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My name is Dr. Caroline Peterson

Woman Clinic and Chiropractic Care in Portland Oregon-403I was raised in a home built on the precepts of natural medicine.
My dad, Dr. Ken Peterson, is a chiropractor/naturopath, and he treated all six of us kids for any ailment we suffered aside from broken bones. In the 1950’s all chiropractors and naturopaths were trained in obstetrics, and my dad caught all three of my older brothers who were born at home. Quite radical for those days!

Because I was raised in a setting of natural medicine, I was pretty surprised when I arrived at chiropractic college and found that most chiropractors did not practice natural family medicine. Although not the norm, I chose to continue in my father’s footsteps and become a chiropractor who practices natural family medicine. 

Since chiropractic college I have loved working with mamas and babies. I love unraveling the mystery of why people don’t feel great in their bodies. I love combining manual medicine with functional medicine (lab work, nutrition, and supplements), functional neurology (reprogramming the brain and primitive reflexes), and mind/body therapy.

The emphasis of my practice is on pre-conception through childhood. But I am happy to work with all who are ready to explore the lessons the body is teaching.

I completed chiropractic college in 1994 at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and interned for a year at Dr. Thie’s Touch for Health Clinic in Pasadena, California. I went into practice in Eastern Oregon with my dad and with my brother Dr. Kris Peterson, who is a chiropractic internist and board ready chiropractic neurologist. Later I practiced in Portland, OR and Duneden, Florida, and have been fortunate to train with some of the top chiropractic pediatricians in the country including Carol Phillips, Claudia Arnig, and Jeanne Ohm.

In 2008 I completed my midwifery training at Maternidad la Luz in El Paso, TX. And in 2012 I finished a midwifery fellowship at Alma Midwifery in Portland, Oregon.  In 2014 I retired from midwifery. I still use midwifery-derived knowledge daily and value helping women and babies come fully into their bodies and into their lives to be as powerful as they can be.

In 2008 I received my PhD in applied physical and medical anthropology, and a MPH in epidemiology from the University of South Florida, the flagship of applied anthropology programs. From there I went on to complete postdoctoral training in the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Neurology at Oregon Health & Science University as a National Institutes of Health Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow. My doctoral research focused on determining risk factors for breech presentation and discovering helpful ways to address breech presentation. My postdoctoral research compared exercise, chiropractic, and neuro-emotional technique for treating pregnancy-related low back pain.

Currently I am completing a three year specialty in functional neurology through the International Association for Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation, a two year training on pediatric special needs through MedMaps (formerly DAN), and a two year mentored specialty training with Dr. Monika Buerger in Metabolism, Methylation, Mitochondrial and other fertility and neurodevelopmental difficulties.

