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MEET THE PRACTITIONERS

Holly C. Berman, EAMP, MSOM, Owner

I am a natural born healer: I began by doing bodywork on my family as a child and graduated from massage school when I was 21 years old. My entire adult career has been in the healing arts, starting out as a massage therapist and eventually learning and practicing Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I have been practicing Acupuncture and Oriental medicine for 24 years and most enjoy working with patients holistically, involving the body-mind-spirit, some lifestyle and dietary changes, if appropriate, and even personal growth. I have practiced in a wide variety of settings, including starting, operating and eventually selling my own clinic, as a member of one of the oldest continuously running healing arts cooperatives in the country, in a low cost community clinic, on cruise ships all over the world and for other gifted practitioners. I like to incorporate several styles of natural and Oriental medicine into my practice, meeting the patient and their symptoms in the moment with whichever techniques will be most helpful. In addition to my private practice, I work as a clinical supervisor and instructor in Bastyr University's Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine program.

I graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College's Santa Fe, NM campus in 1998 with a Master's of Science degree in Oriental Medicine. I also have a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts, (History and Philosophy), from the University of Florida and a Certificate of Graduation from the Florida School of Massage/Florida Institute of Natural Health. I am currently studying Five Element acupuncture and advanced pulse diagnosis with Lonny Jarrett, an internationally recognized practitioner, author, scholar and teacher of East Asian medicine.

In addition to higher education and many years experience practicing Oriental medicine, I have a lot of life experience and wisdom I bring to my practice. I am a breast cancer survivor and have lived with chronic illness. In 2001, I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and in 2006 with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Since then, I have researched and experimented with many different treatments, therapeutic diets, herbs, supplements, lifestyle changes, psychotherapy and personal growth, to improve my health. I have 30 hours in advanced education in treating autoimmune disorders with Chinese medicine and have helped numerous patients with chronic health issues and various autoimmune disorders manage their conditions and improve their health.

I also specialize in adjunct oncology care, fertility, (natural and IUI/IVF support), pregnancy and post partum complications. I have 55 hours in advanced education in treating both female and male infertility and 20 hours in Acupuncture during pregnancy. I am also skilled and experienced in treating any type of pain, acute or chronic, including neck and back pain, headaches and migraines, painful menses and sports injuries and in the management of stress related disorders, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, insomnia, digestive issues and eating disorders. In my practice, I integrate Traditional Chinese Medical acupuncture and herbal medicine, 5 Element and Balance Method techniques and Naturopathic medicine.

I have traveled and worked with patients and colleagues from all over the world and explored natural healing techniques from many different cultures. I have had the privilege of spending several months in India, including some time in ashrams. I have been happy to call western Washington home for 17 years, 7 on Orcas island and 10 in Seattle. In my free time, I enjoy caring for myself and my family, practicing meditation, yoga and pilates, experimenting in the kitchen, walking, reading, sea kayaking, camping, board games and creating "wearable therapy" in the form of Therapeutic Gemstone Jewelry.

Janna C. Rome, EAMP, MSA

After a variety of occupations including guitar teacher, care giver for the elderly, bartender and office manager for a home health nursing agency, I returned to school as a mature student. In 1996 I graduated from Bastyr University with a Masters of Science in Acupuncture. Upon graduation I opened my first practice on Whidbey Island and successfully ran for 10 years. After 5 years I began teaching and supervising students’ clinical education at Bastyr Center for Natural Health in a desire to share my experiences and to give back. In 2006 I sold the practice to a former student when my late husband and I moved out of state where I owned 2 different practices as well as teaching at the Won Institute outside of Philadelphia.

We returned to the Seattle area in 2011 where I opened a 4th practice at an integrated women’s health clinic and was invited back to resume clinical supervision at BCNH. I love the 16 years, (and counting), of mentoring bright young minds who are the next generation of acupuncturists as well as continuing to see patients myself. In nearly 26 years I’ve treated many conditions from the acute to the chronic and have had the honor of providing palliative home care to people in the last days of their lives.

At this stage of life and practice I see the profound wisdom of the ancients who wrote 3,000 years ago that all pain be it physical, psychological, spiritual stem from our emotions not flowing peacefully. We are all living in heightened stressful times. My approach is gentle and simple - to help remove the blocks that keep you from the happiness and health that is innate in us all.

When I’m not working I like to hike, be in nature, spend time with friends and family, write poetry and children’s stories and hang out with my 2 dogs and cat. It is a privilege to work with Holly, a gifted and intuitive healer, in her practice. I look forward to meeting you and being your acupuncture dance partner!

 

 

 

one of my Therapeutic Gemstone Jewelry creations