Welcome to the Thrive team!
We believe that each member is vital, working together to provide the best possible care to our patients and our community.
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 the founder of Thrive Integrative Medicine and a primary care naturopathic physician with specialized focus in gastrointestinal issues, women’s health, and pediatrics. 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.
Amerissis Feliz, LMT
Amerissis has been practicing therapeutic and deep tissue massage for over 20 years.
She specializes in CranioSacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation and has received advanced training through both the Upledger and Barral Institutes.
Amerissis is fascinated with the body’s ability to heal and continues her studies in order to stay current with new discoveries and understanding of the human potential.
She finds it most rewarding to assist change and well-being and enjoys working with a great variety of clients; from infants to the elderly and traumatic injuries to chronic diseases.
She received her certification from the University of Alaska and continues to appreciate all the beauty and recreational opportunities Alaska has to offer.
Heather Whip, LAc
Heather was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She earned a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Traditional Chinese Medical College of Hawaii in 2005. For the next two years Heather traveled abroad while treating patients from all over the world as an acupuncturist on a cruise ship. This allowed her to quickly gain experience treating many different people and conditions from all walks of life, from the very young to the elderly.
Heather is trained in Acupuncture, Herbology, Tui-na, Nutritional Therapy, and Qi Gong. Her specialties include: treatment and management of acute and chronic pain, stress reduction, anxiety, PTSD, smoking cessation, weight management, digestive disorders, allergies, insomnia, migraines, women’s health, and a needle-free therapy for children called Shonishin. Heather is well known for her gentle hands and warm bedside manner.
As a native to Alaska and lifelong commercial fisherman, Heather understands the demanding lifestyle of Alaskans. Her treatments aim to return the body to a state of harmony and balance.
Lisa O'Leary, CMA - 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!
Meghan Terhune- Medical receptionist
Meghan Terhune was raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, and recently made the move to Anchorage. She has a bachelor’s degree in Biology with an emphasis on Human Biology and minors in both Psychology and American Sign Language. She hopes to continue her education in the healthcare field in the years to come. She has worked as both a Medical Receptionist and a Patient Technician over the last five years in a variety of clinics, and is very passionate about healthcare. She believes very strongly in integrative medicine, and looks forward to working with multiple types of providers to help patients achieve their goals and healthiest life. In her spare time she enjoys weightlifting, pottery, and being in the outdoors with her husband Pat, and their two dogs Clyde and Juniper.