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.
Seretta Soule, MS, L.Ac, LMP
Acupuncture | Meridian Massage | Aroma Acupoint Therapy | Whole Food Nutrition
My introduction to Chinese Medicine began in the treatment room. I was a skeptical nurse in pain, looking for an alternative. What I got was much more than pain relief. I saw a window into a way of practicing medicine that most closely resembles my core values as a clinician. I have worked in healthcare in settings ranging from 24 hour skilled nursing facilities, Acute Care in the hospital setting, to the Bastyr Center for Natural Health. Nowhere have I seen and experienced the role of caregiver expressed more completely and generously, than in the acupuncture treatment room.
The experience I had working in allopathic health care has certainly reinforced my conviction and commitment to being an advocate and public servant, but it has also taught me that there is more than one way to achieve and maintain good health. In my experience, people benefit greatly when given a variety of options, especially when given the opportunity to be an active participant in their own health. As a practitioner with education and experience in both Eastern and Western medicine, I draw from both sides so that my patients are heard, understood and given high quality care. In my view, a successful integrative health practitioner is a true advocate: as a health educator, problem solver, and holistic health provider.
I’m interested in being a resource to my patients by offering a variety of tools and solutions. I’m drawn to, and have seen great success with treating chronic pain, insomnia, women’s health issues and mental health. I particularly enjoy working with people with complex medical problems. I often combine bodywork with acupuncture, as I view much of Chinese medicine to be rooted in palpation. Whether it’s chronic back pain, depression, or debilitating chronic disease, my aim is to help you be more comfortable in your own skin.
Seretta is a graduate of Bastyr University, where she earned her Master of Science. She is board certified by the NCCAOM and a licensed Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist. She has completed internships with Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Chronic Fatigue clinic, Providence Hospital, and Highpoint Medical Clinic.
Jason Landry, MSOM, L.Ac
Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine
My introduction to acupuncture was more than a decade ago when it became an important tool in my own recovery. The positive effects of acupuncture deepened my interest in health care and strengthened my commitment to the principles of a balanced lifestyle. I believe that Oriental medicine’s value is in its ability to recognize patterns of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Acupuncture treatment can intervene and hopefully prevent or slow down further development of these patterns into destructive disease processes that are common in our culture and often detected too late.
In the year following the completion of my Masters degree I had the pleasure of working at Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury, Minnesota. I was responsible for the care of patients recovering from surgical procedures and I was trained to accurately assess the mechanism and the severity of each patient’s pain or discomfort. It was my responsibility to quickly develop and apply a treatment plan that best served each patient’s needs.
This experience shaped my approach to Oriental medicine and developed the way I view the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and the constitutional imbalances related to injury. I commonly find acupuncture especially effective for tendon and ligament sprains/strains, as well as chronic injuries which have responded poorly to other types of treatment.
It is exciting that acupuncture has started to make its way into the Sports Medicine field. Its efficacy in treating acute and chronic injury is being researched heavily and gaining popularity based on the results that have been consistently positive. I find it encouraging that both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Sports Medicine are utilizing a synthesized effort to not only address a patient’s injuries, but to benefit that patient long term by preventing further injury.
I strongly believe that the new choices in health care are not alternative in any way; I believe that they are a critical part of our health care system. In my experience the integration of eastern and western medical practices has been imperative in the management and prevention of disease. It is my goal to help my patients recognize and understand the information that we continually receive from our bodies in an effort to improve overall health in my community. Acupuncture treatments and herbal formulas are based on a natural and holistic style of medicine that takes into account the specific nature of each patient’s experience. I am deeply invested in this process, and I am committed to providing the best care possible.
Jason M Landry, MSOM EMAP, is a licensed East Asian Medical Practitioner. He holds a Masters of Oriental Medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota. Jason is licensed through the Washington Department of Health and is registered as a Diplomate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Kristan Rutski, MS, L.Ac
Sometimes people ask, “does acupuncture really work?” This question inevitably leads me to reflect on my own experience with the medicine. This experience made me not only a “believer,” it also led me to pursue in depth schooling and become and acupuncturist myself!
I first experienced acupuncture for treatment of tendonitis in my arms that arose from sporting activities. I had difficulty performing basic daily tasks such as turning doorknobs without pain. I went to see my general practitioner and was told not to use my arm and hand for six to eight weeks. A friend recommended acupuncture, and three visits later my pain had disappeared! I was able to engage in daily activities without pain. I wanted to share this healing with others, and this is what led me to Bastyr University.
In my clinical education I saw a variety of conditions, from digestion problems to insomnia. Pain was the most common issue which acupuncture is quite effective in treating. I am also trained in specialized protocols for addiction and detox, and have worked in an addiction clinics. It is amazing to witness the benefits of acupuncture, (in conjunction with counseling or other support programs) on cravings, insomnia, and overall withdrawal symptoms related to the various types of addictions. I encourage you to utilize this powerful medicine if either you, or someone you care about is trying to quit destructive habits or addictions.
Acupuncture is also tremendously effective for relaxation and stress reduction. In our culture’s busy lifestyle it is very easy to have high levels of stress with few solutions to de-stress. Stress causes us to lose the connection to ourselves, those around us and our natural environment. Without this connection, our bodies do not perform optimally. Acupuncture induces a natural, meditative brain-wave state and helps with the release of “feel good” neurotransmitters. It’s a like to a reset button that can restore flow, balance and connection, thereby allowing our body to not only fight and prevent illness, but also to thrive!
Please visit the Evolutionary Acupuncture Group Room at Synergy where you can lie down and take an hour for your renewal and healing. I look forward to seeing you, and helping you on your way to wellness!
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).