Healthy Living Community

Creating health through community building, education, and affordable holistic care

Together we can grow optimal health

In an ideal world, health insurance would improve the accessibility of health care. It would truly be an investment in people’s health. But increasingly, people are paying more per month, with higher deductibles and fewer benefits. This discourages people from getting the care they need.

In this world of increasing health insurance costs, limited insurance coverage, and fluctuating economic stability, how do we as a community come together to support health and wellness? How do we create a system that ensures access to a trusted provider who will take the time to support the well-being of our families no matter their financial means?

Healthy Living Community is the answer to these questions.

HLC has integrated a model of care that offers a low cost sliding-scale membership fee and “pay what you can” per appointment. We no longer contract with insurance, with the exception of OHP*. We understand that many will still utilize insurance for their specific health needs. At HLC, individuals with insurance will receive their standard insurance coverage for all labs, imaging, prescriptions and referrals to other providers. Additionally, insurance companies often try to dictate what providers you see and what care you receive. At HLC, we believe you should have autonomy in deciding what provider and care best meet your health needs.

We are committed to cost transparency, and appreciate that this model of care provides flexibility to our members--allowing them to make payments based on their current financial situation. Those who are able to pay a higher monthly membership, or the full cost for an appointment, will help offset the cost for individuals who may be unable to afford healthcare at this time. Our goal is to make Healthy Living Community’s unique functional healthcare accessible to all.

At Healthy Living Community, we believe that healthy communities grow healthy individuals. We foster growth in our community by holding regular events (classes, workshops, gatherings), establishing platforms for communication among our members, and ensuring our clinic is an affirming and supportive place for all. We also are also establishing connections with local organizations to build a supportive network of health.

With this healthcare model, people are able to make meaningful investments in their, and their community’s, health. Together, we can work to create a sustainable community of wellness for all of us here at Health Living Community. Let’s demonstrate to other health communities that a different accessible approach that provides superior care is possible.

*We listened to the feedback of our community members and realized that not accepting OHP (Oregon’s Medicaid program) was a barrier to many community members who are unable to afford healthcare costs. In taking OHP we hope to ensure that functional, holistic, healthcare services are more accessible.


HLC is a 501c3 nonprofit!

This means any donation you make is tax deductible. All donations go directly into our Patient Care Fund, which is used to cover the cost of healthcare services for members challenged by healthcare costs.

We have established a Board of Directors to help guide the trajectory of HLC and ensure our mission is alive in everything we do. Click here to meet our amazing Board members.

Meet Dr. Kerry Schaefer

Kerry grew up in beautiful Hood River. She headed across the country to attend college at Amherst College in Massachusetts where she majored in Theater and Dance. After working for Americorps in Philadelphia for a year and spending another year enjoying dance and travel she started medical school in Madison, Wisconsin.

During medical school her long-standing expectation was confirmed, she wanted to be a family medicine doctor. She was very excited to make it back to the Pacific Northwest to start her family medicine residency at Providence Milwaukie Hospital.

Following residency she worked in traditional family medicine clinic during which she discovered that she needed and wanted to find a new way to practice medicine. She did not like trying to see as many patients per day as possible. She started Healthy Living Community to provide her patients with longer appointment times and more personal treatment which she finds much more fulfilling. She wants to create an environment where her patients feel safe and happy coming to the doctor.

In July 2019, Kerry transitioned the clinic to Healthy Living Community, a nonprofit focused on creating a healthy community in which its members can create ideal health and have access to affordable holistic and functional care.

She lives in southeast Portland in with her partner Carl, their daughters Sydney and Rachel. She loves the outdoors. She currently spends most of her free time with her family or training in aerial dance.

Meet Windy Lyle, FNP

When we take time to be present and listen to our bodies, we can move toward our personal relationship of wellness and healing.

In her younger years, Windy’s mother and grandmother, both nurses, modeled the power of listening, gifted her with an appreciation for the healing nature of touch, and taught her that western and herbal medicine can complement one another. Though she hadn’t yet recognized a calling, she began working in community clinics and integrative care clinics as a lay midwife, assisted with women’s health and trauma support, and drew from the very skills and techniques she had seen modeled.

Entering formal nursing education, what she knew at core was that the first priority of nursing is devotion to human health—of individuals, families and of communities. She made it a goal to become not just a nurse, but a nurse healer. Looking back, her deepest calling has been realized through the practice of holistic nursing, and she has come to see healing as a journey into understanding the wholeness of human existence. Along the way, she has realized the importance of curiosity, of a commitment to lifelong learning, and of working together in partnership with the individual.

