Chinese Medicine


Chinese Medicine

Kaitlin Leonard, LAc, MSOM
Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Bodywork

What does it mean to live life to the fullest?

This fundamental question is what led me to becoming a healer, a medical provider and a craftsman of Chinese medicine. The soul of Chinese medicine is not only in its efficacy and intricate theory, but also in an ancient art. As a practitioner and a former biologist, I not only endeavor to stay current on the latest research supporting ancient treatments for modern conditions, but I also continue to explore the human condition from a medical standpoint. Using acupuncture, cupping and Chinese herbal formulas we can begin to bridge the gap between body, mind and spirit.

Beyond earning a master’s of science in oriental medicine (MSOM) from the National University of Natural Medicine and a biology degree from Portland State University, I have continued to study with some of the top experts in the Chinese medical field specializing in pain. In my extended studies I developed a deep fascination with treating body pain and musculoskeletal injuries. Because I was hungry for a deeper understanding of these conditions, I have focused my continuing education on sports injuries, chronic pain, martial arts injuries, digestive conditions and acupuncture for pregnancy. Chinese medicine can help reduce the time it takes to heal from injury, speed recovery time and help prevent acute injuries from turning into chronic and debilitating conditions.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the insertion of single-use sterile needles that are often no thicker than a hair at specific points in the body to promote positive changes that might include an increase in circulation, reduction in inflammation, or stimulation of the immune system or other therapeutic stimulus according to the condition of the patient..

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

What I Specialize In

Acupuncture can treat a wide variety of complaints,
including but not limited to:

• Pain conditions and recovery from accidents
• Pregnancy
• Digestive disorders (IBS, IBD, Ulcerative Colitis, etc.)
• Women’s Health

According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture effectively treats:

• Low back pain
• Neck pain
• Sciatica
• Tennis elbow
• Knee pain
• Peri-arthritis of the shoulder
• Sprains
• Facial pain
• Headache
• Dental pain
• Acute and chronic gastritis
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Induction of labor
• Breech birth presentation
• Morning sickness
• Nausea and vomiting
• Postoperative pain
• Stroke
• Essential hypertension
• Primary hypotension
• Renal colic
• Leucopenia
• Radiation/chemo reactions
• Allergic rhinitis,
• Hay fever
• Biliary colic
• Depression
• Acute bacillary dysentery
• Primary dysmenorrhea
• Acute epigastralgia
• Peptic ulcer


Will my insurance cover it?
We provide complementary insurance verification after your first appointment. If you think your plan may have insurance benefits please bring your insurance card and ID to the first appointment.

What is my appointment and course of treatment like?
New appointments are 60 minutes in which we conduct a thorough initial intake to discuss your main health concerns in detail. This may include testing to determine range of motion, palpation of areas of concern with permission and you will receive an acupuncture treatment.

At the end of your appointment, you will receive a treatment plan including how many treatments are expected to achieve results, as well as recommended dietary, lifestyle, supplements and exercises. Herbal formulas are often prescribed at the second appointment.
Follow up appointments are 55 minutes and include treatment and we will check in on symptoms.

The number of treatments we recommend you receive is individualized and depends on the severity and frequency of pain, how long the injury or condition has been sustained and how resilient the patient is.

Does acupuncture hurt?
I use hair-thin needles to provide the most gentle and relaxing treatment possible. Although you may experience "qi sensations," (such as a dull, sharp or nervy sensation) these are typically only momentary and do not last for the duration of the session. I also make a point to check in with new patients periodically to be sure the treatment is not causing undue discomfort.

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What is Cupping?

 Cupping is an ancient medical treatment. Its Chinese roots date back to 300 or 400 A.D. Egyptian and Middle Eastern cultures also have ancient records of the practice. In cupping, suction cups of varying sizes are attached to the body, with the intend to help the body heal from many maladies. 


“I was stressed out juggling a lot of responsibilities and having aches from starting my cycle. The feeling of “ugh” just wouldn’t go away so I decided to make an appointment. One session with Kaitlin and I was not only relaxed and stress-free, but also pain-free! I felt like a new person. Like so many women, I tend to put self-care on the back burner, always thinking I’m too busy or its not in the budget. I realized after my last appointment I’m so much more productive and pleasant to be around when I take care of myself that I have to make my health a priority. Not only is Kaitlin highly skilled in treating my physical and emotional needs, but she has some new mad massage skills. I HIGHLY recommend Kaitlin! Can’t wait to get treated again.” – J.K.R.

“I saw Kaitlin Leonard due to a sciatic nerve issue. She was able to service me promptly, which was very important to me. Kaitlin was wonderful in explaining the techniques that she was using while going through our first appointment. I always feel very comfortable and confident in her care.
She also went out of her way to see how I was doing between appointments while I was going through this bout with sciatica. I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for an acupuncturist!” – A.H.

“Consistent pain relief from an incredibly friendly and immensely knowledgeable practitioner.” - J.R.