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 (294 Ratings, 111 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 (294 Ratings, 111 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

  • Mar 28, 2019

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

  • 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 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.

  • Feb 19, 2019

    Really listened, offered helpful advice.

  • Feb 18, 2019

    I liked that the new patient forms asked specifically what my top health goals were. Also, I found Dr. Guggenheim to be very professional and friendly and knowledgeable regarding my health condition.

  • Feb 18, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim was extremely knowledgeable and engaged throughout our appointment, which was the right amount of time and didn't feel rushed at all, and she expressed genuine interest in my condition and medical history.

  • Feb 10, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim is the kindest, most compassionate doctor I have ever met. She is also one of the most intelligent people I have ever met.

  • Feb 09, 2019

    She is wonderful! I'm so thankful.

  • Feb 09, 2019

    She's extremely helpful, listens very well and has for once given me hope.

  • Feb 07, 2019

    I have literally already recommended Dr. Guggenheim to other people. My appointment was incredible for me. She was thorough, interested, thoughtful, knowledgeable, and provided practical and hopeful information for me to work with. This has been the most positive medical experience i have had in over a decade.

  • Feb 05, 2019

    I have seen five different doctors and no answers even tho I walked out without a firm answer I got more bnb response and feedback from u then anyplace else. Thank you [Name]

  • Feb 04, 2019

    Very caring provider who looks at all of the patient's core contributing issues vs just a symptom.

  • Feb 04, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim was the first doctor I ever had the could actually list my symptoms to me, and understood what was going on. She's a very attentive, very detailed, and a great doctor. Especially for people that have complicated histories.

  • Jan 18, 2019

    Great experience

  • Jan 17, 2019

    She take time and really listens and finds ways to a dress and prioritize your needs.

  • Jan 16, 2019

    Dr. Guggenheim is great. I really appreciate that. She's at that clinic and... focusing on patients that have EDS and she's got a great bed side manner and, just wonderful all around.

  • Jan 15, 2019

    She was kind and attentive and answered all my questions. She noticed my symptoms sounded like early menopause and referred me for appropriate care.

  • Jan 12, 2019

    Dr.Guggenheim so amazing. She is knowledgeable, caring, empathetic, supportive and innovative.

  • Jan 12, 2019

    Life changing finally have an answer finally have some hope Feel like I'm going to have a chance at living a pain free life so grateful.

  • Jan 08, 2019

    I've seen many amazing physicians in my life, but Dr. Guggenheim takes the cake by far. She is incredibly intelligent and you can tell she has a curious mind and is genuinely interested in what she does. She knows far more about my conditions than any other doctor I've seen in the past, including doctors at places like Mayo Clinic. She is a brilliant doctor, a great listener, and she has empathy for her patients. My quality of life has improved so much since I started seeing her and I couldn't imagine having a better doctor!

  • Jan 08, 2019

    She is amazing. She listens to me and lets me know my pain is real and not in my head. She has helped identify many of my health issues that have gone untreated for 34 years. She is truly my hero.

  • Jan 06, 2019

    I had an amazing appointment. She was probably one of the most attentive Health Care Providers I've ever met she's also extremely smart and I am very hopeful that some of the things we talked about will prove to be very successful for me. I would highly recommend her to anyone and I'm very grateful for the appointment.

  • Jan 05, 2019

    Nurse Abagail understands patients who are disabled and have chronic pain. Instead of going ahead of me and looking back to see whether I was following, she walked with me and chatted along the way. She brought me water, dimmed the lights, and asked for my arm preference before taking my BP. She is thoughtful and kind. Dr. Guggenheim didn't rush through my appointment. She took time to listen to me and looked at me, rather than the computer screen, when she talked to me. She explained my treatment and next steps in detail, even drawing a diagram. She makes me feel like I'm a part of my treatment. These two are true gems at OHSU and models for other staff.

  • Dec 31, 2018

    Dr. Guggenheim was empathetic and knowledgeable. She listened to me but she also had a deep understanding of my health issues and I didn't feel like I had to inform her of them and that I was giving her new information that she would have to educate herself on in order to help me. It was a huge relief, not only to be taken seriously but to also be able to relax and trust her to be the doctor and allow myself to simply be the patient.

  • Dec 28, 2018

    Dr. Guggenheim is amazing. She listens. She asked excellent questions & for the first time in years, I feel like I have an action plan with alternatives.

  • Dec 27, 2018

    DR. Guggenheim is very knowledgeable and caring

  • Dec 25, 2018

    Absolutely amazing! Always very happy to work with her as we progress my treatment.

  • Dec 22, 2018

    Very good about listening to concerns and creating a plan to deal with them

  • Dec 22, 2018

    Dr. Guggenheim was quite literally a miracle for me. I have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and I really have never felt like any doctor has really listened to me or taken the time to I guess really figure out my case and aware of how complex it is. And I really just appreciate that so much, and I just, I haven't even stopped smiling since coming home from seeing her. It was really a blessing for me, and she's doing everything she can to help me feel better. And I really, really, really would recommend her to everyone. She's great.

  • Dec 21, 2018

    I am struggling with a disorder/dx that is not only highly uncommon, but very frustrating to treat. I finally found the doctor I needed when I found doctor Guggenheim. She is a true teacher in her specialty and has the knowledge, curiosity, and courage to see her whole patient.

  • Dec 21, 2018

    My experience is very good. Dr. Guggenheim has definitely helped me a lot more than any other doctor I've ever had, and she's been like the most understanding and knowledgeable out of anyone. I do think that it is probably time for you guys to try and find another person that might be able to help her, but also understands EDS or, I don't know. She has a huge case load, I know that, and she is super busy and there's just so many people that need help, and I think it would be helpful for her and all of her patients if there was another person that was as knowledgeable as her or like could train under her or something. Or just I think she needs some help with her like messaging and all of that should be able to help everyone in a, I don't know, like in a timely manner. I think that, I know she's super, super busy so this is nothing against her, but I *

  • Dec 20, 2018

    Always wonderful experience and an amazing doctor. Treatment has made a huge impact in a great way.

  • Dec 20, 2018

    Dr. Guggenheim is a very valued addition to the team at OHSU pain center. I especially appreciate her expertise in the Ellers Danlowe syndrome since my kids have EDS and it's very difficult to find a qualified provider. And I would also like to indicate that it would be in your best interest of the hospital to incorporate support staff that is able to better help her because she is one of the only providers in 3 states that is it in her level of expertise. Therefore, she's getting extremely busy and we need to be getting her training other people that can be helpful in the EDS community. so any other*

  • Dec 19, 2018

    Dr. Guggenheim is well educated and she is passionate about the care that she provides. She takes her time. And listens and thinks outside the box for treatment and always gives her best.

  • Dec 17, 2018

    Dr. Guggenheim is the most thoughtful and caring physician I have ever meant. She listens and will know the situation before she walks into a room and she generally cares which is very refreshing especially since I've been seen so many physicians over the years. She's the first one that has truly listened and I would recommend her to anyone. OHSU is very lucky to have her.

  • Dec 16, 2018

    Hi, I have a lot of specialist because of the complexity of my medical conditions and Dr. Guggenheim is my favorite. She cares about the patient and works endlessly and tirelessly to solve even the most difficult problems and to help with pain management in ways that are sensitive to the names of her patients. She tries natural remedies as well as pharmaceutical remedies depending on the patient's needs and I have been more than pleased with her care. She is an asset to OHSU & a valued doctor in Oregon.

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