About Us

The Physicians — and the Mission — Behind Mindful Roots

 Mindful Roots
Mission Statement

The formation of Mindful Roots stemmed from a fun and collaborative project initiated by three forward thinking female physicians. Our diverse backgrounds make for the foundation (and thus roots) of our practice. Mindful and careful consideration of what we bring to our community is the basis of our mission. 

Our primary focus with our new adventure stems from the identified need in our community to provide both a safe and secure space, in addition to time, to discuss sensitive subject matter. Our goal is to create an open atmosphere to talk about body image, sexual and pelvic health without judgment. The current focus will be with urinary incontinence, pelvic floor relaxation, core strength, body image, and overall wellness.

“Imagine being able to move, cough, laugh, run, and not to worry about pads, odor, embarrassment or shame.”

Making Strides

We are very excited to announce that we are the FIRST practice IN MAINE to provide EMSELLA, technology based on HIFEM (High- Intensity Focused Electro-Magnetic) energy that produces deep pelvic floor contractions and strengthening.

This has been FDA approved for both urge and stress incontinence for woman AND men. An exciting alternative (or addition) to the
current options of physical therapy, pessaries, medications, or surgery. This works!! It has been found to be 95% effective and can change your life! Imagine being able to move, cough, laugh, run, and not to worry about pads, odor, embarrassment or shame. Babies, life, and time… Most of us have been affected by incontinence. And it does not stop at the bladder. All of our organs rely on the strength of our pelvic floor, there are many potential benefits to this therapy. As ob-gyns and family practice physicians we cannot tell you how passionately we feel about this cause.

In addition to the pelvic floor another very important (and again forgotten) aspect to our overall health is our muscle core. How we breathe, stand, and carry ourselves depend on our core strength. To
help address this need we are excited to provide the EMSCULPT.

Using the same technology discussed previously, this machine focuses primarily on three different treatment areas, rectus muscles, glutes, and thighs. In addition to muscle strength, the Emsculpt also offers fat reduction. A final treatmentmodality is for Rectus diastasis (separation of the abdominal wall secondary to pregnancy) – a huge and frustrating problem not fixed by routine exercise, or requiring invasive surgery. The EMSCULPT therapy
has shown significant improvement with this issue. The before and after results for all treatment areas are impressive.

In the end we feel this technology is SAFE (no adverse side effects)* and marries FORM and FUNCTION. Something we all believe in. The Emsella and Emsculpt are just the beginning for us. Many great ideas and thoughts are in process for our future.

 We look forward to meeting and growing with you all!   

 *Some patients are not candidates for therapy (metal implants/ pacemakers/ some medical issues) therefore please fill out and review our health questionnaire prior to your consult. 

Why These Solutions?

Why Mindful Roots? 

We have picked the treatments we offer carefully with keeping the overall goal to focus on strength, innovation, and multiple benefits to our patients.

Emsella/FormaV:

Incontinence has an enormous impact on quality of life including avoiding activity, impact on sex life, impact on self esteem, sexual health, pain with sex, dryness as well as laxity. Provides a alternative or compliment to vaginal hormones (example breast cancer survivors) Effective results with minimal time commitment. No down time.

Emsculpt:

Helps athletes get a leg up, performance enhancement. Aesthetics – permanent fat reduction and muscle toning. Fat reduction — both superficial fat and visceral fat. Visceral fat known contributor to heart disease and metabolic syndrome – diabetes. Function- improves balance, can help people feel safe and empowered if severely deconditioned, has been shown to benefit those with lower back pain. Decreases rectus Diasthesis – Having the emsculpt and Emsella addresses the entire core.

Morpheus:

Treats skin laxity, sagging / crepe skin; diminishes scars. You are not only changing the appearance of your skin, you are changing the integrity and composition of its structure which equate to long term results.

Xeomin/ Versa/ Radiesse:

Improves signs of aging. Specific agents geared toward different concerns.

