“My focus has always been the honoring of the individual’s unique journey toward healing. My goal is to help individuals understand their physical challenges and strengths. I believe in empowering individuals to be the best they can be, whatever their situation may be.”
We are thrilled to welcome Catherine Travis to our Keahi Health family. She has an impressive resume which includes more expertise and skill than can be communicated in a short bio, but we will do our best!
Catherine is licensed by the Oregon State Medical Board and National Board Certified to practice acupuncture. In the 1980’s, Catherine worked for 10 years with Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Clinics as a massage therapist practicing Trager Neuromuscular Re-integration. She then went on to complete her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Seattle, Washington graduating in 1994. She then completed advanced training in Advanced Acupuncture Clinical Studies in Orthopedic Neuromuscular Systems, Rheumatology, Chronic Pain, Psychology, Western Medical and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Mental/Emotional Imbalances, Chronic Pain, and Sports Injuries.
She served as the Dean of Clinical Studies at Oregon College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a Masters and Doctoral degree granting institution in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
At Seattle’s Harborview Medical Hospital, Catherine was the Acupuncturist and Clinical Supervisor for two pain clinics. In the Chronic Pain Clinic, patients were treated for pain due to histories of severe physical and psychological trauma. In the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Clinic, Catherine worked with a leading researcher in the field of fibromyalgia, Deirdre Buchwald, M.D.
At the University of Arizona, Catherine was the acupuncturist in the fully-integrated Student Health Clinic. She worked collaboratively with physicians, nurses and pharmacists. She also worked with the physician fellows of Andrew Weil’s Integrative Medicine Program at the University of Arizona.
Catherine was an Acupuncture Consultant for a National Institute of Health-funded study in Acupuncture Treatment for Depression at the University of Arizona’s Doctoral Program in Psychology in conjunction with Stanford University. She was also the acupuncturist in the National Institute of Health-funded research study in Acupuncture and the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis with Oregon Health Science University and the Oregon College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Her passion for Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine led her to teaching in Master’s Degree Programs in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. She taught Advanced Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Clinical Skills, Clinical Internship, Clinical Case Presentation and Analysis, Advanced Neuromuscular Systems, and Trigger Point Needling. She drew upon her years of experience working in western medical settings as well as her experience working collaboratively with physicians, nurses, and physical therapists. Catherine has a strong commitment to working collaboratively with all health care providers to provide the most optimal patient care. Over the course of ten years, her students included many nurses, physical therapists, chiropractors, and physicians.
Catherine provides treatment for aging and longevity with a special interest in stress reduction and healthy brain function. She is trained in mindfulness meditation through movement and has been practicing meditation for 30+ years and is just a beginner.
Throughout her career, Catherine has developed and refined her skills in interfacing, consulting, and collaborating within the medical community. Drawing from 25 years of clinical experience, she understands the important role her listening skills provide in gathering information about her patient’s concerns and medical histories. Treatment plans are designed for each individual patient and are explained in lay terms to allow the patient to be actively involved in the process of finding optimal balance and health.
Catherine offers Acupuncture, Cupping, Chinese Medical Massage, and Trigger Point Therapy. For children and needle-sensitive adults, Catherine uses a gentle acupuncture technique and if needed a needle-free acupuncture technique.
“I have a strong belief in the importance of listening to patients and offering a diagnostic view of their current body through the lens of Chinese Medicine. I then translate this diagnosis into terms that are easily understandable and offer tools that will help you be the best you can be, given the strengths and challenges you currently have.”