Dear Patients,

Thank you for your support of Rising Phoenix Integrative Medicine Center and its clinicians over the last 5+ years. We have enjoyed serving you in this beautiful location, as well as working with each other professionally in creative ways to benefit your care.

Unfortunately, our lease is up at the end of April, and we have decided it is easier to find separate spaces for our respective practices. You will find our new office locations and contact information noted on our individual clinician pages and the Contact Us page. Our Rising Phoenix website ( will remain up for a short while longer.

We look forward to continuing our care for you in our new locations and collaboratively with Rising Phoenix Medicine associates when needed for your care.

Wishing you the best in health and in life!
– Rising Phoenix Medicine Clinicians and Staff

Rising Phoenix Staff Practice What We Preach

Rising Phoenix AcupunctureWhat do we at Rising Phoenix do for fun & good health?  Practice what we preach of course.

We get support from our team.

Check out Ingrid Foster & Keyaira Terry getting a little acupuncture.


Rosen Method Bodywork as a Treatment for Fibromyalgia

Melissa Congdon’s, MD’s Commentary –

Melissa Congdon, MDLittle did I know how profound a Rosen Method Bodywork Session with Theresa Garcia would be–after all it just felt like a very gentle massage session. But in the hours following I felt exactly like I do after an acupuncture session–like my body (and mind) were being reorganized. I felt tired and spacey in the hours after the session, but the next day I felt so wonderful. I was relaxed, my mind was clear, my muscles were less tense, and I had great energy. So what had happened during my Rosen session?  Read more…

Rosen Method Bodywork as a Treatment for Fibromyalgia
Published: November 9, 2015 by Dr. Melissa Congdon on her website.

Video Available – Dr. Melissa Congdon at the Hawaii Fibromyalgia Summit

Melissa Congdon’s, MD’s Commentary –

Melissa Congdon, MDFibromyalgia is a common disorder misunderstood by many in the medical community. Speaking at the Hawaii Fibromyalgia Summit allowed me to summarize what I have learned about fibromyalgia as a fellow sufferer and a doctor who has treated hundreds with the syndrome. There are many studies indicating that people with fibromyalgia have unique biochemical profiles, and many helpful treatments available. My goal is to help people with fibromyalgia understand more about the syndrome, and show them the many options in the healthy “tool box” for decreasing symptoms and returning to good health.

Video Available – Dr. Melissa Congdon at the Hawaii Fibromyalgia Summit

Hawaii Fibromyalgia SummitOn June 20, 2015 hundreds gathered on Oahu to learn more about fibromyalgia and how the guaifenesin protocol can help reverse their symptoms and return them to good health.

Fibromyalgia sufferers Dr. Melissa Congdon and Kyle Bischoff appeared on KITV news to promote the Summit. Watch a replay of the broadcast.

Olelo community broadcasting has session replays available for viewing.

Part 1 includes:

  • Dr. Congdon’s personal fibromyalgia story
  • Facts about fibromyalgia
  • Dr St. Amand:
    • how fibromyalgia can be accurately diagnosed by physical exam (nodules NOT tender points)
    • his phosphate theory and the guaifenesin protocol
  • The evidence that fibromyalgia is a real syndrome
  • Pediatric fibromyalgia
  • How Dr. Congdon knows guaifenesin works
  • Why it is so important to treat carbohydrate intolerance
  • Helpful tips on how to make good progress on the guaifenesin protocol

Part 2 includes:

  • Fibrorap
  • Dr. Congdon’s question and answer session
  • Personal testimonials of recovery on the guaifenesin protocol
  • TV clip of Annette Kam discussing her dramatic recovery (There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but until there is a cure—there is guaifenesin)

Thank you so much to Annette Kam and all the members of iFoG for making the Fibromyalgia Summit possible!

Meet the Mind: A Professor Explains the Mind-Body Connection

Theresa Garcia’s Commentary —

Theresa Y GarciaI attended a talk at the Osher Center in October of 2012 where the speaker talked about her research about how we frame things in our minds impacts our behavior.  Rosen Method helps people reframe their experience by helping them to allow space for their experience and recognizing/remembering that they are not their experience.  From the invitation to that talk: “Wendy Berry Mendes is the Sarlo/Ekman Associate Professor of Emotion at UC San Francisco.  She obtained a Ph.D. in social psychology from UC Santa Barbara in 2003 and then completed a post-doctoral training program in psychology and medicine at UC San Francisco.  In 2004 she became an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard University and was promoted to associate professor in 2008.  She accepted her current position at UCSF in 2010.  Her research questions sit at the intersection of social, personality, and biological psychology and primarily concern questions regarding embodiment – how emotions, thoughts, and intentions are experienced in the body and how bodily responses shape and influence thoughts, behavior and emotions.  Some current research areas include coping with stigma and discrimination, dyadic intergroup interactions, affect contagion, mind-body relations across the life course, influence of emotional labeling on emotional experience, and effects of stress on decision-making.  Professor Medes won the Gordon Allport prize in 2008 for the best paper on intergroup relations, the Sage Young Scholar Award for early career contributions in social psychology in 2009, the Janet Spence Award for early career transformative contributions in psychological science in 2011, and for five consecutive years (2006 – 2010) she was named one of Harvard undergraduates “Favorite Professors.”

Meet the Mind: A Professor Explains the Mind-Body Connection:  How Dr. Wendy Mendes’ Dance Injury Inspired A Career in Psychology
Published on March 13, 2012 by Jessica Gross in

balletAt 21, Wendy Berry Mendes was coming down from a ballet jump, slipped on a wet spot on the floor and fell, tearing the ligaments in her right foot.

