Kate Saul, LAc, Acupuncturist
I was introduced to acupuncture and Chinese medicine in 2005. As a stressed out, new to corporate lifestyle, fresh graduate living in New York City, I started to have trouble sleeping and stress inducing dermatological issues. After trying every “conventional” approach available, I decided to try acupuncture and Chinese herbs and was amazed at not only the attentive care I received from my provider, but that it all actually helped! Since then, I have seen an acupuncturist for most of my primary care needs and continue to be in awe of this medicine and its results.
Through my decades of experience using natural medicine, I truly can treat and speak with confidence around its efficacy. Raised in a family with a medicinal herbal garden in the backyard, our basement was stacked with jars of dried medicinal herbs and my father’s homemade tinctures were used to treat our common colds, coughs, upset stomachs, cuts, and scrapes. After leaving the nest, I continued to use herbal remedies and went to an acupuncturist for most primary care needs. I loved how empowered I felt during and after my appointments to take care of myself. Personally embracing a holistic and natural approach to health, I equally respect allopathic medicine and understand that each has their time and place to help us find wellness.
As an acupuncturist and herbalist, I wholeheartedly strive to give patient-centered care that allows you to thrive and take ownership over your wellness. I want to empower those I work with to make the health decisions that are right for them and fit into their present lifestyle. I believe that patient education is one of the most powerful tools a practitioner can share and I will work with you to create a team effort and partnership towards a healthier you.
I have also been a yoga teacher since 2008, teaching in NYC, and assisting and leading yoga teacher trainings in NYC, Mexico, Bali, and Portland. Nowadays, you can find me teaching classes in my local yoga communities at Yoga Union and Love Hive Yoga.
My years of dedicated yoga practice and teaching, combined with my Chinese medical education, gives me a unique insight into the body and its workings. This combination allows me to more easily help with musculoskeletal injuries, recovering from a motor vehicle accident, or just understanding why your body won't or can't do certain movements efficiently. I often help students and my patients with movements and exercises that bring correctional and natural alignment back into the body.
I enjoy treating a wide range of conditions, specifically, injury and pain management, women’s health, dermatology, anxiety and stress management, and sleep issues. As a female, I am excited to help support women and alleviate symptoms relating to women's health, including: menstrual cramps, PMS, irregular menstrual cycles, endometriosis, menopause, fibroids, and reproductive health.
Originally from Pennsylvania and after living in NYC, Mexico, and Indonesia I have happily decided put my books on the shelf in the amazing state of Oregon. I have my Master’s degree from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and my Bachelor’s degree from University of Vermont. When not at Willow Tree, you can find me teaching yoga around Portland, mountain biking, trail running, hiking, and surfing, all while day dreaming of New York bagels and pizza with my adventurous husband and our Jack Russell terrier, Henry.
Kate was a very calming presence during our IVF embryo transfer. She was also very professional as she clearly reviewed my information before our meeting at the clinic (not something I have experienced with other professionals during this process)
Patient Since November 2016
I can't say enough good things about Kate! After trying most everything to alleviate the pain I have from TMJ, I FINALLY tried acupuncture- not sure what took me so long! Kate made me feel comfortable, asked inquisitive questions, and continually checked on me as I lay on the table. It only took me a few moments laying there to fee relief and relaxation in the areas that have bothered me for so long. This relief continued into the following days, and I noticed positive changes in my sleep and attitude as well. I am so thankful to have found an acupuncturist that cares so much about her patients and what she does every day.
TMJ Pain Relieved
Patient Since May 2016
As an acupuncturist, I am very picky about who can treat me. I came in with head and shoulder pain, headaches and general malaise as I was fighting off a holiday cold. Kate's treatment kicked this cold to the curb! Kate was attentive with good humor as she gave me one of the best treatments that I have ever had with a combination of acupuncture and tuina. I would highly recommend her and can't wait to come back with some more tricky issues I have to work on!