Candace Parmer's background in orthopedic manual bodywork and lifelong interest in health and nutrition gave her a background that is perfect for being a thermographer. She loves imaging and asks the right questions to get your health concerns and health history clearly documented and conveyed to the interpreting physicians called "thermologists" (board-certified medical doctors with training in interpreting thermal patterns).
Perhaps the most important role for thermography, in Candace's opinion, is its ability to provide metabolic information over time about thermal signatures of lumps. It's widely accepted that the aggressive cancers have the hottest thermal signatures and that idle "indolent" calcifications have cool signatures.
Candace is affiliated with the American College of Clinical Thermology and has been a clinical thermographer since 2013 and an orthopedic manual therapist since 2007.
She learned of thermography while visiting a friend who had recently completed thermography training. When images were taken of Candace's recently injured knee (meniscus tear), a thin, long muscle called the "peronial" on the lateral (outside) calf "lit up". This was the exact area that Candace had been massaging to get pain relief. She was "sold" at that point, realizing thermal imaging was definitely "seeing the problem" and could therefore provide very valuable information to her as an orthopedic bodyworker. The desire for an infrared camera was irresistible and instead of bathroom remodel, a fancy infrared camera was purchased. Her bodywork practice boomed as the camera taught her to feel the cold areas (hot areas she had always felt). The cold areas, when massaged, often provided profound relief to hot inflamed adjacent areas.
Keeping up with demand, Candace found herself experiencing repetitive motion inuries and decided it was time to back off bodywork and begin studying women's breast health, the area of womens' bodies most widely known to benefit from screening with thermal imaging.
Learning about the history of breast cancer and breast screening was a shocking rabbit hole for her to go down. She realized there is enormous need for safe breast screening in a world where mammograms are still the gold standard of screening in spite of their shortcomings, particularly their limitations in breast tissue which is mammographically dense (normal tissue that's prevalent in younger & midlife women). She found that not only are mammograms sources of extra radiation believed by many to contribute to DNA damage, heart disease, lung disease, and many cancers, they require compression of 44 lbs (only takes 22 lbs to burst a tumor), and they lead to many false positives and subsequent needless painful biopsies (which may spread a tumor's cells).
But that wasn't the worst in her opinion as she learned of the shocking fact that was hiding in plain site: overdiagnosis is rampant according to two respected doctors (one is our local Archie Bleyer, MD @ OHSU, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2012 with Dr. H. Gilbert Welch of Dartmouth) estimating that 1.2 million women have undergone needless cancer treatment for tissue changes that were not destined to harm them.
Similar evidence of overdiagnosis was found years earlier in Europe by the respected Cochrane Institute that did a review of the world's meta-data on mammography screening. They concluded that for every 2000 women screened over a 10 year period, 1 would be treated and saved from a cancer death and 10 healthy women would become cancer patients, and be needlessly treated for a lump that was indolent or inactive, and not a threat to their lives.
After learning of the statistics, Radiant Body Thermography was born on a mission to make a difference.
We use the Meditherm Med2000 IRIS 7.5 system designed for medical applications. All Meditherm cameras are wholly built from the ground up in Lake Oswego, OR, at COMPIX, a factory that is FDA approved to manufacture medical devices for Meditherm. Our camera is classified under Class I Medical Devices (Medical Device Directive rule 12).
There is no radiation coming from the camera - it simply sees the infrared heat that you radiate!
Meditherm makes the only medical grade infrared imaging equipment on the market today. At this time, other brands of infrared cameras are modified industrial cameras, not medical grade, and do not have FDA factory inspections nor the same sensitivity of measuring thermal emissions from humans and may require cold stressing patient to get adequate readings.
Meditherm IRIS 7.5 camera features:
Kathy graciously helps with special projects. She is proud mother of 3 fabulous children, an advocate, volunteer and great asset to our staff. Her hobbies include organic gardening and is rumored to be venturing into soap making.
Katie is another independent expediter of all special projects, from research to assisting with clients and patients to public education about thermography. Her hobbies include creating photographic art from natural materials and she's a creator of music. For years, The Children's Theater has tapped into her ability to make customized music to fit their performances. We hope you enjoy her art that we are proud to share on this page.
Caryn is an independent with her own bookkeeping service. She keeps track of all things financial, making sure that the accountant gets a tidy accounting of income and expenses for calculating our tax obligation. She is an active mother of four who still manages to ride her bike hundreds of miles per year, usually riding her road bike from her home near Battleground Washington to our office in downtown Portland for her monthly visit.