“My first experience with acupuncture took place in 1993 when I injured my knee. I was in a great deal of pain and unable to put weight on my knee. The injury, however, was not severe enough for surgery. A friend suggested acupuncture and after several treatments, I completely recovered. The quick recovery left a lasting impression on me and I began turning to acupuncture for other ailments that arose in my life. The experience completely changed the way I approached my health and healthcare.

My personal success with alleviating pain led me to pursue acupuncture and massage as a profession. I have been working as a massage therapist since 1995 and I began studying acupuncture in 1999. I received training from many wonderful teachers in both Chinese and Japanese style acupuncture. Then, I chose to apprentice directly for one year with an acupuncturist whom had a profound influence on how I practice. The completion of my degree came from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medical College in Berkeley, CA where I received my Master’s in Oriental Medicine in April 2012. I love learning and continue to deepen my understanding of acupuncture and the myriad of ways that it can help people live an overall healthier life with less pain and suffering.

There are many reasons why people choose acupuncture for themselves and seek a practitioner. Here is a little bit more about me before I became an acupuncturist. From a very young age I was drawn to helping, guiding, and supporting both people and animals. I grew up in Ohio with horses and spent many summers at outdoor camps because my mom was a teacher and camp counselor. I too became a camp counselor for underprivileged youth in the high elevation of the Rocky Mountains. There are many directions I could have gone, and I decided to pursue a degree in psychology which brought me to Oregon. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Oregon State University. I added massage therapy as another tool for assisting people with their health. It gave me the opportunity to work in many beautiful places such as Kauai and Colorado. I now reside in Bend, Oregon. I enjoy gazing at the mountains, hiking, hot springs, and trail riding deep into the woods. I also have three children and several furry pets which keep our family nice and busy.

I am blessed to be working with the exceptional team at Mountain View Acupuncture. Feel free to call or email me with questions you may have. I look forward to working with anyone interested in exploring the benefits of acupuncture. I’m here to help you on your journey to the healthiest you can be in the life you want to live.

Sarah Ogrizovich is a nationally certified 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 of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She holds a Master of Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.