Alena Guggenheim N.D.

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Faculty profile
  • Naturopath

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine School of Medicine

Not currently accepting patients

4.9 out of 5 (549 Ratings, 232 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 (549 Ratings, 232 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

  • Oct 31, 2019

    Dr Guggenheim is wonderful and communicates lots of great information clearly

  • Oct 29, 2019

    Very attentive & personable & knowledgeable of EDS, which is my Dx.

  • Oct 28, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim excels at combining expert medical knowledge and experience, clinical observations, and compassion during her appointments. I felt that Dr. Guggenheim's goal is to find the most adequate diagnostic path that has both medical validity and is doable for the patient. I also appreciate the respect she shows towards both patients and support staff.

  • Oct 21, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim was, as always, personable and willing to work towards solutions. She is incredibly knowledgable and willing to listen to my concerns. There are things I have to remind her of regarding my history/ symptoms/ etc. however, given how heavy I know her caseload is, I think she manages to "remember me" fairly well. I appreciate her vast network of specialists she's built and is able to make referrals to, and her willingness to work alongside all of my other providers. I do think, for the complexity of the conditions she treats, appointment times need to be longer. Our time felt a little rushed and I would have liked to address more than we were able to get to.

  • Oct 19, 2019

    Best doctor I’ve ever seen!

  • Oct 18, 2019

    very comprehensive and worth my time

  • Oct 16, 2019

    She is awesome! I feel like I finally have a Doctor who understands my complex medical issues.

  • Oct 15, 2019

    She is very knowledgeable and cares.

  • Oct 14, 2019

    She is amazing, she is very through, listens well and never minimizes concerns!

  • Oct 08, 2019

    Very knowledgeable. Listens well.

  • Oct 08, 2019

    Excellent follow up appointment. Dr. Guggenheim is attentive, caring, and intelligent. She is kind and empathetic towards her patients. Highly recommended.

  • Oct 04, 2019

    Blood draw was amazingly fast and painless.Dr. Guggenheim is awesome and really listens to me.

  • Oct 04, 2019

    She is amazing and needs a whole clinic to herself to treat EDS. Please give her more staff!!!

  • Sep 26, 2019

    She is wonderfully personable, knowledgeable, professional, kind, generous with her time, committed to educating me, is an excellent listener and I feel I’m receiving outstanding care by Dr. G

  • Sep 26, 2019

    She listened and addressed all my issues.

  • Sep 25, 2019

    I feel this provider takes her time and hears my complaints. She explains matter to my satisfaction and shows me how my issues are linked in ways I wouldn't have anticipated. This provider has helped me regain quality of life and I'm VERY thankful for that.

  • Sep 21, 2019

    Very approachable, truly patient centered provider. trauma informed approach shines throughlistens carefully and doesn't discount patient's lived experience

  • Sep 21, 2019

    Yes, Alena Guggenheim always listen to my needs and I share my notes with her.

  • Sep 19, 2019

    Dr Guggenheim is awesome she listens and understands my pain.

  • Sep 19, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim is super great. She really listens, asks great questions, and offers multiple remedy suggestions. She trusts you as a patient, which is super important!

  • Sep 18, 2019

    She was amazing! She listened to everything I had to say. She was very thorough and knowledgeable! LOVED HER!

  • Sep 18, 2019

    This provider, Guggenheim, was very good at listening, very attentive, gave very good advice and was very engaged. I really appreciate working with her and her specialty is incredibly valued to me and other members of the community who suffer from hypermobility. She has helped me find other providers and helped me receive a solid amount of pain relief. I recommend her.

  • Sep 11, 2019

    Dr Guggenheim listens to your needs and addresses them with compassion and expertise

  • Sep 10, 2019

    Alena Guggenheim is amazingOHSU needs more EDS care providers like her

  • Sep 10, 2019

    She is my favorite doctor to see, very patient oriented and creative in her approach. Willing to listen and problem solve while still keeping in mind each individual need the patient might have.

  • Sep 09, 2019

    great provider, listens and is very thorough

  • Sep 05, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim shines when it comes to the tricky stuff. I admire her immense knowledge but also her obvious curiosity and caring. I feel so lucky to have her skill and humanity on my team.

  • Sep 05, 2019

    Alena Guggenheim is compassionate, knowledgeable, thoughtful, and a very good listener. I learned a good deal from her and walked away from my visit feeling hopeful.

  • Sep 01, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim is one of the most detailed smart doctors I have ever had she is extremely informed on things that are new and regarding my disease. She takes a lot of time trying to track back to when things started and how they started to that she has an accurate picture of your health Dr. Guggenheim is in a wonderful doctor and I'm lucky to have her.

  • Aug 30, 2019

    Dr. G is a gift upon this planet, especially navigating through such a backward system. The angels are with us!

