STAFF: Meet Us
Tom Williams L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist and Clinic Director in Eugene, Oregon.
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
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.
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
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.