What led me here? I was raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in a rural town outside of Asheville, North Carolina. The region where I grew up had a tremendous impact on me. The endless mountain backdropped pasture lands, old trees, hospitality, and generosity that flourished around me existed right next to excruciating poverty, some of the country’s worst health outcome statistics, and highly varied access to education, healthcare, and high quality food. Yet, it was all so curiously beautiful to me. How could such kindness, resilience, and joy be possible here in place where suffering is so rampant? Growing up with a rich source of contradiction all around me, I began to understand that it is our encounter with suffering that is the invitation to turn on the lights and grow our awareness. Our pain or dis-ease points the way back toward health and wholeness. I believe in the innate healer in every being, and a large part of how I work is inspired by the desire to really get you- to gently hold you and all that brought you here with respect, curiosity, and care. I strive to work collaboratively with my patients to help them take a more active role in their health. I enjoy exploring health concerns through a variety of lenses.
Background: I didn’t have a clear interest in medicine growing up and found visits to the doctor to be uninspiring, impersonal, and sterile feeling. Then, while completing anthropological fieldwork for my undergraduate degree I had the opportunity to spend a month in Ecuador studying the indigenous medicine of the Napo tribes and how their relationship with the natural environment shaped their culture and practice of medicine. When I observed one of my colleagues cut by a machete while gardening for yucca, one of the native women grabbed a plant nearby, chewed it to small bits, and then applied it to the cut, quickly stopping the bleeding. I was hooked. I became fascinated by the interdependence of people, place and spirituality as a model for holistic health. It wasn’t until I began training in martial arts during college and later moving to Beijing, China where, as a patient, I experienced Chinese medicine. I’ll never forget my first treatment. I was appreciative to learn about my body, and I was inspired to listen to it, not as a machine that had faulty parts, but like I would the words of an honest friend. From there, I started noticing how the climate, food, water, inhalation, exhalation, thoughts and perceptions were influencing how and what my body would express. I learned how my body was an instrument of resonance, and that it was always communicating with me about the processes of change happening in and around me.
At the heart of Classical Chinese medicine is an understanding that the human body is resonant with everything in the universe and all natural phenomena. The universal order underlying all things in our world is elegantly captured in Five Element theory. The elements are likened to processes of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. This model helps us understand how nature interacts with the body and how the different dimensions of our being impact each other. This was brought about by an exceptional level of observation of the natural world and the laws that govern it. We are in deep relationship with the world around us, more than we could possibly imagine. We belong as an integral part of the natural cycles of the planet and are tethered to it through the wondrous receptive and radiating nature of the body. And so, this is how we will approach the body, as a great receiver and emanator of information in exquisite connection with the whole. We will explore the relationship of the body to the emotions, to thoughts, and to our daily habits. What we decide to do together will be in service to sustainable balance and harmony of mind, body, and spirit.
What to Expect: For treating whatever chief concern you may have, we will draw upon the traditional modalities of Chinese medicine and tools of modern mind-body medicine which can include acupuncture, craniosacral, classical Chinese herbs, breathwork, medical qigong, mindful somatic exploration, western herbs, nutritional therapy, flower essences, supplements, sound healing, intentional conversation about social determinants of health, and more.
I am not a primary care provider, but I enjoy working with other healthcare providers in an integrative way to coordinate your best care. I accept most insurances, but some of the services I offer may have an additional cost if they are not covered under your insurance plan. I am also available for home visits.
Education: Kristen Miracle M.S.O.M, L.Ac is a dual degree Master’s graduate from National University of Natural Medicine in both Classical Chinese Medicine and Integrative Mental Health. She is a board-certified and licensed acupuncturist and is in process of completing her final clinical intern year for Integrative Mental Health at NUNM. During her six years of graduate school she will have completed two years of supervised clinical internships and have experience serving a wide variety of patients at five community clinics around Portland, Oregon since 2015.
Her specialized training in Integrative Mental Health through NUNM is a new and expanding model of care that incorporates complementary therapies such as nutrition, trauma informed practices, mind-body medicine, and somatic therapies with the best of conventional treatments. She combines Classical Chinese medicine psychology treatment modalities with mental health to create a deeply holistic alternative to conventional care alone.
Through mindful, somatic, experiential methodologies inspired by Hakomi therapy, she addresses core beliefs held deep within the mind and body that shape the styles, habits, behaviors, perceptions and attitudes that define us as individuals. Her dedication to building a bridge between Eastern and Western medicines is reinforced by her practice of Shan Ren Dao, a Confucian system of 5 Element healing taught by local naturopathic and Chinese medicine physician Dr. Tamara Staudt which explores the connection between physical ailments and emotional patterns held deep within the physical and energetic layers of the body.
Other Education, Training and Work Experience:
- Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina: B.S. Degree is Speech and Language Pathology and Audiology, Minors: Anthropology, English – Creative Writing, 2011
- Tian Yi Kung Fu Center, Yang Style Taiji and Qigong, Master Liu Hongchi, 2011-2014
- Wudang Mountain Taoist Monastery, Wudang Style Taiji and Qigong, Master Yuan, 2013
- Chinese Herbs and Qigong Focused Study Abroad with Heiner Fruehauf, Sichuan Province, China, 2016
- Tibetan Dream Studies, Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, 2016
- Shen Hammer Pulse Diagnosis, Brandt Stickley, 2017
- Craniosacral Training Levels 1-3 with Michael McMahon, Moving Mountain Institute 2018-2020
- Integrative Energetic Anatomy & Manipulations with Régis Blin and Sylvie Martin, 2019
- Year long Five Element mentorship with David Berkshire, NUNM 2018-2019
- Medical Qigong for the Dying, Stephen Schleipfer, Mokuti Medical Arts, 2019
- Apprenticeship with Sara Bowes, M’illumino Natural Medicine, 2020
Please contact Kristen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.