Susanna Lea, MS, LAc
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Susanna Lea began her own journey with Chinese medicine while on a different career path in Portland, OR. Working as an assistant editor at a local literary magazine, she began to struggle with headaches and insomnia for no apparent reason. On a whim, she made an appointment with an acupuncturist, and her own journey truly began. Within 5 years she had quit her job, moved across the country, and enrolled in a 4 year program to study Classical Chinese acupuncture and herbal medicine in Asheville, NC. Now, 10 years later, she is still occasionally giddy that life has brought her to her calling.
The desire to encounter and express our wholeness is an integral part of Classical Chinese medicine’s deepest Daoist roots. Chinese medicine is a dynamic medical modality which, at its core, is an invitation to fully embody ourselves. It is certainly a practical medical approach to manage and heal and adapt and thrive, treating musculoskeletal pain and injury, digestive disorders, menstruation difficulties, fertility, neurological issues, urogenital disorders, and anxiety, stress, and depression. But it also offers the opportunity to connect with ourselves as an integral part of the universe and a child of our planet, influenced by and responsive to the changing seasons, the phases of each day, and the breath of each moment.
Through her own journey with Chinese medicine, Susanna has come closer to understanding how each of us can strive to fulfill our lives. Her style of practice is firmly rooted in the thousands of years of theory and practice of Classical Chinese medicine, while also informed by her passion for health and wellness accessibility, HAES, social justice, and creative expression. Susanna has studied with Jeffrey Yuen for 10 years, a preeminent teacher and scholar of Classical Chinese medicine; Dr. Soma Glick, a teacher of pediatrics and professor at Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, CO; and Dr. Suzanne Robidoux, a scholar, researcher, practitioner, and a fellow at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, to name a few.