  • Aug 27, 2019

    My provider took the time to answer my questions, explain treatment options and left with a plan I understood and felt positive about.

  • Aug 27, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim is so thorough and very knowledgeable! I've been looking for a diagnosis and relief for years and am finally feeling understood.

  • Aug 23, 2019

    Dr Guggenheim is excellent!

  • Aug 23, 2019

    My experience with Dr. Guggenheim is that she's incredibly attentive and good at providing a calming peaceful environment where you feel safe to express what you are going through. She's obviously very knowledgeable about the conditions that I went there to see her about. She's wonderful. She's probably one of the best doctors I ever had the pleasure to get to spend time with and I'm extremely grateful that her service is available to me. I recommended her to my mother and I will surely recommend her to anyone else with my conditions as she's probably the best option we even have. Alena you're wonderful. Thank you.

  • Aug 20, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim is patient and thorough. She takes time to explain things and empowers patients with information that is beneficial in their daily life! Best doc I’ve found so far!

  • Aug 17, 2019

    I have been following Alena Guggenheim for 3.5 years with a long term illness of 8 years. She continues to try to come up with plan of action to get to the root of the cause. It has been a long road but hopefully getting to some much needed answers.

  • Aug 16, 2019

    Alena Guggenheim, it's a really fabulous, and brilliant doctor, who needs much better support to do the job that she's doing, my experiences with her. I've been nothing but exceptional, but my experiences with trying to navigate records request, appointments, anything admin related, calling in trying to get information, basically, at least 60% of those experiences have been very difficult. If not actually creating barriers to care for me, in addition, the wait time to see her, is really not okay, if it's like the people who are struggling with (INAUDIBLE) and I have referred several friends to her who I've been on the wait list*

  • Aug 08, 2019

    This provider is thoughtful, respectful, and extremely helpful. I value her knowledge and expertise above other providers I have.

  • Aug 06, 2019

    Listens to concerns and goes right down the line of conservative and extended care

  • Jul 31, 2019

    Alena is compassionate and perhaps the most validating & knowledgeable physician I’ve seen.

  • Jul 30, 2019

    Yes, I saw a Alena Alena Guggenheim, and she was very good and attentive to my needs, and I really appreciate her and I think that she's going to get to the bottom of my illness, and I'm relieved to have someone but is believing in me and it is going to help me. Thank you. Bye.

  • Jul 25, 2019

    Yes, she is absolutely amazing. She saved my life. I just adore her. I think she's a fabulous addition to OHSU and you're very lucky to have her. She's a wonderful doctor.

  • Jul 24, 2019

    Hope. I’ve suffered for 35 years with several health issues, multiple surgeries, and shrugged shoulders as to why my body seems to be broken and sick. Dr. Guggenheim gave me hope for the first time in my life. Hope for clear answers and understanding why my body is the way it is...hope for care and treatments that will help bring relief and healing. I’m grateful for her expertise and feel fortunate to have found her.

  • Jul 24, 2019

    Alena Guggenheim is the best physician I have ever met and takes the time to get to know her patients.

  • Jul 23, 2019

    Dr Gugenheim is amazing, I was not expecting her to have spent as much time with me as she did. Great experience.

  • Jul 18, 2019

    Listens well and helpful

  • Jul 17, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim is in a class of one as a specialist in her feild. I have Dysautonamia and saw many doctors before finding her. Dr. Guggenheim has a warm and caring interaction style and shares outstanding knowledge and creative theory in her responses to my concerns. She mobilizes patient resources and is curious and committed to seeing me improve. This disorder affects every aspect of my health and quality of life. I know that I have the best Dr. possible on my case. This appt came after a moderate crash and she responded with appropriate and creative recommendations that I always take to heart, and that help me gain back lost ground. I am really glad I got to see her this week.

  • Jul 17, 2019

    Dr Guggenheim is the closest thing to the character House you will find. She has a brilliant mind filled with info and is up for challenges. I wish we could clone her. I have referred many people to Dr Guggenheim when their doctors can’t figure out what is going on with their health.

  • Jul 17, 2019

    Dr. G. is everything a patient could ask for - she is personal, professional, curious and a fantastic detector. She is also a great empathetic listener. I know she's very busy, but when I have an appointment with her, I feel heard and I know she is on my side. I've never had a better medical professional and I'll follow her anywhere!

  • Jul 04, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim is surely heaven sent. After years of being misdiagnosed and, frankly, mistreated by medical professionals, she is connecting the dots of my complicated health history and getting me the help I need. I cry after every meeting with her out of sheer relief at finally being well and truly listened to and believed. She is transparent, works collaboratively with me, looks at the whole health picture, makes sound treatment recommendations, is engaged and present and, as a bonus, is pretty freaking hilarious. I waited four months to get in for an intake which seems pretty standard and was well worth the wait. I could not be happier with the care I receive from Dr. Guggenheim and the team at the Pain Clinic.