“It is my mission to make health accessible and sustainable for families living in N/NE Portland. It is my dream to provide primary care to families in the city I grew up in, in my neighborhood, for the duration of my career. It’s about quality of life. I love walking to work and look forward to practicing here until I am an old woman.”
Shelda R. Holmes, FNP
Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Medical Director
“Be what you want to see in the world.”
Shelda Holmes established Hands On Medicine in 2006. After working many years within several different clinics in Portland she became fed-up with 6-minute office visits and 28-patient days. Recognizing she couldn’t hold her breath waiting for a nationalized health care system, Shelda decided to create a different kind of clinic. Hands On Medicine was established to provide high quality care with the patient-clinician interaction at the heart of the practice.
Shelda believes a person’s relationship with their family and community affects one’s health. She feels the clinic experience should empower patients and providers alike with the expectation of personal accountability and autonomy while balancing our responsibilities to one another.
Over a decade later, she is still creating a healing space in the neighborhood. However, she has taken a step back from direct patient care to work as the Medical Director. In this role she continues to see high acuity patients but spends more time managing the business, advising the fabulous Hands On Medicine staff, and providing both advocacy and consultation services.
Shelda has an impressive professional CV that includes inpatient experience in hematology-oncology and blood, marrow and stem cell transplantation; outpatient experience in reproductive health, community medicine and nursing, and drug and alcohol treatment; research experience in massage therapy, immunotherapy, and health systems; and extensive policy experience as a citizen lobbyist.
Shelda Holmes is a Portlander through and through. She was born and raised in Portland. While she has traveled extensively for medical charity and pleasure, she always comes home. Shelda and her family live in North Portland, and she is the proud mama of Ruby and foster mom to many children. She is very politically involved and especially passionate about improving foster care in Oregon. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor sports, gardening and reading.
Hands On Medicine is pleased to announce a collaboration with Whole Body Health Physical Therapy! Twice a week, Hands On Medicine patients will be able to schedule a physical therapy appointment with Kara Schuft, PT, DPT here at Hands On Medicine.
Kara Schuft, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
“I love being a physical therapist and working with people. Decreasing a person’s pain and helping them understand their symptoms are so important. I love to witness the joy and sense of accomplishment clients experience when they return to their favorite activities after injury.”
Kara Schuft is a Portland native. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Pacific University. She has specialized in working with people dealing with persistent pain, pelvic health, and has a focus on comprehensive physical wellness. Kara enjoys working with people looking to get back to their favorite activities after suffering an injury. By helping clients build up endurance, strength, improve their flexibility, and optimize body mechanics they can avoid future injuries. Kara will work with your doctor and healthcare providers as a part of a team to ensure the best quality of care for every client.
Additionally, Kara merges her experience with evidenced-based practice, continuing her education through the McKenzie Institute (Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment); Oregon Physical Therapy Association (OPTA); and as a member of the Women’s Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
In her spare time, Kara enjoys hanging out with her family, bicycling, cooking, and playing ultimate Frisbee.
What Does Physical Therapy Consist Of?
- Thorough musculoskeletal (muscle, joint, ligament) evaluation
- Postural training
- Ergonomic (work space) assessment
- Hands-on treatment (joint and soft tissue mobilization, manipulation)
- Functional movement training
- Individualized home exercise programs
- Education on self-care, exercise and prevention
- Modalities as needed (heat/cold, electrical stimulation)
Hands On Medicine Mascot, Dog
Zuka’s mom may be the Medical Director of Hands On Medicine, but we all know Zuka’s the boss. Zuka likes sleeping and eating shoes, and is a lifelong North Portland resident, where she lives with her humans.
When away from Hands On Medicine Jacob Aiello is a writer, now hard at work amassing a collection of short fiction consisting of far too many pronouns. He has a degree in Literature from Portland State University with a Minor in Professional Writing, and counts among his other hobbies playing Scrabble with friends, cooking, and riding his bicycle.
He grew up in a small town in Northern California and experimented with Texas, but has been happily residing in Portland since 2004, where he lives with his wife, dog, and three cats.
Jodi Dauphinais, CMA
Jodi graduated from Portland Community College with her American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) certification and Associates degree in General Studies in 2010. Jodi has had a passion to work in the medical field since as long as she can remember. Her goal is to complete the path she started and work on getting her Registered Nurse’s (RN) degree.
While originally from the Midwest, she moved to Portland with her husband, four children, and cat in the summer of 2004. When she is not working Jodi enjoys various outdoor activities such as camping, snowboarding, hiking, running and exploring the city.
Recently relocated to Portland in 2014, Cordelia always keeps themself busy with many projects in and out of the office. Deeply in love with the creative arts, Cordelia revels in speculative and visionary fiction written by marginalized writers. Originally from New Orleans, Cordelia graduated with a Bachelors in Sociology and History from Louisiana State University in 2005. When not board gaming, tinkering with some new electronics, or installing Linux on anything they can get their hands on, Cordelia loves to cook.
Lead Medical Receptionist
Born and raised in the Northwest, Sharon attended PCC and Pacific NW College of Art. Her varied customer service background includes stints at the public library, catalog retail, an artisanal chocolatier, and over a decade of experience in specialty and Internal Medicine clinics, including the patient-centered medical home model.
As an avid organic gardener and longtime resident of NE Portland, she lives under the benevolent dictatorship of two cats. In addition, Sharon pursues interests in baking, embroidery, and historic preservation.
Melanie was born and raised in Puyallup, Washington before moving to Portland in the summer of 2005. She has a great love for animals, especially her dog Otis, and the Seattle Seahawks. In her free time, Melanie enjoys hikes and spending time with family, friends and loved ones. In 2018 Melanie will be graduating from Ashford University with a Bachelors Degree in Healthcare Administration.
Lauren joined our team in June of 2016 after graduating from the University of Portland with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Minor in Neuroscience. She intends to return to school soon to earn her Masters and eventually have patients of her own as a Physician’s Assistant. In the meantime, she finds joy playing tennis, trail running in Forest Park, learning piano, cooking, and with her nose in a book.