public Health Program in 2011 with an emphasis in Integrative Health, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Chinese from Reed College. She is also a second degree Reiki healer.
The pursuit of wholeness and healing for Heidi has meant exploring a wide range of healing modalities, including but not limited to: shiatsu, homeopathy, Chinese food therapy, healing through ritual, medical and evolutionary astrology, and nutritional anthropology (the use of food as medicine through many cultures of the world).
When she is not at the studio, Heidi seeks inspiration by spending time in nature, making beautiful or delicious things, and spending time with her two beloved children.
Liz Giles grew up on the coast of Maine before pursuing theater and film in Boston and New York City. She received her undergraduate degree in theatre from NYU in 2000.
During her undergraduate years she became fascinated with movement and exploring how our movement patterns tell so much of our story. After college she continued studying and teaching functional movement. Her artistic attraction to movement quickly turned scientific when a pretty significant back injury prompted her to find ways to heal and prevent this injury from recurring. She experienced profound results after practicing Pilates for a short just amount of time. She has been a certified Pilates trainer, focusing on rehab and injury prevention, since 2003. Her desire to do even more for her clients later prompted her to return to school. Dr. Giles earned her doctorate in chiropractic, graduating magna cum laude with both academic and clinical honors, from the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Giles works in a partnership with each of her patients to develop the most appropriate treatment plan for them. She spends extra time listening to your story and educating you so that you fully understand your symptoms and condition. Treatments are almost never limited to the chiropractic adjustment. They often include soft tissue therapy, rehabilitation exercise, as well as nutritional and lifestyle counseling.
Dr. Giles is constantly exploring and learning new techniques to help her patients. She has taken courses in Graston technique, the Activator method, K-taping, Sacro-Occiptal technique and is certified in A.R.T. (Active Release Technique). Dr. Giles is known for her compassionate and gentle approach and is honored to be nominated as one of Portland Monthly’s Top Docs in both 2016 and 2017.