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Our Story

We believe that health and wellness begins in our local communities. Healing from the inside out spreads compassion through the masses. Having a special place in our hearts, Hillsboro Wellness is our way to build the community that Amber was raised in. Hillsboro is a tight knit community, filled with caring people who support each other. We could not think of a better group of people to serve. We are honored to be part of Hillsboro’s healing!

 

Our journey began when Amber and Patrick met in Acupuncture school. Our mutual interest in health, well-being, and lifestyle medicine fueled our passion for helping people live vibrate lives. After Patrick graduated he bought an existing practice, Advanced Healing, in Milwaukie OR. After Amber graduated they expanded to Hillsboro, as Amber felt very strongly that Hillsboro needed to have more access to and education around alternative medicine. Amber and Patrick sold their Milwaukie clinic and renamed their HIllsboro location to Hillsboro Wellness in order to focus their efforts in growing alternative medicine throughout Hillsboro. 

 

We believe that people innately have the ability to live up to their greatest potential. If we listen, nourish and align the body it has the potential to heal itself. With our highly skilled, well rounded team we can meet people where they are in their healing journey. Our goal in hiring practitioners is to balance our team with a variety of results driven techniques that will serve all people; from those who need gentle shifts to those who need more aggressive treatments. We encourage our patients to “shop around” and find the practitioner who resonates with you. In the end we may be experts in acupuncture and Chinese medicine but you are the expert in your body!

Our grand opening in March 2018

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Our Providers

Dr. Ellie Legare, DAOM

Dr. Ellie Legare, DAOM

Licensed Acupuncturist

I believe people shouldn’t have to worry about where to take their family for gentle, effective, and natural healthcare that’s free from side effects, cost effective, and a powerful form of healing.” Ellie was a Licensed Midwife for over two decades and has a lot of experience caring for women and children. Ellie enjoys supporting women and their families through pre-pregnancy, fertility, pregnancy, birth, postpartum and pediatric care. Ellie is trained and experienced in a host of other complementary therapies such as Aromatherapy, Massage, Moxibustion, Tuina, Esoteric Acupuncture, Face Reading, Cupping, Holistic Pelvic Care TM , Arvigo Maya Abdominal Massage TM , Craniosacral Therapy and Facial Rejuvenation Cosmetic Acupuncture. Ellie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities specializing in Midwifery from New College of California. She has a Master’s degree in Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and has recently graduated from the OCOM Doctoral program.

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Carlos Cruz

Carlos Cruz

Licensed Acupuncturist

I became a massage therapist in 2014. My journey to bodywork began while serving in the United States Army as a medic. Working in the Western medicine epicenter of a level1 trauma center I was quickly jaded to the ideas of the quick fix that most western medicine seemed to focus on. Deciding to still stay in the medical field I became an Occupational Therapy Assistant in 2012 and began to study manual treatment techniques. Becoming certified in Active Release Technique(ART) for the Upper body and Graston Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation, I began to see the wonders of manual techniques and their holistic approach to injury/pain treatment. Exiting the service in 2013 I quickly started massage school where I learned the basic swedish massage techniques while at the same time getting as much information on Deep Myofascial Techniques of which ART was somewhat based on. Starting with Anatomy Trains( a great book by Thomas Myers), I began my journey with Structural Integration(SI) techniques learning a variety of modalities from many different schools of Structural Integration. As of May2014 I have become certified as a Structural Integrator from the Soma Institute of Neuromuscular Integration. My work at the moment revolves around using Somassage and SI work to rid people of both chronic and acute pain and body imbalances. I can do focus sessions but the longer time I have the better I can help the body with issues that is going on. I hope to bring this work together with my eastern medicine practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine of which I started at OCOM Fall 2016 and graduated Fall 2019 As well as my medical knowledge I also bring my background in fitness being a certified Crossfit Coach with deep understanding of Barbell lifting( Power and Olympic styles) as well as a growing knowledge and proficiency in Gymnastics, Bouldering and general Rehab/Prehab and Strength and Conditioning. As of late have started on my quest to getting a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Today I live in Vancouver, WA/Portland, OR area with my beautiful wife Stefanie and 5 kids Reverie, Milo and Maggie and new additions Phoebe and Luna. As of October 2019, I now offer Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Prescription to my available modalities. I hope that we can work together and that I can impact you with bodywork or Oriental Medicine the same way it has had an impact on me physically as well as mentally and emotionally.

