“Knowledge is only a rumor until it lives in the body.”
~ Ancient saying of Asaro tribe, Papua New Guinea
Our Unique Approach
We will treat you with compassion and respect to provide the best care possible. Our goal is to address your mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual needs in a holistic manner. We welcome all of you and will strive to meet you where you are—inclusive of all races, ethnicities, gender expressions, sexual orientations, ages, religions, sizes and abilities. We strive to take a preventative approach with the aim of promoting your long-term health and well-being. We individualize treatment by listening carefully to and collaborating with your intentions and needs. We support you to access your self-led innate healing capacity.
With deep gratitude, Ian Luepker, Michelle Bienick & Martha McCord
We honor the original people of this beautiful land—the Shasta (Kahosadi), who for at least 10,000 years have inhabited the Rogue Valley, traveling from the valley floor to the high mountains in a seasonal round pattern that allowed them access to available resources.
We believe in the power of physical environment to create a container and context for healing. Our practice is located at Hidden Springs Wellness Center, a lovely community-inspired setting with active springs around and underneath the clinic. We relate with Hidden Springs both as a physical setting and a metaphorical setting that reminds us of our own (sometimes hidden) innate healing capacity (spring of wellness), that is ever-present and always accessible within us.
Our Team of Practitioners
Dr. Ian Luepker, ND
Dr. Ian Luepker (he/him) is a naturopathic physician licensed in Oregon. He has been in private practice for 20 years, and worked on psychiatric units for 12 years. He approaches health and well-being from a holistic perspective by recognizing the complex interplay between mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual suffering. By listening to his patients with compassion, care and respect, he takes a collaborative, preventative and integrative approach to supporting their self-led innate healing capacity. His goal is to address both symptoms and their underlying root cause. Dr. Luepker has a special interest in palliative medicine and end-of-life care, and completed a nine month Nurse Practitioner palliative medicine certification training in 2018. He has received training in the medical aspect of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy along with advanced KAP training focusing on Internal Family Systems. He has completed the MAPS MDMA-Assisted Therapy training program, and is on the faculty of Synaptic Institute’s Entheogenic Medicine Training Program which provides psilocybin facilitator training. He lives in the mountains outside Ashland homesteading with his wife and daughters. He provides medical assessments, preparation, and medicine sessions.
Dr. Michelle Bienick, ND
Michelle Bienick (she/her) is a licensed ND, Ketamine Assisted Therapist, herbalist and body worker. She received her medical degree from National University of Natural Medicine in 2001 and received her ketamine training through The Ketamine Training Center in 2020. Michelle has immersed her life in the practice and art of healing in both traditional and modern practices. She enjoys assisting people with healing and transformation on every level of their being (physical, mental and emotional). Her training as a Naturopathic Physician has allowed for a deep respect and understanding of our bodies innate wisdom and ability for healing and transformation. Michelle currently lives in the Applegate Valley with her husband and son on an organic farm. She provides medical assessments, preparation, and medicine sessions.
Martha McCord, MA, LMFT
Martha McCord (she/ her) is a licensed psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience. She was trained at the California Institute of Integral Studies specializing in Expressive Arts Therapy & Transpersonal Psychology, as well as the Child Therapy Institute of Marin in Jungian psychotherapy. She has a wide variety of clinical expertise in practical settings and is passionate about empowering people to develop the everyday tools they need not only to survive but thrive in this challenging and beautiful world. Martha’s foci includes gender-responsive trauma-informed treatment as well as a unique style combining Cognitive Behavioral techniques with solution oriented therapy. Martha’s approach includes the opportunity to look deeper into one’s Self if the desire is there. She is dedicated to addressing the roots of personal and collective trauma while acknowledging the critical role of systemic forms of oppression on individual wellbeing. Martha believes it is an honor and a privilege when someone shares their thought process and life experience with her. She believes that within every crisis is an opportunity for personal growth and transformation. She is currently undergoing training in Advanced Ketamine Assisted psychotherapy with a focus on Internal Family Systems through the Healing Realms Clinic in San Francisco as well as completing the Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research certificate through CIIS, class of 2022. She provides psychological assessments, preparatory and integration sessions and the psychotherapeutic component of the practice.
Karen Maleski, Office Manager
Karen Maleski (she/her) has over 20 years experience in Health Care and customer service in both conventional and complimentary care including child and elder care, phlebotomy, medical assistant, and Homeopathic consultation and education . She also ran a small neighborhood health food co-op and worked as team member in the apothecary of a family owned health food store. She currently has a radio show “Community Health Matters” where she lifts up for discussion: “What is Real Health? How do we cultivate it and how do we maintain it ? “ by way of interviews with people in the community with experience and expertise relevant to this topic.
It has been her great joy to help people connect with choices that best support their good health and happy lifestyles. It is very special to be able to work in an environment with the level of integrity that is here at Hidden Springs; Karen holds that it is even more of an honor to serve as part of the team at Ashland Consciousness Medicine.
Sha’ana Fineberg, PhD
Dr. Sha’ana Fineberg earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from UCLA (minoring in Drugs & Behavior, Multi-Cultural Studies, and Community Psychology), following an undergraduate Psychology degree form Princeton University. She was a practicing Psychologist on four continents for almost 40 years and licensed in three States, until her recent retirement. Sha’ana was trained in many traditional orientations as well as “alternative” psychological healing approaches. During her varied career, in addition to working individually with adults in private practice she also ran Arts & Wilderness programs for at-risk teens, offered artistic approaches to psychotherapy, was a breath worker, and had specialties in couples therapy and sex therapy. Sha’ana worked from a holistic (mind, body, emotional and spiritual) understanding of the journey towards wellbeing, stemming both from her eclectic studies and her 72 years of life experience. She understands depth journeys because she is, herself, a lifelong traveler in those realms.
Dr. Fineberg had no intention of doing anything in her field so soon after retirement, but the work of the Ashland Consciousness Medicine, and her deep respect for Dr. Luepker, was simply irresistibly compelling. She is honored to serve on this Advisory Council.
Rod Birney, MD
Dr. Rod Birney is a psychiatrist specializing in-depth psychotherapy. In his free time, he enjoys exploring the relationship between contemplative practice, neuroscience, quantum physics and depth psychology.
Rod has been actively engaged in his own inner work for over 30 years. He continues to study modern psychology and ancient systems of wisdom. In our increasingly soulless world, he recognizes the importance of connecting with our depths to find meaning and purpose in our lives. He offers psychotherapy and SoulWork (spiritual psychology) sessions.
Due to childhood asthma, he has pursued a lifelong interest in mind-body medicine, alternative therapies, and meditation. He graduated from George Washington University Medical School in 1985 and completed his psychiatry residency in 1989. While in his residency he completed 2 years of training with the Gestalt Institute of Phoenix, Arizona and 3 years in psychodynamic training with Ed Muller Ph.D.
From 1992 – 2001 he trained with the Institute of Self Recognition, a powerful integration of depth psychology and spiritual practice, and studied the Diamond Heart approach of AH Almaas. In December of 2012, he completed a 3-year preceptorship in Jungian psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He is a student and teacher on the Sufi path, the path of the heart, for over 20 years. Rod has presented lectures and workshops at numerous conferences including several times at Creativity & Madness.