My treatment philosophy is to treat the whole person, addressing all aspects of my patients’ lives. I would like to help my patients bring balance to all areas of the their life, physical/mental/spiritual health, diet, and lifestyle habits. -Jennifer
In the beginning …
Becoming an acupuncturist was, for me, like a meandering journey on a scenic highway with several stops along the way. The adventure began with four years in the navy where I literally sailed the high seas. After, in Portland, I indulged my love of food as a chef for 10 years in several well-known restaurants. Subsequently my food focus included a 10 year stint as an organic farmer.
Working with my hands in food and farming made me cognizant of nutrition as the first line of defense in healthcare. After all, food is what the body understands and assimilates most easily. We take in sustenance from the earth and transform it into energy in order to thrive and survive. Ultimately I determined my natural desire to offer comfort and care would serve a wider audience and be of more value if I pursued the path of Chinese medicine that was already part of my personal health plan.
I suffered for years from chronic pain. Western medicine offered only short-lived relief. My doctor suggested I try acupuncture and after a series of treatments I felt my body respond and find relief from daily pain. My body healed itself with treatments that have been helping people for thousands of years.
In service to learning …
I earned a Master’s (MAcOM) and a Doctorates (DAOM) degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland. I am Oregon State licensed and nationally board certified (NCCAOM) as a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine, including acupuncture and herbs. Studies included my special interest in woman's health, pediatrics, oncology and mental/emotional health. I treat patients for the entire spectrum of conditions and ailments including, but not limited to, musculoskeletal, allergies and digestive. Bringing the body back to balance so it may heal itself is the goal I share with all clients.
I am certified in 1,000 hand Buddha Qigong. I occasionally teach classes and also offer one on one instruction. This is a grounding and heart-opening form of Qigong beneficial to all. This practice encourages a sense of calm and peace to the heart and mind and has the additional benefit of improving memory function.
Adding balance to life …
I continue to love to cook, especially with the bounty from my garden. I love to play outdoors in all kinds of weather with my beautiful daughter and our dog. The ocean is my soul mate and the garden is my sanctuary. My work is, and always will be, based on passion for life and love of the universe around us. We are one.
My treatment style combines modern science and ancient wisdom. I treat my clients as individuals and draw from an array of disciplines, with an understanding that what works for one patient might not work for another. Patient autonomy is important to me, and I strive to create an environment where you can feel comfortable and in control of your health. I’ll always make time to answer any questions or explain any treatment methods.
I work with a variety of methods and styles. This means sometimes incorporating bodywork/massage, heat therapy, herbal remedies, electrostimulation, cupping, or essential oils into treatments. This being said, you are always in charge of your treatment and I will only use methods you’re comfortable with!
My special interests include treating musculoskeletal and pain conditions- I frequently work with athletes, dancers, runners, climbers, surfers, hikers, and the like. I also have experience working with fertility/women’s health, anxiety and stress management, sleep disorders, skin/dermatological conditions, and digestive issues. I’m always taking new classes and learning new techniques, so if you have any questions about what acupuncture or Chinese medicine could do for you, please reach out!
I approach my work as both an art and a science, but above all, a practice of the heart. My favorite thing about my job is that, with each client I treat, I get to grow my appreciation for humanity. The way in which nature expresses through human beings will never cease to fascinate and evoke awe in me. To paraphrase the genius of Dr. Leon Hammer, we are each fundamentally moved by a desire to stay intact within ourselves, and connected to our living surroundings. From this desire, rich with intelligence and tenderness, comes all health and all disease. When I learned that both states come from the same source, I was forever changed and knew that I was hooked on practicing this medicine for life.
I practice as I learned from my teachers, using their treatment techniques and diagnostic methods, but also motivated by their encouragement to stay in relationship to the moment, myself, and the person I’m treating, allowing each treatment to be a direct and compassionate response to what we discover there. Some of the tools I use are acupuncture, herbal medicine, manual therapy, and healing song. I also make dietary, movement, and lifestyle recommendations where appropriate.
I have a passion for treating mental and emotional complaints, digestive issues, and chronic and acute pain. I love investing in relationships with the people I serve. Our work together is a cooperative project in which we both engage, reflect, and collaborate on decisions that support your health.
Education and Training ...
Acupuncture: I am licensed by the Oregon Medical Board and certified as a Diplomate of Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). I graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, OR in 2014 with a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM).
Herbal medicine: In addition to studying Chinese herbal medicine at NUNM with Dr. Heiner Freuhauf and Dr. Joon Hee Lee, I have a strong background in community herbalism from my studies at the Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine, with Matthew Wood at the School of Traditional Western Herbalism, and with Scott Kloos at the School of Forest Medicine.
Manual therapy: During my time at NUNM, I studied subtle palpation, craniosacral therapy, and visceral manipulation with Dr. Sheila Murphy, and Shiatsu with Dr. Jim Cleaver.
Bazi: Bazi is an East Asian calendar science that uses symbols and cycles to understand the subtle forces that shape a human life. In its application it is akin to Western astrology. I am a beginning student of Bazi with Dr. Jaden Kim.
Outside of work ...
When I'm not practicing medicine, I love singing with others, spending time in nature, wildcrafting medicines, and gardening. I maintain a spiritual practice in the direct realization tradition of Kashmir Shaivism. I attempt to the best of my ability to live my life in rhythm with the wisdom traditions that I have been honored to study.
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