Winding Waters Clinic's mission is to provide
comprehensive, compassionate care
to the families and visitors of Wallowa County.
On our home page we post news and informational updates
as well as brief bios of OHSU residents working at the Clinic.
Rita Lahlou, MD, MPH
March 4th - April 11th, 2014
Rita was born in Morocco, to the two most loving and selfless people she knows. Early childhood was spent first in Rabat, Morocco, then in Norman, OK, where her brilliant little brother was born, and finally in Centreville, VA. Growing up in a suburb of Washington, DC, gave Rita the opportunity to be- friend people from all over the world, to be involved in national politics and to spend long, hot summer days at the pool. After high school, Rita headed a few hours south to go to college at the University of Virginia, where she spent her time studying bioethics, catching live concerts, and hiking in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. After four years in Charlottesville, Rita headed further south to attend medical and public health school at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. There, she began to develop her professional interests in prevention, chronic diseases, maternal and child health, systems of health care and medical education. She also developed her personal interests in yoga, by training to be a yoga teacher, and in gardening and bread baking. Rita feels unbelievably privileged to be able to work with patients to improve mental and physical health. She believes that family physicians are in the perfect position to advocate for patients and communities and to improve health care systems. She believes that OHSU is the perfect place to develop the skills needed to be an excellent family doctor in our evolving health care system. Rita travels whenever she gets the chance she has spent time working in Bangladesh and Honduras, and of course loves to visit her extended family in Morocco. She was thrilled to move across the country to Portland and is looking forward to spending her free time cooking for friends, hiking in the beautiful nearby parks, exploring the city by bike and running along the river.
Winding Waters Clinic, P.C. is proud to be implementing a new facet to
our ever expanding and improving health care environment. Winding Waters
Clinic, a certified Patient Centered Primary Care Home, believes that
all aspects of a person’s health are important. That is why Winding
Waters Clinic will have on staff behavioral health consultants(BHCs).
The mission of a BHC is to provide behavioral counseling to patients in a
medical setting. The BHC is a highly skilled individual who helps the
patient through chronic illness, and other mental stressors. Our BHCs
are completely patient centered, allowing them to effectively help our
patients. The duties of our BHCs range from performing behavioral risk
assessments, to teaching and educating the patient and his/her family.
Effective evidence based treatment is key to the success of our BHCs. By
taking a holistic approach, encompassing both mental and physical
health, Winding Waters Clinic is ushering in a new era of patient
Go to the Downloads page to download an information packet and worksheet for those qualifying for discounted fees. If you would like a hard copy mailed to you, please call to request.