Training and Experience
I completed my training at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland with a Master of Oriental Medicine degree. This school has been rated the best school in the country in the field several times. The program at OCOM was three years long, including a one year internship at several area clinics. I also trained for a month in two different Nanjing hospitals, where I got still more hands-on experience treating patients with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. I also received my Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville prior to starting OCOM. I continually keep myself up to speed on the latest research in the medical field. I was a co-chair of the research club at OCOM the whole time I was there and I was also President of the Chinese language club during my time in grad school. After graduation from OCOM I worked for about a year as an associate acupuncturist of my teacher Dr. Yan Lu at his clinics in SE Portland and Vancouver, WA. I've been on my own as a contractor or simply independent since then. After starting at Clackamas Injury Rehab in 2011 I completed training to become both a Chiropractor's Assistant and a Physical Therapy Aide as well. In the past I worked at Zen Space Healing Center in NE Portland and at Skyline Integrative Medicine in SW Portland. I have worked at My Path Wellness in Milwaukie which is now (adjacent to) my own clinic called The Healthy Foundation in Milwaukie. There's a lot of overlap in there, with almost always at least 2 places going on at once. I like to multitask. And now I'm also at The Wildfire Clinic!
The number one most important tools in my toolbox are my ears. I use them to listen! Speaking of tools, an important thing to consider is the fact that I don't have to do acupuncture to help you. I'm an Oriental Medicine practitioner, not just an acupuncturist. If we do acupuncture, I use small needles and a guide tube to keep my acupuncture pain free. My massage style can be pretty deep if necessary and I do a lot stretching if required. This massage can include cupping and gua sha (youtube has good videos if you don't know what these are). I keep a table warmer and TDP lamp warm for each patient that needs it, not to mention blankets, sheets, and gowns to keep you warm and modest. I ask a lot of questions and feel like I treat each patient as a whole, unique individual rather than just a number or a series of symptoms. I am a nutrition nut so I make sure to include food as medicine for every patient. That may extend to herbal medicine if food, massage, and acupuncture alone aren't enough. I also make sure to include a lot of other patient education for my patients when I think it will help, including information about supplements, exercises, stretches, referrals, books, and articles.
15 minute consult - Free
One session (in person/by phone, including music by request, herbal consult, acupuncture, acupressure, laser acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, TDP far infrared heat lamp therapy, a table warmer, nutrition advice, exercise advice, supplement "prescription," and/or a nap, but probably not all at once:) - $65 (packages available)
Massage (Tuina, Sotai, cupping, gua sha, acupressure, or some combination) - $1/minute in increments of 5 minutes up to 20 minutes total during one of the above sessions