Welcome to Ancient Rivers Healing Arts, Inc., a multi-modality healing center offering treatment of chronic and acute disease of the body, spirit and mind. I am a licensed acupuncturist and trained shamanic practitioner offering distance shamanic healing sessions, acupuncture and Chinese medical treatments and herbal consultation. Distance treatments include work on human clients as well as their pets and homes. To schedule a session and begin your healing journey today click Schedule Now
A variety of healing modalities are used including shamanic healing and acupuncture, shiatsu, herbal formulas, moxabustion, lifestyle and dietary suggestions. Private journey instruction is available to deepen the client's own connection to the Divine. Shamanic healing work is available via long distance and in-person. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are available at the Ancient Rivers Healing Arts, Inc. office 358 W. 8th Avenue, in the Bella Flora Massagebuilding in downtown Eugene, Oregon and East First and Pine, in the Mountain Therapeutics building, in downtown Oakridge.
I first heard the call to Spirit as a child. I was raised Catholic and, at that time, I believed it was the voice of God. I did not have cultural support for my experiences and I shut the gift down. Now I work with Spirits from many diverse religions and I believes all spiritual beings are a manifestation of the Divine One.
I discovered shamanic healing when Susan Keiraleyn, PhD. came to speak to her Women and Spirituality class at Portland State University in 1994. At the time, I was struggling with the death of my partner and my own spiritual awakening. Although I was an atheist at the time, I found the work transformative. I was won over. Although I did not understand what was happening, I could clearly see that it had a powerful effect in my life. I have been practicing shamanic divination for 10 years and maintain a shamanic healing and Chinese medicine practice. I see clients in my Eugene and Oakridge offices, or via long distance.
I received my Master's Degree from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine where I studied acupuncture and Chinese medicine. During that time, I was hit by a truck as I crossed Beaverton Hillsdale Highway. Chinese herbs and Osteopathy helping me heal from head trauma and stop my seizures. I could see the power and implications of this medicine. I spent two years as a Teaching Assistant for Traditional Chinese Medical Theory and Pulse and Tongue Diagnosis Lab. While at OCOM, I also worked as a Research Assistant investigating the efficacy of Chinese medicine in the treatment of patients with Multiple Sclerosis related fatigue. This project was a randomized, placebo-controlled pilot study and funded by the NIH/National Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine. The MS study was a collaboration with Oregon Health Sciences University. To find out more about current Chinese medical research at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine click on the OCOM link above.
I worked at the Ananada Nagar Acupuncture Institute and Hospitalin West Bengal, India in fall of 2005. I assisted in the clinic and taught Zang Fu Theory to the first year acupuncture students. The Ananada Nagar hospital offers free service to the community. Acupuncture, Electro-Homeopathy, Auyurvedic and Allopathic medicine are all available to the patients. The hospital and Acupuncture Institute are located in Pundag, a beautiful area located in the jungle of western India. Although rural, the town is accessible by train from Kolkatta (also known as Calcutta). The people of Ananda Nagar are warm hearted and generous. They live a life of service supporting the farming families in the area. While working in the hospital, I was able to provide care for patients who came in with ailments not commonly seen in the United States: leprosy, elephantitis and encephalitis. The experience proved to be challenging, heart expanding and humbling. I still maintain friendships with wonderful people I met while working in Pundag.
I received my Master's in Psychology from Saybrook University in February of 2010. My Master's thesis blended psychology and acupuncture and was titled "An exploration of the efficacy of acupuncture for the treatment of somatization in female Somali refugees" and blended Chinese and Western medicine. This training enables me to blend shamanic healing, Chinese medicine and psychology to address the body, spirit and mind levels of disease. I use shamanic healing, Chinese medicine, and life coaching to ease anxiety in women who survived childhood sexual abuse and assist all patients with chronic pain disorders.
I studied shamanic healing with Betsy Bergstrom, Michael and Sandra Harner, Leslie Conton, Alida Birch, Anna Louise Williams and Susan Keiraleyn. I have taken classes with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. In the world of Spirit, training is ongoing. I continue to learn new techniques and methods of healing. I am grateful to all who have helped me on my spiritual path.