Acupuncture is an effective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic health care system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive treatment method to help millions of people become well and stay well. Acupuncture promotes natural healing. It can enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.
During the initial exam a full health history is taken. Questions are asked regarding health, symptoms and lifestyle. An appropriate physical exam is conducted, including pulse and tongue diagnosis.
Gathering this information enables the practitioner to effectively diagnose and detect any specific imbalances of Qi that may have contributed to a person’s health problems. The practitioner can then create a well-structured treatment plan.
Once the imbalances of Qi are detected, an acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints along meridian pathways. This safe and painless insertion of the needles can unblock the obstruction and balance Qi where it has become unbalanced. Once this is done, Qi can freely circulate throughout the body, providing adequate nourishment to cells, organs, glands, tissues and muscles. This can eliminate pain and restore balance and harmony, as well as the body’s ability to heal itself—ultimately leading to optimal health and well-being.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are safe,
effective and drug-free therapies that can help
address a wide variety of common ailments and problems.
Meet Our Acupuncturist:
Laura is licensed acupuncturist with the Oregon Medical Board and a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine with the National Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Laura graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM), one of the oldest and most comprehensive programs for the study of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in the country. During her time at OCOM Laura completed a four year Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and two year internship working with the underserved populations of Portland treating addictions, trauma and mental health issues.
Before becoming an acupuncturist, Laura served five years active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard as a Corpsman, Health Service Technician. Laura worked closely with Medical Officers on base clinics providing emergency healthcare services and daily medical care for Coast Guard personnel and their military families.
Laura has advanced training in orthopedic acupuncture, Japanese-style acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Shiatsu massage. Her style of acupuncture is a gentle approach tailored to each individual's needs. She has experience treating a wide variety of chronic pain conditions, arthritis, joint pain and inflammation, trauma, injuries, and degenerative health diseases. Treatments with Laura can include:
~ Electro needling
~ Shiatsu/Tuina massage
~ Infrared heat lamps
~ Herbal medicine
~ Chinese nutrition
When Laura is not treating patients in the clinic she enjoy being outdoors and the beauty of PNW with her family. She if has to stay inside, she’ll like to curl up with her kiddos, grab a good book or movie and order takeout from their favorite local cuisine.