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the heartwood clinic

acupuncture & herbal medicine in North Portland


treatment methods

Each treatment is about one hour long and may incorporate some or all of the following treatment methods.


As a practitioner of Japanese style acupuncture, I use gentle needling techniques personalized to each individual. The style of needling employs very few needles and is often imperceptible to the patient. This method can be ideal for those sensitive to needles.

Each treatment balances the energy and structure of the body so that one’s innate healing capacity can flourish. Patients describe treatment as both calming and effective.


herbal medicine

Primarily using food grade herbs, different herbal combinations and dosages are prescribed according to a patient’s unique presentation. Taking herbal formulas between acupuncture treatments can further one's healing process.

I have studied under the classical tradition of herbalism which uses highly specified formulas focused on treating the whole person, not just the condition.


alexander technique

The Alexander Technique is a method that teaches people not to interfere with their natural poise.

Through a course of Alexander Technique lessons, individuals learn to restore their natural coordination and to create the conditions to use themselves in a way that is natural, elegant, and efficient. Many students report feeling lighter, easier, and generally more "up" afterwards.

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Moxibustion therapy pre-dates acupuncture. By warming the artemesia vulgaris plant over the surface of the body, the microcirculation, red and white blood cell counts are improved. In doing so, moxibustion can relieve pain, bolster immune function and enhance vitality.

Patients typically feel a comfortable, warming sensation throughout treatment and feel good and more energized after.


chi nei tsang

Chi Nei Tsang is an ancient Taoist technique of abdominal massage and detoxification.

Through releasing core tension patterns patients note improvement in digestion, fertility, metabolism, sleep and a greater sense of health and well being overall. I am continually impressed by the healing power of Chi Nei Tsang.

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I have been going to Lauri Elizabeth for many years for her gentle style of acupuncture, which I find very effective. I use acupuncture as preventive care for my body, much like the preventive servicing of a car.  Just as cars need special attention at times, my body occasionally has problems such as some arthritis in my hand or pain with my knees: Lauri handles those with a variety of acupuncture techniques.  I always feel comfortable and at ease at my sessions with Lauri; she listens carefully and and answers my questions in a very caring manner. She is highly skilled in both diagnosis and treatment to keep the chi —-the life force which is central to Chinese medicine and acupuncture — flowing smoothly. I count on Lauri’s skills to keep me feeling well and pain-free. If you are simply not feeling on top of things, are in pain, have chronic conditions that diminish your quality of life,  I heartily recommend you try acupuncture with Lauri Elizabeth.

George V., Client

I suffer from chronic fatigue and skin irritation and the moment I stepped into Sara's office for the first time I knew I was in good hands.She has an incredibly gentle and healing touch and brings an amazing amount of knowledge and perceptiveness to her practice.  Since receiving care from Sara, it is clear that I am on the path to better health and a better quality of life.

Sivan S., Nurse Practitioner

I have visited Sara for many years when I am in need of bodily balance or pain relief, most recently for prenatal acupuncture. Sara used gentle needling and moxa treatment to calm my overactive mind and bring me fully into my body to prepare for the birth. During the session, I felt as if I was conversing with my baby, readying both of us for the transition. A few days later I had a smooth and centered birth, and my session with Sara helped make this possible. You can feel the healing energy radiating through Sara's hands and presence - there is no one I trust more to guide my body back into alignment!

Margaret R., Professor

In session with Lauri -may it be for acupuncture or Alexander Technique- her compassion, attention to detail, and expertise in her craft shine through. Lauri's ability to see, feel, hear, and interpret messages from the body and voice of the client is extraordinary. I leave every session feeling understood in both body and spirit. 

Lauri and my work continue to assist in my aim to live in a more and more embodied way, with less and less pain. 

Casey S., Client

Sara Bergman is a true healer.  I see Sara for acupuncture, minus the needles, due to a needle phobia I acquired at a young age.  I was nervous about seeing anyone for acupuncture, but was always curious about the health benefits and how Chinese medicine works. After seeing her for several months of treatment she cured my migraines! If you're looking for a really great acupuncturist, I would definitely recommend Sara!

Kelly F., Massage Therapist


Lauri Elizabeth, MAc

licensed acupuncturist & alexander technique teacher

I am a licensed Acupuncturist and certified Alexander Technique Teacher. I graduated with highest honors, earning a Master of Acupuncture (MAc) degree from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in 2015. I then went on to complete a one-year post-graduate residency at NUNM, a rare opportunity to assist in the student clinic, start my own private practice, and teach an elective class in the program (surprise: I taught Alexander Technique to acupuncture students!). I am now the AOM Residency Director at NUNM. Prior to my medical training, I taught the Alexander Technique privately and at Marylhurst University for over a decade.

I practice a gentle style of acupuncture, drawing from multiple Japanese styles. My training emphasized pulse diagnosis and palpation to determine the necessary treatment and shallow insertions or non-insertive needling techniques. I continue to be fascinated by the profound changes that are possible using a gentle treatment style.

The Alexander Technique has had a marked influence on my life and work. I am delighted to be able to share this work with others. I graduated from the Oregon Center for the Alexander Technique in 2003, after training for three years with Rebecca Robbins. I work with people of all ages and all walks of life to be able to do more with less effort and discomfort.

contact: lauri@theheartwoodclinic.com


Sara Bergman, MS

licensed acupuncturist & herbalist

My study of medicine began many years ago in the San Francisco Bay Area.  While an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, I discovered a women’s qigong circle that was the ideal antidote to the stresses of academic rigor. I found that by bringing greater awareness into my body, my mind was clearer and my stress level significantly reduced.  This practice and community was a window into the world of East Asian Medicine that would become my lifelong path.

Since that time, I have apprenticed in integrative health modalities both locally and internationally. In addition to studying acupuncture in Japan, I have trained in abdominal massage in Thailand, herbal medicine in Tanzania and midwifery in the Ecuadorian Andes. I have also worked extensively in the public health sector, focusing on perinatal and reproductive health care.

My primary influences today are a number of Japanese acupuncture traditions including Toyohari Meridian Therapy and classical Chinese herbalism. The lineage of Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage continues to influence my practice as well. I enjoy working with all individuals to find a greater sense of ease and comfort in the mind and body. In treatment, I use gentle palpation, deep listening and an open-hearted presence. I am bilingual Spanish-English. I hold the following degrees and credentials:

-MS, Oriental Medicine; National College of Natural Medicine

-BA, International Development Studies; University of California, Berkeley

-Licensed Acupuncturist, Oregon Medical Board

-Diplomat in Acupuncture, NCCAOM

contact: sara@theheartwoodclinic.com


Office Hours

Monday: 10am - 6pm
Tuesday: 10am - 6pm
Wednesday: 10am - 6pm
Thursday: 10am - 6pm
Friday: 10am - 6pm


7401 N Albina Ave, Portland, OR 97217

p: 503. 791. 4648

f: 844. 833. 5681

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