Rebecca Groebner, L.Ac

Rebecca (Bex) Groebner holds a degree in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) and is licensed through the Oregon Medical Board. She currently works as an instructor and camp lead with the Acupuncture Relief Project in rural Nepal. (You can read about her work in Nepal here.) Bex is a volunteer member of the State of Oregon's Emergency Reserve Pool of Healthcare Volunteers (SERV-OR) and  takes part in government trainings so that she can assist with medical needs during times of man-made or natural disasters in our area.

Bex is originally from Olympia, Washington and very much loves the entire Puget Sound region and the smell of salt water. She is the mama of two amazing boys and enjoys watching them fully embrace their brilliant selves. Prior to becoming an acupuncturist, she worked for many years as a chef and was a case-manager and legal advocate for women through the YWCA's SafeChoice program. Her first few years as an acupuncturist were spent providing care to women through labor and the postpartum period. 

In her spare time, Bex enjoys translating Classical Chinese medical texts, writing in every way possible, riding her motorcycle, listening to audiobooks, hiking and camping. 

"Treating patients for many years has taught me that the body is truly a temple for something un-explainable in us, call it soul or spirit or whatever we will. We are more than the material parts of the cells that make us up. Healing must occur on every part of our being: the physical, the emotional and the mental/spiritual. We do ourselves a disservice when we fail to honor all of these pieces. True healing affects us on every level, it really is holistic in that way."


Michelle Waneka, L.Ac.

michelle@thelocalhealer.com

Michelle Waneka holds a degree in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) and is licensed through the Oregon Medical Board. She currently works as a researcher and teaching assistant at OCOM. 

Michelle spent over twenty-five years in Alaska, where she raised a couple of awesome kids (now in their 20's) and was the Executive Director of a non-profit community health clinic and teen center. She developed and directed a number of programs that provided outreach around general women's health, breast and cervical checks, HIV education and testing, comprehensive reproductive health education for public school children and programs for male involvement in reproductive health. She also spearheaded a teen center with successful after school programs. Prior to this, she worked as a childbirth educator and doula, providing labor support, midwifery assistance and postpartum care in both home and hospital settings. 

In Fall 2016, Michelle completed a hospital internship in China through the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, with rotations in acupuncture, herbal medicines and tuina therapeutics. During the Winter of 2017, she volunteered for the Acupuncture Relief Project in Bajrabarahi, Nepal, where she provided no-cost primary care and over 650 free acupuncture treatments in a six-week camp. She is a certified member of National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA).


"I like acupuncture to be gentle, fun, and effective. I’ve always known it to be powerful and quietly potent. The science and art combine to create something new: a deep relaxation, the strength and will to change, a healing response. 

I work with acute and chronic pain, digestive disorders, women’s health conditions, injuries, migraines, allergies; and especially anxiety, addiction, depression, stress, and insomnia.  Allow me to partner with you toward your greatest alignment—using gentle and effective techniques, we’ll find your true balance and maybe even have a little fun."