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Frequently Asked Questions

What can you tell me about Dr. Hassell's background?

Dr. Hassell received his medical degree from the University of Western Australia, completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, and is board certified in Internal Medicine. He established the Integrative Medicine Program at Providence Cancer Center, is a clinical instructor for internal medicine residents, and Associate Medical Director and Professor at Pacific University School of Physician Assistant Studies. Dr. Hassell specializes in evidence-based conventional and lifestyle medicine for treatment or reversal of heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, and cancer prevention and survivorship. He lectures to physician groups and community audiences, and is co-author of the popular diet and lifestyle guide, Good Food, Great Medicine, now in its 4th edition.

What can you tell me about Dr. Ellis' background?

Dr. Ellis received his medical degree from The Ohio State University, graduating with honors, and as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his residency at Oregon Health & Science University, and is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Ellis has peer-reviewed publications and poster presentations in the area of vascular medicine, and has a particular interest in using evidence-based food and lifestyle choices to treat cardiovascular and metabolic disease, depression and anxiety, and issues relating to autoimmunity.

How do you approach patient care?

Very personally. We’re a small, low-volume internal medicine practice, and we take time with our patients. For an initial appointment or complete physical exam, plan to allow us about an hour of your time. Follow up visits typically last about 30 minutes, depending on the complexity of the issue.

Much of our work involves the diagnosis and care of medically complex patients and includes the use of mainstream investigation and treatment plans. We vigorously apply evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle therapies whenever possible.

Patients are encouraged to be closely involved in their own care, and to keep (and understand) results of laboratory tests and other reports. If we draw your labs we prefer to send you the original lab results with our comments added, rather than a summarized form letter.

We are also happy to schedule consultation appointments for patients who already have a primary care physician.

. . . and if you are a smoker, we are expecting you to work with us to quit . . . now!

What should I expect at my first appointment?

Your first appointment will include a review of your personal and family history and current symptoms, a review of previous laboratory or x-ray data, a physical exam, and recommendations for future tests and treatments. New patient appointments and consultations are scheduled for one hour.

As well as conventional therapies, we will discuss evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle recommendations. We may also consult with your other treating physicians.

What is a consultation?

Consultations appointments are available for people who already have a primary care physician (PCP) but would like to discuss lifestyle medicine, address a particular set of issues, evaluate a difficult medical problem, or get a second opinion. We’ll work closely with your PCP, if requested. Laboratory or other testing may be recommended, and often we will request other specialty opinions.