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The medical providers at Ventana Wellness PC offer primary care, health maintenance checks, disease management, and hormone and health balancing care to men, women, and teens. Traditional and alternative practices and therapies are used in a complementary way to provide patients the best results. All of our providers are dedicated to promoting wellness and balance, and have received additional comprehensive training in preventative medicine.

This extraordinary team of medical professionals is proficient in the prevention and treatment of wide variety health conditions. In addition to primary care some of our provider specialties include gynecological care, pain management, hormone balancing for men, women and teen girls, female sexual health, weight loss management, nutrition, chiropractic care, dermatology & skin care, therapeutic massage, anti-aging medicine, stress management, and more. Also, having our own lab and supplement and vitamin store on-site, just adds to the diverse options available for the convenience and wellbeing of our patients.

Our skilled staff is committed to using the best medical practices available, and through continuing education and unwavering commitment to quality, they strive to meet the medical needs of the men, women, and teens they are privileged to call their patients.

Just think of the benefitsÖ this skilled staff and so much more all under one roof, itís no wonder so many people embrace what Ventana Wellness has to offer.

Nisha JacksonNisha Jackson, MS, WHCNP, HHP, For Nisha, health is more about natural balance than it is pharmaceutical relief or quick-fix treatments that merely scratch the surface of wellness. In fact, her past 20 years of research and personal patient care have proven her right. While many physicians suggest that certain symptoms are normal, psychosomatic, or just something patients must learn to live with, Nisha confidently offers patients the help and hope they want and need—but have been unable to find.

She is a gynecological practitioner, a licensed holistic health care practitioner and a certified hormone expert who has seen more literally thousands of patients for hormone abnormalities in her Southern Oregon based specialty practices which she’s founded. Nisha is nationally recognized as a lecturer, motivational speaker, radio host, and columnist. She has authored two books: "The Hormone Survival Guide to Perimenopause- How to Balance Your Hormones Naturally" and "Surviving the Teenage Hormone Takeover-A Guide for Moms." As a hormone expert, Nisha continues to be an advocate for women's health, sharing her knowledge and expertise as one of the nation's leading health experts in the area of bioidentical hormones.

Nish has a limited practice seeing patients on a one-to-one basis for consultations and gynecological care. You can now ASK NISH your health question or post on her blog by visiting

Joel KleinJoel Klein, MD, Having received his MD from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1981, Dr. Klein, practiced Family Medicine in a “conventional” setting for 15 years, 10 in Annapolis, MD and 5 in Colorado Springs, CO. All the while, he knew and experienced for himself the value of alternative and holistic therapies and, incorporated them into his treatment plans whenever possible. Desiring to devote more of his time to Holistic Medicine, Dr. Klein left his conventional practice in November, 2000 and opened “The Klein Center for Holistic Medicine” in Colorado Springs. For over a decade, he treated area patients incorporating nutritional, herbal, and homeopathic strategies, into his primary care practice, to complement and minimize the need for conventional medical therapies alone. Then a few years ago a learning opportunity brought him for a visit to Southern Oregon, where he fell in love with the area!

Trading the Rockies for the Cascades, Dr. Klein has now settled in this region, and is the newest member of our VW staff of medical professionals. Relying on an integrated, patient proven approach, Dr. Klein successfully treats many conditions like low thyroid, fatigue, stress, adrenal issues, hormone imbalances, weight gain, and more- conditions that, if left untreated, could lead to more serious illness. In addition, the same strategies can be successfully employed for those with more serious conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and many chronic inflammatory diseases, to lessen and even eliminate the need for medication and improve quality of life.

If you’re looking to partner with a Medical Doctor, whose background goes beyond that of a “routine” family or general practitioner- Dr. Klein wants to meet you..

Jennifer ChildersJennifer Childers, MD, Dr. Jennifer Childers, MD, PhD, is an internist and board certified dermatologist. She earned her PhD, in physiology at UTCHS in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1979, and then proceeded to medical school where she was elected a membership in the National Medical Honor Society. Dr. Childers completed her internship in internal medicine and residencies in Dermatology and was board certified in 1990. She opened a solo dermatology practice at Methodist and was actively involved in a traditional medical practice for ten years.

