“We’re our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves.” ~Tom Robbins
I’m Cayly and I believe your body wants to be healthy and that you have the capacity to heal. I look forward to becoming your ally on that journey, helping you navigate the sometimes uncertain and unpredictable waters you will undoubtedly encounter along the way.
Health is multi-faceted and looks different for every person, which means a dynamic, personalized approach to healthcare is absolutely essential to the process. I believe truly integrated medicine addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual simultaneously, recognizing that these are always and inevitably intertwined and that true healing must take them all into account in order to be effective.
This is the kind of comprehensive medicine I seek to provide, which is why I combine my deep knowledge of Chinese medicine with a thorough grasp of anatomy and an ever-expanding understanding of western biomedicine, psychology, and neurobiology.
All this to say: I’m a huge nerd who reads a lot and is always on the search for information that might enhance my ability to help you steer the ship of healing in the most beneficial-for-you direction.
At my core, I am an athlete, engaging in multiple sports as a kid and playing soccer at the collegiate level. My interest in the human body evolved out of my extensive experience in athletics, and has only grown in the past several years as I’ve picked up weight training and Crossfit more recently.
For this reason, I absolutely love working with athletes from all walks of life, and have a particular knack for helping other crossfitters and weight lifters of varying skill levels, from recreational to elite.
In addition, I am a writer at heart, having studied English Literature in undergrad, convinced I would make a splash in the literary world at some point — a dream I still secretly maintain. (You can read some of my writing here.) If you’re a writer or artist or creative of some kind — particularly if you’re on an entrepreneurial path — working with me might just be the thing you need.
And if you’d like to get to know me a bit better, I recommend checking out my new-ish podcast, Curious & Curiouser, which also features my friend, Tracey Biebel, a Clinical Social Worker and all around badass woman based in Portland. You can find her here and here.
You can also visit my blog archives here, to get a better sense of who I am and to see if we might be a good fit.
I look forward to meeting you!
And now? Onto the boring (but important) stuff . . .
EDUCATION AND CLINICAL EXPERIENCE IN CHINESE MEDICINE
I earned my Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine degree from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR,
graduating with highest honors after completing four years of study in classical Chinese medicine. My education at NCNM included extensive exploration of anatomy, physiology, and pathology—all from both a western and Chinese medical perspective—acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapies, shiatsu, qigong, and nutrition. In addition, I completed a year of internships, during which I had the opportunity to work at severalcommunityclinics around Portland for twelve weeks at a time, as well as the teaching clinic at NCNM. As an intern, I dedicated a full year to the OHSU Richmond Clinic in SE Portland, where I worked with my fellow interns, clinical supervisor, and clinic staff to establish a brand new Chinese medicine clinic providing low-cost treatments to patients of the Richmond Clinic, referred for acupuncture by their medical doctors.
While in school, I also completed a year-long mentorship with Brandt Stickley, L.Ac.which involved a deep dive into the work of Dr. John H.F. Shen and Dr. Leon Hammer, including extensive study of pulse diagnosis and the intersection between Chinese medicine and western psychology.
In addition, I completed two years of herbal training with world-renowned scholar of Chinese medicine and herbal therapy, Heiner Fruehauf PhD, LAc, founder of the Classical Chinese Medicine program from which I graduated at NCNM, the Hai Shan Center, and Classical Pearls Herbal Formulas.
Since graduating, I have studied the work of Janet Travell, M.D. in depth, specifically her mapping of myofascial trigger points and methods of working with these pathological patterns to effectively treat pain and injury of the myofascial system.