Vera BrinkVera Brink, LAc.

Vera began a career in natural medicine in the garden of her childhood home in Los Angeles. Her love of nature eventually brought her to the smaller city of Santa Cruz, where she earned a B.A. in Cultural anthropology with a double focus on the culture o f music and food as medicine at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Hoping to help others rediscover the wisdom of plants in her sunny native city, she returned to L.A. and found herself in another kind of garden. While earning a Master's Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Yo San University, she managed to peel away from the books to volunteer at the Learning Garden in Venice Beach, which afforded her a closer look at the unique personalities of the Chinese herbs grown there. These powerful plants taught her even more about health through resonance with the dynamic balance of natural cycles.

Utilizing herbs, dietary guidance, acupuncture, cupping, and moxibustion, Vera strives to act as a vessel of transformation to support the innate wellness that dwells within everyone. She believes that each health challenge can be seen as a state that offers us opportunities to know and love ourselves more deeply, that a true state of health is one in which we not only hear our inner needs, but are also able to provide for ourselves in a loving way.

Vera is licensed in both California and Oregon as well as certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

Maria PerezMaria Perez, LAc.

Maria founded Brooklyn Community Acupuncture in 2006. She received her Doctorate in Oriental Medicine in 1999 from Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, NM. She had previously received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Oregon in 1996. After some years of making a living as a traveling musician and circus performer, Ms. Perez moved to Portland in 2001 to pursue her acupuncture career. In 2003 she opened Tiger Lily Wellness, an integrative health care practice with Krystee Sidwell, LMT. She later opened Brooklyn Community Acupuncture with the goal to expand the accessibility of acupuncture care to the general population.

Maria has since moved on to a practice and teaching career in New Mexico.

Adam BurrillAdam Burrill, L.Ac., MSOM

Adam completed his undergraduate degree in Physics in 1997 and soon initiated his journey into medicine by traveling to India to volunteer with the poor, combining science and compassion with service. Returning to the US in ill health, he saw a dozen doctors with no results before being healed with Acupuncture, Herbs and healthy Chinese inspired lifestyle changes. At National College of Natural Medicine Adam studied Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology, as well as Chinese Medicines classical texts, which deepen our modern understanding of health through ancient perspective. The focus of his thesis and internship were diseases that create atrophy and paralysis, typically seen in diseases like Multiple Sclerosis. While working with serious diseases such as these give good perspective for every patient, Adam focuses on the preventative and holistic approaches that Chinese Medicine is famous for, and are the major component of his practice.

Matthew ElliottMatthew Elliott, L.Ac.

Matthew Elliott is a board-certified acupuncturist who has been studying Chinese medicine for over ten years. His treatments incorporate acupuncture, massage, qigong and medical herbalism to help relieve pain, strengthen and nourish the body as well as complement other rehabilitation interventions.

Matthew specializes in the treatment of chronic pain, pre- and post-operative care, digestive and sleep disorders, and women's health. He is a graduate of the 400 hour advanced herbal training program through the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine, as well as the advanced acupuncture program offered by the International Society for the Study of Classical Acupuncture, of which he is a founding member. He holds certification in shiatsu and tuina massage lineages.

Outside the clinic, Matthew is an author, a wilderness guide, and a baseball coach. He maintains a practice at 2385 NW Westover Rd, and be reached by phone (503.715.7237) and email ( For more info, see his website:

Tara GregoryTara Gregory, LAc.

Tara is a board certi?ed Acupuncturist and Herbalist and is a graduate from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. After completing her Masters Degree she traveled to China for advanced post-graduate clinical study at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Nanjing, China. Following her time in China, Tara practiced Acupuncture with the Acupuncture Relief Project, providing low cost primary care at the Vajra Varahi Health Clinic in Chapagaon, Nepal.

Tara is passionate about helping people live healthier, happier, more expansive and pain free lives. She loves sharing the benefits of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with her patient, treating the underlaying cause of a disease as well as the associated symptoms for long-term wellness.

Tara treats a wide variety of conditions including pain management, mental-emotional wellbeing, women's health, stress management, fatigue, and digestive disorders. When not treating patients Tara enjoys exploring the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest, practicing yoga, and traveling.

Kevi KeenomKevi Keenom, LAc, MAcOM

I earned my masters degree in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture locally from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. The NCCAOM national board has certified me as a Diplomate of Chinese Herbal Medicine, of Oriental Medicine, Biomedicine (Western Medicine) and Acupuncture, and I'm a licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Oregon.

My interests in Chinese Medicine and culture have taken me abroad to study in China twice. First, in 2006 I studied Mandarin language at the Beijing Foreign Language University for the summer. In 2011 I spent a month in two Nanjing, China hospitals interning under a talented and experienced mix of Chinese Medicine practitioners. China has an extremely effective modern model of medicine which views and treats from the perspectives of both Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine to quicken healing times. My own background has been mutually supported by a blend of cultures and perspectives as well. Living in both Portland, Oregon and Honolulu, Hawaii drew me toward an appreciation for the Asian healing arts at a young age. This diversity of experience has blossomed into a full-time career in which I enjoy being an ambassador to Chinese healing knowledge in the United States. I look forward to the future of health care where collaboration for the benefit of the patient will seamlessly integrate the brilliance of modern science with the timeless wisdom of the past.