During the late 1990’s, Dr. Childers practice took a turn in direction as she herself began experiencing significant health problems and began to look beyond the traditional medical community for answers. In doing so became increasingly interested in the concept of ‘natural healing,’ not yet taught in medical school. Soon after she was able to resolve many of her own health issues through nutritional therapy, in which she quickly began incorporating into her own practice. The results that her patients experienced were so profound that she has continued her education in alternative therapies, blending a multiple healing arts within her practice.

Dr. Childers comes to Ventana from being owner & founder of a clinic dedicated to natural healing in Memphis. Looking for a lifestyle change, Dr. Childers was thrilled to find VW, a clinic whose philosophy of healing was so in kin with hers!  We welcome Dr. Childers, along with her unique blend of specialties and over twenty years of expertise as she joins our integrative medical team.

Finally, a female dermatologist, who offers a wide variety of safe and budget friendly therapies to treat all types of medical skin conditions.  From anti-aging therapies to diagnosing, treating and preventing various types of skin cancers, Dr. Childers approach to healing is to promote wellness through effective and innovative treatments so that her patients might achieve longer, healthier and more productive lives..

Carl OsbornCarl Osborn, DO, PC, has specialized in treating patients suffering from acute and chronic pain since 1985. He combines traditional and alternative methods to achieve the best possible results. Dr. Osborn is known internationally as a prolotherapy instructor, is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management, and a member of the board of directors for the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine. He is also a member of the International Spine Intervention Society and is board certified in family practice.

Dr. Osborn also has a passion for helping men naturally balance their hormones. Although andropause, sometimes called male menopause, is not as widely recognized as the female menopause, the hormone-related changes experienced by some men can be equally distressing. Dr. Osborn does a thorough analysis including blood tests to determine hormone levels. He then develops a treatment plan, if needed, using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Once hormones are properly balanced, men report less fatigue, increased libido, increased energy, and increased strength and endurance.

"Health is more than just the absence of disease. It is the opportunity to live a life free of pain, and to fully enjoy all that life has to offer. My goal in treatment is to provide each person that freedom."

Dr. Osborn has been selected as president of the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine (AAOM) effective May 1, 2008. The AAOM is a worldwide not-for-profit organization, which provides information and educational programs as well as teaches and trains comprehensive nonsurgical treatment and diagnosis of musculoskeletal problems. Receiving this recognition is an honor, and we congratulate Dr. Osborn on this prestigious appointment.

Wendell HeidingerWendell Heidinger, MD comes from a family of medicine, having grown up with his Father whom is also a physician. Following in his Fatherís footsteps, he received his M.D. from Loma Linda University in 1990. Dr. Heidinger has traveled the world with his missionary parents including living in places such as Tanzania and Ethiopia. After starting as an ER physician, he transitioned over to Family Practice and quickly realized he had the gift of establishing relationships with his patients and their families and was able to easily build connections that ultimately resulted in excellent care for his patients. While offering Family Practice over the years, Dr. Heidinger developed a strong interest for working with patients experiencing chronic pain. He has developed a successful pain program that provides optimum support to those experiencing the life altering symptoms of pain. Dr. Heidinger welcomes the opportunity to integrate the spiritual aspects of healing into his care, when needed or the patient desires a deeper level of healing.

Dr. Heidinger has come to Ventana Wellness from Klamath Falls where he has owned and operated his own practice for many years. If you are seeking a qualified MD for primary care and/or struggle with ongoing pain and want options, Dr. Heidinger welcomes you to his office.

Kathleen DavisKatherine Davis, DO, is a welcomed addition to the Ventana Wellness staff. She is dedicated to offering her patients the most current and advanced procedures and treatments available.

As a board-certified family physician, Dr. Davis is skilled in all areas of primary care, focusing especially on prevention. After completing her residency at the San Bernardino County Medical Center, a trauma and major medical unit in Southern California, Dr. Davis
practiced in Washington state. There she continued to refine her primary care expertise in preventative health care, diabetes, cardiovascular health, disease management, and the treatment of acute and chronic illness. She provides physical exams and ongoing care to both men and women.

Dr. Davis can make a difference in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. She enjoys helping patients to improve glucose control while equipping them to better understand and manage their disease.

Traveling out of the country? Competent in travel medicine, Dr. Davis knows what types of vaccinations are needed for your specific destination, as well as what diseases are common there.

Anna Marie LabertsonAnna Marie Lambertson, MD is a graduate of the Loma Linda School of Medicine and has long believed and practiced its motto of ìMaking the Whole Man Whole.î She began her medical training in Internal Medicine only to become disillusioned with the number of health problems that could have been prevented and now were maintained by medication alone. This led to her interest in preventive medicine and she is board certified in preventive medicine and public health with a Masters of Public Health in Health Education and Health promotion.

