Hello and welcome! I’m Cita.
I have been practicing acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in Portland since 2001, and I think this medicine is magical. I have seen it transform lives, sometimes dramatically. Along with treating various physical conditions it also facilitates emotional well-being, revitalizes the body and mind, and enhances self-awareness and connection, all of which lead to greater choices and possibilities in life.
I originally came to Chinese Medicine in the 90s, when a knee injury had me on crutches for 3 weeks. After an MRI, I still had no clear diagnosis and wasn’t sure where to turn. A friend suggested I try acupuncture. I did, and was fascinated by the movement of energy I felt in my body and the sense of calm I felt after treatments. My knee also got better, and I was able to get back to the hiking that I loved.
I wanted to share the wonders of this medicine with others, and decided to study at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM), receiving my Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (M.Ac.O.M.) in 1998. After completing an acupuncture residency in North Carolina, I returned to Portland in late 2000. At the present time I see patients in my private practice, and supervise acupuncture student interns, in their work with patients, at OCOM’s teaching clinic.
My goal as an acupuncturist is to get you feeling free and at ease, in your body and mind, so you can get back to doing the things you love. I also believe in education, and enjoy sharing simple tools and suggestions that can help relieve pain and enhance your well-being.
Besides acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, I love mindfulness practices, journaling, and sharing stories. Like acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, I find these practices also facilitate well-being, revitalization, self-awareness and connection - all of which lead to greater choices and possibilities in life. Hurray! I include these practices in my tool kit, along with my acupuncture needles and other goodies. You’ll also find them in my blog.
I am nationally certified by the National Commission of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed by the Oregon Medical Board. Prior to studying at OCOM, I received my BA in Sociology and Anthropology at Lewis and Clark College in Portland.
I am revitalized by:
My friends and family
Hiking, swimming and being outdoors
Travel - near and far
Fresh, whole foods
Napping (especially on a beach, on a lazy, warm, weekend afternoon!)
In my blog I write about four main subject areas:
Chinese Medicine: Here you will find info about acupuncture and Chinese medicine and what it treats.
Mindfulness: Here, are mindfulness practices to reduce stress and bring more ease into your life.
Journaling: Here, are journaling tools and experiments to reduce stress, gain clarity, increase choices and options, and enhance joy.
Life: Here, I share thoughts and stories from my life with the hope that you find some meaning or inspiration for yourself in them..…or at least a bit of entertainment. ;-) This is the newest section of my blog and is currently in the developing stages.
A note about the blog photos: You'll notice many of the photos in my blog are of animals. I took these photos when I was on a "dream trip" in South Africa, in 2014. I hope you enjoy them. :-)
I’m so glad you’re here! Enjoy your stay and come back often.