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Bob Quinn, DAOM, LAc

Associate Dean of Classical Chinese Medicine, Clinical Education

Bio

Bob Quinn has for 15 years pursued a path that differs from that of most Chinese Medicine practitioners in the U.S. He has studied and practiced a neoclassical style of acupuncture whose roots are more Japanese than Chinese, although the same core Chinese classical texts are studied for insights. This style, referred to as Japanese Meridian Therapy, utilizes very gentle techniques. The acupuncture needles are far thinner and are inserted typically only very superficially; often they are not even inserted at all.

Dr. Quinn earned his masters and doctoral degrees in Chinese Medicine in 1998 and 2008 respectively. His doctoral capstone project was on the topic of “Wholeness in Traditional East Asian Medicine.” Bob has also worked in recent years to bring the practice of dream work back into Chinese Medicine. (Two chapters in the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine deal with dreams, but it is not at all common for practitioners to use patients’ dream images in any significant way.)

In his clinical practice at the college and in his private SE Portland clinic Bob treats a variety of conditions, ranging from musculoskeletal pain, to anxiety, to chronic conditions, including Lyme disease. A writer as well, Dr. Quinn has contributed articles, case studies, book reviews, and interviews to professional publications such as the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine and The Journal of Chinese Medicine, along with monthly columns in community papers for the public.
 

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION    
Oregon College of Oriential Medicine, Portland, OR DAOM 2008
Thesis: Wholeness in Traditional East Asian Medicine    
Oregon College of Oriential Medicine, Portland, OR MAcOM 1998
Thesis: Western Herbs in Chinese Medicine    
SUNY at Oswego, Oswego, NY BA in German 1978
     
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE  
Clinical Supervisor and Adjunct Faculty 2007-present
National College of Natural Medicine Portland, OR
Teach Chinese Patent Medicines, Internal Medicine l & ll, Asian Bodywork,
Special Topics; Clinical Supervisor in student intern clinic.
   
Clinic Supervisor and Instructor 2005-2010
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine Portland, OR
Taught Japanese Meridian Therapy, Introduction to Oriental Medical Research,
and Chinese Prepared Medicines. Clinical Supervisor in student intern clinic.
   
Private Practice in Chinese Medicine 1998-present
Acupuncture, herbal medicine, Sotai, and traditional Thai massage. Portland, OR
   
Owner and Founder, People's Herbs 1998-2003
Professional supply company for Chinese medicine professionals. Portland, OR
   
Marketing Manager, China Herbs and Natural Products Intl 1996-1999
Import company specializing in Chinese botanical extracts. Clackamas, OR
   
High School Teacher of mathematics (all levels) and German 1986-2004
  Fort Pierce, FL, and Eugene, OR
   
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS  
• Oregon Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (OAAOM)
• North American Journal of Oriental Medicine  
• Founding member, International Society for the Study of Classical Acupuncture (ISSCA)
   
PUBLICATIONS
Post-Graduate AOM Education in North America, North American Journal of Oriental Medicine. July, 2011.
Ten Years with the Ion Cords. North American Journal of Oriental Medicine. Nov, 2009.
•  Die Behandlung chronischer Entzuendungen mit chinesischer Arzneimitteltherapie — Ein Interview mit Heiner Fruehauf ueber die therapeutischen Moeglichkeiten bei Gu-Syndrom, Chinesische Medizin, Sept, 2009.
•  Thoughts on Yin-Yang. North American Journal of Oriental Medicine. July, 2009; 16(46): 32-33.
•  Tokyo Turning Point. North American Journal of Oriental Medicine. Nov, 2007; 16(41): 22.
•  Sea Vegetables—The Traditional Mineral Supplement. North American Journal of Oriental Medicine. 2007.
•  Case Study of the Combined Acupuncture and Sotai Treatment for Low Back Pain due to Herniated Disk. North American Journal of Oriental Medicine. July, 2006; 13(37); 13-14.
•  A Connecticut Sotai Experience. North American Journal of Oriental Medicine. March, 2005; 12(13); 25.
•  A Review of Jeremy Ross’s Combining Western Herbs and Chinese Medicine. Journal of Chinese Medicine, 2003.
•  An Interview with Jeremy Ross on Three Cases of Menopausal Problems, Acupuncture Alliance Forum, Sept, 1999.
•  History of the Energetics of Western Herbs: An Interview with Jeremy Ross, Acupuncture Alliance Forum, May, 1999.
•  Ron Teeguarden’s Taoist Tonic Herbalism. The Empty Vessel. A Journal of Contemporary Taoism, Summer, 1995.
PRESENTATIONS
•  Ion Cord Treatment: The Basics and Beyond; a one-day seminar fundraiser for victims of the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami, Portland, OR, May 15, 2011
•  Introduction to Fukaya-style Moxibustion; a one-day seminar at NCNM, Portland, OR, June 11, 2011
•  An Introduction to Sotai; a two-day seminar hosted by Alaska Association of Acupuncturists, Anchorage, AK, May 15-16, 2010
•  Sotai: The Basics and Beyond; a one-day seminar hosted by Portland Traditional Japanese Seminars, Portland, OR, May 1, 2010
•  An Introduction to Sotai; a one-day seminar hosted by NCNM SGA, Fall, 2009
•  Introduction to Moxibustion—The Therapeutic Use of Herbal Fire; and Five Element Approach to Abdominal Massage with Essential Oils. Breitenbush Herbal Conference, Detroit, Oregon, September, 2009
•  Sea Vegetables The Real Mineral Supplement. Nutritional Therapy Practitioner First Annual Conference, Traditional Nutrition: The Future of Health. Portland, Oregon, March, 2008
•  Introduction to Sotai—The Way of Painless Pain Relief. Treasures of Oregon Seminar Series hosted by OAA, Portland, Oregon, February, 2006
•  Neoclassical Acupuncture in Modern Japan: Its History and Characteristics. Forum for the International Society for the Study of Classical Acupuncture, Portland, OR, July, 2010
•  Introduction to Moxibustion—The Therapeutic Use of Herbal Fire. Breitenbush Herbal Conference, Detroit, Oregon, September, 2010

Updated Dec. 7, 2012