She developed an interest in mind body medicine, a factor that she felt was being left out of conventional medical treatment. She discovered that emotions and belief systems had a tremendous impact on the well-being of an individual and became trained in a system that released emotions stored in the body that impacted health. This technique is referred to as neuroemotional technique.

Dr. Lambertson has extensive and wide training in both conventional and integrative medicine and seeks to utilize those treatments that best suit the patient she is working with whether conventional or integrative. She has worked with a national healthcare system in New Zealand as well as a government system in the prison system in Indiana. She has enjoyed every aspect of medical experience that she has been exposed to and learned from each one.

Her former private practice dealt with individuals that had "failed" the conventional system since they felt unwell but there was "nothing wrong with them". She can additionally offer homeopathy when appropriate and in conjunction with conventional treatments. Homeopathy is an individualized therapy that is tailored to the uniqueness of each person. It emphasizes the interconnectedness of the various organ systems of the body and how emotions can affect each one of these. Its focus is on correcting disease rather than simply treating it, and nutritional evaluation in conjunction with this is of great benefit. She loves walking with her patients through their healing journeys and is pleased to be a member of Ventana Wellness, whose goal is to provide the best healthcare available using a variety of treatments that fit each individual.

Joseph GattiJoseph (Joe) Gatti, MPAS, PA-C, is a native of the Pacific Northwest, joining Ventana Wellness after concluding 15 years of active duty military service in the United States Army. Ultimately, Joe returned to the Pacific Northwest to focus on his family and his love for dermatology.

After graduating from Del Norte High School in Crescent City, CA, Joe successfully pursued his dream for a Congressional appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Following his graduation and commission as a Second Lieutenant in May 2005, Joe then applied to and excelled in the military's Interservice Physician Assistant Program through the University of Nebraska Medical Center. After graduating with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS), then-Captain Gatti spent the next four years serving the Soldiers of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii as a dermatology focused Physician Assistant. ­

Joe is highly passionate about medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology, with a particularly keen interest in excellent cosmetic results with dermatologic surgeries and procedures. "I don't want my patients to only LOOK healthy," he says, "but after healing, know they ARE healthy!" He is certified and trained in such areas as cosmetic and surgical procedures and takes great pride in the ability to offer patients maximum flexibility for their dermatologic needs while minimizing the necessity of seeing multiple clinicians.

After touring Ventana Wellness and meeting the staff, he realized that no other clinic or facility approached the quality of Ventana Wellness; he knew that he had to be a member of this team!

Amanda WeinmanAmanda Weinman, PA-C, , is an Oregon native, who joins Ventana Wellness from Great Falls, Montana where she practiced in medical and surgical dermatology, treating a very diverse underserved population. Prior to Montana, she resided in Eugene, Oregon, working for eight years as a Physician Assistant with Cascade Dermatology.

Amanda attended the University of Southern Colorado on a softball/academic scholarship then earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology/Pre-Med from Oregon State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She completed her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Pacific University in 2006.

A Certified Physician Assistant specializing in Dermatology, Amanda has professional memberships in the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants and the Oregon Society of Physician Assistants.

Amanda delivers up to date care with an emphasis on diagnosing and treating a wide variety of dermatological conditions, from acne and rashes to skin cancers and severe skin diseases. Believing in the importance of preventative healthcare and maintenance, Amanda stresses optimal skin care and risk management for all age groups, emphasizing it’s never too early or too late to protect and take better care of your skin.

Outside the office, Amanda enjoys hiking, travel, scuba diving, fishing, skiing, reading and spending time with family and friends. She is thrilled to be back in Oregon and even more excited to be a part of Ventana’s expanding dermatology department.

Sarah RobersonSarah Roberson, MSN, FNP-C, is a certified family nurse practitioner with advanced training in medical weight management. She graduated in 2001 with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health Sciences University. In 2004 she completed her Family Nurse Practitioner training at California State University, Long Beach, where she then relocated back to Southern Oregon to serve the community here.

