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:
- Pacific Source/Reliant Behavioral Health
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield (Regence)
- Patient-Provider Co-Op
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