Colleen’s unique gift to her patients is her ability to see them as they truly are – vibrant and whole – despite whatever condition may be manifesting at the time. Grounded in her strong belief in the body’s innate ability to heal itself, she uses a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy, cupping, healing touch and a liberal dose of humor to assist her patients in rebalancing their bodies and minds and enjoying their true health and wellness.
Colleen works with people from all walks life and all nature of illness. She regularly treats pain, mental and emotional issues, digestive upset, PMS, insomnia, cold and flu symptoms, allergies, immune support and fatigue. Being a mom herself, she loves supporting all stages of pregnancy and post-partum. She also has a special interest in working with people 40 and older where she enjoys being a joyful inspiration and helping hand to mature people who have the desire to age with grace, humor and agility of both mind and body.
Colleen first discovered the powerful healing properties of acupuncture when she was caring for her dying father. At that extremely difficult time, she received acupuncture regularly and attributes her ability at the time to stay grounded and healthy to the treatments she received. This experience eventually prompted her to leave her home state of Maine and travel to Oregon to study Chinese medicine and acupuncture at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) in Portland. After graduation from OCOM, Colleen traveled to Nanjing, China to do post graduate study at the China Nanjing International Acupuncture Training Center.
Colleen is also a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and is passionate about the role that good food and proper digestion play in maintaining good health. When needed, she can help her patients to improve their digestion and fine-tune their diet to speed the healing process.
Colleen has two grown sons and lives with her husband, Joe, in southeast Portland. In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking, cooking and bird watching with her husband.
Colleen has been practicing at the NPWC for over 7 years and is accepting new patients.
Winner of Natural Awakenings Magazine “Nattie Awards” for Favorite Acupuncturist in 2012, 2013 + 2014, Women’s Health Specialist in 2011, 2012, 2013 + 2014 and Holistic Practitioner of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2013 + 2014.
"NPWC is the perfect place to receive holistic care. The atmosphere is calm, soothing, and welcoming. I have been receiving acupuncture treatments from Colleen for several months for specific areas: hand pain, lower back pain, trouble sleeping. I am thrilled with the results and have significant improvement in all areas. I highly recommend this place and Colleen!"