Over 25 years ago, Charisse began her journey into the world of natural medicine and healing. Primarily, she was interested in how diet plays a role in our health, and how she could use that information to enhance her own health, as well as others. Since that time, Charisse has delved into studying nutrition, exercise, mind/body connection, herbal medicine, supplement therapy, and Chinese medicine. With a broad array of interests, she decided it was time to hone her skills and take on one of these wonderful modalities as a full time profession.
In 2000, Charisse was introduced to Chinese medicine through acupuncture and herbal medicine. Like many people, she knew very little about acupuncture and was skeptical of its efficacy. After her first treatment, she found she was much more relaxed and present in her body. She also noticed a significant reduction in stress, which was her primary motivation to seek regular treatments. Since then she has found success using acupuncture and Chinese medicine to improve her own health issues, which have included kidney stones, stress, pain, seasonal colds, fatigue, and heart disease.
In 2010, Charisse began her academic journey acquiring a Bachelor’s of science in Psychology, a Master’s of acupuncture and Chinese medicine (MAcOM), and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in acupuncture and Chinese medicine (DACM). She is continually reading current research, and studying acupuncture techniques as a means to expand her knowledge and better serve her patients. In addition to her academic training, she is also a certified Reiki Master (twenty years experience), a Shamanic practitioner (ten years experience), and is also trained in Shiatsu massage.
As a Chinese medicine practitioner, Charisse enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions and patients. She considers herself to have a gentle touch, and is patient and compassionate with those who feel intimidated by needles. She is also comfortable with stronger techniques for those who are more interested in trigger point therapy. Charisse has studied many healing techniques, and is committed to finding the right modalities for her patients.
While she enjoys treating all conditions, she has a particular affinity for practicing internal medicine, which includes digestive issues, urinary system dysfunctions, cardiac problems, women’s health, hormone imbalances, allergies, autoimmune disorders, dietary and lifestyle support. She also enjoys helping her patients reduce and/or eliminate their pain through a variety of modalities that include acupuncture, cupping, massage, herbal medicine, and electro-acupuncture. As a former athlete, she understands how disabling it can feel when your body is in pain, especially from injuries. She is motivated to help you heal so you can get you back to the activities you love.
When she is not practicing or studying medicine, Charisse enjoys the gifts the Pacific Northwest has to offer, including camping, hiking, surfing, gardening, as well as spending time with her friends and her sweet dog. She is looking forward to helping you on your journey towards good health and well-being!