As a healer, I believe the best medicine to lead your body to physical and emotional health uses both alternative and Western medical understanding. My goal is to find the top techniques and evidenced-based tools of both Chinese and Western medicine to assist you to optimum health. I am passionate about providing my patients the best of what Chinese medicine has to offer – time tested, natural treatments that are designed to stimulate your body to heal itself.
I have been caring for patients with Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the same location in SW Portland for more than 12 years. My practice is varied, with men, women, and teens coming to heal all types of ailments. If I do have a specialty, it is in the treatment of pain and the wide range of often intolerable physical and stress-related complaints people experience in this fast-paced world.
During your treatment, I take the time to listen to all of you–body, mind, and emotions–to really hear what is ailing you. I will read your pulses throughout treatment to assess your vital life force (your “qi”). This force may be stuck or moving too fast or slow. If so, your body does not receive proper nourishment and the outcome is pain and discomfort. My pulse reading allows me to tailor your treatment to your unique needs to create effective, focused pain relief.
Professionally, I am licensed by the State of Oregon both as an Acupuncturist (LAc) through the Board of Medical Examiners and as a Professional Counselor (LPC), and hold Master’s Degrees in each of these disciplines – one of only two professionals in Oregon with these dual degrees. Since I began my practice in 2003, I have been certified in good standing at the national level by The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (http://www.nccaom.org/).
Why Did I Become an Acupuncturist?
In 2000, I transitioned from my active counseling practice to attend Oriental medical school at OCOM because:
- acupuncture helped me personally heal several life threatening conditions, and
- as a counselor, I saw patients stuck in larger patterns than just their emotional wounds and I realized I needed a bigger toolbox to help patients heal. So I sought out this 3,000 year old whole person medicine called acupuncture. Added to my own natural intuitive healing skills, these ancient medical tools equipped me to help you heal your wounds and return you to vibrant health.
With my varied medical background, I was selected by the Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Health Research to conduct two mind-body interventions based on Chinese medicine, qigong and the Tapas Acupressure Technique® for weight-loss maintenance in overweight and obese adults. If you are interested, here are the citations to that research »
Outside the clinic, people who know me say I am a whirlwind of activity and am most alive when I am making or learning new things which I can share with those around me. I am a restless creator of art and three years ago I took up piano to keep my mind challenged. I also garden–which really involves trying to keep the deer and rabbits out of my produce! Most days I do my best to get some exercise and when I can, steal away to kayak local waters or hike new sites. My favorite place is the ocean where I can spend hours combing the beach for agates and heart rocks. And though it sounds like I am on the go a lot, I am really just a homebody at heart who will spend as much time as I can with my family and friends.
I hope this narrative helps you get to know me a little bit and draws you to see me when you need my healing help.
“I come to Chérri for her gentle but successful acupuncture technique, her incredible knowledge of the working of the human body and mostly the fact that she listens and cares so damn much.” ~Paige D.