Vera Brink, L.Ac.
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).
Adam 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.
Suzanne Chi, L.Ac.
Suzanne received her Master's of Science in Oriental Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in 2012. She is fully certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as a Diplomate of Acupuncture. Her special clinical interests include orthopedics and sports medicine, in which she is completing an apprenticeship program by Whitfield Reaves, OMD, LAc.
She also enjoys helping patients manage stress, headaches and menstrual disorders. In her spare time, she is co-director and performer with Muddy Feet Contemporary Dance.
Melanie Misenheimer, L.Ac.
Melanie is a licensed Acupuncturist and board certified Chinese herbalist. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts with a double major in Business Management and Sport Management and a minor in International Relations. She experienced study abroad opportunities in Brisbane, Australia and Coventry, England. Melanie moved to Portland, OR to pursue her master's degree in Classical Chinese Medicine at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM). The program is a full-time four year course that encompasses training in acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Chinese medical psychology, oriental bodywork therapies, Western biomedicine, nutrition and diet therapy, Tai Ji, and Qigong.
Melanie believes healing from disease occurs through integrating mind, body, and spirit. She feels symptoms and emotions are symbolic messengers from the innate wisdom within the patient's being, which is striving towards an inner experience of wholeness. By honoring the wisdom within the patient's symptom presentation, Melanie works to shift the pattern of dis-ease into one of healing and inner connection.
Melanie's NCNM master's thesis explores the crossover between Jungian Analytical Psychology and Chinese medicine. Many of the common pathological presentations we see today are often the result of unconscious complexes (mental/emotional patterns) causing symptoms and illness in the physical body. In her practice, Melanie works with patients to shift these patterns by restoring the harmonious flow of qi and establishing healthy physiological functioning within the body. Because each of the acupuncture points on the body represent archetypal energies, Chinese medical modalities offer a unique and effective means through which patients can work to come into conscious relationship with the archetypes and complexes discussed in Jungian psychology.
Maria Perez, L.Ac.
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.