Adam Burrill, LAc My interest in healing began while volunteering in Calcutta. Contracting a parasite led to unsuccessful conventional interventions, which then led me to seek a more traditional approach with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. This experience was so powerful that I decided to study Traditional Chinese Medicine. I graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in 2011. While in school, I focused on neurological disorders and have gone on to focus on pain, women's health, and stress. I split my time between my private practice, Spring and Autumn Acupuncture, IEP, and Outside In, a local nonprofit providing medical services to the homeless, youth, and underserved.
Al Downs, LAc I grew up in the Chicago area and received a BA in film from Columbia College in 1978. In 1990 I completed my Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM). I lived in Southeast Asia for most of 1991, studying Chinese Medicine for three months in Hangzhou, China. I have been at IEP Clinic since its inception in 1992 and have continued to pursue my interests in Japanese acupuncture and mindfulness. My other favorite activities include hiking, nordic skiing, cycling, and kayaking.
Heather Heatlie, L.Ac. I grew up in Portland, Oregon and graduated in 1989 from Lewis and Clark College with a degree in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology. I completed my Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2001 from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM), with a continuing education rotation in Oncology and Pediatrics at the Nanjing International Training Centre, China. Since then I have been working as a clinical and herbal supervisor at OCOM as well as at the Outside In Clinic and maintain a private practice in northeast Portland.
Tanis Kleckler, ND, LAc, LMT I graduated from the National College of Natural Medicine with a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, followed by a masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. I also received training in body work including Swedish massage, Counter-strain, Somatic Re-education, Sotai, and Shiatsu during my studies at NCNM and OCOM. I am grateful to have the opportunity to be providing Shiatsu and body work to the clients at IEP. The work has been and continues to be a very rewarding and inspiring experience. My time at IEP is balanced with a private practice of general medicine and acupuncture in Portland and Vancouver. Links to my practices outside of IEP can be viewed here: doctortanis.com and www.anewway.clinic/about.
Thomas Martin, LAc I began my studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine in London in 1988 and then returned to my home country, New Zealand, to complete the first full time acupuncture degree approved by the New Zealand Register of Acupuncture. In 1994 I moved to the United States, became certified through the Oregon Acupuncture Licensure, and started working at IEP initially in a voluntary capacity. I continue to work for IEP and also maintain a private practice in two clinics alongside medical doctors.
Working at IEP has resulted in a unique enrichment of skill and experience as an acupuncturist and herbalist. After decades of this unique work, sharing with clients the enormous emotional and spiritual challenges attending a major medical diagnosis, I have come to agree with a quote attributed to Paracelsus “The main reason for healing is love.”
Michael McCarron, LAc, DAOM I have been working at IEP Clinic since its inception. I graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) in 1993 with a Masters in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and am certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbology by the NCCAOM. In 2011, I was granted the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree by OCOM. I have extensive experience in the treatment of chronic pain, immune disorders, and cancer, as well as mindfulness training. I am also a full-time faculty member at OCOM and a supervisor in its student clinic and maintain a private practice in northeast Portland.
Sande Mullany, LMT I attended New York University’s School of the Arts for four years, then freelanced in New York City’s theater and music festivals for ten years before finding my passion: Shiatsu. I began my training in 1987 at the Ohashi Institute in NYC before moving to Portland to attend East West College (EWC) in 1991. I earned my massage licensed in 1992. I taught Shiatsu at EWC from 1992-1999 and 2008-2016 and also taught at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine from 1995-2004. I am in private practice in SE Portland, and have been a Shiatsu therapist for IEP since 2008.
Usha Noble, LAc I have been practicing acupuncture since 1996 when I graduated from the Oriental College of Oriental Medicine. Since then I have worked in many different treatment settings, including private practice, through Kaiser’s Continuing Care Services, and at Central City Concern. As an acupuncturist I support the body's natural inclination towards healing and well being and serve as a compassionate witness in the journey.
Edythe (Edie) Vickers, ND, LAc I hold a BS from the University of Toronto, a Licensed Acupuncture certificate from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and a Naturopathic Doctorate from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (now University). In my 30 plus years of practice I have used many modalities from acupuncture and herbal medicine to injection therapy and nutrition to aid the body in restoring and regulating its qi and thus achieve optimal health. My specialties include adjunctive cancer, autoimmune diseases and women’s health. I am grateful and honored to be able to do this work and work with the patients at IEP.
Monica Zimmerman, LAc, LMT I graduated from Cornell College (1991) with a BA in Women’s Studies and Biology and continued my graduate studies at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) completing a Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2004. I have been working as an acupuncturist and Zen Shiatsu practitioner at IEP since 2006. I also treat patients at Providence ElderPlace and have my own private practice, Zimmerman Acupuncture. I continue to honor my craft by studying various forms of traditional East Asian medicine. Specifically, I'm interested in how this medicine enhances the body's mental and physical movement, harmony, and clarity. In my spare time I enjoy music, yoga, travel, nordic skiing, hiking, wildcrafting, and anything that helps me rejuvenate in nature.
Allison Kwesell Clinic Administrator
My background is in documentary photojournalism, international relations, and public health. I recently graduated from a PhD program in Japan with a focus on the potential role photography can play in the trauma healing process. In the future I would like to better understand the role of photography and self-narrative in public health. My photography and research can be seen here. Working at IEP is a joy. I am thankful to be a part of a mission that positively affects lives every day. I continually feel humbled by our patients who are each inspiring in their own ways.
Subhuti Dharmananda, PhD Clinic Director
I have been involved in preventive health care and integrative medicine since 1972, primarily working with traditional medicine systems such as traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, Tibetan medicine, and western herbalism. I received my PhD in Biology from the University of California, which provided training in critical analysis of technical literature and design of laboratory and clinical studies. My role at IEP is to evaluate candidates for participation in our project and to monitor patient progress through chart reviews, providing some guidance in focus of treatment and use of herbal prescriptions.