Zócalo Wellness

Ancient Healing, Modern Times

Credentials and Experience

Having given over 12,000 treatments for a wide variety of ailments, I bring a wealth of experience to address your concerns pragmatically and effectively. 

Certification and Licensure

Board certified by the National Certification Committee for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Licensed in the state of Oregon


National College of Natural Medicine; Portland, OR, Master of Acupuncture, 3,000 hours of training

Marquette University; Milwaukee, WI, BS in Biomedical Sciences (Pre-med) and Spanish; cum laude


Acupuncturist, Working Class Acupuncture; Portland, OR — 2011-2015

Offered high quality acupuncture treatment in a community setting to meet the needs of working-class communities across Portland.

Assistant Chinese Medicine Director, Outside In; Portland, OR — 2011-2013

Delivered and managed community acupuncture for homeless youth and low income adults. Collaborated with nurses, physicians, chiropractors, mental health providers, and administrators to integrate services.

Research Assistant, National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR — 2008-2011

Researched community acupuncture, investigating patient demographics and perception of care. See publications and presentations below.

Volunteer Coordinator, CORE/El Centro; Milwaukee, WI — 2005-2007

Recruited, trained, and managed a large volunteer base for a busy, non-profit natural health center serving the Latino/a community.

Operations Manager, The Healing Center; Milwaukee, WI — 2005-2007

Oversaw daily office operations for a non-profit sexual assault counseling center. Facilitated groups in nutrition and exercise for survivors of sexual assault.


Tippens, K.M, Chao, M.T, Connelly, E, Locke, A. (2013) “Patient perspectives on care received at community acupuncture clinics: a qualitative thematic analysis.” BMC Complementary Altern. Med.13:293.

Tippens KM, Locke A (co-presenter), Connelly E, Chao M, Johnson R, Lowery M, Margitic A, Murray M. Investigating an Innovative Acupuncture Service Model: Characterization of Clients in a Community Acupuncture Setting. Symposium for Portland Area Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. April 17th, 2010, Portland, OR.


• Taiji Chuan (Tai chi Chuan) martial arts experience, 10 years, including study in China.

• Bodywork and massage training in: Shiatsu, Tui Na, Myofascial Release, and Cranial Sacral

• Training in additional East Asian modalities and diagnostic techniques including Shen-Hammer pulse diagnosis, cupping, moxibustion, dietetics, and herbology.