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 still holds on to her captain’s license though hasn’t found that she’s needed it in years.
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, physical therapeutics, and homeopathy, Dr. Laing tailors each visit and treatment plan to her patient’s needs and desires.
I enjoy working with all ages and kinds of people, from the brilliantly healthy seeking greater wellness, to chronically ill looking for another perspective, angle or answer.
Each body is unique in its preferences and tolerances, and I believe that no one understands an individual better than him or herself. This is why I value the time that I am able to spend with my patients, listening to their stories and trying to identify factors which contribute to their ailment. Each symptom is a piece to the puzzle of health and should be seen as a clue rather than treated out of context. I am continuously learning from my patients and their stories, my amazing colleagues, as well as current research and conferences.
I endeavor to educate and empower patients to take control of their own lives and wellness. My therapeutic approach is straightforward, beginning with the simplest solutions and building towards the more complex and aggressive. I start with lifestyle changes and nutritional adjustments to optimize functioning of the body’s own systems. Next I supplement any deficiencies, moving then to natural therapeutics and leaving surgical and pharmaceuticals interventions as a last resort. I love what I do because of the profound changes I am able to help patients realize in their own lives through education and empowerment. I see my medicine as a blend of both wisdom and knowledge with science and art. I believe that the art of healing is more than just science but rather the process of gaining an understanding of the whole person.
When I’m not in the office, I enjoy most anything outside; (playing with her dog, skiing, hiking, biking, yoga, running, climbing, wake boarding, etc), but am happy on those cold and rainy evenings exploring creative interests in ceramics, fine foods, and wearable arts.
What I strive for most of all is to see all of my patients truly thrive.
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.”
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.
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.
Lisa O'Leary, CMA
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!