About Me

IMG_2720This is Helen at the Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary in Scio, Oregon.         Photo by Beth Lily Redwood

I am board-certified family medicine physician who looks for and addresses cause rather than merely treating symptoms. We look at what and how you are doing with your Forks, Feet, Fingers, Sleep, Stress & Love – Your 6 Life-Extending Habits. 

The Standard American Diet (SAD) subsisting of 60% processed foods, 30% animal products and a mere 10% vegetables, fruits and whole grains will eventually create chronic disease. It is in fact the number one cause of disease in the USA, yes the food we eat, feed to our children.

With a Lifestyle Medicine approach, we ask and support our patients to increase the good in their life. To increase the essential foods that help the body to heal: Plants! I emphasize a nutrient dense, low fat, oil free, whole food plant-based diet. This is the foundation towards healing. Without this we will always be playing damage control and simply creating and  ‘managing’ chronic disease. I didn’t go into medicine to just manage disease. Our goal is to prevent and reverse.

Applying the principles of Functional Medicine we can help you intervene through dietary modification with intestinal support supplementation to help address triggers and potential causes of autoimmune and rheumatologic conditions. This can require an initial strict adherence to the dietary plan. If you are interested in reading more on this approach my colleague, Michael Klaper, MD has an excellent summary article with links to the Paddison Program which we whole heartedly endorse.

As a traditional osteopathic physician board certified in Osteopathic Manual Medicine, I also use my hands when indicated to address the neuromusculoskeletal system. This system makes up 70% of our body and if not moving appropriately can have a profoundly negative impact on our well being.

There are many paths to healing as there are many causes of imbalance and disease processes. It can be an extraordinarily difficult yet extraordinary and beautiful journey figuring this all out and implementing a treatment plan. I know we need community, we need listeners. We need connection, inward to our deepest self, to our planet and to each other. We recognize the often causal role that previous trauma can play in our personal and communal health. To the best of our ability we look to help our patients in their healing journey through the assistance of at times medication but also meditation! We need to help you get back into your body, be whole, find a place of balance to do the work necessary.  We offer behavioral support through a licensed counselor. We off free lifestyle change implementation community classes, free meditation classes and starting in July 2019 free yoga classes and connection assistance with qualified mental health professionals.

We would be honored to partner with you on your journey towards optimal health. We encourage you to visualize what your optimal health would look and feel like. We encourage you to journal, to start thinking about what may be the cause, what are your constant barriers to health promoting choices.  We honor you and respect that you are the expert of your own body and life. We welcome you where it feels practical and safe to make simple daily choices that reconnect you to earth. That bring you closer to your divine birthright of full embodiment, to be fully human. Perhaps a few minutes a day observing your breath, a few moments barefoot on untreated grass or soil. A short walk where you practice observing nature and the sensations in your body. When thoughts or emotions arise, where do you feel them in your body.  Endeavor to get out of ‘the control tower’ of the mind into your body. Can you remember back to a time where you felt whole and alive? What was different for you then. Remember the feeling. Be in your body in everything you do. Practice the power of presence. Observe. Breathe. Consider reading the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, Eat to live by Joel Fuhrman, MD. Watch the documentary films Forks Over Knives and Crazywise.

“An old abba was asked what was necessary to do to be saved. He was sitting making rope. Without glancing up, he said, “You’re looking at it.” Just as so many of the mystics have taught us, doing what you’re doing with presence and intention is prayer. As other spiritual teachers have taught in many forms, “When we walk, we walk; when we chop wood, we chop wood; when we sleep, we sleep.” As you know, this is much harder than it first seems.” — Richard Rohr, OFM

Patient testimonials:

“My personal experience with OMT is that it has relieved pain and discomfort from decades-old injuries and helped me reach levels of activity I had thought were “past” for me. I routinely walk 8-12 miles, can hike like I did when I was a teenager, and have regained amazing flexibility (in way more than the physical sense… 🙂 ). Thank you Dr. Kyle, for providing a level of care that goes so far beyond “healthcare” that it can much more accurately be called “life care”—and for extending that care to all life. As I said in my letter:  “My doctor is not only an excellent, intuitive physician; he is a very important teacher, mentor, and friend.” – N.

I think he is the best doctor I have ever known. He actually cares about making people healthy, from the inside out. He is the only doctor I have ever met who actually knows that diet is the key to a healthy life. We all have to start making healthier choices in our lives, and he is a great role model. He is always kind, and goes way out of his way to help me be healthier. He is the best!” – KW

“I have lived lots of different places, so I have had lots of different Doctors. Dr Homertgen is the best. I trust him, to take good care of me. He really listens and figures things out.” – FD

“Dr. Homertgen is awesome. He spends time with his patients and really seems to be about their overall health. His staff was wonderful and I am so grateful to have found their clinic.” – CM

If you are in the area, you can find me at the Monroe Health Center, a part of Community Health Centers of Benton and Linn Counties (541) 766-6000 · 610 Dragon Dr, Monroe, OR 97456

I work at this clinic because they do not turn anyone away. They take all insurance. If you work and do not have insurance they will charge on a sliding scale. If you are unemployed and without insurance, there is no cost to you. I think that is pretty cool.

If you are not in the area, I hope you can find the website resources useful and welcome you to take the journey towards your optimal health with a whole food plant-based diet as your foundation.

You can find me on Facebook (search Dr. Kyle Homertgen)  as well where I often share articles, recipes etc.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine by thy food.” — Hippocrates

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” — Rumi