  • Peterson, Caroline; Haas, Mitch; Gregory, Thomas. A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing the Efficacy of Exercise, Spinal Manipulation, and Neuroemotional Technique for the Treatment of Pregnancy-Related Low Back Pain. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2012 20:18
  • Peterson, Caroline A Case Study of Chiropractic Management of Pregnancy-Related Heartburn with Postulated Fetal Epigenome Implications. EXPLORE: The journal of science and healing. 2012 8(5):304-8
  • Peterson, Kristopher; Peterson, Caroline A case series evaluating the accuracy of manual muscle testing for predicting fetal sex. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 2012 11:1-6
  • Peterson, Caroline Is Maternal Personality and Copy Style Related to Breech Presentation? Evaluating the Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic models of risk factors for breech presentation. Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology and Health 2011. 25(3):133-158
  • Peterson, Caroline; Haas, Mitch; Gregory, Thomas. A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing the Efficacy of Exercise, Spinal Manipulation, and Neuroemotional Technique for the Treatment of Pregnancy-Related Low Back Pain. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2012 20:18
  • Peterson, Caroline A Case Study of Chiropractic Management of Pregnancy-Related Heartburn with Postulated Fetal Epigenome Implications. EXPLORE: The journal of science and healing. 2012 8(5):304-8
  • Peterson, Kristopher; Peterson, Caroline A case series evaluating the accuracy of manual muscle testing for predicting fetal sex. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 2012 11:1-6
  • Peterson, Caroline Is Maternal Personality and Copy Style Related to Breech Presentation? Evaluating the Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic models of risk factors for breech presentation. Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology and Health 2011. 25(3):133-158
  • Peterson, Caroline; Rdesinski, Rebecca; Biagioli, Frances; Chappelle, Kathy; Elliot, Diane. Medical Students’ Perceptions of a Behavioral and Social Science Curriculum. Mental Health in Family Medicine 2011 8:215-26
  • Peterson, Caroline, Are race and ethnicity risk factors for breech presentation? The Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing 2010. 39:277-291
  • Peterson, Caroline, Midwifery and the crowning of healthcare reform. The Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 2010. 55(1):5-8.
  • Peterson, Caroline, Baer, Roberta D., Clark Lauren, Folk Illnesses. In Handbook of Immigrant Health, ed. Sara Love. Pp. 183-202. Plenum Press, NY 1998
  • Peterson, Caroline Oral Presentation January 2015 Portland, OR
    National College of Naturopathic Medicine Neurology Symposium
    “Neuroplasticity in the Fourth Trimester: How Biology and Culture Influence Your Baby’s Bushy Brain”
  • Peterson, Caroline Oral Presentation March 2014 Miami, FL
    Miami Chiropractic Conference
    Prevention of Medical Errors during Pregnancy, Infancy, and the Postpartum
  • Peterson, Caroline; Peterson, Kris Oral Presentation. April 2013 Captiva, FL
    Neuro Emotional Technique Success Conference
    “Hypothesized Neurological Pathways & Epigenetic Implications of Neuro Emotional Technique.”
  • Peterson, Caroline; Peterson, Kris Oral Presentation. October 2012 San Diego, CA
    Neuro Emotional Technique Success Conference
    “Hypothesized Neurological Pathways & Epigenetic Implications of Neuro Emotional Technique.”
  • Peterson, Caroline, Haas, Mitch; Gregory, Tom. Oral Presentation October 2012, Half Moon Bay, CA<
    Neural Emotional Technique Gathering of Eagles Conference
    “A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating Three Treatments for Pregnancy-Related Low Back Pain: Exercise, Spinal Manipulation, & Neuro Emotional Technique.”
  • Peterson, Caroline, Haas, Mitch; Gregory, Tom Oral Presentation, June 2012, Long Beach, CA
    Association for Certified Nurse Midwives
    “Conservative Management of Pregnancy-Related Low Back Pain: a pilot RCT.”
  • Peterson, Caroline Oral Presentation March 2014 Miami, FL
    Miami Chiropractic Conference
    Prevention of Medical Errors during Pregnancy, Infancy, and the Postpartum
  • Peterson, Caroline; Peterson, Kris Oral Presentation. April 2013 Captiva, FL
    Neuro Emotional Technique Success Conference
    “Hypothesized Neurological Pathways & Epigenetic Implications of Neuro Emotional Technique.”
  • Peterson, Caroline; Peterson, Kris Oral Presentation. October 2012 San Diego, CA
    Neuro Emotional Technique Success Conference
    “Hypothesized Neurological Pathways & Epigenetic Implications of Neuro Emotional Technique.”
  • Peterson, Caroline, Haas, Mitch; Gregory, Tom. Oral Presentation October 2012, Half Moon Bay, CA
    Neural Emotional Technique Gathering of Eagles Conference
    “A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating Three Treatments for Pregnancy-Related Low Back Pain: Exercise, Spinal Manipulation, & Neuro Emotional Technique.”
  • Peterson, Caroline, Haas, Mitch; Gregory, Tom Oral Presentation, June 2012, Long Beach, CA
    Association for Certified Nurse Midwives
    “Conservative Management of Pregnancy-Related Low Back Pain: a pilot RCT.”
  • Peterson, Caroline, Oral Presentation, November 2011, Montreal Canada
    American Anthropological Association
    “The Midwife, the Obstetrician, and the Shaman: Beyond Odent. Midwife as Shaman and Provisioning during Labor.”
