I discovered Chinese medicine shortly after moving to Oregon to complete my undergraduate studies. I began my journey as a patient, but after several years of becoming an increasingly curious beneficiary of the medicine I found myself drawn into the formal study of Chinese Medicine. In Chinese medicine, I found tools that helped me to transform myself, and which I have seen lead to dramatic positive shifts in patients.
As a long-time community activist I found myself wanting to help people on a more personal level, and in a way that would lead to lasting changes in people’s lives.
I have been blessed to study with fantastic teachers, both at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM/formerly NCNM) and abroad. My closest teachers, Roger Batchelor and Brandt Stickley, are both dedicated community health workers who focus on patient-centered care. Their acupuncture and herbal strategies have helped me to deeply listen to patient’s experience and provide effective and affirming treatment for a wide range of injuries and ailments. I have also studied the Shen-Hammer pulse system with Stephen Higgins, which is particularly focused on helping to diagnose and treat emotional disturbances.
Who can I help?
I love to treat pain, both from recent injuries or accidents and more chronic pain. I specialize in helping people who have both longterm pain and emotional distress, which often cycle into one another. This can be a very difficult dynamic for patients to live with, and one that often leaves Western medical providers at a loss for what to do. In using Chinese Medicine I find that the improvement of one symptom usually leads to the improvement of the others, allowing us to use the interrelated nature of pain and sorrow to the benefit of the healing process.
I also have a strong focus on care for the LGBT community. I’ve written articles for our blog specifically about how Chinese Medicine can help LGBT patients with hormonal transition, pelvic pain, and under-diagnosed conditions. My experience is both in meeting the medical needs that queer and trans patients specifically have and also in being a safe and affirming provider that people can come to about any health concern.
- B.S. Liberal Studies at Portland State University
- M.S. Oriental Medicine at National University of Natural Medicine
- Board certified in Acupuncture from National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
- Licensed by the Oregon Medical Board as LAc
- 2 years independent study of the Shen-Hammer pulse system with Stephen Higgins
- Traveled to Shanhai in 2015 to study with Dr. Li Xin
Insurers I'm credentialed with:
- Insured with nearly all plans at my Portland practice, but currently in the process of credentialing for Astoria. If you have insurance, please contact the main office to see if you might be able to bill out of network. Otherwise, you can pay out of pocket, or with a MVA or worker's comp claim.
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