Maura Dawgert, L.Ac., MAcOM
Maura is an acupuncturist, herbalist, and certified qigong instructor. She pursued traditional Asian medicine after her cousin and aunt passed away from breast cancer. These experiences motivated Maura to explore acupuncture and herbal medicine as alternatives to Western medical care. Maura's educational background includes her BS from Loyola University of Chicago, Certification in Traditional Asian Bodywork and Acupressure from the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley (2005), and her Master's in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (2010). After she finished her Master's, she worked in the People's Republic Hospital in Nanjing, China. Here she worked with the revered Flying Needle Dr. Wong in internal medicine and also the in pediatric wing. She also served as an acupuncturist in rural communities in Nepal.
Maura is an avid wild-crafter of plants and fungi for food and medicine. She believes local plants have a higher resonance with our bodies and therefore using them as food and medicine produces more potent outcomes in patients' healing. After years of making herbal products for her patients and loved ones, she decided to use these skills to help the greater global population. She founded and currently runs Wild Hearts Apothecary, a 501c3 non-profit that funds healthcare projects in low-income communities.
Maura also is passionate about empowering individuals around their health. She teaches seminars and workshops around the country on Aroma Acupoint Therapy, wild-crafting, medicine-making, and qigong.
In her spare time she likes to backpack the Pacific NW with her trusty pup, ski, cook, tinker in her garden, keeps bees, and nerd out on Chinese medicine.
Britanie Kessler, L.Ac.
Britanie is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist who focuses on improving the health of the whole person. She pursues her passion for healing from a holistic perspective after 10 years of working in the medical technology industry. She achieved her Master's degree from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She first received her BS in Psychology from Clemson University in her home state of South Carolina.
In her 7 years in the Northwest, Britanie has been exploring her love for the outdoors, food, people, music and adventures. She uses these experiences to guide her practice of helping people to live healthy and happy lives.
Britanie enjoys working with patients based on their individual lifestyle and personal health goals. She specializes in TMJ disorders and has begun a focus on autoimmune disorders.