John Blank

johnI’ve been a licensed acupuncturist since 1991, earning a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 1994. For the next 15 years, I worked as a public health acupuncturist in high-volume clinics in Multnomah and Washington County. In these settings I had the opportunity to treat a very wide variety of conditions; perhaps more so than a typical acupuncturist in private practice. Having given over 70,000 treatments to address everything from headaches to hepatitis, I think I have earned the tile of “general practitioner” acupuncturist.

However, I have a special interest in using acupuncture for pain management. I’ve treated almost every kind of pain—both acute and chronic—from back pain to menstrual cramps, stomachache, chest pain, diabetic neuropathies, headaches, sports injuries, dental pain, and surgical recovery. After all the treatments I’ve given, I’m still amazed at how a well-placed acupuncture needle can make a pain vanish almost instantaneously.

In acupuncture school, I learned traditional Chinese acupuncture styles and herbal medicine. In addition I’ve learned and use a wide variety of acupuncture styles, including the I Ching-based styles of Dr. Tan and Dr. Chen, Soo Jok (Korean) hand acupuncture, scalp acupuncture and ear acupuncture. As a long-time clinical supervisor at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM), I have tried to pass my experience in these styles on to my students.

Because I’ve always felt that acupuncture treatments were unaffordable for the average person with an average income, I was excited to team up with my colleague, Mia Neuse, to form Montavilla Community Acupuncture in February of 2008. Our goal is to make this incredible form of medicine accessible and affordable to folks in our local community.