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Two new physicians join Samaritan Heartspring Wellness Center

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Samaritan Heartspring Wellness Center welcomes two new physicians, Elizabeth Caron, DO, and Jennifer Collins, DO.

Caron cares for patients of all ages at both Heartspring locations, in Albany and Corvallis. She has special interest in using principles of osteopathic medicine for expectant mothers, newborns, infants and children, specializing in developmental delays, issues with nursing, child development, nutrition and well-being.

“I enjoy serving patients and observing the healing principles in the human body,” she said.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from City University of New York and a medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed an osteopathic internship at United Hospital Medical Center in Port Chester, New York, and completed residency training in neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, New York.

“I chose Samaritan because of the innovative thinking, friendly people and commitment to service,” Caron said.  “I’m excited to help teach the osteopathic principles at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, as well as serve patients through the integrative medicine setting at Heartspring Wellness Center.”

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs, as well as studying languages, being outdoors and exercising.

Collins sees patients of all ages at Samaritan Heartspring Wellness Center in Albany for the full spectrum of primary care needs.

“As a family practice physician, I wear many hats throughout the day,” said Collins. “I love the variety that family practice allows, walking with a patient and learning about their experiences in order tailor a treatment plan and create healthy goals. This also involves a variety of procedures being sprinkled throughout these encounters, including osteopathic manipulative techniques, trigger point injections, joint injections, laceration repair, skin biopsies and removal of concerning lesions.”

Collins also specializes in caring for women with hormone issues, from teens to menopause, and offers alternatives to many drugs in the management of acute and chronic illnesses, including but not limited to nutrition counseling, yoga poses, homeopathics and general lifestyle counseling.

Collins earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a medical degree from Des Moines University. She completed a family practice residency at Eastmoreland Hospital in Portland.

Before joining Samaritan, Collins co-managed an integrative medical clinic with her father – also a physician – for 13 years.

“I was looking to join a like-minded clinic similar to ours and I found it at Heartspring Wellness Center,” she explained. “I am so excited to be joining the team!  All the people on staff, the atmosphere that has been created, and the opportunity to network and provide care to a larger population is a great honor for me.”

In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, especially with her family, and loves to throw pottery, ride bikes, hike, do yoga, play the piano, create in the kitchen and spend time with friends.

Caron and Collins are accepting new patients. To reach Samaritan Heartspring Wellness Center in Albany, call 541-812-5656, in Corvallis, call 541-768-6412.

Samaritan Health Services continually recruits highly skilled, compassionate physicians to help serve the growing need for health care in Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties. For more information about Samaritan’s five hospitals and more than 70 primary and specialty care clinics, visit samhealth.org.