Gail Clevenger, LAc, MAc
Gail was always interested in health and wellness. As a child, she wanted to pursue a career as a medical doctor or veterinarian as she loved helping people (and animals!) feel better. As she learned more about the human body, it became clear that Western Medicine, although powerful and necessary in certain situations, was not the most effective path to health. She learned how the powerful effects of holistic medicine and the importance of treating the whole person, rather than treating the symptoms alone, leads to wellness.
The profound changes she experienced after a series of acupuncture treatments inspired Gail to explore Chinese medicine and pursue a career as an acupuncturist. For Gail, Chinese Medicine provides infinite pathways to study, explore and facilitate healing. She has learned that we are each our own special mosaic of biochemistry, emotions and spirit. Gail finds great joy in discovering the path that can best assist each patient towards improved health and wellness and believes with healthy food, mindset and lifestyle choices healing is available to each of us.
Gail is studying to become and integrative health practitioner. She believes it is crucial to examine our diet, exercise, stress/emotions, mindset, and more to reach optimal health and helps guide her patients towards this goal. She works with patients of all ages and collaborates with practitioners in other fields of wellness when necessary.
Gail was a massage therapist for 13 years prior to graduating from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2003. This gave her great knowledge and insight into pain management and injury recovery. She purchased Maple Leaf Healing Arts Clinic in 2002 which she operated for 9 years and is now the owner/operator of Maple Leaf Therapeutics located in the Health and Wellness Clinic in Edmonds.
When Gail isn't practicing acupuncture, she can be found running through forest trails, practicing yoga, exploring ways of being a better human or bouncing on the trampoline with her two kiddos. She looks forward to collaborating with you in achieving optimum health, balance and joy in your life.
Gail is currently practicing in The Health and Wellness Clinic in Edmonds. There are a variety of exceptional health care providers at this clinic including chiropractics and massage therapy. Click on the link below to be directed to their website.
Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture is one of the primary tools that a practitioner of Chinese medicine uses to restore balance, alleviate pain and prevent disease. Qi (pronounced "chee") is the vital energy that exists in all things. It is believed that our bodies have meridians or channels in which the Qi circulates. If the flow of Qi is disrupted, the body's natural functioning is impaired resulting in pain and/or disease. One way an acupuncturist helps to restore balance is by inserting disposable, sterile needles into certain points (called acupuncture points) along the meridians.
Other effective techniques include cupping, moxabustion (using an herb called mugwart on the acupuncture points) and tuina, which is a form a Chinese massage.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient medicine that originated in China over 2,500 years ago. TCM comprises a complete system of medicine addressing the health and wellness of the whole person. TCM includes acupuncture, dietary recommendations, tuina, cupping and guasha just to name a few modalities.
Chinese Medicine is very effective in treating a variety of pediatric disorders including allergies, digestive issues, emotional imbalances, skin conditions, etc. There are many non-needle techniques that can be used to treat both children and adults alike.