I am Dr. Marilyn Walkey, MD, MSOM (Master of Science in Oriental Medicine). I have been in medical practice for many decades. This is important because I’ve seen the healthcare system in the United States collapse with unuseful laboratory evaluation, over-trained specialists without imagination, interest in human health or well-being, and stuck in a health insurance morass of paperwork and billing which suffocates them. I know because I used to be one of them.
In 2003, I quit the rat race and went back to the drawing board. I reorganized my life, getting out of an abusive marriage to an alcoholic, and moved from conservative, rural Oregon where I was unwelcome as an opponent of Bush’s war in Iraq. I landed at the National University of Natural Medicine here in Portland. That was where I regained my belief in a sane healthcare system. I discovered Natural Medicine where pharmaceuticals are shunned, and evaluation of human physiology depends on more than “the same old blood work” done annually, year after year after year.
It has been a long, arduous journey, but one I don’t regret, since overcoming adversity is one of my strongest gifts, and best teachers.
My practice is structured to accommodate clients with limited financial resources. Functional Medicine testing is unavoidably expensive ($380-$600).
I offer a flexible program where patients can either pay a fixed fee ($499) for my Functional Medicine assessment. Alternatively, you can choose a personalized treatment plan for 6 months using biochemical & genetic information to formulate your optimum recovery plan. In this case, assessment is free, you pay only for your supplements, which are of the highest quality available only to Functional Medicine doctors.
I believe that Functional Medicine is the medicine of the future. I am now healing clients from chronic illnesses where conventional medicine offers only suppressive pharmaceuticals. For this reason, I believe that Functional Medicine will eventually be the “Family Medicine” of the future.