• Stride Strong Physical Therapy | Portland OR
  • Stride Strong Physical Therapy | Portland OR
  • Stride Strong Physical Therapy | Portland OR
  • Stride Strong Physical Therapy | Portland OR
  • Stride Strong Physical Therapy | Portland OR
  • Stride Strong Physical Therapy | Portland OR

Q&A with Dr Kathy Alvarez, MD

Kathy Alvarez

Dr Alvarez is a family physician at Greenfield Health and practices both in their east- and westside clinics. Stride Strong PT has been a long-time supporter of Dr Alvarez, dating back to when she had her solo practice, Partners in Wellness. We admire her ability to connect with her patients on a personal level, and how she takes the time to know and understand their health concerns. Some of our practitioners have even chosen her as our primary provider – she’s just simply a great Doctor! Here’s our recent interview with her:

Q. How long have you been a practicing GP?

A. I have been a physician for 24 years. I’ve seen so much change in the field of medicine – seeing the day research was finally dedicated to women’s health regarding the use of hormone replacement therapy , to the use of narcotics to treat the 5th vital sign of pain in the 90’s , right up to the opioid epidemic we have today.

Q. What spurs your love for medicine?

A. I have a deep appreciation for the body’s amazing ability to heal itself.   I find the most satisfaction in taking a holistic approach to treatment of patients with both chronic and acute disorders – how disease affects my patients emotionally and socially in addition to how it impairs them physically. I value follow up appointments and treatment plans, which allows for a continuum of care, so they achieve the best health outcomes.  This continuity we have in primary care is a real honor.

Q. What are the important principles of your practice?

A. I have a large emphasis on face to face time – I like getting to know my patients. I am also a big believer in physical medicine and physical therapy. I find a hands-on evaluation is rewarding, and yet as of late, I find that listening via telehealth visits can still provide the working relationship to help my patients improve in their health.  I believe Telehealth has improved our ability to provide ongoing care, in a way that allows a patient, if preferred to feel safe at home during their visit.

I really believe in an integrative practice for pain management, so I refer my patients to specialists in acupuncture, massage therapy, psychotherapy, and physical therapy when necessary. I believe a collaborative care approach is necessary to take care of my patients.

What I have found in working in a variety of settings from busy urban clinic in Texas to the academic and rural community based clinics of New Mexico, there is one constant – greater health outcomes are directly related to patient and provider communication, and also team Collaboration – of primary care providers with specialists. I appreciate the specialists who will take my call every once and a while to go over a care plan for a complicated case.

I value connection, and that takes time.  I am grateful that the practice style of Greenfield health allows for this.  Time set aside to call a patient back or reach out to a specialist on their behalf.  I have really found my niche of like-minded providers to share patients with here in Portland – there are so many more outdoorsy people here. I love this because I am an active person myself and I really advocate exercise for health.


Dr Alvarez can be reached at Greenfield Health, Tel: (503) 292-9560.


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Alice Holland, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Director at Stride Strong Physical Therapy
Alice earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from USC in 2007, and have practiced Physical Therapy for 12+ years in the Outpatient Orthopedic Setting. Certified in ASTYM, she also has been a featured expert on Physical Therapy on numerous publications including health.com, healthline.com and yahoo.com.