The Evergreen Center Staff For Children With Autism
John A. Green III MD
I grew up in Colorado and Idaho, graduating from the University of Idaho in 1970 with majors in Psychology, Spanish and Chemistry. Medical school at the University of Utah was next, and then Family Practice training at the University of New Mexico. This was followed by eight years of work as an emergency room physician with a part-time family practice ongoing.
During these early years in practice, I trained in holistic medicine and environmental medicine, becoming a charter member of the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA) and obtaining board certification in environmental medicine. Since the beginning of my practice in 1975, I have worked with children and adults with chronic health problems which have not responded to conventional therapies. My patients frequently experience significant improvements by exploring toxic load factors, allergies and sensitivities, hormones and psychological influences and modifying diet and nutrition.
Ongoing training and experience in holistic and environmental medicine has been an excellent preparation in learning to help children affected by the epidemic of autistic spectrum disorders. In the late 1990′s, the parents of several of my early autistic patients led me to the Autism Research Institute which has been an extraordinary source of inspiration and continuing education in the treatment of these children. In the past nearly two decades, I have evaluated and treated more than 3000 children with autism spectrum disorders from all over the world.
In addition to my practice, I have mentored doctors in Italy, Hungary, China, Hawaii and Poland. In addition, I have presented at the MAPS (Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs) trainings, DAN! (Autism Research Institute) trainings for parents and practitioners and TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) meetings in Washington and Hawaii. I have participated in numerous round tables including the Autism Research Institute’s Clinician’s Training and Thinktank, and the Northwest Physicians Autism Forum. I have also served as the editor for the American Holistic Medical Association quarterly member letter, authored several chapters in several books regarding the treatment of autism, and co-authored The Healthy Child Guide.
On a personal note, I love spending time with my 5 children and 2 step-children, as well as three grandsons. At this time, admittedly, there is a strong grandfatherly feeling with many of the hundreds of children for whom I am privileged to provide care. Hobbies include organic gardening, hiking, cycling, hunting, piano and cello.
Polly M. Green MSW
Polly joined Dr. Green’s international work in 2008, accompanying him on international travel and assisting with new patient interviews and later, by co-creating the website, the prevention e-book and questionnaire. (links). Her knowledge of family systems and grounded nature are a synergistic asset to our goal of educating parents about autism prevention and early biomedical intervention and empowering to take action at home.
Polly grew up in Spokane, Washington and rural northern Idaho and was blessed to discover the healing power of nature while living, working, backpacking and kayaking off the coast of Washington and in Alaska. In addition to a B.A. in biology, she holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan with concentrations in family systems therapy and interpersonal therapy. Her education was enhanced by the study of yoga and extensive training in the spiritual healing at the School for Conscious Healing, the Jaffe Institute for Medical and Spiritual Healing. She is currently studying with James Keeley, the founder of LiveRUH.
While raising her two daughters in Portland, Oregon, she served as a medical social worker, primarily providing hospice care. Most recently, she worked for Housecall Providers, providing social work care to homebound elders and people with disabilities as they transitioned in and out of the hospital.
Throughout her life, Polly’s loves have been community, the outdoors, bringing balance to the to the body, mind, and spirit, music, healthy food and children. She strongly believes in the power of food and Love to heal and enjoys supporting families in this regard. In addition to her two daughters, she is the proud step mother to five adult children and three grandchildren.
Valerie LaRosa ND
The EverGreen Center in Oregon City, Oregon welcomes Dr. Valerie LaRosa ND. Dr. LaRosa specializes in pediatric developmental conditions such as autism, ADHD, and sensory processing disorder (SPD). If you are considering getting pregnant, she can offer you a customized preconceptual care program to optimize your health in order to prepare for pregnancy and reduce the risk of health problems for your future child.
Formerly a behavioral therapist for kids and adolescents on the autism spectrum, Dr. LaRosa has nearly twenty years of experience working closely with families, schools, and other professionals advocating for the best possible care for these children.
She is a compassionate and thorough physician who is committed to helping you nourish and support your family’s health and well-being through gentle, effective, natural medicine. She listens to her patients and offers a balanced perspective that takes each individual and their unique life circumstances into account.
Dr. LaRosa also treats children and adults with chronic conditions such as allergies, asthma, eczema, insomnia, anxiety, thyroid and digestive conditions.
Meet our Team
Our Oregon City staff is here to assist you!
Aneka performs blood draws and IV’s. She handles the communication flow from doctor to patient. Aneka also is in charge of prescription ordering and other back office work flow.
Melissa schedules appointments, ships supplements, and handles all billing transactions.
Debra is helping with our transition from paper charts to electronic format. She also assists with answering the phone, scheduling, and drawing blood.