  • Peterson, Caroline Oral Presentation. November 2011, San Francisco California
    Association for Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology and Health
    “Breech Presentation as an Expression of Maternal-Fetal Attachment: A case-controlled retrospective study and a case series of breech presentation treated with Neuro Emotional Technique.”
  • Peterson, Caroline; Talmage, Dorrie, Adams, Al. Oral Presentation. October 2011, Portland, OR
    Association for Behavioral Science and Medical Education
    “Measuring Student Development of a Schemata for Patient Care Over the Course of the Curriculum.”
  • Peterson, Caroline; Rdesinski, Rebecca; Biagioli, Frances; Chappelle, Kathy; Elliot, Diane. Poster
    Presentation. October 2011, Portland, OR Association for Behavioral Science and Medical Education
    “Medical Students’ Perceptions of a Social and Behavioral Science Curriculum.”
  • Peterson, Caroline; Haas, Mitch; Gregory, Tom. Oral Presentation. April 2011, Portland Oregon
    Symposium for Portland Area Research on Complementary & Alternative Medicine
    “Comparing Chiropractic Care with Exercise for the Treatment of Pregnancy-Related Low Back Pain: A pilot randomized controlled trial”
  • Peterson, Caroline; Haas, Mitch; Gregory, Tom. Oral Presentation. November 2010, Denver, CO
    American Public Health Association
    “Preliminary Results from a Pilot RCT Evaluating CAM Intervention for Pregnancy-Related Low Back Pain”
  • Peterson, Caroline Poster Presentation. September 2010, Las Vegas, NV
    Awarded 1st Place for Research Poster. $250 Johnson & Johnson award Association of Women’s Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
    “Risk factors for breech presentation: Eastern and Western paradigms compared and contrasted”
  • Peterson, Caroline Invited Roundtable Discussion Organizer and Discussant. December 2009, Philadelphia, PA
    American Anthropological Association
    “Culturally Sensitive Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Methodology”
  • Peterson, Caroline Panel Chair & Panalist. October 2009, Toronto, Canada
    Association of Maternal Research
    “When Does Mothering Begin? The Maternal/Fetal Relationship in the Intra-uterine Environment.”
  • Peterson, Caroline Oral Presentation. September 2009
    Grand Rounds for National College of Natural Medicine
    “Breech Presentation: Risk Factors, Models, and Management”
  • Peterson, Caroline Panel Chair, Discussant, and Panalist. March 2009, Santa Fe, NM
    Society for Applied Anthropology
    “Where Do Babies Come From? Direct-Entry Midwifery vs. ACOG and the AMA.”
  • Peterson, Caroline Oral Presentation. March 2008, Memphis TN
    Society for Applied Anthropology
    “Bridges and Birthing on the Border”
  • Peterson, Caroline Oral Presentation. March 2007, Tampa FL
    Society for Applied Anthropology
    “ACOG and Breech Presentation: The Impasse between Love and Policy”
  • Peterson, Caroline Oral Presentation. October 2005
    Anthropology Colloquium, University of South Florida
    “Fieldwork Experience for Dissertation”
  • Peterson, Caroline Oral Presentation. September 2005
    Epidemiology Seminar Series, University of South Florida
    “Preliminary Secondary Data Results for the Breech Baby Study”
  • Peterson, Caroline Oral Presentation. December 2005, Washington DC
    American Anthropological Association
    “Breech Presentation as an Accommodation to Socio-Cultural Allostatic Load”
  • Peterson, Caroline Oral Presentation. November 2005, Philadelphia, PA
    American Public Health Association
    “Socio-Cultural Risk Factors for Breech Presentation”
  • Peterson, Caroline Oral Presentation. April 2005, Santa Fe, NM
    Society for Applied Anthropology
    “Breech Presentation, Allostatic Load, and the Environment”
  • Peterson, Caroline Poster Presentation. February 2004, Tampa, Florida, University of South Florida
    Health Sciences Center Research Day Poster “An Inquiry into the Risk Factors For Breech Presentation.”
  • Peterson, Caroline Oral Presentation. April 1998, San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Society for Applied Anthropology
    “Recognizing Flow in the Workplace: An Evaluation of Technical Workers’ Satisfaction on the Job Using the Experiential Sampling Method”
  • Peterson, Caroline, Levine, Cheryl, Panel Co-Organizer and panelist, April 1998, San Juan, Puerto Rico,
    Society for Applied Anthropology
    “An Analysis of PhD Applied Anthropology Programs: Do they hit the mark?”
  • Peterson, Caroline Oral Presentation. March 1997, Seattle, WA,
    Society for Applied Anthropology
    “Toward Fulfillment of the Declaration of Alma Ata: Suggestions for Developing the Role of Nicaraguan Sobadores in Health Care”
  • Peterson, Caroline, Adams, Al. Oral Presentation. March 1995, Albuquerque, NM
    Society for Applied Anthropology
    “Enabling a Culturally Aware Curriculum”
  • Peterson, Caroline Oral Presentation. December 1994, Habana, Cuba
    Symposium of Physical Anthropology “Luis Montane”
    “Bushmedicine and Superstition on St. Eustatius, NA”
  • Peterson, Caroline Oral Presentation. February 1994, Tampa, FL
    Symposium of Indigenous Knowledge and Contemporary Social Issues
    “Sobadores as Integral Health Care Providers in Nicaragua”
  • Peterson, Caroline; Platt, Kitty and Forrester,Sepi. Poster Presentation. June 1993, Monterey, CA,
    Chiropractic Consortium on Research
    “An Assessment of the Levels of Caffeine [Consumption] in a Chiropractic Student Population”