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WHO IS FRIDA?

Frida Kahlo, an early 20th century Mexican artist, is thought to have suffered from fibromyalgia. She painted a self-portrait with multiple nails piercing her body, which is a pretty accurate description of how this illness can feel. But even while dealing with fibromyalgia, she managed to take the art world by storm and live a huge life. Her life is an inspiration to our work at the Frida Center.

“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world, but then I thought there are so many people in the world. There must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you.”

ABOUT GINEVRA LIPTAN, MD

Ginevra Liptan, MD is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine and is board certified in internal medicine. She has been an associate professor at Oregon Health and Science University, her articles about fibromyalgia have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals, and she is the recipient of a Gerlinger Foundation Research Award.

Dr. Liptan has extensive clinical, personal and research experience with this illness. She has a compassionate, knowledgeable approach utilizing cutting-edge treatments, effective alternative therapies and prescription medications.

Dr. Liptan's book, Figuring Out Fibromyalgia: Current Science and the Most Effective Treatments, can be purchased at amazon.com or iBooks.

ABOUT JAMIE LIPTAN, LMT

Jamie Liptan, LMT is a massage therapist specializing in the John F. Barnes Myofascial Realease Approach (MFR). A graduate of the Oregon School of Massage, Jamie has trained with John Barnes, PT extensively and utilizes this holistic approach to bodywork to achieve long-lasting results for his clients.

Jamie believes in healthcare that addresses the patient as a whole person, not as a list of symptoms. Using the gentle approach of MFR, he helps to free restrictions causing pain and dysfunction that have often been building for years. These restrictions live in the fascia, the body's structural support system, and releasing them can have a dramatic effect on our physical and emotional wellbeing.

To learn more about MFR and fascia, please click here. And you can schedule a treatment with Jamie by clicking here.

ABOUT HILARY KUCERA

Hilary Kucera grew up in the Midwest, but ventured to Portland to attend Portland State University, where she earned an undergraduate degree in geography & environmental science. She then traveled the world before beginning graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. Eager to return to the beauty of the Northwest, she moved back to Portland in 2009 where she now happily lives, bakes, and cycles with her son, dog, and part-time chickens.

As The Frida Center’s office manager, Hilary is able to indulge in her passion for patient care and genuine human connection. "I feel fortunate to be part of a community where I gain continued fulfillment,” she says. "I truly believe in the people and practices at The Frida Center, and it's a privilege be part of a positive experience in people's lives."

ABOUT THE FRIDA CENTER

The Frida Center is a relaxing place, where we focus on getting to know the whole picture of our patients' health. Visits with our providers are calm, comfortable, and not hurried. The center is more than a medical clinic. We aim to be a resource for the treatment, research, and education of fibromyalgia. For more information or to find us, click here.