Her passion is to assist patients in therapeutic lifestyle change (TLC). If your weight poses serious health risks, Sarah can help you to control your stress, get adequate exercise, and make dietary changes that lead to weight loss. Through the use of medical weight management, Sarah will help you to reduce your risk factors and minimize the effects of such disorders as hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, anxiety, and stress.
If you’re a teen or young adult between the ages of 12-26, Sarah can handle health issues familiar to your age group, providing accurate information, sound advice, and effective confidential care.
In addition, Sarah can serve as your primary health care provider, diagnosing, treating and managing mild aliments to more serious health conditions, with a strong emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention.

Susan BeardsleySusan Preslar, MS, FNP-C,
has a state-of-the-art gynecological practice that focuses on optimizing women’s overall health and well-being with a special focus on sexual health.
Susan provides general gynecological care to females of all ages—teens to post menopause and every age in between. Whether it is menstrual cramps, PMS, hot flashes, insomnia, yeast infections, PCOS, irregular or heavy bleeding, vaginal dryness, sexual dysfunction, fatigue or other female complaints, Susan evaluates hormone balance and performs a thorough gynecological exam before prescribing contraception, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy or other prescription medications, and/or recommending supplements and lifestyle changes.
A graduate of New York Medical College/Pace University’s Nurse Practitioner Program, Susan did her FNP preceptorship at Harvard Community Health Plan Cambridge, MA in 1980. She brings a wealth of clinical experience to all her patients as well as the most up-to-date equipment and training to evaluate women who are frustrated with their lack of orgasm or arousal, low desire for sex, vaginal dryness, lack of sensation, or pain during sexual activity. She blends the best of what nutrition, fitness, and medicine have to offer, and her patients are effusive in their appreciation of recapturing their energy, optimism and sexuality.
Women are not simple, and It takes two evenings of classes to begin to say all of what there is to say about women and sexual desire, arousal and orgasm.  For a schedule of these uplifting, informative and inspiring classes, called “In the Bedroom” classes, go to Women, who were hesitant to come to the class because sex is such a private aspect of their lives, report afterwards that they are glad they took this chance

Jill Henery
Jill Henry, PA-C
, is a Duke University Medical School Physician Assistant program graduate. She holds a master of health science degree and is a certified physician assistant. She enjoys getting to know patients while providing education to assist them in achieving physical and mental health and balance. Jill favors natural approaches whenever possible to help patients reach their health goals. Her areas of interest include hormone balancing for men and women, postpartum depression, diet and weight management, as well as all facets of general primary care. Jill would be honored to help you achieve your health and wellness goals.

Debi RobbinsDebi Robbins, PA,
As a graduate of Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, Debi provides both primary and specialized care. General health care and weight management are essential to her practice, but Debi is additionally skilled in gynecological and metabolic medicine including abnormal periods, hormone imbalances, and diabetes. She is adept at testing hormone levels and using bio-identical hormones to alleviate the symptoms of PMS, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), menopause, and other hormone-related conditions. Debi is experienced in genitourinary health and treats incontinence and interstitial cystitis (chronic bladder pain).
Cosmetic laser surgery is among her specialized skills. You can trust Debi to safely eliminate unwanted hair, unsightly leg and facial spider veins, stretch marks, age spots, freckles, and varicose leg veins. 
Debi is a proactive provider who blends traditional and alternative medicine and promotes simple lifestyle changes to help her patients live healthier happier lives.

Jessica BabbitJessica Babbitt Hulcy, MSN, FNP, After spending the last 15 years in Texas, Jessica returns to the Rogue Valley to begin her career as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Jessica is a 1999 graduate of North Medford High School. After graduating, she moved to Abilene, Texas to earn her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Abilene Christian University. Jessica then spent the next 9 years as an Emergency Room Trauma Nurse. In August of 2014, Jessica then earned her Masters of Science in Nursing from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.

Jessica is excited to take her years of ER experience coupled with her education and build a practice that truly makes an impact in our community and the health and wellness of her patients! As a Family Nurse Practitioner, Jessica believes in treating the entire person and not just the disease and collaborates with her patients to achieve their healthcare goals. She offers a variety of services including primary care, women’s health, annual physicals, hormone balance, skin health, medical weight management as well as working with patients struggling with depression and anxiety. Jessica welcomes men, women and teens along with children younger than 12 if within a family she is caring for.

If you are looking for a coach to assist in disease management or are just looking for a primary care home, Jessica looks forward to serving you and those you care about!!

