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The benefits of acupuncture & East Asian medicine extend far beyond the treatment table, and offer practical resources that anyone can make use of...

About Briana 

I’ve been in private practice in Tacoma’s north end for seventeen years, treating a variety of health issues, including acute and chronic pain, digestive and immune system imbalances, depression and anxiety, grief, stress, insomnia, fatigue, as well as offering preventive care, which I believe is East Asian medicine’s greatest gift.  I received my master’s degree from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (Seattle, WA) in 2002. I am licensed in Washington State (AC 00001972) and a Diplomate of the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).  My education is rooted in the classical tradition of Chinese medicine and I have additional training in a very gentle style of Japanese acupuncture, known as Toyohari meridian therapy, certified by the Toyohari Association of Japan.  I’m an active member of the Toyohari Association of North America (TANA) and have participated in ongoing training, in the US and in Tokyo.

Prior to my transition to healthcare, I designed furniture and lighting for mass production for several years, after completing an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design.  While these fields may seem dissimilar, there is actually quite a bit of overlap in the systems approach required by each, and I find myself drawing on that early design thinking surprisingly often while working with patients to gain a creative, “whole life” perspective of wellness, ease, joy, and connection, which is what we all seem to be seeking in one way or another.  When I’m not treating or studying, I can be found playing with my family, cooking, reading, metalsmithing, walking in nature or puttering in the yard.

I started on this path with health challenges of my own-- chronic back pain, and a digestive condition that significantly impacted my quality of life.  I was both thrilled and amazed to discover the relief & empowerment that exist in the giant tool chest of East Asian medical practice.  It is deeply satisfying to be able to share this way of creating balance and vitality, no matter what you may be dealing with.  The benefits of acupuncture and East Asian medicine extend far beyond the treatment table, and offer practical resources that anyone can make use of, to live your most centered, relaxed and energetic life.

Education

 

Toyohari Meridian Therapy Certification
Toyohari Association of Japan (TANA, Pacific Northwest Chapter) September 2014

Master of Acupuncture
Northwest Institute of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (Seattle, WA) July 2002

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Industrial Design
Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI) June 1996