Wheels Darling, LAc, MSOM,
I am an East Asian medicine provider, herbalist, educator, and researcher. I chose this field of work because I have deeply valued the providers who have taken the time to listen to me, compassionately care for me, think from a holistic perspective, research new technologies, use tried and true traditional methods, and collaborate with other providers and specialists. I am dedicated to providing that same quality of care to my patients.
My practice is definitively queer, trans, size, poly, and kink positive.
I began studying complementary medicine in 1997 and have been practicing since the turn of the millennium. Multidisciplinary by nature and by training - my offerings come from variegated traditions. Abbreviated here, I present a spattering of the disciplines to you: Western pathopyhsiology, East Asian Medicine, Western Herbalism, Chinese Herbalism, nutrition, queer and feminist theories, and critical analysis of how systematic oppression effects individual and community health.
My lifelong commitment to natural medicine draws me to the places where modern research intersects with time-tested folk traditions and classical natural medicine strategies. My current research is in the field of complementary medicine approaches to cancer care.
Outside the clinic you might see me at the public library, having tea parties in public places, practicing yoga (in the way this woman in her 40s and this body can do), dancing, and/or connecting with the natural world around Portland. Some of my most valued worldly treasures are: my strong support-network of family and friends, my play, my work, sleeping out under the stars, and waking early to greet the sun as it rises.
Thank you for visiting this page and learning more about my background.
Southwest Acupuncture College (SWAC), Santa Fe, NM
This was a four-year graduate school program where I received a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine. They equip their students with a strong foundation in Traditional and Classical Chinese Medicine. I also received specialty training in Japanese Meridian Therapy and Five Element treatment strategies. SWAC's Chinese herbal medicine training is rock-solid.
Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine (HUCM), Harbin, China
I studied and trained in an integrated Chinese Medicine hospital focusing on Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Neurology.
Columbines School of Botanical Studies (CSBS), Eugene, OR
CSBS endowed me with field-botany skills that became permanently seared into my mind, strong knowledge of Material/Medica, deeply discerning wild-harvesting ethics, and much more.
Southwest School of Botanical Medicine (SWSBM), Bisbee, AZ
I was privileged to study advanced Western botanical medicine from the late and brilliant Michael Moore. Michael taught a therapeutic system of herbalism that integrated medical pathophysiology into its foundation while preserving the historical and cultural value of folk medicine traditions. His wife and colleague, Donna Chesner, still runs a truly invaluable correspondence course.
Apprenticeship with Pamela Fischer, Berkeley CA
I committed to a three-year apprenticeship program in Clinical Herbalism. Pamela Fischer is the first herbalist-mentor I met along my path. I have boundless gratitude for all Pam has shared with me.
New College of California, San Francisco, CA
This is where I did my undergraduate work in Writing and Consciousness. It was a multidisciplinary program focused on writing while evaluating systems in political economy, people's movements of struggle, literature, feminist theory, and people's history. If I were to get to rename this major, I would call it Liberation Studies and other Important Entanglements.
Degrees, Titles, Affiliations, Awards
Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.), Oregon Medical Board. (H Wheels Darling, L.Ac.)
Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM), a four masters degree program, SWAC.
Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
Board Certified Herbalist, NCCAOM.
Award, Golden Flower Scholarship for Excellence in Herbal Medicine, SWAC.
Certificate in Advanced Studies in Chinese Medicine, HUCM.
Certificate in Advanced Herbalism, SWSBM.
Certificate of Clinical Herbalism, OHC.