Sean Dugan LAc, MAOM
Chinese Herbal Medicine & Orthopedic Acupuncture
Sean is a Licensed Acupuncturist and board certified Chinese Medicine practitioner with the NCCAOM. He holds a Master's Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.
Sean has been practicing acupuncture and herbal medicine for over 10 years. He practices internal medicine with Chinese herbs, and orthopedic acupuncture for musculoskeletal pain and discomfort. His herbal medicine practice is focused on internal conditions with particular emphasis in women's health, digestive health, and respiratory conditions. His orthopedic acupuncture practice is focused on treating musculoskeletal pain, discomfort, and tension to improve mobility and functional movement.
Sean was introduced to Chinese medicine at a young age, beginning with Qigong training at age 12. He was inspired to study Chinese medicine because of the profound ways that Chinese herbal medicine, and Qigong impacted his health and that of his family. Sean began studying herbal medicine after spending time at a wilderness survival program in high school, and later met his first acupuncturist and herbalist mentor at 18. That mentorship inspired him to go on to formal education in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
Sean grew up in a community deeply avoidant of modern medicine. He observed both the problems resulting from avoiding it, and the areas where it didn't offer good solutions. He was exposed to many folk and alternative medicines with purist natural philosophies that lacked effective tools. In Chinese medicine he found a system of medicine that is complex, sophisticated, effective, and systematically developed through a long history of observational science and experimentation. It is an excellent complement to modern medicine, and it bridges an important gap in our healthcare system by providing effective solutions for many of the non-life threatening conditions that reduce our quality of life, as well as for maintaining and improving health.
Sean’s healing philosophy focuses on optimizing health, prevention and early treatment of disease, and using the best tool for the job at hand. Sometimes the best tool is acupuncture, sometimes it is Chinese herbal medicine, and sometimes it is surgery, medication, or chemotherapy, etc. Pragmatism is a central value to Chinese medicine: use what works, discard what doesn’t. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are excellent tools for optimizing health and for preventing illness and injury.
When Sean isn't in the clinic, he can be found paddling on the river with his wife Mara, hiking in the backcountry, or relaxing at home in the garden.