Dottie OliveiraDottie Oliveira, MSN, FNP began her nursing career in 1990, working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Wake Medical Center, Raleigh, NC. Throughout her career as an RN, she mainly focused on women’s and children’s health including16 years as a labor and delivery nurse. Dottie relocated with her family to Southern Oregon in 2005, completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Great Falls in Montana, and most recently completed her master’s degree in nursing at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington in 2012.

Her focus on studying to become a family nurse practitioner was chosen both to broaden her area of expertise as well as to fulfill her desire to care for patients and families across the lifespan. Combining her passion with new skill sets Dottie’s medical practice has shifted from labor and delivery to Primary Care and Pain Management. Understanding how the different stages of life transition one to the next each with its own unique health issues, Dottie works to promote wellness, and facilitates disease prevention protocols while engaging her patients as active participants in the care process. Dottie believes listening is a powerful tool. Therefore, she spends the time needed to hear your story, your concerns and thoughts. From that type of meaningful exchange Dottie believes every aspect of patient care improves.

Anna GorgesAnna Gorges, RD, LD is a Registered Dietitian and Oregon State Licensed Dietitian. She gained her Bachelor's Degree in Food & Nutrition and Zoology at Southern Illinois University. Her experience expands across multicultural diets counseling individuals across the country on Childhood Nutrition, Weight Loss, Insulin Resistance, Hormonal Abnormalities, Disease Management, and Sports Nutrition.

Anna relishes in speaking engagements to provide education on hormone balance, diet purification, functional medicine, leaky gut, and diabetes management. She has also been published in nutrition magazines. Anna has been an athlete for 20 years, starting with competitive swimming, soccer, weight lifting, cycling, and triathlons. She additionally has a passion for experimental baking, and works diligently on developing recipes for nutrition bars/supplements for athletes, pre-diabetics, and gluten sensitivities. Anna enjoys partnering with Ventana's providers to provide an excellent education experience and to help our patients reach their individualized goals.

Linda MinerLinda Miner, LMT, Lindaís passion for physical fitness started at an early age as she discovered the many physical and emotional benefits associated with this type of life style. Even though her original career path was taking her up the corporate ladder, Linda continued to retain her ties within the fitness realm, excelling as a body builder, runner, aerobics teacher, personal trainer, weight management consultant and at the age of 40 a USTA tennis player.

Today, Linda has chosen to follow her heart and jumped back into the world of nutrition and fitness full time, continuing to further her education, having added Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner, a quick and easy tapping process used to release painful emotions, to her already long list of specialties.

But even this fitness guru could not avoid what was about to happen next. At the age of 44, after the birth of her last child, Linda ended up with a significant weight problem.† Instead of getting back on track and putting her knowledge to work to lose the weight- she became completely sedentary using food as her substance of choice to calm, relax, avoid, and comfort the anxiety, fear, guilt and shame that had overwhelmed her. It took some time, but she is happy to say that food is no longer in the driverís seat. And she can do the same for you!

If youíre ready to take back control and become a healthier and happier you, let Linda become your trusted guide. Sheíll customize a plan that will best suit your lifestyle, likes and dislikes, developing a strategy for success, by addressing your personal struggles and challenges. Whether itís dumping your inner ìbaggageî or changing-up your response to stress by applying EFT, or learning how to better make healthier diet and lifestyle choices, Linda will use her vast realm of expertise to equip you with the tools and encouragement needed to once and for all reach your weight loss and wellness goals.

Michael C. AltmanMichael C. Altman, CN, RH (AHG), is a Certified Nutritionist, registered professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and Adjunct Professor, Southern Oregon University, and College of the Siskiyous.  As a Ventana medical provider, Michael’s specialties include integrative cancer care and neurology, fatigue, hormonal management, asthma, allergies, overweight, chronic pain, digestive conditions, depression, and cardiovascular health. He sees patients with a myriad of health problems who require in-depth support and guidance on specific diet and lifestyle changes.

Michael clinically assesses nutritional needs by evaluating medical history, diet, lifestyle, lab reports, physical signs and symptoms, toxin exposure, stress, and other pertinent information. Michael says, “My treatments and recommendations are always based on my client’s wants, needs and goals. Ill health can be reversed”.

Always searching for an opportunity to share his knowledge and expertise, Michael is a contributing writer for the Mail Tribune’s, Oregon Healthy Living magazine. There you’ll find articles dealing with a vast array of subject matter all geared to helping you achieve the highest level of wellness….naturally!.


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Ventana Wellness
3156 State Street
Medford, OR. 97504
(541) 773 9772
888 99V WELL
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