Witnessing life-changing experiences, I have grown to appreciate the remarkable wisdom that we carry within us. My work is to aid each patient’s unique healing process with respect and compassion. In treating initial physical complaints we often must explore how our emotional, mental, and even spiritual experiences are affecting our physical health. It is my goal to create an opportunity for better health by utilizing modalities such as nutritional and lifestyle counseling, homeopathy, botanical medicine and hydrotherapy among other restorative tools.
I do not claim to have the magic bullet. I see my role as an educator and wholehearted supporter of each patient’s individual path to wellness. It is ultimately the patient who must do the most difficult work to ensure lasting change and disease prevention. Together we can create and support your pivotal moments of recovery.
Before entering medical school, I practiced as a licensed massage therapist utilizing Swedish, Ayurvedic, Polarity, reflexology, Breema and neuromuscular therapies.
Prior to and during my massage career, I worked at Oasis Center in Nashville, Tennessee for two years as a Transitional Living case manager with homeless youth in a voluntary Transitional Living program. My goal was to support homeless teens moving from street mentality to living independent successful, productive, healthy and happy lives. At the client’s request, I often had the honor of attending medical appointments. During these appointments I became painfully aware of the missed opportunities to educate these young people about their bodies and personal health concerns. Witnessing this, I realized that without this basic health education their success on many levels was extremely limited. My passion for this work grew out of these experiences.
Before working at the Oasis Center I worked for four years as a group facilitator leading personal growth development programs for companies and individuals. These programs included vision questing, ropes course and other experience-based models and techniques. This work was extremely rewarding and integral in shaping my current treatment style with patients.
I completed my naturopathic doctorate at National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. There I studied advanced levels of homeopathy, as well as advanced topics relating to pediatric and female patients. Since graduation I have continued to participate in cutting edge clinical training related to the endocrine, neurologic and immune systems.
I earned my undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in art education from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. As you may have guessed, this left many pre-medical requisites to complete. These classes were completed at Volunteer State College where I gained a deep appreciation for the scientific medical study on which I was about to embark.
At Volunteer State I was immersed in an introduction to biology and chemistry. The teachers not only taught me a whole new language but were inspirational in the process. Their passion for teaching and depth of expertise in their fields inspired an art teacher to take on with confidence the first year of a four-year medical school.
What to expect as a patient of Dr. Janene Martin…
As my patient you will receive very thorough and individualized attention to your health and well being. You can expect to be a priority.
I take great care to collect detailed information from you through both written history and verbal conversations, physical exams, and pertinent laboratory work-up, as well as any relevant previous medical records. New patient appointments last approximately 2 hours.
The first followup visit is a “review of findings” lasting approximately 2 hours. After careful examination of all your collected information I will present you with a clear treatment plan with goals and how we will monitor your progress.
Note: This plan may vary when a new patient is faced with acute conditions. In such a circumstance a thorough history of the acute symptoms and only pertinent physical exams will be performed. Treatment will be given within that same appointment. After the acute situation has been properly managed, follow-up visits will be scheduled to address the factors that led to the acute condition.
Not all health issues are straightforward. People often come to see me after working with other health practitioners and failing to achieve the results they want or need. I enjoy taking the time to thoroughly assess your health history and put it all together.
I don’t pretend to have all of the answers. It is my job to know where to look and to keep looking until we figure it out. It is your job to fully participate in your process.
You can expect very personalized attention. I appreciate your questions and updates on how you are doing. After you leave my office your health is still being considered.