I’ve been a partner and co-owner of Watershed Community Wellness in Portland, Oregon since 2009. I’ve given thousands of massages and my skills as a massage therapist continue to amaze and soothe my many loyal clients. After completing my Bachelor’s Degree at Oregon State University I was trained in Massage Therapy in Eugene, Oregon. I moved to Portland in 2005 with my family and started my career as a Massage Therapist. I’ve worked for myself off and on over the years, and found that I enjoy the freedom and creativity that comes with working for myself.
Along with the basic training in Swedish massage that all Massage Therapists are required to have in Oregon, I have expanded my training in the ways I feel will be most beneficial to my clients. I have training in Deep Tissue massage, Hawaiian Lomilomi, Hawaiian Lomi’ili’ili (hot stone massage), Shiatsu, and pregnancy massage.
I have worked on all sorts of people, young and old, all with different body types and different goals in mind. I work hard to help my clients feel good in their bodies and to feel better when they walk out the door. One of my primary aims in bodywork is to increase the integration of mind and body in my clients. Regardless of whether I’m giving a relaxation massage or a more therapeutic focused massage, I emphasize a non-judgmental, safe environment for all of my clients. I enjoy sharing the knowledge of the body that I have learned in my training and hope that you will find your body and the way it works as fascinating as I do.
To contact me directly by email : [email protected]
To contact me directly by phone : 503-473-9142
As a practitioner of Chinese medicine, I have an intense passion to dig deeply into the traditions of Chinese medicine to find effective, truly holistic solutions for common health problems. I let my passion for traditional knowledge guide me in the pursuit of my passion to see people happy, healthy, and thriving.
I have a particular interest and skill in the kind of chronic internal medicine problems that cause practitioners of all types of medicine to throw up their hands. Digestive problem that just won’t go away? Insomnia with no particular cause? Auto-immune condition with no solid diagnosis? Endless series of colds, flus and allergy attacks that leave you winded and broken? A combination of safe, effective Chinese herbs, acupuncture and strategizing around lifestyle and diet CAN and WILL find you in better place.
I also see it as part of my job to discuss with you what’s going on in your life. Truly holistic medicine embraces all features of a person. I’m not a counselor, of course, and I certainly don’t pry where I’m not wanted. However, often during the therapeutic relationship, issues of life, vision, hope, personal organization and occupation come up. I’m there for you as a non-judgmental ear, ready to connect you with resources, brainstorm strategies, or simply listen. While this is a rarely discussed part of Chinese medicine, I believe it is an important one.
I always seek to understand things from as many angles as possible – from the theoretical to the practical. This means I’m always studying, always testing, always working to increase my understanding of the things I’m interested in. Hopefully, some of the “data” below will help to show you how I’ve done that in the real world. If you ever have any questions about me as a practitioner or any of my qualifications and activities, please feel free to call or email.
Education & Training
- B.S. Philosophy – Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis, OR
- B.S. Biology (OSU)
- Completed work in M.A. Applied Ethics (OSU)
- M.S. Oriental Medicine, graduated with Honors – National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, OR
- Board certified in Acupuncture from National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
- Licensed by the Oregon Medical Board as LAc
- Chinese herbal medicine discipleship with Heiner Fruehauf
- Canonical Chinese medicine training – Shang Han Lun series – ICEAM
- Clinical observation at Haishan Clinic (Heiner Fruehauf)
- Founder and writer since 2005 at Chinese medicine website, Deepest Health
- Founder and writer at Chinese Medicine Quarterly
- Co-owner of Watershed Community Wellness
- Overseer of online marketing for Chinese herbal company, Classical Pearls
- Adjunct faculty member, teaching Chinese herbs at NCNM
To reach me directly by email : [email protected]
To reach me directly by phone : use the regular clinic phone, 503-820-8040
I came to know Chinese Medicine as an integral part of my own healing journey. I left a successful career in engineering as well as the western model of care to seek out help for my own state of dis-ease by traveling the countries of Asia. It is there that I discovered the efficacy of Thai massage and I witnessed firsthand the massive power and simplicity of the acupuncture needle that almost instantly cured me of an ailment that western medicine had been unable to remedy in over a year of treatment. In addition to obtaining the Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine, I completed a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Classical Chinese Medicine where my continued study of the classical texts and cultural arts informs and deepens my practice of this ancient art form. My story and that of my clients has consistently been one of transformation. I am committed to connecting with you and providing you the safety and healing you need to move through whatever healing challenges you may be facing. Please contact me for a free consultation to see how this amazing medicine may fit your needs.
Education & Training
- Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis, Intermediate Intensive, Dr. Leon Hammer Spring 2011
- Master of Science, Oriental Medicine, High Honors, National College of Natural Medicine 2010
- Certificate of Advanced Studies in Classical Chinese Medicine, NCNM 2010
- Herbal discipleship, Heiner Fruehauf 2009-2010
- Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis, Brandt Stickley 2009-2010
- Certificate of Neijing Acupuncture, Edward Neal, MD 2009
- Thai Massage Intensive, Sunshine Network, Thailand 2005
- Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California at Berkeley 2000
- Bachelor of Arts, Cognitive Science, University of California at Santa Cruz 2000
To contact me directly by email : brandon@watershedcommunitywellness[email protected]
To contact me directly by phone : 503-902-1099
Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be a doctor, but I was dissatisﬁed with the outcome and treatment options that the conventional Western paradigm offered. I watched as many family and friends became ill with diagnoses I felt were preventable. I wanted to choose a career where I could effectively help people. I focused my undergraduate degree on comparative religious studies with an emphasis in Eastern philosophy.
My path wound through shamanism, Egyptology, ayurveda, Tibetan medicine and Taoism, which is where I was ﬁrst introduced to acupuncture. My path became clear at the end of my undergraduate studies when I attended the International Women’s Conference in Kampala, Uganda, where my natural inquiry was to study medicine. I moved to Portland in 2003 to begin my work at the National College of Natural Medicine, and in 2011 earned degrees as a Naturopathic doctor and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine.
I have studied western and Chinese herbs extensively and use them frequently in my practice. Other speciﬁc modalities I use are acupuncture, Biotherapeutic Drainage, craniosacral therapy, homeopathy and I focus largely on food and nutrition counseling. I have done extra study on 5-element acupuncture, 2 year study with the New England School of Homeopathy, Sankaran method of homeopathy, Biotherapeutic Drainage, contemporary Chinese pulse diagnosis, shiatsu massage technique and I have been astudent of yoga since 1998.
In addition to medicine, my other passions include indulging in Portland’s food culture,hiking, biking, yoga, photography, rock climbing, dancing, cooking, sewing, knitting andwatching my little girl explore the world.
My goal as a doctor is to guide, educate and support my clients so that they can regain autonomy over their bodies and health. My journey to becoming a naturopath and acupuncturist has been long and deliberate, and it is with honor that I hope to facilitate your healing journey.