After earning her master’s degree in Oriental Medicine from OCOM in Portland, Rachel traveled to China to continue her education. There, Rachel studied and practiced alongside Chinese doctors whose knowledge of acupuncture had been passed down through generations. This opportunity expanded her understanding of the practice. She took that experience to Nepal and worked as a volunteer acupuncturist with the Acupuncture Relief Project. Through this program, Rachel had the pleasure of helping those suffering from pain, asthma, digestive issues, eye disorders, insomnia, and stroke. In 2011, she left Nepal to bring her newfound knowledge of acupuncture back to the States.
Although Rachel works with all kinds of pain, she specializes in the neck, shoulder, spine, low back, and hip regions. Damage in these areas can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in other areas such as the arms, hands, legs, feet, and head. Rachel takes the time to assess each patient individually to develop a treatment plan that is unique to their body and symptoms.
Read Rachel’s acupuncture patient testimonials as they describe their successful acupuncture treatments and Rachel’s caring and effective technique.
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine
Catherine Velasquez (Cat) grew up in Louisiana where she earned her bachelors degree of fine art from Louisiana State University. After working as a studio liaison at a ceramic residency center in Maine she moved out west. Cat has spent the past three years exploring Utah’s mountains through painting, trail running, climbing, snowboarding, and biking. Her curiosity regarding the relationship between movement, art, and healing has brought her to Pain Free Acupuncture. You’ll find Cat at the front desk, answering calls, and assisting Rachel throughout the clinic.