As a practitioner of Chinese medicine, I have an intense passion to dig deeply into the traditions of Chinese medicine to find effective, truly holistic solutions for common health problems. I let my passion for traditional knowledge guide me in the pursuit of my passion to see people happy, healthy, and thriving.
I also see it as part of my job to discuss with you what’s going on in your life.
Truly holistic medicine embraces all features of a person. I’m not a counselor, of course, and I certainly don’t pry where I’m not wanted. However, often during the therapeutic relationship, issues of life, vision, hope, personal organization and occupation come up. I’m there for you as a non-judgmental ear, ready to connect you with resources, brainstorm strategies, or simply listen. While this is a rarely discussed part of Chinese medicine, I believe it is an important one.
I have skill and interest in helping people resolve the kinds of chronic, debilitating conditions that they cannot seem to find help for anywhere.
Digestive problem that just won’t go away? Insomnia with no particular cause? Auto-immune condition with no solid diagnosis? Endless series of colds, flus and allergy attacks that leave you winded and broken? A combination of safe and effective Chinese herbs, acupuncture and strategizing around lifestyle and diet CAN and WILL find you in better place.
In Chinese herbalism, I follow a methodology that sticks as close to the Han and pre-Han dynasty classical texts of Chinese medicine as possible. These texts articulated a method for treating human disease that is timeless. While the environments we live in have changed quite a bit since 200BCE, the human body continues to manifest reactions in similar ways as it always has – further – the treatment philosophies laid down by the ancient Chinese simply WORK, no matter the time and place. I continue to study for hundreds of hours every year, mostly through the Institute of Classics of East Asian Medicine.
In acupuncture, I utilize classical theories but have lately been studying and utilizing a more modern system known as the Tung acupuncture style. This is an acupuncture method that chiefly uses points below the elbows and knees, thus requiring relatively little disrobing, and is excellent for treating pain from all causes. While I do combine this style with other acupuncture methods, and throw in moxibustion, cupping and essential oils to enhance treatment, I'm finding the Tung style more and more important in my work in Astoria.
I always seek to understand things from as many angles as possible. I don't believe that one perspective can tell us the whole story.
This means I’m always studying, always testing, always working to increase my understanding of the things I’m interested in. Hopefully, some of the “data” below will help to show you how I’ve done that in the real world. If you ever have any questions about me as a practitioner or any of my qualifications and activities, please feel free to call or email.
Something a little personal?
I live in Astoria, in Uniontown, and have since 2016 with my wife, Amanda Barp. We came from Portland, where we lived for 10 years, and I've been in Oregon overall since 1995. Before that, I lived all over the western United States. I love Chinese medicine, and geek out about it endlessly.
But, I also love Philosophy, flora and fauna of the great Pacific Northwest, hiking and walking (you'll see me walking all over town) and all kinds of music. I'm a true animal lover and we currently have three cats in our house (one never talks about “owning cats.”) If you like, you can see the world through my eyes on my personal Instagram account.
Education & Training
- Dual BS degrees from OSU / Biology & Philosophy
- MA work at OSU / Applied Ethics
- MSOM at National College of Natural Medicine, with Honors
- Board certified in Acupuncture from NCCAOM
- Diplomate in Canonical Chinese Medicine from ICEAM
- Herbal discipleship & clinical training from Heiner Fruehauf, PhD
- Ongoing Canonical Chinese Herbal training from ICEAM including advanced seminars and SHL Lines Retreat
- Co-owner and CMO/CEO of Watershed Wellness
- Webmaster and participant with Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World
- Assistant Instructor at Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine
- Owner & writer at Deepest Health
- Previously (2009-2019) adjunct faculty at National University of Natural Medicine