Laura earned her Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the prestigious Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2009. Laura’s rigorous four-year program included specialized training and clinical practice in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Western medical pathology and treatment, shiatsu massage, nutritional support, and other therapies. Prior to beginning her Masters program, Laura had a career in Public Health and she holds an undergraduate degree in Anthropology/Sociology and Pre-Med. Her desire to be more directly involved in patient care inspired Laura to pursue her education and training as a healthcare practitioner. Laura is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Oregon and is nationally certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
Laura’s style is gentle, effective and participatory. She is committed to providing her patients with the highest standard of care based on an attitude of openness, warmth, professionalism and respect.
Natural Doctors International – Clinic in Nicaragua
Laura volunteered for 10 days at an Integrative Medicine clinic on the Island of Ometepe in February 2014. She joined her colleague and friend Dr. Dawson Farr, ND who has been working at the clinic since 2013. After her trip in 2014, Laura joined the Natural Doctors International board as Treasurer.
For more information about NDI, please see: www.ndimed.org
Supporting Cancer Patients
Laura regularly donates acupuncture treatments to patients undergoing cancer treatment in Salem, Oregon. She has a special passion for supporting those fighting cancer.
Laura completed a year-long post-graduate course with Dr. Ed Neal on Nei Jing Classical Acupuncture through ISSCA – International Society for the Study of Classical Acupuncture.
Founded by Dr. Neal and several other colleagues and students in 2009, ISSCA serves as an educational community dedicated to scholarship, translation and preservation of classical acupuncture texts, and the sharing of information through clinical education and application. It is the sincere wish of ISSCA community members that through academic and clinical collaboration on such endeavors, the result becomes a weaving together in an elegant tapestry of our varying knowledge, experience and perspective related to the clinical art that is acupuncture. In this way, ISSCA’s goal is to implement these ancient ideas of acupuncture theory and practice into the modern world in such a way that it respects the paradigms of its creators.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Laura completed an 18 month post-graduate program in Shang Han Lun Chinese Herbal Medicine with Dr. Arnaud Versluys through ICEAM – Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine.
The Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine is an international organization to promote the education, research and clinical application of the classical writings of East Asian medicine. The institute offers post-graduate continuing education programs for East Asian medicine professionals through its branch institutes in both the USA and Europe. The institute is founded and directed by Dr. Arnaud Versluys, one of the very few Westerners to have received his full medical education in China where he trained for a total of twelve years to doctoral level with specialization in canonical formulas. He also trained in traditional discipleship for many years under the tutelage of acclaimed Shanghan expert, Dr. Zeng Rongxiu. Dr. Versluys founded the institute to promote the study and practice of the classics, improve clinical efficacy and preserve the original identity of East Asian medicine.