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.
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
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.
ADDITIONAL AREAS OF STUDY
• 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.