Kalle Skurla, LAc

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As a practitioner of classical Chinese medicine, I am dedicated to restoring your body-mind balance and helping you achieve your ultimate health goals. I focus on treating acute and chronic pain syndromes, including trauma from car accidents and other traumatic injury, post-operative pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and the insidious pain from the cumulative stresses of modern living.

My gentle yet direct approach calls upon acupuncture techniques from Japanese Meridian Therapy, as well as moxibustion, cupping, and Chinese herbal medicine, to shift the pathological pattern that is causing symptoms and accelerate your body’s innate healing process.

Japanese Meridian Therapy is a traditional Japanese acupuncture style that uses especially thin acupuncture needles with very superficial insertions and emphasizes palpation of your pulse, abdomen and symptomatic regions to inform the diagnosis and your progress throughout the treatment. When prescribing herbal remedies, I use classical Chinese formulas, which are often very simple blends of food-grade herbs that aim to address the root of your imbalance and deeply benefit your overall health.

I find that chronic pain syndromes can often be traced to old trauma burdens that the body still carries. When this trauma is addressed, patients often experience lasting relief. I also have a strong interest in helping to restore and regulate the rhythms of the body that make us more resilient, including cycles of sleep, energy, appetite, digestion, elimination and menstruation. Because stress and anxiety are major disruptors of these cycles, mood regulation is frequently a key component of treatment. I enjoy collaborating with other Heart Spring Health practitioners when indicated, including naturopathic physicians, chiropractors, and massage therapists, to optimize your care and accelerate your healing process.

Education and background

I am a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Oregon and board-certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. I completed my Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine at the National College of Natural Medicine here in Portland. I also have post-graduate training in Toyohari Meridian Therapy, a system of traditional Japanese acupuncture.

My exposure to the philosophy and practice of natural healthcare began in my childhood home in New Mexico, where my parents—both holistic medicine professionals—instilled in me the value of supporting the body’s own wisdom in healing. After completing my Bachelor’s in Environmental Science, I was drawn to the philosophies of Chinese medicine, which recognize the essential relationship between human health and the cycles of our natural environment. I found my calling in this ancient science, which combines my interest in plants and the natural world with my passion for finding wellness in the body, mind and spirit, as well as serving my community.

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Outside of work

When I am not practicing, I enjoy getting out into wilderness to hike and camp, making naturally fermented foods in the kitchen, and spending quality time with my friends.

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Learn more

To learn more, visit my personal website. You can also reach me at kalle@heartspringhealth.com. To schedule an appointment, please call (503)956-9396 or email info@heartspringhealth.com. You are welcome to write a review of my services on Google or Yelp. (You must be registered with Yelp to post a review there.)