I am a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and licensed acupuncturist who is passionately dedicated to supporting you in your health goals with effective treatment. In addition to being a clinician, I’m also an academic and researcher. Since completing my graduate degree in 2001, I have specialized in reproductive medicine, female pelvic pain, and vulvovaginal pain, and will actively collaborate with your medical providers to provide integrative care.
CERTIFICATIONS & EDUCATION
I was initially licensed in Washington state in 2002, and am currently licensed in the state of Oregon. I am board certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. I completed my graduate degree at Bastyr University in 2001(MSAOM) and my post-graduate doctorate at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2009 (DAOM).
First and foremost, I am a Doctor of Chinese Medicine who loves to work with patients. I am committed to clear communication, gentle and effective treatment, and collaborative care. I am most interested in finding acceptable ways to help you be successful in reaching your family building, health, and wellness goals. My treatment philosophy is to provide you with expert care with humor and compassion, as well as any resources needed for support. Since I began private practice in 2002, I have developed my clinical expertise in the areas of infertility, pelvic pain, vaginal pain, and overall women’s health. Before moving to Portland in 2011, I directed an acupuncture clinic specializing in integrative reproductive medicine and managed an acupuncture program at an IVF clinic for more than 5 years. Currently, I practice solo within an integrative gynecology clinic, Synergy Women’s Health Care. I work alongside gynecologists, a nurse practitioner, and naturopaths. I am also an acupuncturist at Oregon Reproductive Medicine and credentialed to provide acupuncture at Oregon Health & Science University.
I am a clinical researcher interested in learning more about how acupuncture and the whole system of Traditional Chinese Medicine can impact common issues facing women like infertility and pain. I completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and the Human Investigations Program at OHSU. One of my research interests is to understand acupuncture’s role in treating women’s vulvovaginal pain. To that end, I was awarded a grant from the National Vulvodynia Association to investigate acupuncture as a treatment for vulvodynia, a painful vulvar condition. The results will be reported soon. My other research interest is how the whole system of Traditional Chinese Medicine can impact assisted reproduction. As mentioned above, I’ve written several papers on this topic and my most important one, The Impact of Whole Systems Traditional Chinese Medicine on In Vitro Fertilization Outcomes, is described here. You can see a list of all my publications here.
My academic experience includes faculty positions at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Bastyr University, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the Jade Institute. I am also Visiting Research Faculty at the Oregon Health and Science University. I teach about women’s health, infertility, and research methods.
I was highlighted in a 2006 news segment on KING-5 news on acupuncture support for fertility. In 2007, I was recommended in the 2007 Alternative Health Guide in Seattle Metropolitan magazine. In 2014, Portland Monthly Magazine highlighted some of my research. I was interviewed by Vancouver, BC’s independent paper the Georgia Straight, and CBC Radio’s Early Edition about my research. You can also here my interviews on the following podcasts: Sperm Meet Egg, Yin-Yang Podcast, and CBS Radio’s Grow, Cook, Heal with Jill Blakeway. In 2017, I was honored to be nominated by my peers as an acupuncture Top Doctor.