Bob Quinn brings more than 15 years of clinical experience to his supervisory role at the NCNM Clinic. Although Dr. Quinn works with a variety of conditions, he is particularly interested in treating pain, both physical and emotional. He supervises CCM909 Clinical Internship Rotation. In addition to being a clinical supervisor, Dr. Quinn teaches Asian Bodywork, Mentorship Tutorial, Special Topics, Patent Medicines, Embodied Acupuncture I and II, and Case Observation.
“Why these conditions interest me is a bit of a mystery,” he says. “Perhaps it is because I can tell immediately if a treatment has been helpful and to what degree. We live in challenging times, and people are suffering on so many levels. If I can help in small ways, then I am glad to contribute.”
As is common in the Japanese practice of Chinese medicine, Dr. Quinn takes a body-centered approach to his treatments; using more palpation, particularly of the abdomen, than is commonly used in classical Chinese medicine. He also generally follows the Japanese tradition of utilizing gentler, more superficial needling with thinner needles. This approach is ideal for patients who are anxious about being needled.
His strong interest in medicinal herbs is what originally brought Dr. Quinn to the study of Chinese medicine, eventually leaving behind his earlier career in high school education. This interest in herbs began in the early 1970s and continued as a hobby for years. In 1983 he began his formal study of Western herbal medicine; this was followed 12 years later by his study of Chinese medicine. In 1998, Dr. Quinn graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) with a master’s degree and in 2007 with his doctorate in Chinese medicine. He was a member of the first cohort in the U.S. to graduate from a fully accredited doctoral degree program in Oriental medicine.
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.
Dr. Quinn has a private practice in SE Portland. In his spare time he practices taiji and qigong and enjoys getting out to the woods whenever he can.
Oregon College of Oriential Medicine, Portland, OR
Thesis: Wholeness in Traditional East Asian Medicine
Oregon College of Oriential Medicine, Portland, OR
Thesis: Western Herbs in Chinese Medicine
SUNY at Oswego, Oswego, NY
BA in German
Clinical Supervisor and Adjunct Faculty
National College of Natural Medicine
Teach Chinese Patent Medicines, Internal Medicine l & ll, Asian Bodywork, Special Topics; Clinical Supervisor in student intern clinic.
Clinic Supervisor and Instructor
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine
Taught Japanese Meridian Therapy, Introduction to Oriental Medical Research, and Chinese Prepared Medicines. Clinical Supervisor in student intern clinic.
Private Practice in Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture, herbal medicine, Sotai, and traditional Thai massage.
Owner and Founder, People's Herbs
Professional supply company for Chinese medicine professionals.
Marketing Manager, China Herbs and Natural Products Intl
Import company specializing in Chinese botanical extracts.
High School Teacher of mathematics (all levels) and German
Fort Pierce, FL, and Eugene, OR
• 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)
• 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.
• 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
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