David Berkshire, LAc

Assistant Professor


David Berkshire is committed to unleashing his clients’ potential for health and well-being. Understanding health and illness as fluctuating states uniquely expressed by each individual, he is committed to assisting clients to transform their body, mind, and spirit into a unified state.

Rather than treating conditions, David approaches pathology as it presents itself in each visit. Treatments are chosen to move a client’s physiology toward balance and health. He focuses on helping clients who have struggled with chronic and recalcitrant illness. While using acupuncture, herbs, supplements, and homeopathy, he also encourages clients to identify and shift personal stories that limit their well-being. He guides them back to the basic natural elements that will reopen the path to their healing.

David has spent the last 10 years studying Chinese and natural medicine including herbal medicine, qigong, homeopathy, and CranioSacral energy work. He was drawn to these medicines after witnessing the powerful effects of Oriental medicine on a friend with a severe head injury. In his pursuit, he left a career as a chemical dependency counselor for adolescents. David received his Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) in Portland, Oregon. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies, with an emphasis in English literature and religious studies, from Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, Alaska.

Courses taught:
•    CCM542E  5 Element Retreat                                
•    CCM723    Business Seminar I  
•    CCM909   Clinical Internship Rotation                     
•    CCM809   Clinical Observation Rotation                    
•    CCM993   Master Thesis II                                 
•    CCM999   Master Thesis III

Along with supervising observation shifts at the NCNM Clinic, David practices privately at his integrative clinic in northwest Portland. Committed to teaching as well as practicing, David is adjunct faculty at NCNM, where he teaches Business Seminar and Internship.

When not practicing or teaching, David takes great pleasure watching his child grow. He also enjoys fly-fishing, rafting, and infusing his practice by searching for the spirit of acupuncture points in nature.

Curriculum Vitae

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Portland, OR 1997-2001
Master Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.   
Thesis: Research proposal for the use of Chinese Herbal Medicine in the prevention of Acute Mountain Sickness 
Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, AK 1995-1997
B.A. Liberal Studies with emphasis in English Literature and Religious Studies.
Thesis: Collection of short essays on the experience of residential training in an American Zen Monastery
Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR 1993-1995
National College of Natural Medicine Portland, OR
   Associate Dean of Clinical Education 7/2008-Present
   Full-time Faculty 7/2008-Present
   Adjunct Faculty 6/2006-6/2008
   Continuing Education Series of Five Element Acupuncture 2009-Present
   CE: Optimizing Insurance Billing for CAM Providers 2009-2011
   CCM Observation Case Presentation 2011-Present
   CCM Traditional Mentorship Tutorial 2010-2011
   CCM Introduction to Clinic 2009-Present
   CCM Five-Element Retreat 2009-Present
   Specialty Topics 2008-Present
   CCM Business Seminar I 2007-2010
   CCM Business Seminar II 2007-2011
   CCM Observation II 2006-Present
   CCM Observation I 2007-Present
   CCM Internship 2007-Present
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine Portland, OR
   Adjunct Faculty 2002-2007
   Chinese Herbal Board Review 2002-2003
   Business Marketing 2006
   Dynamics of Illness III 2006
   Exploring the Five Elements I 2007
   Exploring the Five Elements II 2007
Awakening to the Soul of Our Medicine  Portland, OR
   Organizer and Presenter: Roots to Branches Five-Element Symposium 2012-Present
   Teaching Assistant and Substitute Lecturer 2002-Present
   Year-long program 2003-2005
   Five Element One 2006-2008
   Five Element Two 2006-2008
   Five Element Three 2007
   Spirit of the Points One 2006-2008
   Spirit of the Points Two 2006-2007
   Spirit of the Points Three 2007
   Spirit of the Points Four 2007
   16-month Mentorship Class: Five-Element Acupuncture & Drainage Homeopathy 2009-Present
NCCAOM Diplomat Chinese Herbology and Acupuncture  2001-Present

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•  Students Mentored
•  Continuing Education

Updated Dec. 4, 2012