David’s Bio

Holistic health has been my “Way” for a very long time.

In my 20’s, I discovered the healing benefits of the expressive arts, studying music, acting and dance. I got roles in popular plays and musicals and went on to perform with professional dance companies. Along the way, I studied Yoga, Tai Chi and every form of dance I could find. I learned a lot about how to keep my body in superb condition. I also learned how and what to eat to maintain optimal health and wellness.

Turning 30, I transitioned from the performing arts into the world of healing arts, graduating from Portland’s East-West School of Massage Therapy in 1985 and becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist. Working alongside Chiropractic and Naturopathic Physicians and while opening my own private practice, I also studied martial arts, introducing me to Oriental philosophies of health, fitness and medicine.

Desiring a deeper connection with my clients, I attended Marylhurst University, graduating with a BA in “Human Studies” and counseling in 1995. Thereafter, I blended massage therapy, individual and group counseling, and dynamic processing into an emerging “body-centered therapy” private practice.

Still, I wanted more expertise to help heal physical bodies. Since holistic health and medicine had always been my greater vision, I chose an intensive study of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture. In 2006, I received my Master of Oriental Medicine degree from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM), with a sub-specialty in Oriental Bodywork: Acupressure, Shiatsu and Tuina (an orthopedic form of therapeutic massage).

While Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine offer a world of healing possibilities and are the basis for my practice, I also offer counseling, hypnotherapy, and neurolinguistic programming (NLP) to assist the mind, body and spirit. I delight in helping my clients attain their health and wellness goals.