A female physician owned practice. Individualized care. Welcoming environment that is warm and not sterile. A no judgement zone to tell your story and find a safe place to land.

Our background of Ob-gyn and family practice (as well as being female) makes us uniquely aligned to care for the sensitive topics we address PLUS being osteopathic physicians give us the background of viewing the whole person and not just the individual complaint. Form and function are closely connected.

Working with us you get support, compassion, and a safe place to talk.

We treat incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunction, sexual health, core strengthening, as well as cosmetic treatments.

We met multiple times over coffee to see how we can help our community and instantly knew we had the same goals and that together we could be a powerhouse and create this environment and offer these treatments to both men and women. We recognized this kind of treatment and center is lacking in this area and know how important it is to feel confident in yourself. We went into medicine to help others and this is another side of health we wanted to aid in.

We love helping others gain confidence in themselves. Seeing people’s lives improved and how much freedom they can achieve is so motivating and powerful. People are often suffering in silence because they are not comfortable talking about their issues, and we want to shine a light on these topics and make it more of an open conversation.

Our treatment center is fun, innovative, and approachable. This is a no judgement zone! Let’s laugh, cry, and connect together!

Meet Our Medical Team

Rana Daniel, DO

Dr. Rana Daniel grew up in Massachusetts and got her Bachelor’s in Biology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Virginia. She went to the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated in 2008.

Rana’s interest in women’s health led her to complete her Ob/Gyn residency at Wilmington NC in 2012, and is board certified. She has an interest in helping women in all areas and stages of their lives, from adolescence to post-menopause.

When the opportunity arose, Rana jumped at the chance to form and join Mindful Roots because she sees the need to the community, and great things possible with this practice.

Dr. Daniel continues to work as an Obstetrician in Lewiston. She spends her free time with her husband, 3 children, and sweet Golden Retriever.

Catherine Krouse, DO

Dr. Catherine Krouse is a board certified family physician. She received her undergraduate education at Temple University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in World Religion, summa cum laude. She then graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011 at which time she moved to Maine complete her family medicine residency at Central Maine Medical Center in 2014.

Catherine decided to stay in Maine to start her own practice based on the philosophy of direct primary care, Lotus Family Practice in 2015. A successful practice established in Falmouth, Maine, Catherine was voted as Maine Osteopathic Association’s Young Physician of the Year in 2016. Since opening her practice she has developed interests in other areas such as obesity medicine, and is now working toward her board certification in this specialty. In addition Catherine has a passion for bringing light and awareness to areas that tend to hide in the shadows of our culture, resulting in shame, with regards to body image, obesity, sexuality, and pelvic floor dysfunction.

In her spare time Catherine has become a yoga instructor through Phoenix Rising Sun Yoga Therapy. Catherine’s lifelines include surfing, swing dancing, hiking, and skiing.

Lisa Parsons, DO

Dr. Lisa Parsons is a board certified ob-gyn. She received her undergraduate education at Skidmore College where she received a degree in biochemistry in addition to a wonderful liberal arts education. During her time at college her parents and brothers made the move from Guilford Connecticut to Maine. Loving the state of Maine, and loving her family, Lisa was happy to be accepted into the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in which she graduated in 2001. She completed her residency at Maine Medical Center in 2005 and was fortunate enough to work at All About Woman and Mercy Hospital until 2013 as a full-time ob-gyn working closely (and delivering) many in the Portland area community. Looking to spread her wings and try something new Lisa decided to split her time between teaching as the discipline chief and professor at the University of New England for the medical students, in  addition to continuing her clinical skills as an ob-gyn as a laborist- nocturnist in the Lewiston area .  

Wishing to continue to grow, and explore new opportunities, Lisa was lucky enough to find and collaborate with her partners at Mindful Roots.  

In addition to medicine and teaching, Lisa is a certified scuba diver, lover of all things bulldog, and cares dearly for her friends and family.