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Patricia Hallam, LAc

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Patricia Hallam, LAc, is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Oregon and is the owner of Sunset Healing Arts Center.  In addition to a master’s degree in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, she also holds an MPH in Public Health Policy & Administration from UC Berkeley and a BS in Genetics from UC Davis.

Patricia provides acupuncture to address many common conditions including:

* Acute & Chronic Pain (migraines/headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, elbow pain, hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain, muscle pain, sprains and strains, fibromyalgia, arthritis)

* Injuries from Motor Vehicle Accidents

* Women’s Health (menstrual pain or irregularity, PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, infertility, morning sickness, pregnancy support, menopausal complaints such as hot flashes and night sweats)

* Respiratory Problems (asthma, allergies, coughs, colds)

* Digestive Problems (acid reflux/GERD, constipation, diarrhea, IBS)

* Urinary Problems (urinary tract infections, interstitial cystitis/overactive bladder)

* Autoimmune conditions

* Stress related and mental health conditions (anxiety, depression, insomnia)

In addition to acupuncture, Patricia often combines Chinese herbal medicine, dietary advice, acupressure, Shiatsu massage, and infra-red heat therapy to create a treatment plan tailored to the needs of each individual.  She believes strongly that her role as a practitioner is simply to assist her patients in discovering and maximizing their own innate ability to heal.

Active in the field of health and healing for over thirty-five years, Patricia began her career as a pre-medical student, worked as a health educator on the UC Davis campus, a perinatal health advocate at a community clinic, a health and nutrition volunteer in rural Thai communities with the Peace Corps, and a vaccine research project manager at Kaiser Permanente’s Division of Research in Oakland, California.

Having had a deep affinity for and special interest in Asian cultures and spiritual philosophies for most of her life, Patricia’s interest in eastern healing methods first developed in the early 1990’s, as she completed a course of study in acupressure massage therapy at the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley.  Soon after, she began volunteering at the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic, a facility dedicated to providing complementary and alternative medicine services to low-income women battling cancer. Inspired by the relief and comfort this ancient healing modality provided to the women she treated there, she decided to seek treatment with acupuncture and herbal medicine for some of her own recently diagnosed health issues. When these healing methods proved to have curative results for a condition conventional medicine had only symptomatic drug treatment for, she knew she wanted to learn how they worked and be able to use them to help others.

In her spare time, Patricia enjoys gardening, spending time in the beauty and stillness of nature, studying and practicing the spiritual discipline of mindfulness, and taking time out to appreciate and participate in various creative endeavors.  She also finds great pleasure in vocal music and has been a member of many types of choral ensembles throughout her life.  She was a founding member of the Portland Threshold choir, a group of women dedicated to providing the soothing, healing benefits of music through a cappella singing at the bedsides of people struggling with fear, pain, and suffering at the threshold between life and death.  More recently, she has begun to compose music for this group and worked with other members of the choir to create a CD of original songs.

For more information on the services Patricia provides or to schedule an appointment, please call her at (503) 421-9339, or email her at: