Advanced Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Clinic  
 

Acupuncture is becoming more and more popular as people seek alternatives to Western medicine.  Many of our patients have come to us after giving up on traditional methods used by many Doctors Today.  Acupuncture treats the underlining causes not the symptoms.

Welcome to Advanced Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Clinic, www.aachc.com.  For your safety only sterilized, high quality disposable needles are used.

Many insurance plans cover Acupuncture.

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There are three colleagues. Amber Robidoux,LAc, MAcOM received her masters degree from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland Oregon and is a licensed massage therapist of 10 years, specializing in Cranial Sacral Therapy. She is currently practicing at the Lake Oswego clinic. Dr. Noriko Hosoyamada DAOM, L.Ac, practices at the Vancouver clinic part time. Ms. Janet Lurie, L.Ac., MaCOM, who will continue to cover any patient overload while Nikki is out of the office. Nikki is very sensitive to the needs and wellbeing of each and every one of her patients. That is why she pursued her higher level education, "To Better Help You"!


Biography of Nikki Medghalchy

Graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland with a Master's degree (1999) and a Doctoral degree (2007) in Acupuncture and Oriental Herbal Medicine. She also trained and interned at the China Nanjing International Acupuncture University and Training Center in Nanjing, China, with a specialty in cardiovascular medicine, with further training in the doctoral program in women's health and geriatric medicine; also trained in Seoul, Korea during this period. A Diplomat of Acupuncture, certified by the National Commission for Certification, she holds an acupuncture license in the states of Washington and Oregon. She has training in Enzyme Therapy (Dark Field) for gastrointestinal disorder from Santa Fe, NM.

Nikki has a unique background in medicine. She was a dental hygienist and trained in nursing school in Iran. She moved to the United States in 1976. She was trained in dialysis as a patient care and equipment technician at the Diagnostic Clinic of Houston, with certification from Seratronics for the successful completion of the DRS4 Dialyzer Reprocessing System in Advanced Course. She trained in Biomedical Engineering at Texas Southern University of Houston until 1986, then moved to Vancouver, WA to continue her profession in home and center dialysis at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Nikki considers prevention the best cure to the disease process. She focuses on helping and educating her patients as how to take better care of themselves.


Our Practitioners


Biography of Noriko Hosoyamada

Dr. Noriko Hosoyamada, DAOM, L.Ac., CST, provides a unique treatment of two modalities—Acupuncture and CranioSacral Therapy (CST).

She holds acupuncture licenses in the states of Washington and Oregon. She earned a Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2002 and 2009 respectively. “Dr. Noriko” is also a certified CST therapist by the Upledger Institute.

Both AOM and CST are holistic healthcare systems. While AOM focuses on restoring energetic balance in the patient, CST, a gentle hands-on technique, helps the patient release restrictions due to physical or emotional causes. She uses both AOM and CST to maximize their effects.

Dr. Noriko’s specialties are stress-induced health problems. Prolonged stress can disrupt almost all organ systems such as cardiovascular, immune, neurological, digestive, musculoskeletal, respiratory, and reproductive. Thus, stress contributes to a wide range of diseases including anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, tension and migraine headaches, TMJ disorder, irritable bowel syndrome, infertility, and menstruation disorders.


Biography of Natalie

I grew up in a tourist hot spot in the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains. I'm a California girl and love the great outdoors. My image changed when I moved to Portland. With the grey clouds looming over the city for most of the year, my hair soon changed from blond to strawberry blond. I'd like to say that I went to acupuncture to get my blond hair back, but herbs won't do that.

My first experience with acupuncture was nerve wrecking. I didn't really want to go and have needles put in me. How biased I was since that was the profession I chose to go into. My mother went for various reasons and it helped her. I had no problems to speak of, only my "normal". I went in, sat through the interview, had my pulse taken and my tongue looked at (which I laughed about and felt very self-conscious. I never thought it would be so weird to have anyone look at my tongue). I got on the treatment table and had a few needles put in. Then the tough part came, waiting. I brought my mom to this first appointment because I was so nervous. I had her wait in the room with me and chatted the whole time. I'm very antsy and the thought of relaxing was boring to me...at the time. Now, I have come to love acupuncture and the down time letting the needles do their magic.

I had no special event, realization, or vision that led me to do acupuncture. Instead, it all started with art. I was a very creative child and enjoyed all forms of drawing and painting. I soon realized I wanted to do more for my fellow man. First, the thought of being a police officer came to mind. I wanted to put bad guys behind bars, but I didn't want to have a gun. That wouldn't work, so I thought of becoming a scientist. I imagined finding cures to diseases by using different plants. I did little experiments with vegetation that never proved anything, but squirrels enjoyed eating my creations on nearby rocks. As I grew older, I came to the idea of nursing, however, in the long run it wasn't the fit for me. A family friend did Applied Kinesiology and I saw how it worked and thought 'Cool, I can do that and help people'. She told me to start by going to school for acupuncture.

After I graduated from high school, my parents and I moved to Portland, Oregon. I started community college to get my prerequisites for Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM). During those years at Clackamas Community College, I received my Administrative Office Assistant Certificate. I was accepted to OCOM in 2009, and started my schooling in 2010. I graduated from OCOM with a Masters in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.