Heather Schiffke, MATCM

Program Manager
Phone: 503.552.1750
Fax: 503.227.3750

A lifelong interest in botanical medicine led Heather to study acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine at Yo San University in Los Angeles. After graduating with her master’s degree in 2001, she simultaneously went into private practice and also worked as the assistant academic dean at Yo San.

Heather’s relocation to the Pacific Northwest in 2004 and an interest in research led her to NCNM's Helfgott Research Institute. Since then she has managed several research studies, including NIH-funded, company-sponsored and pilot research. Her previous projects include studies on the use of an anti-inflammatory diet for diabetes and inflammation, the use of magnets for carpal tunnel syndrome, the effect of a cruciferous vegetable supplement on estrogen metabolism and skin resistence at acupuncture points.

Heather also designs Helfgott's graphic materials and coordinates conferences and symposia, including the annual Symposium for Portland Area Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (SPARC).


  • Magnets and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Measuring Electrical Skin Impedance at Acupuncture Points and Meridians
  • Multichannel System for Measuring Skin Impedance at Acupuncture Points
  • Anti-Inflammatory Diet Study