Andrea Jackson: Bio
I began my interest in the Eastern arts at the age of 10 when I began studying martial arts. I had an interest in medicine since I was quite young (I was treating the neighborhood stray cats at the age of 6 with my veterinary knowledge from library books). I considered going to medical school for a while, but found myself dissatisfied with certain aspects of the profession, plus I knew many people personally who had medical problems that were never resolved using western Biomedicine. For these friends and family members, I began studying herbal options of treatment on my own. This began my interest in herbal medicine. My interest in acupuncture came through my practice of martial arts. With the constant injuries that I dealt with myself and tried to treat on classmates, I became an amateur bodyworker and developed an interest in treating injuries and promoting healing in the body. When I discovered the field of acupuncture, it seemed like a perfect match for my interests and experiences.
My undergraduate work was at Stanford University. I studied East Asian Studies with a focus on the Cultural History of China and Japan. For graduate school, I attended the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and graduated with a Master's degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
I currently practice Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in private practice and teach karate in my studio in Gresham. In my spare time I enjoy music and many outdoors activities.