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This podcast covers the practitioners, modalities, passions, topics & conversations of the team and community of Watershed Wellness. Located on the mighty Columbia River in Astoria, OR, the clinic integrates acupuncture, Chinese herbalism, Naturopathic medicine, massage therapy, organic skincare and a compassionate, intentional approach to healthcare.The podcast is run and promoted by clinic co-owner Eric Grey, MS, LAc who previously taught Chinese medicine and practice management for a decade at National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. He is joined by other Watershed practitioners and members of the community to discuss a wide range of topics. We're currently in our second season, begun in March 2022.Please visit our website at watershedwellnessastoria.com/podcast/ to learn more about us and the podcast, and to give us feedback and suggestions. Thank you for listening!

Watershed Wellness podcast Eric Grey and the Watershed Wellness Team

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This podcast covers the practitioners, modalities, passions, topics & conversations of the team and community of Watershed Wellness. Located on the mighty Columbia River in Astoria, OR, the clinic integrates acupuncture, Chinese herbalism, Naturopathic medicine, massage therapy, organic skincare and a compassionate, intentional approach to healthcare.The podcast is run and promoted by clinic co-owner Eric Grey, MS, LAc who previously taught Chinese medicine and practice management for a decade at National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. He is joined by other Watershed practitioners and members of the community to discuss a wide range of topics. We're currently in our second season, begun in March 2022.Please visit our website at watershedwellnessastoria.com/podcast/ to learn more about us and the podcast, and to give us feedback and suggestions. Thank you for listening!

    Excellent Massage Therapy Goals & Principles with Amanda Barp, LMT

    Excellent Massage Therapy Goals & Principles with Amanda Barp, LMT

    Amanda Barp has been practicing massage therapy for 17 years - a very long time for a profession that demands a lot from the practitioner! We start out this podcast talking about her career so far and how she's managed to stick around much longer than the average practitioner. After a brief visit to the changes brought by COVID-19, we begin a tour of the goals and principles that underlie the entire Massage Therapy department at our clinic.

    Amanda lays out the basic goals and then explores four basic principles we use to guide the department:
    ConsistencyQualitySafetyAttunementWe discuss each in turn, paying special attention to the ways that quality and safety interpenetrate and inform one another. Massage therapy is one of the founding modalities at Watershed Wellness, so we've had a lot of time to refine how we approach it until it brings maximum benefit to all of our clients.

    Finally we finish up with a very important call to action - WE ARE CURRENTLY (AND ALWAYS) HIRING MASSAGE THERAPISTS! If you heard this podcast and are thinking of a job change - reach out and chat with us - we'd love to see if you're a good fit for the open positions. You can read more about working at WW, including all the details for these positions, on this page.

    • 25 min
    Staying inspired & bringing holistic skincare to the whole community

    Staying inspired & bringing holistic skincare to the whole community

    In this episode, I bring back holistic skincare & Eminence Organics expert Amanda Koennecke, LE. We start out talking about what it takes to stay inspired in a profession after a decade or two (hint: it has to do with our CLIENTS).

    After a brief chat about the curious experience of being part of rural healthcare in America, we begin to talk about some of the special demographics that Amanda seeks out in her practice. While anybody can benefit from a great facial, Amanda has gone out of the way to try to reach out towards demographics that aren't typically served by this important part of healthcare. We focus our conversation chiefly on her work with teenagers and the opportunities she has had to work with people undergoing treatment for cancer.

    We wrap up the podcast by talking about the deep value of this powerful, intimate service for people who are struggling or hurting. I hope we'll bring Amanda back soon to dig further into these important topics.

    In the meantime, you can check out some of her past appearances on the podcast on our archive page. And you may want to take a look at our Youtube channel as well. Here are some specific links to help you learn more about Amanda, her practice, and how it might fit for you!


    Amanda K discusses doing skincare on the North CoastAmanda K talks about Eminence Organics products (the only line we carry!)A brief discussion of "maskne" and how to deal with it

    • 20 min
    Naturopathic Medicine : Essentials & Peculiarities

    Naturopathic Medicine : Essentials & Peculiarities

    In this episode, I continue my conversation with Dr. Melinda Nickels, ND, LAc, this time discussing some specifics about Naturopathic medicine, and her focus on homeopathic treatment.

    Naturopathic medicine is a diverse system that includes many modalities - this episode will get you started in understanding it. But, if you want more information, check out the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, or this page created by National University of Natural Medicine, where Melinda and I both went to medical school.

    We discuss the scope of practice available for NDs in Oregon and then discuss some of the peculiar features of natural medicine treatment, including why sometimes a patient gets worse before they get better.

    Enjoy and as always, submit your questions or ideas on our website.

    • 21 min
    Always learning - a conversation with Dr. Melinda Nickels, ND, LAc

    Always learning - a conversation with Dr. Melinda Nickels, ND, LAc

    In this episode, I sat down with Melinda Nickels to discuss her training and her perspective on her profession. Or rather - her professions - as in multiple! Dr. Nickels is a licensed acupuncturist, but also a Naturopathic doctor. Naturopathic doctors have many of the same capacities as MDs and DOs with regards to scope of practice, but come from a different perspective. You can learn more about Naturopathic medicine by clicking this link.

    Melinda shares the story of how she came to Naturopathic medicine in the first place, including her adventures in fields as diverse as computer programming and natural building. Throughout the story we discuss aspects of natural medicine philosophy, her current interests and continuing education, and more.

    Please don't forget to rate and share the podcast & send along any comments, suggestions or potential topics via our podcast page on our website.

    • 17 min
    An intro to end-of-life care with acupuncture

    An intro to end-of-life care with acupuncture

    In this episode, Todd Garrity, LAc, and I discuss the use of acupuncture during end-of-life care. Todd has a keen interest in helping people through this important phase of life and has sought extensive continuing education to help him be of most help to people facing the dying process.

    Todd discusses the basics of how end-of-life acupuncture works, and discusses some of the theories behind why it is helpful. He also shares a little bit about his training and personal connection with this practice.

    The links below will help you get the most out of this episode:


    Certified Providers of Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncture (CPHPCA) - the professional organization that helps to educate and certifies acupuncturists who want to do this work. They host a directory of available providers as well.Link to a study about the use of acupuncture in palliative care settingsAnother study looking at the use of acupuncture in home hospice careGoverning Vessel 20, or GV-20, or Baihui, the acupuncture point on the top of the head that Todd referencesThe contact form I reference, where you can submit any additional questions

    • 12 min
    Acupuncture and moxibustion for the treatment of all kinds of pain

    Acupuncture and moxibustion for the treatment of all kinds of pain

    In this episode, we continue the conversation with Todd Garrity, LAc, this time discussing how he approaches pain relief in his acupuncture practice. 

    While most people know that acupuncture can treat pain, there is a lot more to it than sticking needles into painful muscles. In particular, Todd's use of the Korean Hand Therapy system presents an alternative approach, which we discuss here as well as in videos on our Youtube channel.

    Don't forget to leave us questions, topics and feedback on the podcast page of our website!

    During this short discussion we touch on a variety of interesting topics including:
    What sorts of pain acupuncture can treatHow an acupuncture microsystem works to treat painThe role of burning mugwort - moxibustion - in treatment of painHow surgical procedures can interrupt qi flow, and how treatment can helpHow treating the root of a disease is different from chasing symptomsSome things mentioned on the podcast that you might want to explore further:
    Acupressure pelletsLion moxa warmersA great book about moxibustion, meant for practitioners and very curious patients

    • 14 min

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