The ultimate goal is to help patients find improvement in comfort and function as quickly as possible, and then to help them stay that way. Needing to get adjusted all the time to feel well is not our version of quality care. We aim to provide lasting whole-body work, teach people how to take the best care of themselves, and then be here to help maintain the balance. The more you are invested in your own care outside of the office, the less you are likely to find yourself needing treatments.
We believe that Chiropractic Care and Craniosacral Therapy can work wonders to get you back on track when feeling out of whack, usually due to a myriad of lifestyle strains and stresses. And for wee ones, it can really get them off on the right track and allow a physical and emotional unwinding from their birthing adventures.
Every single treatment here looks different from the next because each body has a unique need, and each person has their own goals and preferences. We are passionate about catering care to each comfort level, which for some means that there is no “cracking” at all, and for others there may be lots. We also are quick to make referrals to other impressive providers when we believe our care would be best complimented or replaced by another modality.
For anyone out there who has been nervous about Chiropractic, please know that every doctor practices in a totally different way, and our utmost commitment here is to your comfort and education toward lifelong wellness.
Meet Dr. Jess Barr Desbrow, DC
Dr. Jess founded Growing Care in 2007, and is gifted in working with people of all ages, starting in the first few days of life. While focused on looking at the whole picture, she listens carefully, clearly communicates with her patients, and is a pleasure to be around. Raising her own children now, her practice focus and expertise is on supporting healthy growing families.
Dr. Jess has taken advanced coursework focused on pregnancy, pediatrics, craniosacral therapy, and low force adjusting and muscle therapy techniques. She is certified in the Webster technique, intended toward optimizing fetal positioning and enabling a smooth labor and delivery. She loves seeing mothers through comfortable pregnancies, treating newborns, siblings, and making sure dad and all the caretakers are in their finest form.
Dr. Jess thrives in the outdoors and loves to mountain bike, telemark ski, rock climb and kiteboard. In the old days, she has been competitive in running, triathlons, soccer, basketball and ultimate frisbee. Previously, she worked for seven years in the field of education, as an Outward Bound instructor, a high school health teacher, learning specialist, rock climbing coach and whitewater kayaking coach. Day to day, Dr. Jess loves to ride bikes around town with her flowered basket, run up Tabor, spend lots of time romping in the gorge, and have wild dance parties with her kiddos.
Meet Dr. Nancy Bruce, DC
Dr. Nancy’s passion is treating families. From providing care during pregnancy to helping newborns and parents be healthy throughout their lives, Dr. Nancy is focused on helping patients through all stages of life.
After completing her BS in Biology at the University of Alberta, Canada, Dr. Nancy moved to Portland to further her education. She received her Doctorate of Chiropractic at the University of Western States, graduating cum laude. Dr. Nancy’s clinical interests include pediatric, pregnancy and postpartum care, and she has completed additional training in Craniosacral Technique through the Upledger Institute. She focuses on providing individualized care that meets the needs of each patient, and recognizes that chiropractic care can look very different for every patient.
In her free time Dr. Nancy loves to travel, hike and explore. She is excited to be living in the Pacific Northwest with all the natural beauty to enjoy and adventures to discover.
Meet Dr. Kate Brown, DC
Dr. Kate Brown comes from a large family of Chiropractors, and was first adjusted on the day she was born. She knows first hand the benefits of Chiropractic.
Dr. Kate graduated with the highest honors from the University of Western States chiropractic school in Portland, Oregon and is currently an adjunct professor teaching third year Chiropractic students. She holds a B.A. in music and psychology from Lewis and Clark College. She has completed over 4,500 hours of course and clinic work, and participated in hundreds of additional hours in various techniques including Graston instrument assisted soft tissue, Craniosacral therapy, and Webster technique. She interned at clinics throughout the Portland area.
Although she loves sharing chiropractic with patients of all kinds, Dr. Kate’s passion is for treating expectant and postpartum mothers, newborns, and children.
In her free time, Dr. Kate and her husband enjoy exploring beautiful Oregon, hiking, cooking, and spending time with extended family. They are expecting their first baby this summer!!!
Meet Dr. Jessica Budjac, DC
Dr. Jessica Budjac is committed to providing effective quality care for the whole body. She utilizes a variety of styles to promote a stable and functional body through all phases of healing. She believes each patient should be evaluated on an individual basis and personalizes treatment to accommodate distinct needs. Dr. Jessica strives to educate and empower each individual to take an active role in their care.
Dr. Jessica has broadened her knowledge and skill set with advanced education in techniques such as Webster, Craniosacral Therapy, Barral Visceral Manipulation, Activator, Graston Instrumented Assisted, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, and other movement-based systems. As such, Dr. Jessica has a passion for and is excited to work with patients of all ages and backgrounds – from athletes and pregnant mamas to elders and children.
Dr. Jessica received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Portland’s own University of Western States. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology – Exercise Science from the University of Minnesota. Before bringing her Midwestern roots to Portland, Dr. Jessica spent a handful of years living abroad teaching scuba diving and working as an underwater videographer. In her free time, you can find Dr. Jessica climbing rocks, practicing yoga or exploring the backwoods. She teaches Hatha/Vinyasa yoga and enjoys travel, reading and records.
Dr. Jessica is looking forward to working with you to promote an optimal level of health, wellness and functionality!
Meet Dr. Emily Watters, DC
Dr. Emily Watters has a lifelong passion for learning, having graduated cum laude with departmental honors from the University of Oregon with Bachelors of Science in Psychology and General Science, and minors in Biology and Chemistry. She then continued her education at the University of Western States, graduating summa cum laude as a chiropractic physician.
With clinical interests focusing on pediatric, pregnancy, and postpartum care, Dr. Emily has been an active steward to these populations, serving at the academic, clinical and legislative levels. She is certified in Webster Technique to help optimize pelvic alignment during pregnancy and is trained in Craniosacral Therapy. She was elected and is currently serving on the executive committee for the American Chiropractic Association’s Pediatrics Council.
Dr. Emily’s inspiration for entering into chiropractic was based on the help she received from a chiropractor during her most physically and mentally formative years. As a new mother, she also has a personal understanding of the importance physical medicine can play in helping nurture the mother-child dyad. It is from these experiences that she has devoted her future chiropractic practice toward helping aid in the optimal health and development of pediatric and perinatal patients.
In her free time Dr. Emily loves to travel abroad, sing and spend time in the outdoors with her husband, Sean and son, Oliver.
Growing Care is a member and supporter of the American Chiropractic Association, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, the Oregon Chiropractic Association and the American Chiropractic Pediatric Association