Katie Stem, L.Ac., MAOM — Acupuncturist and Center Director
Katie earned a B.A. in Pre-Med and English Literature from Carleton College 2002. Her academic focus was Pre-Raphaelite literature, neuroscience and psychopharmacology. After graduation, she stayed in Minnesota for two years as an Americorps VISTA, while also doing research at Carleton in the department of Cognitive Neuroscience. She relocated to the Northwest in 2005, where she spent two years doing Multiple Sclerosis research at OHSU in Portland. One of her tasks there was to determine the effectiveness of natural extracts (green tea, fish oil, etc.) in the treatment of MS. Katie has worked in several other laboratory settings in her adult life, including intensive work with anatomy, physiology and oncology.
Chinese medicine was an unexpected and celebrated departure from her intended path doing scientific research. She very much enjoys trying to reconcile the two philosophies of Eastern and Western Medicine, of Qi and Physiology. Of particular interest to her is the pharmacological action of Chinese Herbs, which she hopes to eventually study in a laboratory setting.
She graduated from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) with a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2010, and later that year opened the doors of The Clearing Wellness Center. Her mission was to provide a safe, effective medicine to the people of Portland, with a unique twist- her unusual deep background in Western scientific research.
Katie uses all modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat a large variety of medical disorders, but focuses particularly on the use of herbal medicine, nutritional counseling, and acupuncture to treat musculoskeletal, digestive, and autoimmune diseases. She is also an avid gardener, which naturally informs her perspective on nutrition and dietary therapy. She is a great resource for information on the Anti-Inflammatory diet, elimination diet, and seasonal food therapy. In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her lovely dog, Maya, and painting animals and flowers in acrylics.