Danielle Boucher Quast L.Ac, M.Ac.O.M., NTP

Licensed Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist, and Nutritional Therapist.

Practicing Ancient Medicine in a Modern World.

Receiving a bachelor of science from Portland State University, where I studied general science and international studies with a focus on China 2001, led me to a masters degree in Acupuncture and Chinese medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. I am an NCCAOM nationally board certified diplomat of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine and am licensed by the board of medical examiners in the state of Oregon. In 2006 I completed a Chinese medicine intensive program in Nanjing, China at China Nanjing International Acupuncture Training Centre sponsored by the State Administration of Chinese Medicine, People’s Republic of China.

While growing up in Durango, Colorado, I was exposed at an early age to the healing benefits of plants, herbs, meditation and yoga. Living in the Four Corners area of the South Western United States also introduced me to the Native American cultures of the Navajo and Southern Ute tribes. I met several Native American medicine men and women and became fascinated by their ancient form of herbal healing. In 1990 Louise Edwards, an acupuncturist/naturopath in Durango, would become my mentor and friend. All of these experiences inspired me to begin a lifelong study in natural medicine.

I moved to Portland, Oregon in 1994 in search of a more formal education in natural medicine. I was very blessed to have studied with some of the most amazing teachers in the country and in the Northwest.  I studied Reiki with teacher Sheila King, and became a level 2 practitioner in 1997.   After doing my formal Chinese herbal training at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2006, I studied western herbalism with teachers Cascade Anderson Geller 2011, and Dr. Sharol Tilgner 2010.  This tradition of herbalism is based on the knowledge passed down from herbalist Susan Weed and Rosemary Gladstar.  In the summer of 2010 I completed a nine month program in nutrition through the Nutritional Therapists Association.  I am now a certified nutritional therapist.  Realizing my thirst for herbal knowledge and healing I continued on to study Biodynamics with organic gardening and herbalism with teacher Beth Wieting 2012.  For a short time I was lucky enough to also study homeopathic medicine with Dr. Carlos Rosas 2013.  I also studied and have incorporated making Bach flower homeopathic remedies into my practice and have a level one certification 2012. I continue to evolve my study and work with acupuncture as well and have incorporated the use of micro current therapy, as well as food sensitivity and allergy clearing into my practice.  My current study is in the field of yoga.  I love yoga and have been an avid practitioner since 2006.   I am currently working on a 200 hour Vinyasa and Alignment based yoga teacher training certification with Annie Adamson Vogt at Yoga Union.  My goal is to help people with injuries of mind, body, or soul help heal themselves through the guidance of yoga.

All of this work and study led me to wonder how all of these healing modalities can work together.  I find the combination of acupuncture, nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathic philosophies, and yoga to have all the pieces and parts of a whole health picture.

In the nine years that I have been in practice in Portland Oregon, I have found it a blessing to be able to draw from an ever evolving toolbox of healing and therapeutic modalities to help people with their own healing process.

I am always learning.  I learn something everyday from the amazing patients that come to see me.  I love seeing the smiling faces of people coming to see me as we work together as a team to help them to wellness.  I find my greatest joy in my work is being an advocate for people and their health.  I love to support people not only to wellness, but to the next step and dream along their journey, which is now more possible because they feel better.  As a person who suffered pain and ill health due to food allergies, I understand this process.  As I have found my own health over the years by incorporating all that I have learned, I realize that healing and health is always possible.  Healing is a journey and I love to be on this journey with my patients.

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