Synergy Practitioners are, simply put, some of the most excellent in the area.
Experience. Bastyr trained with additional internships locally and internationally, including mentorship with some of the most well known Chinese Medicine masters in the world. Vision: We are here to serve you and the community; to offer a unique, synergistic set of skills that will help you thrive and literally become all that you can be.
Tiffany Pollard, MS, L.Ac, LMP
Acupuncture | Meridian Massage Aroma Acupoint Therapy | Whole Food Nutrition
Much of what compelled me to devote my life to the study and practice of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is the brilliant wisdom inherent in “systems” or ecological ways of thinking. Through this lens we view the human being as an intricate ecology nested within a larger ecology; all “parts” of which are in an interconnected, constant and dynamic flux. Imbalances are destined to arise, and in fact this is quite natural; but so too are the solutions that are rooted in rectifying the underlying imbalance of flow.
Even though I was/am a “hard core science girl” (as some of my undergrad friends refer to me), I am ever aware that a purely materialistic view of the human body falls severely short of providing a framework that allows us to successfully diagnose and treat some of the most common illnesses we see today. If you are reading along now, it may be because, on some level, you have come to this conclusion as well.
An ever-present question in my mind is, “How can we see more of the whole picture and address the true cause of disease?” It is this very question that led me from a pre-med major to post-graduate studies in Naturopathic Medicine, and finally a Master’s in Acupuncture. In the 10 years that I’ve been working with folks on their path to more optimal physical, mental and emotional well being, there has been a deepening of recognition in me that modern day “diseases” need an integrated approach. You, me, we all need a synergistic blend of treatment (and thinking) that addresses all of who we are. Why have a band-aid when there is opportunity for genuine healing from the inside out?
I created Synergy Wellness Center 8 years ago so that you have a place to go to for your health needs; a place where you can be certain of the following:
The highest quality acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, and alternative medicine care. All practitioners are trained above and beyond state requirements.
A synergistic approach to health care. Our practitioners have experience in various modalities beyond acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, such as therapeutic bodywork, essential oil medicine, and whole foods nutrition. This means that you get better faster and generally with more ease.
Consistency and ethical practice. Synergy practitioners work together as a team in order to make sure that any and all of your needs are met. In the event that we are unequipped to handle any health issue you may have, we have a stellar referral base that includes both MD’s and ND’s, as well as Physical Therapists and Counselors. Needless to say, you are in excellent hands.
Affordable acupuncture for all. We are thrilled to be the first clinic on the Eastside to provide group style acupuncture treatments. This ensures low cost acupuncture treatment options for those in need or for those of you that may have maxed your insurance benefits.
I want to share with you a bit about what I specialize in treating. Most people know that acupuncture works well for the treatment of acute and chronic pain (both of which I treat frequently with about a 90-95% success rate). But many are unaware that acupuncture, especially when combined with dietary shifts and possibly herbal treatment, can work wonders with digestive disorders and mental/emotional imbalances.
A significant part of my professional (and personal) life has been devoted to understanding more about food sensitivities and the ever-growing number of people who suffer from the effects of this. I’m thrilled to facilitate lasting changes in this challenging area using this integrated approach.
Finally, I find myself working more and more with people who are looking for lasting solutions to weight loss and ideal weight maintenance. The key here is in understanding a person’s individual metabolic imbalance and helping her/him find a diet appropriate to that metabolic individuality. This in turn cures cravings and helps establish a way of listening to what our body truly needs.
Please feel free to read about the other practitioners on our Synergy Team in order to find the best fit for you. And don’t hesitate to call us or email us with any questions.
Schedule an appointment online or call 425-828-4000. I look forward to seeing you soon!
Tiffany completed her undergraduate studies in the biological sciences at Schreiner University in Kerrville TX, and then moved here to the Northwest to attend Bastyr University. She holds a Master of Science in Acupuncture (Bastyr University) and is nationally board certified and licensed by the State of Washington to practice Acupuncture. Tiffany has completed internships in Chengdu China, Bastyr Center for National Health (Seattle, WA), Harborview Hospital and Mt. Saint Vincent (Seattle, WA). She is also a nationally certified Massage Therapist and delights in incorporating these skills into her treatments in order to get the best possible results.
Committed to excellence in her field, Tiffany completed a 2-year, post-graduate mentorship program with well-known Chinese Medicine practitioner, author and teacher Lonny Jarrett. Additionally, she has studied with renowned Paul Pitchford, author of Healing with Whole Foods, in order to deepen her knowledge of the healing capabilities of foods. Tiffany is adjunct faculty at Bastyr University teaching Five Element Acupuncture in their Chinese Medicine master’s degree program. In addition, she co-teaches seminars with Lonny Jarrett on integrating Five Element Acupuncture into a traditional Chinese medical practice.
