I believe first and foremost in the wisdom and intelligence of the body. Health and wellness are achievable through preventive, intentional and integrated practices. I am excited to work with you and help activate the infinite potential that resides within you. The vitality and connection between body and mind requires paying attention to your own best physician, which is you. My job is to facilitate the journey toward self awareness and self cultivation, listening to the messages the body is expressing through signs and symptoms. My greatest joy is to see you through your health challenge and set you on a trajectory of personal growth and development, using acupuncture as preventive medicine.
My studies began at Michigan State University where I majored in nutritional science. After graduation, I attended the Utah College of Massage Therapy where I honed my hands-on skills and became a Licensed Massage Therapist. During my time there, I was introduced to Chinese medicine and immediately fell in love with this ancient form of healing. Eventually, I returned to school to deepen my understanding of Eastern philosophies and the practice of acupuncture at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) in Portland. I then spent several years living and working in my home town of Michigan to be closer to my family. I recently returned to Portland eager to share my 16 years of experience in the healing arts. My dream of starting a practice with my dear friend and colleague Elena Mejia brought me back to the beloved Pacific Northwest.
I am a lifelong learner. I continue to study at the Ling Gui International Healing Qigong School and am a certified teacher of Qigong. I have also completed a two year course in Five Element Acupuncture with Lonny Jarrett. My practice of health and wellness weaves together my education in acupuncture, herbal medicine, bodywork, qigong, and nutrition. I hope to inspire you to live a healthy, meaningful and heart-centered life.
Janice Brinkerhoff earned a Master’s of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM) from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (DiplOM) through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) through the Oregon Medical Board and a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists.
I have served the Portland community in the healing professions for over two decades. In addition to being a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, I am a family nurse practitioner and certified lactation consultant. My current focus is women's health, yet my work is inclusive of all genders and the LGBTQ community.
I strive to help my patients by combining a unique understanding of both Eastern and Western healthcare. Over the years my passion for healing has expanded to include acupuncture, herbs, bodywork and essential oils. These treatments have the ability to reduce or even eliminate the prescription medications often used in Western medicine. Whether I am treating a new or long standing condition, my complimentary approach focuses on each individual's symptoms and needs. I believe that healing begins when we include ourselves in our journey to wellness.
My professional career began in 1991 when I graduated from Yale University and became a family nurse practitioner. I moved to Oregon in 1993 for a Public Health Service nurse practitioner position at the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. At the time I met many migrant farm workers who introduced me to herbal medicine. Over time my interest in holistic health and healing grew and eventually led me to the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) to study acupuncture and herbal medicine.
My love of healing body, mind and spirit is the root of my practice. By combining a background in Eastern and Western medicine, I have created a platform from which to grow personally and professionally. I do not see the two fields as separate; rather, they enhance one another, creating a holistic approach to well being. Time and again, I am inspired and impressed by the beauty of this medicine to heal both physical and emotional wounds and help us live a more balanced and spiritually connected life. I look forward to working with you.
Elena Mejia holds a Master's of Nursing (MSN) from Yale University. She is a licensed Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) through the Oregon State Board of Nursing and nationally certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). In addition, she holds a Master's of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM) from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM). She is a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) through the Oregon Medical Board and a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (DiplOM) through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).