Vera 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 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 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 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 (email@example.com). For more info, see his website: shinephysicaltherapy.com.
McKenzie Gaby, LAc.
McKenzie Robin Gaby, LAc is a board certified, licensed acupuncturist in both Oregon and Colorado. She attended the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where she obtained her Master of Science degree in Acupuncture.
McKenzie specializes in treating digestive and emotional issues, headaches, neck and back pain, insomnia, anxiety, and addiction-though she treats a variety of other ailments too.
McKenzie holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and advocates a plant-based diet and lifestyle. She is currently studying holistic nutrition and sports nutrition through the University of Natural Health, and Western Herbalism through Heart of Herbs. She holds a Master's Degree in Writing from Portland State University.
She just moved back to Oregon in June of 2014 and has already fallen in love with the Pacific Northwest. She is passionate about animals, plants, food, art, and film and is a mycology enthusiast, an illustrator of birds, a vegan cookbook collector and wannabe cookbook writer, and is cultivating her green thumb.
Melanie Misenheimer, LAc.
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.
Lexie 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 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 (integralacupuncturehealth.com).
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.