who we are
Mika Watanabe, L.Ac., M.Ac.OM.
Owner and acupuncturist
I believe that people can change.
In my own life, change has come in many different forms: moving to new cities, starting a family, making my way through school, becoming a professional. Often the changes have felt positive. However, when they involved uncertainty, a decline in health, or a setback of a goal, the changes have also felt difficult and downright scary.
I came to Chinese medicine as the result of unexpected change. As a teenager, I was in a car accident that kept me in and out of hospitals for a number of years. While this experience as a patient filled me with gratitude for healthcare providers, it also gave me an awareness of the many shortcomings to Western medical care. A few years after my accident, I made an appointment with an acupuncturist out of curiosity. That experience opened my eyes to the potential of Chinese medicine to recognize and address the needs of the whole patient, and how empowering it was to receive care while being seen as an individual and not a collection of parts.
My personal experiences recovering from injury gave me the desire to help others in their healing process. My realizations from that first acupuncture treatment gave me the answer of how I was going to do it.
I have a strong desire to work with you as an ally in your journey through whatever changes life may be bringing to you right now. I am interested in empowering in you as the director of your own health, and do so by careful listening, honest advice, and an offering of healing modalities and herbal supplements that have an amazing ability to support you in manifesting the changes you desire. I approach the process of healing playfully and realistically, with a strong belief that enjoyment and comfort are medicines in their own right.
While I maintain a general practice and enjoy treating a wide-range of conditions, I place special emphasis on facial rejuvenation, dermatological conditions, scar therapy, digestive disorders, mental-emotional health, and pain conditions related to injury, trauma, and overuse.
Lori Forest, N.D.
Dr. Lori Forest is a passionate naturopathic physician who is committed to educating patients so they can improve their own health. She works with her patients to identify root causes -- the what's, when’s, where’s, why’s, and how’s -- and to develop treatment plans that help them establish well-being and balance in their lives. Her recommendations focus on self-care practices, diet modifications, herbal remedies, and natural supplements. In her free time Dr. Lori enjoys cooking, knitting, hiking and camping with her family and dog.
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” ~ Maya Angelou
Molly Erickson, L.Ac.
Chinese Medicine has been the foundation for enormous personal change in my life. My story with acupuncture begins as a patient in my early 20s, grappling with unpleasant health issues that greatly affected my quality of life. I had no answers or solutions from my doctors. In the following months of regular acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, my health started to change radically, deeply, and noticeably for the better, and over time I felt like a new person. I fell in love with the medicine and after some years I realized there was no greater gift for me than to share this with others and help people navigate their health concerns. And so began
my education in Chinese Medicine.
I moved from my hometown of Minneapolis, MN to Portland to attend one of the best schoolsaround: Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. My time at OCOM, as well as an inspirational internship in Nanjing, China post-graduation, instilled in me an approach to my practice of utilizing all diagnostic and treatment modalities available for best patient care. I use acupuncture, cupping, East-Asian bodywork, Gua Sha, Chinese herbs and lifestyle advice, butsometimes the best medicine is to help equip a patient how to ask their doctor the right questions.
My special interests as a practitioner include pain relief, women’s health, fertility, digestive support, preventative medicine, and helping people who just aren’t feeling their best and don’t know why. Ultimately, my goal is to empower patients to take great care of themselves and cultivate more awareness around mind-body-spirit connection. When I’m not working with patients I love to travel, explore Oregon’s wild coastlines, hike, sing
with a women’s choir, and hang with my wonderful partner, cat, and dog. If any part of my story resonates with you, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment to see if Chinese Medicine can help you feel more optimal to keep doing what you love to do!
The Woman keeping it all together.