Susannah Freeman, LAc
Susannah Freeman, LAc, MAcOM, Dipl. Ac NCCAOM
Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. 1994
Massage therapy and nutrition certification. Heartwood Institute. 1998.
Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. 1985
State Licensed: Montana Board of Medical Examiners. Active.
Nationally Certified: National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Active.
Ongoing. 20 hours per year plus additional study in relevant topics.
Training and Licensure
Susannah began her training in natural medicine in her teens with the study of nutrition. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Environmental Studies, she taught ecology in the National Parks. She continued her study of nutrition, massage therapy, yoga and meditation. In 1994, she completed her Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. She has been a Nationally Certified and State Licensed Acupuncturist for 25 years, each year deepening her knowledge and experience with continuing education and clinical experience.
Do you remember when you were a kid, having freedom in your body? I remember how much I loved the feeling of running. Fast. With no particular goal in mind, feeling the ground under my feet and the wind on my face. With my arms, legs and breathing in perfect sync, I would run, just for the joy of it.
In my teens and 20’s, running began to hurt my back and hips. I kept going because it made me happy, but I was frustrated and afraid I would be limited for life. Doctors gave me information, but no lasting solutions. I began to retrain my body and mind with a team of teachers: yoga, massage, meditation, nutrition and eventually, a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. At age 28, I caught chicken pox and rode out the fever alone in a cabin in the woods, using it as a tool for learning how to resolve acute viral illness. Unfortunately, I did not understand how to deeply rest, so I returned to work, as a guide in the mountains, before I fully recovered. Each day was long miles with a backpack, each step a meditation in energy conservation and healthy posture. I loved my life in the mountains but again, I wondered how I would get well. Now I had the added challenge of learning about post viral syndromes and exhaustion. I continued to study, heal, and grow, and lived a full life in spite of the pain and fatigue. It wasn’t easy. Eventually, I did find answers, and the solution was simple: get to the root cause of our illness.
I believe the solution requires a willingness to be open and honest with our health and wellbeing. Be consistent and know when to ask for expert guidance. Get more information with lab testing and nutrition education. When we test this information out for ourselves, the path ahead becomes clear. Every one of us has challenges. In my case, the pain and fatigue were my guides to better health. Once I was able to identify and treat the root cause of these, my quality of life returned. Now, when I get sick and injured, I know how to regain my health and wellbeing. I enjoy a deep gratitude for this path and the opportunity to serve our community. It is my great pleasure and honor to share these tools with you.