Practice type: Private
Specialties: Allergies, digestive conditions, headaches/migraines, musculoskeletal pain, stress
Styles: Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, herbal therapy, Japanese acupuncture
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
Acupuncture got me back on my feet after a tree-planting injury 30 years ago. My curiosity was piqued so I signed up for an acupressure class—using finger pressure on acupuncture points—and I began inflicting my new skill on friends and co-workers. People liked the results and I discovered how much I enjoyed helping people feel better. In 1984, I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to attend Southwest Acupuncture College and three years later returned to start my practice in Eugene.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
For 25 years, I’ve worked full-time in a busy acupuncture practice. That means I have treated most of the conditions for which people are seeking treatment, thousands of times. I also work with an associate acupuncturist who complements my own skills with her knowledge of Chinese herbal medicine and cranial massage therapy. Our front office staff is fabulous. They make you feel welcome from the moment you walk in the door. They’ll get you the appointment times you need, handle your insurance billing, and make sure you get the care you need without hassles or delays.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Watching patients leave the clinic, with a smile on their face, after a successful course of treatment.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
That acupuncture is a “new age” therapy, or some sort of religion. (Not a religion, and definitely not new.)
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I stay out of cars as much as possible. I bike to work and go for walks whenever I have a chance. (Walking is a great meditation.) I do a movement class (Nia) once or twice a week. I also get acupuncture or some kind of bodywork regularly. I am blessed with a very active and loving family that shares my love of paddling, camping and travel.
What happens during an initial visit to your office?
To understand how previous injuries and illnesses may have contributed to your main complaint, we will review your health history in some detail. We will make sure you understand what acupuncture is and how it works, in language that you can clearly understand. If I believe there is some assessment or treatment you should consider prior to receiving acupuncture, I will provide you a referral. If you have insurance, we will verify your acupuncture benefits. Whether or not you have insurance, our front office staff will give you a detailed explanation of the cost for our recommended course of treatment. In short, we will help you understand the cause of your health problem, if and how acupuncture can help, and what the cost of your treatment will be. If you submit a brief “stress survey” on our website, we offer this initial visit at no charge.
670 E. 18th Ave., Eugene, OR 97401