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 Peter R. Martin, LAc 


I am glad that you have reached out to me for treatment so you can return to greater balance and ease in your life.

I would like to share with you my personal and professional journey to obtain a Masters in Chinese Medicine. Being raised in Hawaii, a true melting pot, gave me the opportunity to meet people from different cultures and understand their heritage. As a result, I was introduced to the long philosophical and healing traditions from the East. I was attracted to the clear difference between Western thinking that divides the mind from the body and the more integrated Eastern perspective.

Peter Martin

After moving to Oregon, I became a massage therapist, initially thinking of it as a way to help people relax and reduce stress as well as be a healthy vocation. During this period, I began dance and improv which inspires an “in the moment” mindset. I became increasingly driven by the understanding that the mind cannot be separated from the body to create well-being and healing. I then attended Naropa University, a national leader in holistic healing, where I majored in Health, Healing, and Dance/Movement Studies.

In 1989, I enrolled in the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) where I earned my Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. In addition to becoming adept in acupuncture techniques, I studied the empirical evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating a wide range of joint and neurological conditions. I have had the pleasure of assisting many clients move from pain, anxiety, and compromised mobility to a full balanced life.

In addition to practicing acupuncture for over 28 years, I have continually aimed to serve my community. I was appointed to the board of OCOM, taught courses in charting, coding, and ethics, and have also served as President of the Oregon Acupuncture Association and national work groups in my field.


Professional Credentials:

  • Member of the Oregon Health Authority Integrated Medicine Advisory Group - 2013
  • Deputy Executive Chair, Nanjing International Forum on Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Second World Congress on Chinese Medicine - 2004
  • Board of Trustees Chair, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine - 2003-2016
  • AMA CPT Acupuncture Work Group - 2003
  • Board of Directors, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance - 2002
  • Executive Committee, Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium - 2002
  • Chair, First Plenary Session of the Nanjing Symposium of the Beijing 2000 International Congress on Traditional Medicine - 2000
  • Board of Directors, Complementary Healthcare Plans Northwest - 1999
  • Member, Oregon Medical Assistance Program Acupuncture Task Force - 1998
  • President, Oregon Acupuncture Association - 1997
  • Board of Directors Chair, Acumed - 1997
  • Board of Trustees, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine - 1994-2016
  • Honorary Professor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Eastern Harbin College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Harbin, China - 1993
  • Licensed Acupuncturist, Oregon Medical Board - 1993
  • Diplomate, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine - 1992
  • Bereavement Support Volunteer, Kaiser Permanente Hospice Program, Portland, Oregon - 1988
  • Licensed Massage Therapist, Oregon State Department of Health - 1977-2017

Educational Background:

  • Certification in Acupuncture, World Health Organization International Acupuncture Training Center, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, China - 1998
  • Certification in TCM Internal Medicine, Dermatology, and Gynecology, Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, Harbin, China - 1992
  • Master's in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Portland, Oregon - 1992
  • Certified in Deep Tissue Bodywork, Looyenwork Institute, San Francisco, California - 1988
  • Certified in Oriental Medical Massage, Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, St. Petersburg, Florida - 1986
  • B.A. in Health and Healing, Dance and Movement Studies, Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado - 1986
  • Kinesiology, Anatomy, and Dance, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon - 1979-80
  • Anthropology, Psychology, and Dance, Reed College, Portland, Oregon - 1976-79