Alena Guggenheim N.D.

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Faculty profile
  • Naturopath

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.9 out of 5 (360 Ratings, 144 Comments)


  • B.A., Reed College, Portland Oregon United States 2001
  • N.D., National College of Natural Medicine, Portland Oregon United States 2007
  • Residency:

    • Naturopathic Primary Care, National University of Natural Medicine, 2009


Dr. Guggenheim specializes in the care of children and adults with chronic pain and joint hypermobility disorders. She enjoys working with patients with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and associated complex symptoms. She likes to help patients navigate health care options and empowering them to make informed decisions.

When not seeing patients Dr. Guggenheim enjoys spending time in nature with her family and riding horses.

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  • English

Memberships and associations

  • Academy of Integrative Pain Management
  • Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Patient Ratings

4.9 out of 5 (360 Ratings, 144 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • May 09, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim listened and made me feel acknowledged in my struggle and is offering help.

  • May 09, 2019

    I thought she was very kind and considerate and she listened to me where you don't get that from some doctors and she was there to help me. And I'm not used to that but lately I've had some great doctors and Alena Guggenheim was ... she's remarkable. I really don't know how to describe it, but I really liked her and she's there to help me and I look forward to working with her some more. Thank you.

  • May 05, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim is amazing. She is so thorough, knowledgeable, listens and kind and caring. I wish every provider I saw was just like her she's amazing, and I wish that she could be supportive and see more patients. I know her patient load is huge if there was more of her at the amazing. She's awesome. Thank you.

  • May 03, 2019

    Most thorough doctor I've ever been to. Easy to talk to and full of helpful ideas and solutions.

  • May 02, 2019

    I did wait for over an hour, so that was disappointing, but I am always optimistic when I see Dr. Guggenheim, more so than when I see other providers. She listened and came up with some reasonable and workable solutions for me to try. She is very understanding and explains things so that I can understand.

  • May 01, 2019

    She’s simply amazing.

  • May 01, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim was amazing.

  • Apr 28, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim is a brilliant physician. I’ve never met a more intelligent and curious doctor. Her passion for what she does is evident and she is a great listener. The world needs more doctors like her. Definitely worth the wait.

  • Apr 25, 2019

    She took an hour and a half with me to hear my history and concerns, did a thorough examination and had great recommendations.

  • Apr 25, 2019

    I am a very complicated patient with multiple medical needs. This provider was thorough, compassionate, and extremely knowledgable about my rare syndrome.

  • Apr 25, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim is an excellent provider; she is empathetic, an excellent listener, and extremely knowledgeable. She spent over an hour with me listening to my story and asking questions to get a better picture of my symptom history. She made me feel heard and cared for and I trust her to help me find answers and improve my health. We need more doctors like her.

  • Apr 24, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim listens and acts on what she hears. I'm grateful for her referrals and ongoing management of my condition.

  • Apr 24, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim was the best practitioner I've ever been evaluated by. She was thoughtful, insightful, and incredibly smart. I'm so glad a friend recommended her.

  • Apr 24, 2019

    Dr. G is super kind, compassionate, & brilliant. I am grateful for her presence on this planet!

  • Apr 19, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim see the best doctor and everybody with EDS in the greater Portland area would be really screwed without her. And she listens to you and she makes sense and she is very clear and she has helped me a lot and I love her. The end.

  • Apr 19, 2019

    Alena Guggenheim is a great pleasure to work with and be a patient of!

  • Apr 18, 2019

    She listenes and she is very smart

  • Apr 18, 2019

    This was an initial visit. The provider asked many pertinent questions about my current condition and past symptoms and events that led up to my current situation. She was very supportive and encouraging that we can work together so I can feel a lot better than I currently feel.

  • Apr 16, 2019

    She is helpful and creative in working toward improved quality of life with challenging health conditions.

  • Apr 11, 2019

    Very attentive and willing to help

  • Apr 11, 2019

    My Doctor (Guggenheim) is awesome in every way. She is attentive, so knowledgeable and explores and explains treatment options beautifully. I never feel rushed and I always feel heard and understood. I feel blessed to be in her care!

  • Apr 11, 2019

    Hey, Dr. Guggenheim is one of the best providers I've ever seen period She really take the time to listen and go to the heart and the root of your problems or issues and she's extremely smart very knowledgeable keeps up on current literature and things that I have never heard of even with other very good position. She's obviously very educated on at least some of the conditions that she sees and I would imagine most of them period I am really grateful that she is my physician.

