Dr. Abby Laing, ND
Born and raised in Homer Alaska, Dr. Laing grew up commercial fishing and driving boats around South Central Alaska. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and earned her doctorate from National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She has done and loved many things in life and continues to love what she does today.
Dr. Laing is a primary care naturopathic physician with specialized focus on women’s health, pediatrics, gastrointestinal distress, athletics and nutritional counseling. She focuses on intersystem dependency, prevention, and lifestyle optimization for both acute and chronic conditions. Working with infants on up, she enjoys getting to know the whole family, setting the stage for healthier living.
Dedicated to restoring health and maximizing overall wellbeing, Dr. Laing works to empower both her patients and community through education and relationship building with patients and practitioners of all disciplines. Her holistic and integrative approach to medicine focuses on addressing the root causes of illness rather than the symptoms alone.
Utilizing conventional diagnostic tests and procedures, preventative and botanical medicines, lifestyle modification, nutritional prescription, and physical therapeutics, Dr. Laing tailors each visit and treatment plan to her patient’s needs and desires. Blending both wisdom and knowledge with science and art she is able to help educate and empower patients to take control of their own lives and wellness. Her approach is straightforward, beginning with the simplest solutions and building towards the more complex and aggressive.
When not in the office she enjoys making pottery, good food and clothes or doing just about anything outside with her dog Kirby that the season will allow.
Dr. Cameron O'Connell, ND
Dr. Cameron O’Connell is a Naturopathic primary care doctor with interests in longevity, endocrinology and sexual health. Dr. O’Connell hails from Alaska and spent much of her childhood improving her micro biome by playing in the forest and foraging for snacks among the edible flora. Having had variable life experiences – from working at a ski resort in Montana to acting as the Assistant Medical Director for the Engine2 Immersion Programs in 2016 - she loves meeting and helping people with a variety of backgrounds and concerns.
Dr. O'Connell graduated with a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine in 2015 and completed her subsequent residency with TrueNorth Health Center. Her time at TrueNorth allowed her to mentor with Dr. Peter Sultana, M.D.; Dr. Michael Klaper, M.D.; Anthony Lim, M.D.; Dr. Alan Goldhamer, D.C. and Dr. Csilla Veress, N.D. She is certified in water-fasting through the International Association of Hygienic Physicians. She is currently serving as the Assistant Medical Director at the Engine2 Immersion Experiences. Herundergraduate degree is a B.A. obtained from George Fox University in Writing/Literature with a Biology Minor. Dr. O’Connell is confident that these two degrees sum her up well as an individual.
One of Dr. O’Connell’s objectives is to meet the patient where they are at and help them to further their own health goals. She believes that the patient is an active partner in determining future wellness and it is Dr. O’Connell’s job to help them cultivate and create both patient- driven preventative medicine and client-motivated treatment for chronic conditions. She believes that a quote from William Osler, M.D. underlines her clinical approach: “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.”
Chris Shelden, Certified Rolfer
Chris Shelden is a certified Rolfer educated at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, in Boulder, Colorado. He has worked with a variety of clients with conditions ranging from chronic pain and post trauma recovery, to relief from daily aches and pains, or the desire to improve athletic performance.
Chris is fascinated with the ability of the human body to adapt to and compensate for injuries, traumas, and the conditions of modern life. He has a passion for helping people to overcome personal challenges and improve their daily lives through improved performance of their bodies.
Chris has lived in Alaska since 1993. He has lived and worked in the remote bush and in Anchorage. Chris love travel and playing in the Alaskan outdoors.
Sharon Flowers, LMT
Sharon Flowers has practiced Therapeutic Swedish Massage in the Anchorage area for over 17 years.
She combines focused, deep-tissue work with the art of resonant relaxation. She offers an experience that is profoundly rejuvenating and revitalizing while nurturing an environment of trust and deep peace.
Sharon continues to work on a variety people including athletes, pregnant/postpartum women, teenagers, elderly, and the terminally ill.
Sharon studied therapeutic massage at the University of Alaska and is a graduate of the Bellevue Massage School in Seattle.
Nikki left the life of project management after a career of teaching in California to join the team at Thrive as office manager extraordinaire. When she is not in the clinic making sure that the phone gets answered, doctors are doing what they are supposed to be doing and Thrive is running smoothly; she might be spotted teaching pilates at Studio One, climbing at the gym or doing a number of different adventures outside in the mountains with her dog Hodie.
Lisa O'Leary, CMA - Clinical Office Manager
Lisa has lived in Alaska for 35 years, and worked in the medical field since 1992. She is passionate about integrative care, and making sure the patient is in possession of the tools necessary to maintain wellness. A retired medical assistant, Lisa likes to stay linked in to the medical community and loves the opportunity that Thrive provides to do just that!