Let me help you stay balanced energetically, physically and emotionally in these extraordinarily trying times on the planet. So you can be the difference, feeling healthier and more confident. Become more of who you are meant to be, so you can do the work you came here to do.
Dr. Miranda Gensler D.A.O.M, M.Ac.O.M, L.Ac
My higher educational journey began at Portland State University (PSU) where I studied a little bit of everything including film and video production, Spanish, philosophy, political science, writing, art, sociology and abroad at the University of Hyderabad in India & the University of Melbourne in Australia. I graduated from PSU with my B.A in 2005. After graduation, I worked at the NW Film Center assisting kids film and video production classes, but felt the call to something more. At this time, I was intensively practicing and studying yoga, during a guided meditation at my yoga studio, our teacher asked us to “ask our higher self if there was anything they wanted to tell us”, I clearly and distinctively heard the message to “help others with Chinese medicine”. I was hesitant at first, the undertaking of a four-academic year Master’s is not to be taken lightly, but the profound relief & healing I experienced from chronic neck pain with acupuncture from a car accident I had been in as a teen was impactful. That was after I had gotten over my fear of needles! I knew I wanted to do something with my life to help people. I also knew what it was like to live in pain, the fear and uncertainty that goes along with it, and the sadness and loss of not being able to do activities you love. I also knew the joy and elation that came from the healing of my chronic pain, and the ability to once again do the activities I loved. I wanted to give that gift to others, so they could be free from constriction and experience comfort in their bodies and peace in their hearts.
I began my studies in Chinese medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) in the fall of 2006. I completed the accredited four academic year program consisting of 3,334.5 total hours and 994.5 clinical hours in 3 years and graduated with a Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2009 (M.Ac.O.M). In this program I learned Western/bio medicine and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory, acupuncture, therapeutic Asian bodywork, reflexology, cupping, gua sha, Qigong, pediatric Shonishin, Japanese acupuncture and Chinese herbalism.
A few weeks after graduation I flew with a group of my graduating classmates to Nan Jing China for 5 weeks, to observe and study at the Nan Jing University Teaching Hospital, where the use of western/bio medicine and Chinese medicine are integrally practiced large scale. This was an amazing experience!
After being in private practice for a few years, I wanted to expand my skill set and deepen my knowledge. I enrolled in OCOM’s accredited Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine program (D.A.O.M) in 2012. This program’s focus was on advanced training in women’s health, pregnancy, fertility & conditions commonly seen in geriatric populations such as stroke, liver conditions, cardiac conditions, neurological conditions and endocrine disorders.
The DAOM program required two, sixty-hour externships. For one, I went to Taipei Taiwan and observed in Dr. Lee’s thriving private practice. This was a wonderful experience seeing Dr. Lee in action. We also toured the Sun Ten herb factory, where we saw the manufacturing process of granule herbs (granule herbs are dried extracts that are taken by reconstituting them with hot water). I had an amazing time in Taiwan, I can’t say enough about the Taiwanese people’s hospitality and their delicious food!
A pivotal experience in the DAOM program was my other 60-hour externship, Whitfield Reeves’s accredited Sports Medicine Apprenticeship program. Whitfield Reeves, is a renowned practitioner & educator who has been treating athletes and teaching orthopedic based acupuncture for over 30 years. Utilizing the advanced orthopedic anatomical based acupuncture skill set I learned from Whit, combined with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), I started seeing improved clinical results in the treatment of pain and injuries, this was very exciting to me!
Upon completion of my capstone utilizing acupuncture for end-of-life care, I graduated from OCOM’s 1,221 hours (551 didactic hours and 670 clinical hours) accredited two-academic-year doctoral degree program in 2015.
My desire to help people be free of constriction and move freely, has inspired me to continue my studies in orthopedic based acupuncture. In 2016 I enrolled in Matt Callison’s year long Sport’s Medicine Acupuncture Certification Program. Matt is one of the world’s premier sport’s medicine acupuncturists & teachers. This course offers an in-depth examination of human anatomy, postural imbalances, injuries and movement patterns of the spine, neck, shoulder, hips, low back and extremities. Diagnose and treatment for orthopedic conditions is also taught using advanced myofascial release techniques, exercises & anatomical based acupuncture. In April of 2018 I will have completed the Sport’s Medicine Acupuncture Certification Program.
I am a licensed acupuncturist in the states of Oregon and California and am NCCAOM nationally board certified for Acupuncture, Oriental medicine and Chinese herbalism. I have joyfully been in private practice since January of 2010. Rigorous standards and continuing education are required to maintain a valid acupuncture license, which is great because I truly love learning, and am passionate about constantly improving my clinical skills, so I can best serve my patients.