Teresa specializes in treating patients holistically, and works with each person to treat the root of the condition. As an East Asian Medicine Practitioner, Teresa incorporates the ancient healing medicine of acupuncture with many other services, to ensure the most beneficial course of treatment for each individual patient.
Teresa has over 10 years of practical experience as an acupuncturist and Oriental Medicine practitioner. She is a 2003 graduate of Bastyr University, with a Master’s of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Prior to her acupuncture training, Teresa received a Bachelor’s of Arts from Western Washington University in the field of Anthropology/Biology.
In 2000, Teresa began extensive training at Bastyr University, where she completed over 3000 hours of class and clinical training. She traveled to Thailand in 2009, where she finished training to become a certified Thai Massage Therapist. She is currently certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is licensed by the State of Washington (AC2436).
She treats men, women and children with a wide variety of illnesses and conditions including headaches, insomnia, infertility, anxiety/depression and acute/chronic pain. Teresa has worked side by side with other practitioners including Naturopathic Physicians, Chiropractors, Medical Doctors, Gastrointestinal Specialists, Dietitians, Counselors and Massage Therapists. Teresa understands the importance of the integration of medicine, and works with each patient to ensure the most appropriate and beneficial course of treatment.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A DOCTOR OF ACUPUNTURE & ORIENTAL MEDICINE?
Acupunturists graduate with a master's degree, which is the minimum educational requirement to practive in most states.
Locally, Bastyr University offers a comprehensive approach to Acupuncnture medicine that prepares their students to work in collaboration with practitioners of voncentional Western medicine. Their program includes rigorous classroom and clinical training, and also teaches practitioners how to comprehend Western health care discplines.
I personally chose Bastyr's doctoral program because it is inspired by the contemproary model of health care practice in China that combines traditional Chinese medicine with modern Western medicine.
This approach allows me to co-manage patients with ther preferred Western medical provider and assists me in communicating the benefits of the practice of traditinal Chinese medicine.
Acupuncture programs include courses in Oriental medical theory, diagnosis and treatment techniques, Oriental herbal studies, integrated acupunture and herbal clinical studies, and biomedial clinical sciences.
These typically take about 3 years to complete and include approximately 1200 hours of didactic and clinical work.