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).
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 "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 the rest is history.
Her bodywork practice boomed as she was able to not only feel hot spots, but cold ones... the camera taught her to feel the cold "lines", which when massaged, often provided phenomenal results. Keeping up with demand, Candace found herself experiencing numbness in her back 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.
It was a shocking rabbit hole for her to go down, because 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 the limitations in breast tissue which is mammographically dense (normal tissue that's prevalent in younger & midlife women). She found that not only are they sources of extra radiation believed by many to contribute to DNA damage, heart and lung disease, and even 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 (and subsquent over-treatment) is rampant according to respected authorities who published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2012 estimating that 1.2 million women had 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. "These women will have either a part of their breast or the whole breast removed, and they will often receive radiotherapy, and sometimes chemotherapy. Furthermore, about 200 healthy women will experience a false alarm. The psychological strain until one know whether or not it was cancer, and even afterwards, can be severe." Screening for Breast Cancer with Mammography - published by the Nordic Cochrane Center 2012.
Perhaps the most important role for thermography, in Candace's opinion, is its ability to provide metabolic information or thermal signatures of lumps. It's widely accepted that the aggressive cancers have the hottest thermal signatures and that idle calcifications have cool signatures.
Candace is honored to provide safe screening to those lucky enough to learn & understand the power and value of thermography in a world that has repressed it since the 1950's. Her clients are usually aware and concerned about the dangers of screening with ionizing radiation, but many are just waking up to the prevalence and harm caused by over-diagnosis and subsequent over-treatment of breast cancer. (see work of H. Gilbert Welch on this site, author of Overdiagnosed).
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.
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: