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Eric Grey, MS, LAc

eric grey practitioner astoria oregonStarting in 2021, I am no longer taking new acupuncture patients. Instead I am focusing 100% on Chinese herbs-focused practice and I am taking new patients for that modality.

To learn more about my transition to herbs-focused practice, click here. 

As a practitioner of Chinese medicine, I have an intense passion to dig deeply into the traditions of Chinese medicine to find effective, truly holistic solutions for common health problems. I let my passion for traditional knowledge guide me in the pursuit of my passion to see people happy, healthy, and thriving.

I have skill and interest in helping people resolve the kinds of chronic, debilitating conditions that they cannot seem to find help for anywhere.

Digestive problem that just won’t go away? Menstrual problems that make every month a living hell? Auto-immune condition with no solid diagnosis? Endless series of colds, flus and allergy attacks that leave you winded and feeling broken? I have experience with helping people in these situations and many more to find lasting health and a better orientation towards their bodies and the healing process using Chinese herbs.

In Chinese herbalism, I follow a methodology that sticks as close to the Han and pre-Han dynasty classical texts of Chinese medicine as possible. These texts articulated a method for treating human disease that is timeless. While the environments we live in have changed quite a bit since 200BCE, the human body continues to manifest reactions in similar ways as it always has – further – the treatment philosophies laid down by the ancient Chinese simply WORK, no matter the time and place. I continue to study for hundreds of hours every year, mostly through the Institute of Classics of East Asian Medicine and Classicalchinesemedicine.org.

As of 2021, I am stepping away from acupuncture to focus entirely on Chinese herbalism in my practice.

I have been very fortunate to learn and use acupuncture with my patients over 10+ years. It's a fascinating modality with real power to change lives. However, at this stage of my career, I'm interested in seeing how simplifying my focus might increase my mastery. While some people work very well with multiple modalities, balancing and interweaving them, I find that I am at my best when I can simplify and consolidate my efforts, and really dig all the way in.

I'm making this transition carefully, slowly – so IF YOU ARE A CURRENT PATIENT – worry not. If you've not already heard from me, you will be hearing from me soon to discuss options.

Despite this change, there are many ways I will still be working with acupuncture theory and therapies. I am currently implementing a structure to help patients engage in a robust home practice that includes the stimulation of acupuncture points and channels with plenty of instruction from me. I also help people find dietary and movement practices that assist their treatment without making them have to give up everything they love most about life.

I also see it as part of my job to discuss with you what’s going on in your life.

Truly holistic medicine embraces all features of a person. I’m not a counselor, of course, and I certainly don’t pry where I’m not wanted. However, often during the therapeutic relationship, issues of life, vision, hope, personal organization and occupation come up. I’m there for you as a non-judgmental ear, ready to connect you with resources, brainstorm strategies, or simply listen. While this is a rarely discussed part of Chinese medicine, I believe it is an important one.

Something a little personal?

I live in Astoria, in Uniontown, and have since 2016 with my wife, Amanda Barp. We came from Portland, where we lived for 10 years, and I've been in Oregon since 1995, when I moved from Idaho. I have a daughter who is in her twenties and studying conventional medicine with designs on being a surgeon. We hope to figure out some ways to work together in the future!

I also love Philosophy, history, the flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest, hiking and walking (you'll see me walking all over town) and all kinds of music. I'm a true animal lover and we currently have two cats in our house (one never talks about “owning cats.”) If you like, you can see the world through my eyes on my personal Instagram account.

 


Education & Training

  • Dual BS degrees from OSU / Biology & Philosophy
  • MA work at OSU / Applied Ethics
  • MSOM at National College of Natural Medicine, with Honors
  • Board certified in Acupuncture from NCCAOM
  • Diplomate in Canonical Chinese Medicine from ICEAM
  • Herbal discipleship & clinical training from Heiner Fruehauf, PhD
  • Ongoing Canonical Chinese Herbal training from ICEAM including advanced seminars and SHL Lines Retreat

Professional Activities

 


Eric is currently in-network with most insurance companies, and also accepts MVAs, PIPs and worker's compensation claims.

NOTE : Not all insurance companies cover herbs-only practice. Please talk to us about your insurance benefits so we can make sure things are squared away before you come in.

To learn more about insurance billing click here.

Amanda Barp, LMT

I started thinking about massage therapy as a career in 2002. I was a recent transplant to Oregon and taking a year off of school to gain residency in Oregon. As an undergraduate at Oregon State University, I started exploring the fields of Philosophy and Women's Studies. As a practical person at heart, I started wondering how the culture and the world around us affects us as embodied beings. Realizing that I'd entered into two fields that don't have much application outside of academia, I decided to see what it would be like to take some of the theory of what I was learning into practice by learning massage.

My background in Feminist Philosophy has given me a unique understanding of how we, as individuals, are affected by the outside influences of our culture, our place in the world, and how we are viewed by others.

My education has given me a nuanced understanding of how we walk through this world and the potential challenges that we might face as humans. The way we present in this world makes a difference for how we are perceived in by others, and oftentimes how we are treated by others. And that perception leaves an imprint on each of us. Regardless of how our bodies actually feel, moving through this world is a heck of a load to carry if you fall anywhere outside the status quo.

I completed my initial massage education in 2005 from Lane Community College. Shortly thereafter I moved with my partner, Eric Grey, to Portland and we started what has become Watershed Wellness. My role in Watershed Wellness is head of the massage department, head of finances, head of facilities and operations, and the one who makes sure that there are enough sheets to get us through the day.

I began my yoga practice 19 years ago when I moved from Nebraska to Oregon as a transfer student. I was delighted to find that I could take a class through Oregon State University and was lucky to have such a great experience with yoga from the beginning. This instilled in me the importance of first interactions with this practice. Fostering an environment of acceptance, understanding and non-judgment is very important to me, both in the yoga studio and as a massage therapist.

I completed the 200 hour yoga teacher training at The Bhakti Yoga Movement Center in 2015. I’ve been very lucky to have wonderful mentors who are willing to work with me as I begin this journey of teaching, most notably my teachers at The Bhakti Yoga Movement Center: Lisa Mae, Monicka, and Kate.

I continue to be amazed by the human body and how our daily movement and habits can affect how we move through our lives.

Massage therapy and yoga provide excellent outlets for understanding ourselves more deeply, while providing space in which we can strive to make sense of ourselves and our place in relation to each other and the world.

I've gotten really good at helping folks alleviate their daily aches and pains while tending to the body's response to the stress of life. I love to talk about bodies, and will probably throw in a little anatomy education whether it be in the massage room or the yoga class. It is my hope that you can feel the best you possibly can in your body so that you can do the things that you are meant to do in this world.

Education and Training:

  • Bachelor of Arts: Liberal Studies focusing in Philosophy and Women's Studies, Oregon State University 2004
  • Certificate of Massage Therapy, Lane Community College 2005
  • 200 hour yoga teacher training, The Bhakti Yoga Movement Center 2015
  • Ongoing movement and yoga education from The Bhakti Yoga Movement Center
  • Ongoing continuing education for massage and bodywork

Professional Activities:

  • Co-Owner, Chief Finance Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Watershed Wellness
  • Small Business Development Center – ongoing business education and mentorship

Amanda is currently in-network with most insurance companies, and also accepts MVAs, PIPs and worker's compensation claims.

To learn more about insurance billing click here.

Amanda Koennecke, LE

No frills. No fuss. No fancy spa culture.

As an esthetician of 13 years, I’ve curated an esthetics practice that focuses less on pampering spa treatments and beautification, and more on skin care as a basic health right. With a pursuant interest in Hungarian and Korean spa culture, as well as Ayurvedic health systems, I’ve come up with an incredibly attentive hands-on treatment designed to nourish and detoxify your skin at a deep cellular level.

I’m here to help, and I’m obsessed with results and nurturing client relationships for the long-term.

My approach to skincare:

  • I’m here to help you relax, but I’m also here to make you look and feel your best.
  • I believe in using only organic and sustainable products, and have chosen to work exclusively with a high quality, cold-pressed skin care line.
  • I recognize that acne also happens at an adult age.
  • I'm mindful of how environmental factors such as sun and pollution are contributing to acne, redness, irritation, and other conditions in the skin
  • I know that healthy skin goes beyond which products you’re using. Diet, lifestyle choices, accrued allergies, your current stress level, and genetics all play a part in how your skin functions. Together we’ll come up with a plan that suits you, whether it’s a full recommendation or something a little more low-maintenance.
  • I won’t ever judge you for your skin care routine. I don’t care if you only use a washcloth to clean your face, or if you’ve used the same moisturizer for years. I’m here to administer professional treatments and help you navigate the surplus of skin care information available on the market. We'll work together to find a routine that’s comfortable and that makes sense to you.
  • Years of experience in customer service has given me the tools to make people feel comfortable and safe in my treatment room. I've treated folks from all walks of life and welcome diversity in my practice.
  • I’ll never sell you a skin care product that you don’t need. I’m a big fan of working products into a regimen at a pace that's tailored to you, and there’s never any sales pressure.

Professional experience and training:

  • Watershed Wellness 2014-current (Esthetician)
  • Eminence Organic Skincare regional training 2007-present Portland, OR (Education)
  • Eminence Organic Skincare Sacremento, CA-Vancouver, BC (2011) (Education/Advanced training)
  • Skincare/Esthiology Educator/Makeup Educator at Aveda Institute, Portland (Jan ‘16-Sep ‘17)
  • Ruby’s Spa McMenamin’s Edgefield 2007-2014 (Esthetician)
  • KOiPOD, Portland, OR 2006 (Wax specialist, Esthetician)
  • TIGI/Bedhead cosmetics Makeup Artist (2004-2006)
  • European Institute of Cosmetology 2005, Portland, OR (Facial Technology)
  • The International Dermal Institute 2007, Las Vegas, NV ( Education)
  • Mt Hood Community College Cosmetology program 2013 (Guest Speaker)

Interested in experiencing my work firsthand? Schedule your appointment today!

Need to know more about what I have to offer? Head over to our services page.

 

Danyelle Tinker Lowder, LMT

 

When I started my massage journey in 2010, I had no idea of the incredible places it would take me. I was looking for a career that would allow me to be a positive force in the lives of others while offering a lifestyle that offered the time for me to pursue my other passions and interests. I feel that this path has satisfied this for me and then some! I want you to feel amazing after your massage, but I understand that may mean something different for you on any given day. That is why I will spend some time asking you questions about what is happening with your body and your life. Meeting you where you are emotionally will make the massage more effective, and help you leave the office recharged and ready to face the world.

This applies especially if you have undergone treatment for cancer. My love for this population was ignited during my initial training when I was given opportunity to work with patients during their chemotherapy sessions. In the years since, I have enjoyed seeing these patients during their chemo and radiation appointments, while in the hospital for surgeries and bone marrow transplants, and in the office when they are between treatments or in remission. This work has taught me how to think outside the box when it comes to planning your session, and that “less” can be more effective in getting you on the road to recovery.

I am very excited to be a part of the Astoria community, and look forward to meeting you in the office or while exploring my new home.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Theatre Arts – Western Oregon University – 2000
  • Massage Therapy Certification – University of Western States – 2011
  • Owner – Release Therapeutic Massage – Portland, OR 2011-2018
  • Massage for People Living with Cancer – Portland, OR – 2012 – 24 Hours CE
  • An Integrated Mind-Body Approach to Working with Stress and Trauma Reactions – online course – 2012 – 3 Hours CE
  • Gua Sha for Myofascial Release – Portland, OR – 2013 – 8 Hours CE
  • Massage in the Oncology Setting – OHSU, Portland, OR – 2013 – 40 Hours CE
  • Oncology Massage Intensive: An Eastern Medical Perspective – Santa Fe, NM 2014 – 53 Hours CE
  • Adjunct Faculty, Massage Therapy Program – University of Western States, Portland, OR – 2014-2018
  • Massage Therapist, Knight Cancer Institute – OHSU, Portland, OR – 2016-2018

Danyelle is currently in-network with most insurance companies, and also accepts MVAs, PIPs and worker's compensation claims.

To learn more about insurance billing click here.

 

 

 

 

Todd Garrity, LAc, CPHPCA

“I know what constant pain and the frustration of not being able to do the things that bring you joy because of it is like. I know how pain and despair can quickly take over your life because I’ve been there too. There is hope.”

My Story

Prior to seeking a career in healthcare, I earned a BA in journalism and worked as a reporter for newspapers and magazines across the country. After many years of constant computer use, I developed wrist bone pain and mobility issues similar to carpal tunnel syndrome. I opted for surgery, which unfortunately worsened my pain and further limited movement in my hand. Following surgery, I started seeing an acupuncturist regularly as a last resort—not knowing if I would ever regain full use of my hand.

After facing what I thought would be a lifetime of pain, I gradually regained movement and dexterity in my hand. I continued the treatments weekly and left any skepticism I had about acupuncture behind. I practiced writing every day and could clearly see in my journal that progress was happening. After only three months, I had full function of my hand, no pain, and I could write legibly again!

Having experienced results firsthand, the power of this ancient healing art fascinated me. I read as much as I could about it and, after 10 years in journalism, I pursued a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2007.

I’ve dedicated my life to helping others heal their pain and embrace life ever since. I feel so blessed to help others through this incredible medicine—all while using the hand I thought would never work again.

Educational Foundation

I graduated in 2010 with my Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and Bachelor’s of Health Sciences from the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. My academic and clinical education included a solid foundation in the theories and practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which was well balanced with education in medical acupuncture, health sciences, and the western understanding of the human body.

In addition to extensive study in Traditional Chinese Medicine, I am trained in Reiki, BodyTalk, and studied with a shaman in Peru to learn how to tap in and assist patients in releasing emotional and spiritual blockages that often accompany serious medical conditions.

I am happy to offer a unique form of acupuncture to the North Coast, called Korean Hand Therapy (KHT). I have also recently completed the requirements to be a Certified Provider of Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncture (CPHPCA) and do home visits for this work in Clatsop County.

What to Expect

I specialize in pain management and I use many different techniques to stimulate the body’s own ability to heal. Just as every one of us is different, the modality that elicits the best response for each patient is also different. I take time to assess each patient and work together to find the best treatment path. That may look like many needles at the area of pain, or just a few near the hands, feet, and ears.

Some patients do well with no needles at all, using acupressure, cupping, moxibustion, and/or a style of medical massage called Tuina. I coach my patients on what to do at home between treatments to continue to stimulate the body’s healing response. That might be exercises, stretches, self-massage with various liniments, or taking herbs. Whatever treatment strategy we take, I will communicate with you at length about what we are doing and why and check-in with you throughout the treatment to make sure you are comfortable.

I know how pain and illness (yours and others in your life) can affect your outlook on life, and I have advanced training in mental/emotional health and using acupuncture and other techniques to help move into a more positive, connected energetic space.

If you are considering trying something different for your specific health concern, I look forward to working with you to see what these ancient healing modalities can do for you.

Experience

  • BS in Health Science and Master’s in Oriental Medicine, Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine, 2010
  • Reiki Master Practitioner, Usui Shiki Ryoho, 2007-2013
  • Advanced Training, International BodyTalk Association, 2010-2011
  • Advanced Training, Accunect, 2011-2014
  • Certified Accunect Selfcare Instructor, Future Medicine Today, 2013
  • Guest Speaker, St. Joesph’s Medical Hospital, Denver Health Hospital, 2016
  • Certified Providers of Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncture (CPHPCA), 2021-

Todd is currently in-network with most insurance companies, and also accepts MVAs, PIPs and worker's compensation claims.

To learn more about insurance billing click here.

Melinda Nickels, ND, LAc

I listen deeply to you and your story, and work with you to find transformative solutions to emotional patterns, chronic pain, chronic disease or all of the above.

Once we identify the patterns in your physical, mental and emotional symptoms, I use that story to find treatments that will work for you, whether it be acupuncture, homeopathy, herbs, mind-body techniques, nutrition or exercise. My goal is to help you find a state of dynamic balance from which you can more easily bounce back from health challenges and access the tools to stay healthy long into the future.

Melinda Nickels, ND, LAc

So, what’s my story?

I am a 2008 graduate of the National University of Natural Medicine with a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.) and Masters of Science in Chinese Medicine. During my time at NUNM, I also completed a two-year training in homeopathy from the New England School of Homeopathy; in the years since, I have continued study with leaders in the fields of homeopathy, naturopathy and mind-body focused acupuncture.

Natural medicine is not my first career.

I came to it after previous work in physics research, internet programming, and house building, all with an emphasis on environmental sustainability. My focus during those years was on positive and innovative solutions to complex environmental challenges, so that future generations might be able to enjoy the world as much as we have.

During this time, I learned that the best new solution was often an old one—that brilliant and simple solutions to problems we face today can often be found in the work of our predecessors, and that solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems can be found when tradition and modern science are brought together. This realization, combined with a life-long interest in health care, brought me to Naturopathic and Chinese medicine.

Since 2008, I have worked with hundreds of patients as a partner in their health care, cheering on their successes and working together through difficult times.

For me, this is the most rewarding and fulfilling work that I can imagine.When I’m not in the clinic, I’m often out walking with my partner in Shively Park or on the beach, doing ink and watercolor illustrations, singing, practicing Iaido (the Japanese art of sword drawing), or hanging out on the couch with our two kitties and reading.

Alex Adams, LMT

Alex Adams, LMT

It is my goal as a massage therapist to attend to your concerns and focus on areas of pain and tension while also providing a healthy dose of relaxation.

I come from a long line of health care workers – most of the women in my family are involved in medical fields, so caring for others runs in my blood. My mother has been one of my biggest inspirations and has always encouraged me to follow my dreams. My biggest dream was to find a profession in which I could help people. Massage has been that profession for me and a great way for me to give back to this community. This work is very gratifying to me and I love that I have the opportunity to help others feel better in their bodies and move through the world with less pain.

I have been practicing massage since 2014. It is my goal as a massage therapist to attend to your concerns and focus on areas of pain and tension while also providing a healthy dose of relaxation. I strive to create an environment free from judgment and work to help you feel more comfortable not only in the treatment room, but in your body. I welcome any feedback about how I can make your session the best it can be.

I encourage my clients to tell me about areas of concern and trust that I will do my best to help relieve the stress and tension you may be experiencing.

As one who lives with ADHD, I find this work to be incredibly grounding; massage helps me to keep focused and mellow in what can often be a chaotic world. Growing up with ADHD I had trouble focusing, being calm and still, and performing tasks to the best of my ability. Massage helps me channel my thoughts and better help my clients by focusing on the anatomy of the body and what style of stroke I need to use to release tension and promote relaxation.

I grew up in the wonderful Columbia River Gorge where I developed my love of nature. Being up in the mountains, walking on the trails, or watching the sunset of the beach helps me to feel at peace with the world. I love to snowboard, hike, swim and spend time with my family. I moved to Astoria in 2018 and I’m so delighted to be part of this community. I look forward to meeting you soon.

Training and Continuing Education

  • Sage School of Massage, Bend, OR 2014
  • Hapa’i Lomi Lomi/Prenatal Massage
  • Fascia Sculpting of the Body’s Matrix: Conditions of the Pelvis 2014
  • Fascia Sculpting of the Body’s Matrix: Conditions of the Lower Extremities 2014
  • Reflexology, East West College

Alex is currently not accepting insurance clients. However she is available to accept MVAs, PIPs and worker's compensation claims.

To learn more about insurance billing click here.

Tia McBride, LMT

Tia McBride, LMT

My name is Lettia ‘Tia' McBride and I'm happy to be a member of the Watershed Wellness team.

My career began in 2008 after being diagnosed with scoliosis and degenerative disc disease. In researching how to take care of this debilitating pain, I wondered if I could take care of and help others.

After completing Moscow School of Massage in Moscow, Idaho from 2008 to 2009, I opened my massage practice. I enjoyed working for myself, but felt I wasn't reaching enough people. I found my true passion while working for a busy chiropractic clinic in Pullman, Washington, as well as massaging athletes through the WSU athletic center. I worked primarily with people healing from injuries and the disfunction that can result from surgery and injury.

This medically focused massage led to classes in deep tissue, trigger point therapy, scar treatment, and post-surgical care.

Inspired by childhood memories of my grandmother surviving breast cancer, I continued my studies in 2016 learning lymphatic drainage and scar tissue treatment for those recovering from mastectomy and breast augmentation. Watching her unable to lift her arm made a lasting impression on me and I'm proud to say that I have helped many women and transgender men improve their range of motion with my work.

After 12 years of chiropractic and clinical experience, seeing my patients walk out with more function and less pain than when they walked in still gives me immense satisfaction.

I make every effort to tailor each visit to that patient’s specific needs and goals. I truly enjoy using my skills, experience and my own medical journey to help the people of the North Coast.

Born and raised in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, I have a fondness of the outdoors. When not in the clinic, you can find me out on my kayak, hiking or backpacking with my beloved dog, Tula, and enjoying all that The Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Tia is currently in-network with several insurance companies, and also accepts MVAs, PIPs and worker's compensation claims.

To learn more about insurance billing click here.

Support Staff

Meet the folks who make things work at Watershed Wellness.

Holly Greenslade

I work remotely in my home from Carey, Idaho. Carey is small, rural town about 30 minutes from the world famous ski resort of Sun Valley.

I do insurance billing for Watershed Wellness, in addition to reception, scheduling and insurance benefit verification.

One of my favorite things about working for the clinic is interacting with the patients. I also love working with the amazing practitioners at Watershed Wellness who care so much about about their patient's health and well-being!

In my spare time I enjoy reading and cooking. I admit I also have a few television shows I'm addicted to! My husband and I have 4 cats and one dog whom supply us with endless entertainment!

 

Danyelle Tinker Lowder

Many of you know Danyelle for her excellent massage skills, but she also helps out around the clinic with reception, scheduling, general awesomeness and social media marketing.

Amanda Koennecke

Many of you will know Amanda K from her uniquely nourishing facials and Eminence Organics product expertise. But, she also helps run our front desk, and manages the esthetics side of the business.