Two new health care providers have recently established practices in the Methow Valley.
Naturopathic physician Kellie Moore has opened a practice, Presh Health, at the North Glover Street Healing Center in Twisp.
Moore, who founded Presh Health, was educated at Bastyr University and completed additional training in functional medicine for women and training in environmental medicine. She is also a registered yoga instructor, trained in vinyasa, yin and restorative yoga. Moore is licensed to prescribe pharmaceutical medications in Washington.
Moore said she specializes in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, focusing on the foundations of good health: nourishment, movement, mindfulness and sleep. She sees clients throughout the country via secure video chat and phone and in person at the Twisp clinic, and is able to provide medical care in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Moore lived her teenage years in Brazil and has worked and studied in Latin America. She completed a master’s degree in geography, focused on community/environment interactions, at Texas A&M University, before pursuing her medical degree. Her husband, Christian, is from England and together they are raising four children. They have lived in Washington for eight years, most recently in Bothell.
Presh Health is a holistic medicine clinic that seeks to support clients in preventing, reversing and managing chronic disease through personalized lifestyle medicine, bolstered by supplemented nutraceutical, botanical and hormonal therapies when indicated. Moore’s practice is based on a membership/subscription model, which allows for more personalized care.
Megan Schaad is a board-certified behavior analyst who is part of the Peak Behavioral Services LLC organization, and has established a practice in Winthrop. Peak Behavioral Services has other offices in Wyoming and Idaho.
She has a bachelor of arts degree in speech pathology and audiology, and a master of science degree in therapeutic recreation as well as behavioral science.
Schaad began her career in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA therapy) over 12 years ago while studying at the University of Tennessee. She completed my clinical hours at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, Georgia, where she said “I developed my passion for early intervention services for young children with autism and/or young children with developmental disabilities and behavioral disorders.”
After moving to Colorado, Schaad used ABA therapy to help children access their communities and to develop leisure skills that would allow them to access the outside environment, she said. She also studied mindfulness, which she says led her to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a method for managing behavior while teaching social-emotional skills.
Schaad said ABA is a scientific approach for identifying environmental variables that influence behaviors of social significance, focused on skill acquisition and teaching a variety of new skills and positive behaviors. Examples of skills that ABA therapy can improve include but not limited to language and communication; social skills; positive peer support; academic engagement; self-care; cooperation and following instructions; and functioning skills such as self-management, improving attention, memory and focus.
Schaad moved to the Methow Valley with her husband, Simon, and their daughter in early 2020. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (404) 247-4514. For information, visit http://www.pkservice.org.