STAFF: Meet Us

 

Tom Williams L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist and Clinic Director in Eugene, Oregon. 

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Recent travel destinations: Osaka and Kyoto, Japan to study--and to eat; Boston, Mass. to visit my growing, extended family--and to eat.

Recent reads: Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky, and David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell.

Guilty pleasures: Full City Coffee; NYTimes.com.

What I didn't know when I became an acupuncturist:  How deeply touched--and motivated-- I would be by my patient's stories, their struggles, and their trust.

Favorite words to hear in the clinic: "Really good" and "Much better" or "Wow, that's amazing!"

What I do on (many) weekends: Provide continuing education classes for acupuncturists from all over the world.  Thanks to my wife, Holly, who makes this--and almost everything else that is a good and enjoyable in my life--possible.

 

David Bove, Naturopathic Physician and Licensed Acupuncturist

 

Recent travel destinations: Atlanta to study orthopedic acupuncture; Yachats (and almost anywhere on the Oregon Coast) to recharge my naturopathic array.

Recent reads: The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD; The Neurodharma of Love by Rick Hanson, PhD; A Really Good Day, Ayelet Waldman

Guilty pleasures: Playing music, as I learn to play new stringed instruments (guitar, mandolin & most lately bass).

Favorite words to hear in the clinic:  "I am sleeping so much better!" and "I have been able to use much less pain (or fill-in-the-blank) medications!"

What I do on (many) weekends: Hikes on the Oregon Coast; trips to Portland to visit family; playing music with friends. 

 

Amanda Cameron, LMT, Licensed Massage Therapist

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Recent travel destinations:   My husband, JD, and I are somewhat new to Eugene, so we’ve been visiting a lot of beautiful parks and spending our time in nature. Some of our most recent adventures have taken us to McDowell Creek Falls, Cascadia Park, and Silver Falls. 

Recent reads:  I enjoy reading both fiction and nonfiction. I recently finished The Wildwood Trilogy by Colin Meloy, a nice light fairy tale-like adventure that takes place in Portland.  Currently I am reading When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection by Gabor Mate, MD.                                                                       
If I wasn’t a massage therapist I would:  I would be a freelance professional organizer and travel the world in my spare time. That or be a jammer on a Roller Derby team.

What do I do on the weekend:  I enjoy spending time in my garden or going on adventures with my family.

 

                                                                                     Tara Jones, Office Manager and Billing Specialist

Favorite things to do in the clinic: Talking with and laughing with patients, getting the acupuncture tools and supplies in the treatment rooms, and putting all that math I learned in junior high school to good use.

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Current creative projects: Building planter boxes for my blueberry bushes out of old fence boards; making a scrumptious variety of flavors of Kombucha using fruit from my garden; recording a CD of love songs that I wrote.

Most recent travel destination: San Francisco, CA where I drank a chai latte so delicious that I still swoon thinking about it right before hearing the San Francisco Symphony perform Mahler's exquisite 7th symphony.

If I didn't work at the clinic: I would devote all my time to my daughters, my music, and my garden.

Recent reads: An article about art inspired by the fence along the Mexico - U.S. border, a chapbook of poetry by Joanna Brook, the first eight pages of an eight-hundred-page book about Ronald Reagan.

 

 

Raurie Ascher, Receptionist and Patient Care Coordinator

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Favorite things to do in the clinic:  Chatting with the patients, ordering supplies, keeping the rooms stocked with the necessary tools for acupuncture, and help to make our patients experience is a pleasant one. I feel incredibly grateful to be a part of the staff at Turning Point Center.

Most recent travel destination: San Diego where I did some hiking with my brother and also spent time with my two grandsons.  I have also explored Silver Falls, Sweet Creek Falls, Waldo Lake & Clear Lake.

If I didn't work at the clinic:  I would be spending more time with my granddaughters and doing some volunteer work.

Recent reads: Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan, which is a true story that takes place in Italy during WW II.  Currently I am reading The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche. 

What brought me to Eugene: My daughter, son & two granddaughters are the reason for my relocating.