Welcome to Dragon Rises Center for Wholeness, founded by Melinda Iglesias Wheeler and Stephen Higgins. We came together around the shared belief that solid, caring relationships are the cornerstone of good healthcare—that, indeed, the very most important aspect of health and healing is a strong therapeutic alliance between patient and practitioner.

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We maintain a strong bond and our students, patients, and clients can feel it. We are truly delighted to have you!


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Melinda Iglesias Wheeler DSOM, LAc (she/her)

Care is personal, and must be specific and tailored to each individual. Classical Chinese medicine is an entire system of healthcare that engages and invites patients to be more active participants in their health and well-being. In caring for my patients, I utilize Shen-Hammer Pulse Diagnosis, abdominal palpation, and other precise diagnostic techniques. I practice classical acupuncture and herbalism as well as cranialsacral and myofascial release.

Education

I hold a Doctorate of Science in Oriental Medicine (DSOM) from the National College of Natural Medicine and am also an assistant instructor of Shen-Hammer Pulse Diagnosis. During the course of my DSOM degree, I studied under Brandt Stickley, L.Ac and immersed myself in this compelling and precise diagnostic method. I am currently studying classical herbalism based in the tradition of Zhang Zhong-Jing’s Shang Han Za Bing Lun (Treaties on Cold Damage and Miscellaneous Disease) with Dr. Joon Hee-Lee, and I serve as a Teaching Assistant for his courses. Additionally, I am a student of Classical Acupuncture as taught by Ann Cecil-Sterman. I am certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).


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Stephen Higgins MSOM, LAc (he/him)

I am a Licensed Acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist, and Mindfulness Counselor, and I enjoy offering care in the realms of both Chinese medicine and mental health. In caring for my patients and clients, I utilizeMindfulness-based Somatic counseling methods, manual therapies like therapeutic touch and acupuncture, precise diagnostics including Shen-Hammer Pulse Diagnosis and abdominal palpation, and powerful herbal medicines.

Education

I began my formal Chinese medicine education at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and hold a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) from the National College of Natural Medicine. My counseling background includesthe two-year Comprehensive Training through the META Institute/Hakomi Institute of Oregon, two additional years as a Teaching Assistant at the META Institute, and advanced trainings in Hakomi Therapy, Primary Attachment Psychotherapy, and a “parts work” model known as the Re-Creation of the Self. I am also passionate about the modern and Classical Chinese languages and have completed Post-Baccalaureate study in Chinese Language and Literature at Portland State University and have attended both the International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University as well as a Chinese Language and Culture program administered by National Taiwan Normal University.


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Alexandra McBryde, DSOM, LAc (she/her)

The body has a homeodynamic intelligence that knows how to restore balance. With an integrative system of holistic medicine, we remind the body of this knowledge and nudge it back towards wholeness. In service of this inherent knowing, I offer a blend of Classical Chinese Medicine—both acupuncture and herbal therapy, cranialsacral, applied qigong, mindfulness-based practices, and flower essences.

Education

I hold a Doctorate of Science in Oriental Medicine (DSOM) and a Master’s of Science in Integrative Mental Health from the National University of Natural Medicine. I have studied within the Shen-Hammer lineage of pulse diagnosis since 2015.


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Hasina Renee, MSOM, LAc (she/her)

Hi! I"m white, queer, and an eating disorder and brain injury survivor. I"m also hard of hearing and may ask you to speak up. I love walking, drawing, and paying attention to things I see and feel outside. This way of noticing is my core practice, and it"s inseparable from how I perceive the body. My approach to care work is rooted in three truths: that you know best what is happening for your body; that systems of oppression are real and serve as primary causes of disease; and that medicine (both conventional and many forms of so-called alternative) often participates in systemic marginalization instead of uplifting and strengthening bodies, survival, and ways of knowing/being it doesn"t value or recognize. As your practitioner, I will offer my knowledge in service of yours to craft a treatment that supports your pacing and agency. I hold a variety of tools (including insertive and non-insertive needling, East Asian herbal medicine, and bodywork), and I am happy to recalibrate my approach as your needs change.

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Education

On my way to licensure as an acupuncturist, I studied Shen-Hammer pulse diagnosis with Stephen, Melinda, and Brandt Stickley. The pulse has taught me so much about how we exist in relationship with our own embodiment and can work toward liberation at every level, from the cellular to the collective. I am also trained in cranialsacral therapy and myofascial release techniques through extensive study and assistant teaching with Michael McMahon at Moving Mountain Institute. My hands can say more about the awe I feel for this work than I could ever express with words.