Lisa Glasser, M.Ac., L.Ac
Pain Managment Specialist
As an acupuncturist Eugene Oregon, I always get asked the question ” What made you want to be in this field?” The short answer is….the hard way. As a college athlete I endured excessive physical stress which resulted in several injuries. At the time, I thought my only option was surgery. Four years and multiple surgeries later, I thought there has to be a better way. As I was recovering from my fifth knee surgery a year after college graduation, I found my answer in an alternative health magazine. I read about a former college athlete, in my same position, who was now an acupuncturist. The article went on to explain her story and the benefits of acupuncture. I was sold! I made an appointment with my local acupuncturist in small town North Dakota and the rest is history.
I attended Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minneapolis, MN where I received a Masters in Acupuncture. While in school I had heard many amazing things about the great Northwest. I made the leap and settled in Eugene. I have grown to admire and love this community that has welcomed me and my practice with open arms.
Almost 10 years after first hearing of acupuncture, I am thankful to have found a profession that I love. At the same time I have found a way to help people facilitate their own healing and give them the knowledge to live a healthier life. It is through my education, life knowledge and passion that I was able to create Well Balanced, an environment dedicated to your health through acupuncture, nutrition and fitness.
In my free time you’ll find me exploring our great state of Oregon! In the summer months I love to hike and swim with my dog, Mazi. This year I have taken up gardening, it’s amazing to watch life grow. In the winter I try and find the sun on the mountains and I get up to the snow every chance I get. You’ll either find me on my snowboard or cross-country skiing.
Jesse Liberty, M.Ac, L.Ac.
Pain Management Specialist
After high school, I had no idea if I wanted to continue my education or work so I decided to do both and enroll in community college and work full time. Knowing that I wanted to work with athletes, I started the Fitness Technology program at Portland Community College and got a job at Gart Sports, which is now The Sports Authority.
After three years of off-and-on schooling, and six years of working at Gart Sports, I felt I needed a change in my life. I decided I wanted to continue my education and was accepted into the Human Physiology program at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.
I really enjoyed my classes and my time there, and was focusing on a career in physical therapy and athletic training. However in the winter term of my last year at the U of O, I took a course called Complementary and Alternative Medicines and I was immediately fascinated with acupuncture and Chinese medicine. The following term I began looking into schools for Traditional Chinese Medicine and found the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in my hometown of Portland Oregon. I applied to OCOM, and after graduating from the U of O with a BS in Human Physiology, found out that I was accepted into OCOM’s Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine program.
My exposure to athletics and athletes has also given me exposure to injuries. As Western practices like surgeries and pharmaceuticals can surely help injured athletes, the recovery time with such therapeutics can be long and painful.
I believe that Eugene acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be integrated with western modalities, or stand on it’s own to help decrease recovery time from injuries as well as increase performance levels of athletes, and prevent future injuries. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is a relatively non-invasive and time proven modality that uses the body’s own energies and immune system to keep the body in balance and can be a very effective medicine to athletes and weekend warriors.
My clinical experience at OCOM proved to me that acupuncture is a great medicine that can not only treat pain, but can also be effective for people suffering from insomnia, menopausal symptoms, digestive disorders, colds, flu, and allergies.
Erin Auer-Sears, Massage Therapist
I initially found myself in the massage therapy world after my first pregnancy and birth. I became aware of the importance of taking charge of your own health and worked in a holistic medicine center working with lymphedema and detoxification. After losing my mother to complications from back surgery, I became impassioned to help others find relief from their myofascial pain without surgery. I trained in Chicago from some of the most respected Myofascial Trigger Point experts in the field and continue to seek out techniques that are well tested and proven to be effective.
Being a Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist means knowing what muscle to release for specific areas of pain. I approach my treatments by releasing the trigger point with compression and then I take the muscle into it’s fullest range of motion. By working within the client’s comfort levels we are able to eliminate trouble spots and regain function. Sometimes this can be done in one short session, sometimes it takes longer.
My varied background informs my sessions with people on many different levels. I have found to be able to perform at a high physical level requires a very holistic approach. The top 5 being: biochemistry , full range of motion, form, mental aptitude and sleep habits. No matter what a person’s physical goals are these 5 things make the biggest difference in achieving them.
I work with my clients to empower them with skills so that they can continue to target areas of pain outside our sessions by using specific self compression exercises and stretching. We also look at perpetuating factors such as diet, posture and sleep to correct those things that undermine our ability to be pain and inflammation free.
I love what I do. I enjoy the people and the places these skills take me and I am always learning as much from my clients as [I hope] they learn from me.
- Certified Complete Decongestive Therapist, Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy 2008
- I86 hrs of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy Training, Myo Trigger Point Seminars 2012
- 80 hrs of clinical apprenticeship under Sharon Sauer, CMTPT and Mary Biancalana, CMTPT 2012
- Certified Fascial Stretch Therapist- level 1, Stretch to Win Institute 2012
- Detoxification Specialist
- Yoga Teaching Background
- Pregnancy and Birth Coach
“Illness of any kind is hardly a thing to be encouraged in others. Health is the primary duty of life.”
― Oscar Wilde
Shannon Robertson, Chiropractor
Dr. Shannon was raised in beautiful, rural upstate New York. Her interest in the healthcare field began in high school, where she spent her after-school hours performing research at the Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY. She co-authored a paper on fetal alcohol syndrome before the age of twenty and went on to refine her career interests in college by majoring in biology, with a concentration in neurobiology. Dr. Shannon graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University and then went on, four years later, to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree at the University of Western States in Portland, OR.
Dr. Shannon’s treatment goals are simple: relieve, repair, and rehabilitate. After an injury, muscles go into spasm, joints lose motion, and nerves become inflamed. Dr. Shannon performs meticulous examinations that determine the exact source of discomfort and develops thorough treatment plans that focus specifically on the injured tissue.
As a newer generation chiropractor, she holds firm to the foundational principle that “the body will heal itself if given the right conditions” and embraces the newer trend of collaborating extensively with allopathic medical professionals, including primary care physicians and specialists, to ensure that her patients receive the highest level of care possible.
Outside of the clinic, Dr. Shannon enjoys hiking, gardening, wine tasting, baking, cheering on the Ducks, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, Brian, who works as a forensic scientist for the Oregon State Police, and their two daughters, Avery and Mackenzie.
Annette (Zoe) Fallian, MAOM, L.Ac.
Women and Mens Reproductive Health Specialist
Growing up, I was always interested in the healing arts, but it took me a long time to be ready to commit to that path. As a little girl, most of my favorite games had me playing doctor. Both allopathic and traditional medicine were used by my family to treat what ailed us, whether it was herbal teas and poultices for coughs and sprained ankles, or acupuncture for my mother’s migraine headaches. It would have made sense for me to have become a physician.
But life, with all its distractions, got in the way. After college, with degrees in math and psychology, I tried out the business world, but my interests kept bringing me back to health and wellness. Finally I was ready to follow my passion, and in 2007 I enrolled at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago. I completed the Asian bodywork certification program there, then moved to Portland, OR where I received my Masters degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. As I learn more about this medicine, I am continually fascinated by it. It paints a whole picture of the person in his/her environment and uses a poetic metaphor to help solve the puzzle of disease and bring about wellness.
It’s a privilege to be a healthcare provider, to be allowed into the private lives of individuals and trusted to guide them to health.