Betsy Gordon, LAc
Licensed Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner
I’m passionate about high quality holistic health care and enjoy working with my patients to alleviate symptoms and reach wellness goals. Chinese medicine encourages body reverence and provides infinite unique paths to healing a wide range of health concerns.
I specialize in the treatment of skin conditions but dedicate a large portion of my practice to the treatment of chronic pain, injury, and internal medicine. In practice I utilize traditional and contemporary acupuncture techniques, Chinese herbal therapy, focused bodywork, and other tools to customize a treatment plan to address your precise symptoms and wellness goals.
I aim to provide trauma-informed, patient-centered care. In modern medical terms I may use acupuncture as an orthopedic tool, a somatic tool, or an immune-modulating tool, for acute or preventive care. Gentle, yet effective. With both compassion and expertise I advise how Chinese medicine can be most impactful for you.
My Background and Training
After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology from Hamilton College, I earned a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. I’m a board-certified Diplomate of Acupuncture and licensed by the state of Oregon.
I’m fortunate to have worked alongside highly effective practitioners early in my career as an acupuncturist. In addition to my special interest in skin, digestive, autoimmune, and allergic conditions, I’ve pursued additional training in the treatment of reproductive health conditions, treatment during pregnancy, ophthalmology, trigeminal neuralgia, and cosmetic facial acupuncture. I was voted a Portland Top Acupuncturist by Portland Monthly’s Top Doctors List in 2018.
I’ve completed advanced study with Mazin Al-Khafaji, a world renowned Chinese medicine dermatologist, and am uniquely trained to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, acne, rosacea, perioral dermatitis, seborrhoeic dermatitis, urticaria, herpes, lichen planus, lichen simplex, fungal infections, tinea, and alopecia areata.
Chinese medicine is a highly effective, comprehensive system of medicine but is secondary to primary care. It works well in tandem with other health care tools. I’m eager to collaborate with your care team when it’s appropriate, and to refer you to another provider when you might benefit or when my tools don’t suit your needs.
I'm deeply grateful to support my patients and witness their growth. Outside of work I prioritize a nature habit, spending time with my partner and two cats, friends and family, developing my scattered hobbies, and eating soup through all seasons.
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