It was a career-ending injury. Until then, Mendes had ascended steadily up the ladder of professional ballet. She started taking classes at six years old and went on to perform professionally, first in a Los Angeles company and then with the Pennsylvania Ballet Company, where it all ended.

Ballet, like any intense sport, is grueling. “You have to be so strong in terms of your mental state. There is an awareness of your body but there is also lots of suppression—you may be in great pain, but you dance through it,” Mendes said. “There’s somewhere you have to get mentally where you keep going when your body simply does not want to go anymore.”

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Brain Clears Toxins During Sleep

Christine Green, MD’s Commentary –
Christine Green, MD
Sleep is mandatory.  We work on achieving restful sleep for all patients.  During stage 4 sleep your immune system kicks into high gear, you make hormones second.  This article shows how we clear toxins: sleep like a baby.


Brain Clears Toxins During Sleep
By Pauline Anderson
Posted on November 8, 2013 by Medscape

Scientists have long wondered why sleep is restorative and why lack of sleep impairs brain function.

Now, new animal research suggests how the sleep state may help clear the body of potentially toxic central nervous system (CNS) metabolites.

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The related research was published on October 18, 2013 in Science.

We Need to Make Better Lyme Disease Tests Available

Christine Green, MD’s Commentary –
Christine Green, MD
A colleague, Dr. Nevena Zubcevik, recently sent me an email that commented on Lyme Disease testing.  I’ve included her email in lieu of my commentary.  The Wall Street Journal article on the same topic appears below.

The email:

There are 37 known species of bacteria that cause Lyme disease, but the current Lyme 2 tier test inadequately tests even for the one spirochete it is designed for—Borrelia burgdorferi. Because of this inadequacy, we are missing many Borreliosis infections, and our patients are subjected to immeasurable suffering because they aren’t receiving timely antimicrobial therapy. Research shows that such patients might go on to receive faulty diagnoses of psychosomatic, psychiatric or neuromuscular illnesses instead of prescriptions for antibiotics that would cure their causative infections.

A paper co-authored by Barbara Johnson, an expert with the CDC Lyme Program, reveals the current two-tier method is positive in only 31% of those with erythema migrans (the bull’s eye rash associated with Lyme disease) and in only 63% of those with acute neuroborreliosis or carditis due to burgdorferi Lyme Disease. This means that out of 100 patients who have Lyme disease, we might misdiagnose 69 of them, leaving their infections untreated.

Recent research out of John’s Hopkins University suggests we likely aren’t using the correct antibiotics. The drugs we are using might be contributing to persistent bacteria and may not be fully clearing infections.

Given the current urgent state of affairs, we should be racing to find better testing strategies that will identify all of the Borrelia species and associated co-infections, and to find better antibiotic regimens that will cure our patients. We need to find these infections early–before life-altering manifestations of cranial nerve palsy, meningitis, myocarditis, arthritis, permanent disability and death.

Nevena Zubcevik D.O.
Resident physician and tick-borne illness advisory board member
Harvard Medical School


WSJWe Need to Make Better Lyme Disease Tests Available

Letter Published in The Wall Street Journal

Regarding Dr. Paul Mead’s letter about the CDC Lyme test (Letters, Sept. 5), our family is familiar with tick-borne diseases. Our son was diagnosed with Lyme disease and babesiosis. The CDC test was negative for Lyme disease. The IGeneX, Inc. test clearly showed that he had Lyme. My son’s life has been changed due to the availability of testing choices. Our son is now fine. We benefited from scientists and innovators…

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The Trauma of Being Alive

Theresa Garcia’s Commentary —

Theresa Y Garcia


“Trauma is an ineradicable aspect of life. We are human as a result of it, not in spite of it.” Epstein


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Published on August 3, 2013 by Mark Epstein in The New York Times

TRAUMA-articleInlineTALKING with my 88-year-old mother, four and a half years after my father died from a brain tumor, I was surprised to hear her questioning herself. “You’d think I would be over it by now,” she said, speaking of the pain of losing my father, her husband of almost 60 years. “It’s been more than four years, and I’m still upset.”

I’m not sure if I became a psychiatrist because my mother liked to talk to me in this way when I was young or if she talks to me this way now because I became a psychiatrist, but I was pleased to have this conversation with her. Grief needs to be talked about. When it is held too privately it tends to eat away at its own support.

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Kara’s Cure: Fighting Lyme Disease

Christine Green, MD’s Commentary –
Christine Green, MD
This is a brief segment of a colleague in Connecticut, Dr. Tom Moorcroft-D.O., being interviewed by the local news.  His comments are spot on about Lyme and tickborne disease. I hope it is helpful!


Kara’s Cure: Fighting Lyme Disease
By Andrea Almeida
Posted on September 22, 2014 and updated on September 29, 2014  by EyeWitness News 3

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Slow Movement with Awareness: Better than Exercise?

Theresa Garcia’s Commentary —

Theresa Y Garcia

Alan Fogel is a fellow Rosen Method bodywork practitioner and teacher.  He is also a professor of psychology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
Slow Movement with Awareness: Better than Exercise?
How you move is as important as how much you move
Published on July 6, 2010 by Alan Fogel in Body Sense

girl in fieldCardiovascular exercise is now known to be essential for health and well-being. If exercise is your only form of movement, however, it is not a very balanced diet. There is mounting evidence that slow movement, with body sense awareness, has astounding health benefits by itself and in combination with regular exercise routines.

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