  • Apr 09, 2019

    Dr. G is by far the most gifted and wonderful provider I've ever encountered. I leave each visit having made progress on my complicated medical issues. She also has diagnosed several issues that others have missed for 10-54 years. She is a treasure and an asset to her patients and OHSU. (you should have her teach classes to other providers on how to listen and support patients)

  • Apr 05, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim is extremely knowledgeable about rare and difficult to diagnose chronic issues. I feel very lucky to be in her capable hands. In two visits she has done what hasn't been done in five years. She has issued much needed tests and diagnosed an issue that has been ongoing my whole life without me understanding its nature. She is warm, competent and compassionate. I truly feel cared for.

  • Apr 05, 2019

    Listens to every concern and addresses accordingly

  • Apr 04, 2019

    She is on my side and willing to research what to do. I have never had such a dedicated and helpful doctor.

  • Apr 04, 2019

    The doctor & her assistant were attentive & considerate, taking time to listen, answer questions & explain as needed. I didn't have to wait & I wasn't rushed. Very much appreciated.

  • Mar 29, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim was very good at both listening to my concerns and questions, but also had answers and helpful information to help with my concerns, issues, and problems.

  • Mar 28, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim is such a wonderful doctor. All of the assistants are great.

  • Mar 23, 2019

    She was absolutely amazing. Our appointment was one of the the most uplifting, humanizing, and proactive experiences of my life. She thinks outside of the box, is very thorough, and is extremely validating and personable. I feel so lucky to have her as a part of my team.

  • Mar 23, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim did a very good job of paying attention across a very large story that jumped from detail to detail and and frankly listening and that may seem like a small thing, it is rarer than one might expect among doctors. I really appreciate that.

  • Mar 22, 2019

    She is friendly, sweet, non-judgmental (very important to me as I am a very large person), thorough, knowledgeable, and willing to mention when she needed to look something up. The MA was also great and reassuring.

  • Mar 22, 2019

    She was extremely helpful and kind and very informative. Definitely the best doctor we have seen through this whole process.

  • Mar 17, 2019

    She is an excellent dr! Very smart, communicative and you feel like she really cares!

  • Mar 14, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim and Abigail are absolutely amazing.

  • Mar 14, 2019

    Alena was warm and welcoming. She made me feel safe and secure, listened to my needs and my history, took time to really explain what she was doing and her thought process. It was one of the best experiences I've ever had with a physician.

  • Mar 13, 2019

    She is wonderful. She listens carefully and makes her decisions based on my individual needs. She gives great advice to help me better care for my body. She is dedicated and intelligent.

  • Mar 13, 2019

    Dr. G is amazing, I felt safe to honestly express my ailments & I deeply appreciate the work she is doing!

  • Mar 13, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim is a phenomenal physician, and is always both helpful and caring. The treatments she has provided have made a huge difference in both my quality of life and well-being.

  • Mar 12, 2019

    I enjoyed the experience of being her patient very much. I have a complex condition, it isn’t often that a healthcare provider is more informed than I am about my condition. It was relaxing and comforting to just get to be the patient. She was thorough, well informed, had a great manner, she left me feeling like I was, for the first time since my diagnosis, in capable hands. Thank you so much for hiring her!

  • Mar 09, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim is great. It was a really good experience. People working with Dr. Guggenheim was great. This survey is tedious and didn't accept my answers and I don't know what I answered when I press the button, but Dr. Guggenheim is just fine, and we had a good experience. Thank you.

  • Mar 08, 2019

    Dr Guggenheim is the absolute best doctor I have ever seen in my entire life.. She is kind, caring, compassionate, knowledgeable, and brilliant. At the same time while being a good listener and being able to explain things in a way you can understand it. She is completely amazing, especially with complex patients.

  • Mar 08, 2019

    Probably the most thorough doctor I have ever been to. Not only listened to me but looked at the last 10 years of my treatment and caught some things my PCP did not catch. Was very impressed by her.

  • Mar 07, 2019

    I had a great visit with her. She was an excellent doctor listened everything I had to say and I feel really good talking to her. Definitely would recommend her to anybody, so.

  • Mar 06, 2019

    I absolutely adore Dr. Alena Guggenheim, she is really smart, really funny, super kind. I feel very lucky to have met her.

  • Mar 01, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim is very sharp and knowledgeable and she picked up on issues in my labs in my first visit that my previous physician of 15 years never saw. I think that she's truly amazing for the inner Stanley Community.

  • Feb 27, 2019

    Very knowledgeable and listened to all my concerns and responded with appropriate tests and or treatment.

  • Feb 26, 2019

    Helpful and informative. On time.

  • Feb 24, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim is attentive and looks at the whole picture of my health, taking all parts into consideration. She cares about the individual patient and works with me to rule out/ find underlying causes to issues I have been getting to get answers to for a long time. She is very good at explaining things in terms that are easy to understand.

  • Feb 20, 2019

    Great, thorough work. She’s smart and cares a lot.