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Dawn-Starr Crowther, L.Ac.
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Dawn-Starr Crowther, L.Ac.
Portland Acupuncturist & Specialist in Pain Management
Dawn-Starr Crowther, L.Ac., L.M.T., founder and past owner of Jade River Healing Arts Center, graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2003, from the East-West College of the Healing Arts in 2000, and practices in Oregon as both a Licensed Acupuncturist and Licensed Massage Therapist.
In 1992, Dawn-Starr was diagnosed with a serious “incurable” illness. Desiring options other than the limited ones offered by conventional medicine, she sought treatment through Complementary Medicine. When Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Qi Gong turned her life around by providing healing, she knew she had to “pay it forward,” by studying, and then practicing, Oriental Medicine. Her medical practice is informed by her deep commitment to – and personal knowledge of – the radical transformation and healing this medicine can offer.
Dawn-Starr views her practice as a creative collaboration between patient and provider, and believes that health challenges – especially serious ones – provide opportunities for deep transformational healing, saying:
“There is nothing more meaningful than simply being present with people who are in pain or suffering, and then acting with compassion and skill to help foster the re-emergence of health and balance for them.”
In addition to Acupuncture and Oriental Herbal Medicine, she utilizes modalities such as Moxibustion, Cupping, Diet Therapy, Nutritional Supplements, Guided Imagery, Meditation, Breath Work, Qi-Gong, and Aromatherapy to assist her patients in achieving vibrant health.
Areas of specialization in her practice include the following:
Women’s Health Care, including menstrual disorders, such as painful periods, endometriosis, fibroids, cycle irregularities, PMS, migraine headache, bloating, and digestive upset; fertility enhancement and regulation; birthing/labor support; and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, insomnia, and mood changes.
Acute pain, such as that occurring after auto accidents or trauma, and especially treating men and women with a history of previous injury, severe trauma and/or multiple health issues.
Chronic pain and illness, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, auto-immune disorders, trigeminal neuralgia, allergies, digestive problems, and mild to moderate depression. She especially enjoys working with patients who have complicated health issues and helping them re-establish health, balance and a positive outlook.
Additionally, she has a specialty in Post-Trauma Recovery, serving with compassion those who have survived physical, mental or emotional trauma. She works in this regard with patients and their other providers, coordinating treatment plans and strategies with their therapists, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, primary health providers and others in the patient’s health care team.
She also offers classes and individual instruction in meditation, guided imagery, and stress control/relief.
She has had a life-long interest in medicine and healing, and as an undergraduate was a dual pre-med and anthropology major at the University of Utah. Her first career as an archaeologist inspired her passion and respect for other cultures’ medicines and lifeways. To further pursue her fascination with the human-altered environment, she completed a Master of Fine Arts degree, and taught fine art photography at several institutions, including Arizona State University, College of the Atlantic, and the Oregon College of Art and Craft. For the past 20 years, her artwork has focused on gardens and plants, and how they enrich our lives and environments, including the use of plant materials as medicine. She has also volunteered for many years in various healthcare settings, including hospice work, prison work, and in women’s reproductive care in low-cost or free clinics.
A dedicated student of Tibetan Buddhism and meditation for 25 years, she enjoys yoga, Tai Qi, Qi Gong, snorkeling and scuba diving, and taking long walks with her Labrador Retriever, Katie (a “repurposed” Guide Dog for the Blind, currently in training as a Certified Therapy Dog). She is also a passionate gardener, and continues her photographic work, explores a new interest in encaustic painting, and exhibits her art nationally and internationally.