In 2002, she completed her Family Nurse Practitioner degree, after which she specialized in hematology and oncology at the Portland VA Medical Center, utilizing a functional and integrative medicine approach. Her 25 years there, first as a registered nurse, and then as a nurse practitioner, was a journey gratefully traveled with clients, families and colleagues.

She retired from the VA one year ago, and since then, has watched, listened, and ultimately realized that her soul and mind felt a loss; she was aching to work, once again, with people in a medical setting. She had been drawn to the way Dr. Kerry has redesigned the Healthy Living Family Community as a 501c3 clinic, and having previously worked in the clinic while the doctor was on maternity leave several years ago, approached and asked if she needed help, and, she said yes.

In life, Windy is a wife, mother and grandmother. She loves to walk, to sit quietly in nature, to work the soil, to find rhythm beneath the moon, to explore body, mind, spirit, wisdom. She connects most deeply with her ancestors while observing her grandchildren, and experiences great joy while laughing with friends and family.

So here is Windy, ready to step into a part-time position in the Healthy Living Family Community, grateful for the confidence that Dr. Kerry has placed in her to assist in the support of her clients.

Meet Dr. Susanne Lietz, ND

Dr. Susanne completed her naturopathic medical training at Bastyr University in Seattle followed by a primary-care residency at the National University of Natural Medicine. Her training and practice are based on the naturopathic philosophy, which holds that each individual has an innate drive and ability to heal. Using this foundation, Dr. Susanne is passionate about practicing patient-centered medicine and brings naturopathic modalities including botanical medicine, body work, and homeopathy into her visits.

An ideal day off for Dr. Susanne's includes being active in nature, along side a friend followed by good food! She also enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, learning about sustainability and working in the garden.

Meet Tami Butterfield, BScN, MScN, CN, and CNS Candidate

Tami is a Holistic Nutritionist who loves having conversations with people about all things food-related.

For over 20 years, she has utilized herbs and essential oils in various moments to support health for herself, her family, and her friends. Through the experiences with these modalities, she realized they alone didn’t work as well as they could. With this realization, it became clear there were foundations of health that provided the base for health and disease. The foundations of health she became most interested in and wanted to explore was nutrition and lifestyle.

After many years of holding different roles within various business markets, she decided to change her career path and return to school. With a desire to have a deeper understanding of food, nutrition, and health, she built a foundation of knowledge. She earned both a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master’s of Science in Nutrition from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM). She is a certified Nutritionist in the state of Washington, and is currently completing requirements to become a Certified Nutrition Specialist, which is an advanced nutrition credential.

Tami has a holistic approach to her nutrition and lifestyle services. By assessing; food relationships, food sensitivities, nutrition imbalances, and lifestyle factors relating to chronic diseases, she works with clients to thoughtfully develop personalized nutrition plans to fit their current and specific needs. In addition, she follows a weight-neutral approach that supports all bodies. She believes weight is not THE problem, but maybe a problem, and therefore she places focus on whole-body health that is supportive and inclusive of all bodies.

Her areas of special interest include gut health, hormone support (especially for women 35+), and mental health. By utilizing food, nutrients, mindset, and lifestyle modifications, she helps her clients discover their ability to have long-lasting health and wellbeing.

Outside of her work as a Nutritionist, Tami loves spending quality time with her family (which includes her two dogs- her fur babies), in the garden, reading books (mostly nutrition-related), hiking, and camping when she can, and catching up on her favorite shows.

Meet Pearl, MA

Pearl is HLC's medical assistant and office manager. Having grown up in a natural medicine minded family, working in a functional medicine environment is a perfect fit. She enjoys serving a population in which health is approached in a holistic way. She spends her free time adventuring with her two daughters.

Meeet Liz Jones, Community Connections Specialist

Liz has been working as a professional aerial dancer for the last 7 years, which is how she met Dr. Kerry. She is now on her own path to becoming a physician. Liz started out shadowing, and soon wanted to be more integrated into this wonderful community and clinic. You will see Liz at HLC events and in messages, and she will be at the clinic more and more as the year continues. She is looking forward to meeting you all!

Liz received two degrees from the University of Oregon, a BS in Dance, and BS in Human Physiology. She took the skills she learned from these programs, and those she learned from working with nonprofit organizations from a young age to become integrated into the nonprofit sector of Portland. She directs a youth performance company for a non profit dance organization, and has been part of the leadership team with that nonprofit for 5 years. She recently joined Healthy Living Community in an administrative and community connection role. She has extensive knowledge around creating new processes and implementing new procedures into small businesses. She also has held roles that required fundraising organization, social media content creation, and mass electronic communication. Liz is a non traditional premed student, and will be continuing to serve the medical community in Portland through her role at Healthy Living Community.