Alison was born in Idaho where she spent her early childhood roaming the landscapes of the Canadian and American Rockies. As a child, it was her lifelong goal to become a pediatrician. Nurturing her dolls was serious business, and when she wasn’t acting as doctor, she was illustrating flowers and scribbling down poems. She attended the University of Montana where she majored in English and premed and graduated in 2013.
As a young adult, she rapidly began to lose weight and feel plain sick! Western doctors offered the diagnoses of Celiac Disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and little else. In distress, she turned to a naturopath who prescribed a grain-free diet, homeopathy, and acupuncture. She marveled at not only the symptomatic relief but the radiant aliveness and profound sense of embodiment she began to experience. She made a commitment to study a truly holistic medicine, East Asian Medicine.
Alison is a licensed, therapeutic acupuncturist who holds an M.S in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM). She is trained in gentle styles of Japanese acupuncture and physical medicine, custom herbal medicine, flower essence therapy, and Neuro Emotional Technique. Alison combines these techniques with mindfulness practices and energetic, evidence-based medicine. She has studied with advanced internationally renowned leaders in the field including the herbalists Heiner Fruehauf, Ph.D., LAc. and Michael Givens, MA, LAc., Japanese Meridian Therapist Bob Quinn, DAOM, LAc., and the Lakota-German intuitive healer, Shayne Case. She is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
Specializing in women’s health, Alison’s practice also includes pediatrics, teens, and young adults. She offers whole-family support for all types of conditions, namely anxiety, gut health, hormonal imbalances, fertility, and autoimmune disease. Alison believes healing is a creative collaboration between practitioner and patient and aims to illuminate the body’s innate vitality and resiliency through steadfast empowerment and authentic care. She wants you to know that all of you belong here.
Away from the clinic, Alison is often found hiking near the forests and oceans of the spectacular PNW. She’s otherwise whipping up a concoction in the kitchen or cultivating balance on her yoga mat. An avid writer, she believes the arts reveal the emotional power and beauty of life all around us. Medicine is a systematic science to address the treatment and prevention of disease. Ultimately, Alison practices the art of medicine and medicine of the heart.