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Eve is a doctor of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, a nationally board-certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, and a licensed acupuncturist in Oregon. Though Eve is the daughter of two physicians, her interest in medicine developed independently of theirs from the time her stuffed animals became patients for her favorite childhood game, “Veterinarian.” The severe anxiety she has experienced from a young age, however, shifted her professional aspirations in two major ways: first, to working with humans, and second, to utilizing holistic therapies that understand the relationship between physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral wellbeing.
This led Eve to interview two acupuncturists for her thesis at Colorado College, where she majored in anthropology and minored in Spanish. Intrigued by their perspectives, Eve set out to become an acupuncturist herself, and graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in her native city of Portland, OR, in 2016. She continued her studies at Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, CA, earning her doctorate in 2020.
Eve came to Chinese medicine from an intellectual appreciation for it, and didn’t even personally experience its power during the years she served as a human pin cushion for her fellow students. Though Eve wasn’t aware of it at the time, she shut down during treatments because she feared what acupuncture could bring up. Through her research on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for her doctoral thesis, Eve has realized that this disconnection she experienced is called dissociation. However, she could no longer escape Chinese medicine’s power when her “inner demons” flared due to a triggering experience reminiscent of the traumatic experience she survived as a child, which her “inner demons” had kept covering up ever since, and when, for the first time, she was having regular acupressure treatments to keep these demons at bay.
It was like the acupressure was awakening a whole different beast, and the worsening of her symptoms was the “necessary evil” she had to face to uncover what that was. Again and again, acupressure kept bringing up sensations, emotions, thoughts, and memories that Eve couldn’t make sense of–until she started writing about them. By journaling about her reactions to acupressure and acupuncture, she is slowly piecing together the story of the traumatic experience she survived as a child, and how it relates to the story of the struggles she has faced since. As part of her healing process, she began going by her middle name, Eve, in 2018.
Eve enjoys treating a variety of conditions while developing her passion for empowering survivors of traumatic experiences to deal with the various manifestations of PTSD—from anxiety to addiction to chronic pain—by helping them connect with their bodies in a safe, restorative way through acupuncture and the other modalities of Chinese medicine.
Eve’s doctoral thesis, based on her personal and clinical experience, explores the use of journaling as a complementary therapy to acupuncture. You can find a sample of Eve’s own writing on her blog about Chinese medicine.
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Ben is a doctor, but good luck asking him about your medical maladies; his doctoral degree is in physical chemistry. He does know, however, that regular acupuncture treatments helped him manage stress while he worked on his Ph.D. at the University of Oregon. Upon completing his postdoctoral work at University of California, Irvine, Ben left academic research behind and now runs the business side of Even Out in addition to teaching chemistry as an adjunct instructor at Central Oregon Community College. He also enjoys writing, reading, and cycling, after a history of going out to run way too long in the wilderness. Ben had his first literary publication in 2019 and has run four ultra-marathons.
Myboo is a labradoodle (25% labrador retriever, 75% poodle, 100% princess). While she has never tried acupuncture, she believes strongly in the healing power of cuddling.
The heaviest member of Even Out’s community acupuncture recliner chair family, Logan is quite the recliner chair animal and has definitely earned his nickname “Logi Bear.” Logan swivels not only when reclined, but also across the gender spectrum. While Logan uses the pronouns he/him/his, he identifies as gender-fluid.
Harriet has a sturdy exterior, but don’t let that fool you; once reclined she has a sweet spot right in the middle. After years with the same caretaker (or chairtaker, if you will), Harriet has shown that she knows how to make you feel safe in her arms.
Gene is a hug in chair form, but the kind of hug that gives you space to breathe. Gene is our largest and lightest recliner chair, gently reminding us not to judge a book by its cover–or a chair by its size.
Great chairs don’t just think alike; some also look alike! When Bill and Gloria first joined the team, we had no idea what to call them other than “The Twins.” Then, while they rested on their backs during an initiatory cleaning, one of them–it was hard to tell which–released a piece of paper that may as well have been a birth certificate. It was a small card, like the kind affixed to a gift, that read, “From Bill and Gloria.” The rest is history!
Though Mesa Roja rarely shows her true color, often covered by a soft flannel sheet, our one and only private acupuncture treatment table is red–Mesa Roja means “Red Table” in Spanish, an homage to the national park called Mesa Verde (“Green Table”) in our business manager’s home state, Colorado. Recognizing that one size does not fit all, we have outfitted Mesa Roja with table wideners that give her an extra eight inches of width.