In my undergraduate studies on the island of Oahu I excelled in Botany, Religion and Philosophy courses and enjoyed a 6-month intensive scholarship in Mandarin language and Chinese culture. Back home in the Pacific Northwest, I enjoy treating people of all ages, from many walks of life and with a large variety of conditions. I find it especially rewarding to work with people who have never tried acupuncture before and make converts out of the skeptics. Personal passions beyond my practice include preparing healthy home-cooked meals, snowboarding, gardening and spending time with my family and loved ones.

Pamela LovallPamela Lovall, LAc.

Can you imagine a world in which you are your best self; healthy, happy and engaged with the world around you? I am passionate and committed to helping people live a healthier life through acupuncture. I know acupuncture works because of my own journey with Chinese medicine.

In college, I studied English literature - Which awoke in me a desire for understanding people and how they are effected by their environments. Following college, I obtained my license as a medical assistant and began working in a fast-paced orthopedic clinic. While there, I enjoyed my work with patients but began to be troubled by the volume of surgical referrals. I began to wonder if there was another way.

In 2007, I developed a sharp pain in my foot and sought treatment from one of my physician colleagues. My doctor told me I had a neuroma (an inflamed tendon) in my foot and suggested it would go away on its own with rest. He suggested surgery as an option if it didn't. I didn't want to have surgery but didn't know where to turn until a friend recommended acupuncture. Within a few treatments the pain was gone and I was hooked! My acupuncturist and I worked on issues ranging from pain, stress, insomnia, digestive problems to general well being. Every time I walked out of my acupuncturist's office I felt lighter, at peace, and happy.

Through my enrollment and training at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM), I gained an understanding of how (environmental, physical and emotional) stress affects the body, organs and channels. By looking outside of the box of allopathic (Western) medicine I was introduced to an approach that has been in practice for 2000 years. Suddenly everything made sense. Combined with my study of classic texts such as the Nei jing and Shang han lun, I can develop a personalized plan of action to help.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are a passion of mine. Everyone is a unique and fascinating mystery just waiting to be unraveled. Every symptom is a clue that describes the environment of their body. Armed with the tool of Chinese medicine I truly believe that healing is not only possible but inevitable and I am excited to help guide you along the road to living a healthy and pain free life.

Melinda NickelsMelinda Nickels, ND, LAc.

I’ve been in practice since 2008, and an acupuncturist at Brooklyn Community Acupuncture since 2010, and I truly love it. I truly enjoy meeting and working with each person who comes through the door, be they patients, volunteers, or fellow acupuncturists. My commitment to community based health care started before my professional education when I was a volunteer at the Oakland, CA based Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic, a clinic which provided free acupuncture, massage and nutritional support for low income women with cancer. During my time at NCNM studying Chinese and naturopathic medicine I spent as much clinical time as possible in community clinics, providing services to a diverse group of folks throughout Portland.

In my experience at BCA, community acupuncture provides something unique, a time out of time where you can go, sit in comfort, relax and let the needles and your body work together to get you balanced and feeling better. I’m happy to work with you on any health concern. Some specific areas of focus are pain management, headaches, allergies, fertility & hormonal balancing, and anxiety & depression.

Lexie PenalunaLexie Penaluna, LAc.

Ten years ago, Lexie began a quest to learn ways people can heal naturally from physical and mental/ emotional conditions. She holds a degree in massage therapy, is a master Reiki practitioner, an NLP practitioner, and has been mentored by many holistic healers. Lexie earned her master's degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.

Lexie enjoys breaking down what she has learned and making it practical and useful to her patients. During a treatment she uses one, some, or all of the following modalities: Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, moxibustion, and Reiki.

She is originally from Iowa, but has lived in many places around the country. Outside of work she enjoys making tasty food, being outdoors, hiking and visiting the coast, and having fun with friends and family.

Marilyn WilliamsMarilyn Williams, LAc.

I am often asked, "What brought you to Chinese Medicine?" Quietly, I admit my story is uncommon. There were no health issues, no driving force to practice medicine, nor did I have knowledge of this 'thing' called Acupuncture. It simply happened that the door was open, upon looking at the Bronze Man I felt "something", so I walked through the open door. Such a lightly simple single response, acknowledged within my core, a decision already made with the sight of an open door, unaware of the profound walk I had begun with that first step.

That was in 2006, Ft. Lauderdale, FL at the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine (ATOM), where I completed the TCM Master's program in 2012. I transferred to OCOM for a year continuing my studies as I transitioned back to the NW telecommuting to FL for my profession as a software engineer.

Today, NCCAOM board certified Acupuncturist with an active Acupuncture license in Oregon, I have joined BCAW and tend to cultivating my private practice (

I am grateful and excited stepping into the BCAW container for health and wellness. Here, I am reminded of the many depths to this medicine, yet to learn.

Be well in body, Be attentive in Spirit, Be profound in life.