Sarah Allen, L.Ac. of Mountain View Acupuncture
“Deciding to end my 15-year teaching career and study Traditional Chinese Medicine was a long, interesting road. The idea first came to mind about 13 years ago, battling Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Upon diagnosis, I was told I would never run again and that the disease could potentially leave me permanently disabled. I was prescribed methotrexate, a chemotherapy medication, indefinitely. Rather than continuing down this toxic path, I found an alternative route. After much research and experimentation, I was finally able to put my disease into complete remission naturally, without medication, under the direction of the well-known Dr. Joseph Mercola, who helped me redesign and rebuild my immune system using food as medicine.
Not only did I beat the disease, I became healthier than ever before, and a much stronger triathlete. After two months of beginning my diet, my pain began to diminish. In one year, I had returned to training and won my first triathlon. In two years, all traces of the disease were completely gone and never returned.
Beating RA was one of the most empowering accomplishments of my life. I had taken control of my health, which inspired me to help others. My passion for natural medicine and health continued to grow, and a decade later I was finally introduced to Traditional Chinese Medicine while teaching in Brazil, where I sought acupuncture for treatment of a sports injury. I was amazed to discover not only did the acupuncture alleviate my pain, but I felt better, I slept better, had increased energy, and felt a greater sense of well-being. Even my immune system grew stronger. I found acupuncture so effective, I began recommending it to my colleagues and friends. A number of them received treatment, two who proclaim it has changed their lives. I finally realized I did not want to just tell others about it, I wanted to do it.
At this pivotal point I made the life-changing decision to sacrifice my teaching career and pursue a Master of Oriental Medicine at the Acupuncture Massage College in Miami, Florida. Additionally, I became a licensed massage therapist, as I find body work extremely beneficial for treatment of pain and injury, and an essential pillar of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
I wish to dedicate my life the field of health and wellness. I strive to continue to learn, study and grow to my greatest ability so I may best help my patients heal and become the healthiest they can be. I have a strong interest in auto-immune and digestive disorders, musculo-skeletal problems and sports injuries, and nutritional healing.
I am extremely fortunate for the opportunity to live in Bend and work in a thriving clinic alongside such highly skilled and compassionate practitioners. I have a strong love for the mountains, nature and outdoor activities. I enjoy hiking, running, skate skiing, cycling, swimming, Brazilian capoeira, and yoga. I was raised on a dairy and cattle farm in Minnesota, and thus am drawn to the small-town feeling and warmness of the people here. I was thrilled to find the strong rural and ranching community of the surrounding area which brings me back to my roots.
Sarah is a nationally licensed Acupuncturist and licensed massage therapist. She is licensed by the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners to practice acupuncture and Chinese medicine. She is a Diplomate in Acupuncture through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She holds a Master of Oriental Medicine and also a Master of Education and Professional Development. Prior to becoming an acupuncturist Sarah was a bilingual/ESL and English teacher for 15 years in Wisconsin and in several countries around the world. She is fluent in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. “