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Sarah Macias

Sarah Macias

License Massage Therapist

From my own experience with pain management, I take an integrative approach to massage therapy. Sometimes treating the symptom isn’t enough to eliminate pain and having a holistic view of the body can help unravel the root causes of pain. Lack of nutrition, along with environmental, and emotional elements can manifest as pain and I understand the impacts it can have on the body. Massage is a great tool to manage pain and working together we can create specific treatment plans to optimize your health and help you raise awareness of your body. I have been practicing massage in Portland since 2008 after graduating from University of Oregon in 2006 with a BA in Cultural Anthropology and attending East West College of Healing Arts in 2007. Over the years, I have worked closely with chiropractors and acupuncturists treating a wide variety of ailments including: chronic and acute pain, stress, anxiety, depression and injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents. Having been called “the velvet hammer”, my training in deep tissue and relaxation massage gives me a soft, yet firm touch; narrowing in on specific issues or creating a whole body experience.

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Dr. Amber Reding-Gazzini, DACM

Dr. Amber Reding-Gazzini, DACM

Licensed Acupuncturist

Amber Reding-Gazzini is a highly skilled practitioner who believes that the human body innately has all the building blocks to heal itself. She is passionate about helping people live healthy lives including a balance between physical, mental and emotional health. She is a talented healer that not only uses acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to relieve symptoms but works with you to improve body alignment, workplace poster and lifestyle. Amber was born and raised around the Portland Metropolitan area highly influencing her desire to give back to the community that raised her. After high school Amber moved to Milwaukee Wisconsin where she got her undergraduate degree in International Affairs, Military/Political relations with an emphasis on Arabic studies and a minor in Military Science. In 2011 Amber Commissioned into the US Army; between her military obligation Amber continued to develop herself professionally by obtaining her certification to teach hot Hatha Yoga and hot Vinyasa Yoga. During her deployment to Afghanistan Amber used her knowledge in structural alignment, lifestyle pain management, and meditation to help Soldiers get through the stressors of living in a warzone. Upon her return Amber attended Oregon College of Oriental Medicine where she obtained her Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2017 and her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2019. Amber has also studied in Fu Jian China, 2018, focusing on pain management and orthopedics, and is certified in Facial Acupuncture, 2019. When she is not helping people be the most awesome version of themself she enjoys traveling the world with her husband, taking long walks in the woods with her dog, Loki, and practicing yoga.

Patrick Gazzini

Patrick Gazzini

Licensed Acupuncturist

Patrick has been practicing since 2015 when he took over Advanced Healing at the Providence Milwaukie Hospital in Milwaukie, OR. He specializes in treating acute and chronic pain from sports injuries, auto accidents, overuse, and more. While able to reduce pain with just acupuncture, Patrick works to find the functional or structural dysfunction that’s causing your pain and help you fix it so your pain doesn’t return. A former Division I college athlete and coach, he understands the human body and can help you maximize your health and performance. He graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine with a Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2015. He continued his professional study with a pain management and orthopedics externship at an integrative hospital in Fu Jian, China in 2018. He is certified in Applied Kinesiology and as a qi gong instructor. He is currently completing the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification Program. Originally from New York State, Patrick was a high school state champion in track and field, then went on to compete at Villanova University in track and field and did his pre-med studies in Biology. Post graduate he went on to get his Masters in Health and Human Performance at McNeese State University. Outside of practice he spends time with his wife and dog and enjoys hiking in the woods, travelling and playing soccer.

Elizabeth Scott

Elizabeth Scott

Licensed Acupuncturist

Elizabeth Scott was born near Salem, MA and grew up in New England. In 2009 she graduated from Wagner College with a Bachelor of Performing Arts. In 2012 she started taking Qi Gong classes which resonated deeply. The gentle movement and empowering sense of wellness moved her to want to explore Chinese medicine. After 4 years of self education, delving deeper into Chinese theory and Qi Gong practice, she applied to and was accepted to Chinese Medical school. In 2019 she graduated from Oregon College of Orietnal Medicine (OCOM) with a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Liz has worked with Dr Amber Reding for over 18 months learning how to give effective, results driven treatment. Her focus has been on pain management, injury rehabilitation and orthopedic care. Liz is also a teacher's assistant at OCOM where she assists teaching Living Anatomy and Acupuncture Points classes. She is excited to be joining Hillsboro Wellness as a newly licensed practitioner. She believes that when individuals work to heal themselves, they are working to heal the world. Her compassion is irrefutable. In her spare time she enjoys playing music, good food, meaningful exercise and sharing her passion for Qi Gong.