Acupuncture & East Asian Medicine
Melissa’s interest in acupuncture started while in Japan, after receiving treatment for a sports injury. Inspired by the incredible benefits toward pain relief and accelerated recovery, she went on to become the first Westerner to obtain a degree in Acupuncture & Moxibustion from Morinomiya College of Medical Arts & Science in Osaka, Japan. She is also the first non-Asian to sit for and pass the National Licensure Board in Japan. Melissa then treated patients in the university clinic as a Medical Resident-equivalent while assisting in the school’s research department. Returning to the United States, Melissa completed a Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine en route to her NCCAOM Board Certification
Melissa’s primary specialties include pain management, women’s health, and psychological conditions. She is board certified across a broad spectrum of treatment modalities which are a blend of Japanese and Western protocols, including traditional needles, electrostimulation, cupping, Tui Na massage, moxibustion and herbal medicine.
In her free time Melissa continues to enjoy training in martial arts, especially Seibukan Jujutsu at Tenchikan Dojo, and exploring the Washington outdoors.