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About - Gretchen Sass, DTCM, LAc

Hi, my name is Gretchen, I'm a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM) and Licensed Acupuncturist. I have spent my whole life being interested in medicine. Chinese medicine has helped me on my own journey to wellness and continues to help me cope with chronic pain, fatigue, and digestive issues. I believe in personalized care whether you have pain from an injury or symptoms associated with cancer treatment, I am honored to be here for you.  

I am a lifelong learner and completed my Doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM) at Five Branches University in 2022. It was a program focused on integrative medicine and I was able to interact with local western biomedicine providers. In 2007, I graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine with a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM). I am a Diplomate of Acupuncture in good standing with the NCCAOM, the national organization that certifies acupuncturists to maintain quality. I am licensed to practice in Washington (East Asian Medical Practitioner - AC00003067) and Oregon (LAc - AC01173).

I have happily spent the majority of my life in the Pacific Northwest. I grew up and went to high school in Portland, Oregon and then went to college at The University of Washington in Seattle. I returned to Portland for work after college and worked for a variety of medical companies before wanting more out of life than a regular 9-5 job and a house in the 'burbs. In 2003, I began a 4 year program at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine to pursue my dream of practicing medicine.

I moved to Woodland in 2005 and am blessed to be a part of the community I serve. I live on 3 acres under the trees with my husband and various animals. I have been at my current location on Belmont Loop since early 2008. It is a lovely building with easy access to I-5 and Hwy 503, in Woodland, just minutes from Kalama, Ridgefield, La Center, Battle Ground, Vancouver and Longview.

When my Mom was re-diagnosed with cancer in 2007, I knew that I wanted to be one of her primary care givers. I enjoyed and cherish my participation in her treatment and her hospice care and, ultimately, her death in 2011. I feel that caring for her was the best gift I could ever give her and myself.


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