Tiffany is a whole foods cooking instructor and can be found teaching classes most seasons at local PCC Natural Markets and other select locations. She incorporates her passion for Chinese Medicine with her LOVE of healthy eating/cooking and teaches folks how to let food be their “medicine” on their road to optimal health. For more information on her classes, please visit www.PCCcooks.com.
Susana Schoenstein, MS, L.Ac, LMP
Acupuncture | Sound Therapy | Body Work
My interest in Holistic Medicine began during my work as a Family Mediator. Though this work fulfilled me in many ways – I saw changes and doors being opened – I felt that I needed something more, a different set of tools that would allow me to connect at a deeper level with people. I realized that there is only so much one can do by thinking and talking, and that I was ready to begin exploring ways of working with the body, mind, and spirit that are unconventional.
It was during this soul searching period that I was introduced to Chinese Medicine. I began taking Tai Chi, Qi Gong, learning the Art of Chinese Medicine, and receiving Acupuncture treatments. This process opened my eyes and my soul to its reliance on the laws of nature and its ability to reach all levels of a human being– body, mind, and spirit – setting it apart from other systems of medicine.
In my Chinese Medicine practice, I use an integral approach, which recognizes the richness, diversity, and uniqueness of a person and asserts that in order to help people effectively realize their full potential it is essential that we look at the entirety of who they are. As a partner in your healing, I also consider the uniqueness of your relationship to your body and health, and help you to bring awareness to your body’s healing messages.
In addition to acupuncture, I integrate training and experience in Sound Therapy. Sound Therapy can induce deep meditative and peaceful states, clarity of mind, and intuition. It also accesses the cellular memory needed to release blocked energy and bring the body back into alignment.
I am also a practicing doula. My interest in becoming a doula began years ago with the birth of my daughters. Witnessing a woman’s transformation into motherhood is a magical event. It is truly an honor to be invited into the experience of welcoming a new born baby into a family. My role as a doula is to nourish and protect the memory of the mother’s birth experience, know her expectations and concerns, and help her identify her options and discover her own strength.
I specialize in women’s health including pregnancy wellness. Acupuncture enhances physical and emotional health during pregnancy and birth, promoting shorter labors and optimum recovery. Other conditions that I’m experienced in are depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders.
I’m thrilled to be part of Synergy’s team. I look forward to working with you either in a private session or in Synergy’s group-acupuncture room.
Susana is a graduate of Bastyr University, where she earned her Master of Science in Acupuncture and her Bachelor of Science in Natural Health Sciences. She is licensed through the Washington Department of Health and board certified by the NCCAOM. She is also a Doula and Massage Practitioner. She has completed internships with the University of Washington in their Chronic Fatigue clinic, Harborview Medical Center, and Highpoint Medical Clinic. She is a member of PALS Doula (Pacific Association for Labor Support), DONA International (Doulas of North America) and POCA (People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture).
Monica Campa MSAOM, EAMP
My journey with medicine began as most with a curious mind and open
heart. Medicine, health, and wellness have been a focal point for most of my life. My innate curiosity and dedication to understanding various forms of medicine, finding root causes to disease, and desire to bringing people to states of optimal health has been a driving force in my journey with medicine. This same curiosity lead me to explore medicine in many avenues as an athletic trainer, clinical and laboratory researcher, radiology tech assistant, medical assistant, public health advocate, international medical volunteer, counselor, naturopathic physician, acupuncturist, and Chinese herbalist.
Every person has a distinct path to optimal health and my intention is to facilitate and support you during your path. During your time at Synergy Wellness Center, I will spend time getting to know you and any specific complaints you may have to customize a personalized treatment plan while keeping in mind your personal wellness goals. It is my belief wellness is achieved by restoring balance and harmony within the body. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are beautiful and highly effective means in providing this caliber of holistic care. Being trained as an East Asian medicine practitioner along with my education as a naturopathic physician allows me to utilize many dynamic and distinct systems of medicine to approach healing in many facets.
I passionately believe in the interconnection between physical, emotional, and spiritual health. For this reason, I often reach for many diverse treatment options along side acupuncture such as bodywork, nutrition, herbs, and lifestyle approaches. I truly strive to provide sustainable yet effective treatments. During the course of my professional career, I have become committed to better understanding how diet, lifestyle, and environmental influences affect fertility. It has been a wonderful experience seeing what a tremendous role acupuncture and Chinese medicine can play in reproductive health. Areas that I am in experienced in but not limited to include women’s health, reproductive health and optimizing fertility, pain management, and psychological health.
Regardless of what ultimately brings you to Synergy Wellness Center, my sincere hope and intention is for you leave a more balanced and vital version of yourself. I look forward to meeting you and assisting you on your path to health and happiness! Simply click on the button to schedule online, or call us @ 425.828.4000. You can also reach me via email @ Monica@TheSynergyWellnessCenter.com
Monica completed her undergraduate degree of Bachelors of Science in Physiology at Northern Arizona University. Soon after graduating, moved to Seattle to complete her doctorate in naturopathic medicine concurrently with her masters of science in acupuncture and oriental medicine at Bastyr University. She is certified by Washington Department of Health as an East Asian medical practitioner and naturopathic physician. She also nationally certified by NCCAOM as an acupuncturist. She has completed various internships all over Seattle and internationally serving underserved and homeless populations. She also completed a vigorous externship in China at the Hospital of Chengdu University of TCM in Chengdu and Long Hua Hospital in Shanghai. She holds memberships with Washington East Asian Medicine Association (WEAMA), Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians (WANP), and American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).
Ann Sullivan MS LAc
My journey to acupuncture started with a deep motivation to help others. I found myself drawn to those suffering from medical conditions, but subsequently became disheartened when all I could offer was sympathy and compassion to their discomfort.
I was compelled to understand the human being, the causes of disease and ways to help naturally return one to their original conditions of health. I was interested in methods that where minimally invasive, gentle, and effective, and that treated the whole person, in mind, body, and spirit.
My journeys into the exploration of medicine and healing have taken me on the path of western Herbalism, on journeys to Peru and Mexico to study Indigenous Healing methods. I became fascinated by Ayurvedic Medicine, and came into the study of Tibetan Medicine. The points of the body used to treat create balance within the body in these Eastern Traditions deeply fascinated me, and inevitably brought me to the pursuit of East Asian Medicine and Acupuncture.
Acupuncture is an especially important healing modality for our modern times as it fills many grey areas of modern medicine. It is an effective support as preventative care, and can help address concerns before they manifest to a level of concern that may result, if unchecked in medical trauma, and can also be a support in trauma recovery. I believe we are inherently aware of our bodily imbalances that are experienced as a un-ease in the body, or mind, and if we listen and we seek support in these early onset patterns, we can greatly reduce health challenges down the road.
As a practitioner I wish to support you on your path in health. I am interested in listening to your concerns, helping you alleviate stubborn patterns that are no longer useful to you, and helping you to feel energetic and at ease within yourself.
You, and your health are important. I have a wish to help you with what ever may be your health challenge, though I specifically enjoy working with people on preventative care, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, headaches, stubborn aches and pains, life stressors, cardiac health concerns, pregnancy support, woman’s health, and post-surgical and car accident recovery, and through times of challenging life situations or patterns.
Working with and supporting women is an important aspect of my practice. I believe givingwomen extra support and Guidance with their health and fertility is especially important at this time. Our current lifestyles are often riddled with life stresses and increasing demands that can have an effect on our physical wellbeing, we can be emotionally sensitive and carry long standing emotional tensions that no longer suite who we are in our present state, we can be exposed to environmental toxins on a daily basis, many of which are hormonal in nature, and many of us are choosing to have babies later in life or are just concerned about the ease of our natural cycles. If you are feeling any concern or want to take a proactive or preventative approach to your fertility, cycles, emotional state, or in finding balance in your life as a strong and empowered woman, I would love to work with you!
When you come for treatment, I will work with you to create a treatment plan best suited for you as an individual. I incorporate acupuncture with energy work, and may include diet and lifestyle suggestions, herbal recommendations, Shiatsu or East Asian Massage, or other external therapies dependant on what is the best fit for you.
I am overjoyed to be a part of the Synergy Wellness Team, and look forward to meeting you! Please feel free to book online or call to schedule @ 425.828.4000
Ann Marie holds a diploma of 5 Element Acupuncture from Wu Hsing Tao School of Classical Acupuncture in Seattle. She is licensed in the State of Washington and is a Diplomat of Acupuncture and board certified through the NCCAOM. She is a member of Acupuncturists Without Boarders, and is NADA (National Acupuncture Detox Association) certified. Ann has furthered her studied in Acupuncture at the Jade Institute in Seattle, with studies in fertility. Ann practices Reiki, and a form of energy medicine learned in Mexico along with Inner Alignment. She holds diplomas from the Scottish Academy of Herbalism in Eugene, OR, and in Advanced Herbalism from the School of Western Herbalism in Portland. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geography from the University of Oregon where she was Pre-Med and a scholarship athlete in track and field. Ann is on the board of directors for the Sorig Institute of Tibetan Medicine, where she continues to study Tibetan Medical therapies.