About Golden Ribbon

Our Name

Long ago I was told that if you take your strongest desire, as long as it's pure, and wrap a golden thread around it with your mind, you can remain in touch with it, eventually bringing it closer to you.  I believe we can do the same with our wellness, eventually reaching the true balance we deserve.  I just thought a ribbon sounded cooler.

Our Goal

Create a balance in your life through Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

You can get better and we want to get you there.

We also encourage you to allow us to work with your current Western medicine provider or Naturopath.  We can be more successful as a team at addressing your health concerns.

The Path

-Traditional Acupuncture

-Tui Na Massage

-Dietary Changes 

-Exercise

-Facial Enhancement Acupuncture

Prevention - Prevention - Prevention

What can acupuncture treat?

Pain

Low back pain, knee pain, sprains, stiff neck, headaches...Treating pain is the reason most people seek acupuncture treatment.  Opioid overuse is also one reason Western doctors are referring patients to acupuncture for the treatment of pain.

PTSD

War, natural disasters, or even witnessing a traumatic event can have severe consequences to one's ability to handle stress.  Recent events in Houston, the Bahamas, and Florida can trigger Post-Traumatic stress symptoms.  Acupuncturists Without Borders is an organization specializing in mobile PTSD treatments as disaster relief. http://www.acuwithoutborders.org/

Stress/Anxiety

The Anxiety Disorders Association of America states that anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders, and affects 40 million adults, only about 1/3 of which seek treatment.  Acupuncture can be part of that treatment.

Smoking

If you are a smoker then you know how hard it is to quit this habit.  Smokers present a special challenge to me because WILL power is not mine to change.  But together we can work toward smoking cessation and a heart-healthy life.

Insomnia

Acupuncture is one of the most common therapies for insomnia in China.  Most people who have experienced acupuncture can attest to it's relaxing effect even when the needles have been inserted (and after removal as well).

National Institute of Health support

NIH issued a consensus statement in 1997 supporting the expansion of acupuncture into conventional medicine. 

https://consensus.nih.gov/1997/1997acupuncture107html.htm

About me

But it's not all about me...

I am a U.S.  Air Force veteran (20 years) originally trained in Radiologic Technology and Nuclear Medicine Technology,  My Undergraduate degree is in Occupational Education specializing in Human Services from Wayland Baptist University in San Antonio, TX. I spent several years providing nuclear cardiology services using big medicine, big technology and big money.  What struck me the most was that the patients I saw needed help with the basic things:  smoking cessation (a surprisingly huge problem in cardiac patients), pain relief because if it hurts to walk they can’t exercise, and depression as heart health is not just an individual problem, but one that effects the whole family.  I saw that Oriental medicine was the bridge that could help these patients.  I could positively affect their lives with simple treatments that could help them to help themselves and that would be an adjunct to their primary care.  I am proud to have left big medicine and joined the ranks of those who are passionate about treating clients in a comfortable setting and providing thorough healthcare for all patients at a reasonable cost. 

I earned my Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Oregon.  I am board certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and licensed through the Oregon State Medical Board.  My training in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) allows me to utilize not only acupuncture, but also herbal supplements, cupping, moxibustion, and Tuina massage techniques.  I specializing in pain relief, insomnia, smoking cessation, depression, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).   

In addition, I am one of only two licensed acupuncturists in Oregon who is  certified with the National Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncturists (NAHPCA), and given the designation Certified Provider of Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncture (CPHPCA).