Rowan Everard, MS, LAc

I discovered Chinese medicine shortly after moving to Portland to complete my undergraduate studies. I began my journey as a patient, but after several years of being an increasingly curious patient I found myself drawn into the formal study of this 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 specialize in the treatment of emotional distress; anxiety, depression, and insomnia to name a few. I find that people are often able to return to a balanced place more quickly and in a more lasting way where acupuncture and herbs are in the mix. Chronic pain of various hard-to-define kinds is another passion of mine; I believe my patients’ experiences and work with them to resolve the underlying causes of their discomfort.

I also have a strong focus on queer and transgender care, both in the medical experiences 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. Regardless of what is dragging you down, I am excited to be your partner in healing.


  • 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:

  • Ash
  • Providence
  • HealthNet
  • Aetna
  • United
  • Pacific Source/Reliant Behavioral Health
  • LifeWise
  • Cigna
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield (Regence)
  • CareOregon
  • Patient-Provider Co-Op