About Our Staff
Founder and clinic director
Kevin Misenheimer is the founder and clinical director of Northwest Vitality | State of the Art Wellness Care. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Exercise Management at Texas State University, and graduated from Parker Chiropractic College in Dallas, Texas in 2000. Kevin built and directed two successful chiropractic practices in Austin, Texas and the Texas Hill Country before moving to Portland in 2008 with his wife Crystal and their three children, Lorelei, Gretchen and Carsten. He completed Advanced Clinical Training in Nutritional Therapy in 2008, and now specializes exclusively in nutritional healing.
Northwest Vitality is the culmination of years of research and development, with the goal of combining the most powerful natural healing products and services to create an ultimate wellness program. Today, Northwest Vitality is the center for treatment of irritable bowel treatment, chronic health conditions, allergies, and weight loss Portland residents can count on for real, lasting results. Kevin not only offers an unrivaled combination of healing technologies, but also the compassionate manner of someone who’s been there. Read more about his journey from marathon runner to chronic fatigue sufferer, and how he brought himself back from the edge. Kevin is excited to join you on your journey back to optimal health- let’s get started on your success story today!
Nutritional therapy practitioner
After completing a bachelors program in exercise physiology at the University of Florida, Amber came to Portland seeking a different kind of medical community. As she was working toward applying to medical school, she began working at Northwest Vitality as a receptionist in November 2009. After seeing so many miracles coming out of this clinic, Amber changed her mind about how she wanted to help people. She took a few years to find the best program that fit her ideals about nutrition, health, and wellness. During that time, Amber continued to grow from receptionist to Office Manager, and then Director of Patient Care. Working so closely with patients with a wide variety of conditions has given Amber the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the benefits of nutritional healing for a wide range of chronic health conditions. Amber completed the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) program in October 2013. Her guiding philosophy is that a nutrient dense, whole food diet and individualized supplementation can greatly support the body, allowing for long-term healing and strength. Amber is grateful for everything she has been taught at NW Vitality, and is excited to be continuing her career alongside the other incredible practitioners at NW Vitality.
Sen earned his medical degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from the prestigious Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. During his time in China, Sen gained a wealth of knowledge in a busy clinical setting where he studied with several well known Master Herbalists and Acupuncturists. After several years of practice in China, Sen brought his considerable knowledge and experience to the Portland area. He has treated an incredible variety of patients with health conditions ranging from pain syndromes to weight loss to hormonal and digestive disorders, and everything in between. Depending on the individual patients needs, Sen can also assist with cupping, electro acupuncture, manipulation and herbal therapy.
Alison completed her Masters in Chinese Medicine at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in August of 2013. She currently TAs part-time at OCOM, as well as practicing Chinese Medicine.She strives for straightforward, honest communication, without judgment or assumption. Alison is an acupuncturist because she believes in living a healthy life, not just minimizing symptoms. She is constantly amazed at the power of Chinese medicine, both for her own health and that of her clients. Through her own health experiences she knows how much work it takes to live a balanced life. Health is a journey, and Alison welcomes you to join her and learn how Chinese medicine can work for you!
"Alison Eckhardt deserves 5 stars. She is a true healer and a very caring person with an open, generous attitude. Having been to many acupuncturists over the years, I recommend Alison as the real deal. She has helped me move in spite of arthritis and reduced the pain and fatigue I have suffered for years. In addition to acupuncture, Alison gives shiatsu massage; she is talented in both. I am so looking forward to my next appointment." Susan H.
"A week after the appointment, my pain is gone...my wrist feels strong, bound together but still flexible and I am full of energy. At our follow up, Alison did a bit more acupuncture on my wrist and some additional acupuncture and cupping on my low back and hips...I feel more open and whole than I have in years. Alison is a well-trained, studied, enthusiastic, and intuitive healer. I cannot thank her enough or recommend her services more highly. She is my acupuncturist from here on out and I will fly her flag whenever I get the chance!" Annie R.
"Desperate for relief from many months of severe muscle related back pain that massage therapy, stretches and special exercises had all failed to make a noticeable difference to, I followed my primary care physician’s advice and decided acupuncture was worth a try. I’d never had acupuncture, so it was definitely something new for me. Boy, am I glad I did. I have been seeing Alison since making that decision and the results were noticeable after the first visit. This surprised me as I had become accustomed to short lived or no improvement. I’ve experienced continued improvement since then, and on that alone I feel comfortable recommending acupuncture. But that is only half the story. Alison makes the experience much more than just a treatment. She has a wide range of knowledge that she uses to develop a treatment plan that, combined with her warm and compassionate personality, makes for a healing experience that goes beyond just acupuncture alone. I highly recommend her. Thank you, Alison!" Jeff K.