Introduction: Bess Dallal, LAc is a nationally licensed acupuncturist practicing in the state of Oregon where she is recognized as a primary care provider. Bess has been practicing and studying natural medicine for almost 20 years in both academic and clinical settings. She has studied with many veteran natural medicine practitioners giving her a broad perspective on holistic medicine from the perspectives of Naturopathic, Indigenous, Ayurvedic, Anthroposophic and Chinese Medicine. She received her Masters in Science from The Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, CA. Her Bachelors Degree is from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she studied a broad range of medicine-related topics including Botany, herbalism, music therapy and anthropology. Through many different internships during her medical studies, she has developed her own style as a practitioner through eclectic influence. In more recent years she trained as a spiritual caregiver with the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, working in the hospice at Laguna Honda Rehabilitation Center. As an acupuncturist she has worked in the community clinic setting, with IVF patients at UCSF, and in private practice. Her yoga training is in Embodyoga. She studied under Patricia Townsend in MA, in Northern India through the Himalayan Health Exchange, and in the Shadow yoga tradition with Andy Matinog.
Philosophy and Core Practice Values:
Bess chose Chinese Medicine most importantly for the ease of access to care for a wide range of patient demographics. There is still a tall mountain to climb in terms of equal access to natural medicine, but of all the integrative modalities, acupuncture has the most access.
First and foremost, she is committed to contributing to improved equity in healthcare. She loves and believes strongly in her specific modality, but also believes the type of medicine used in someone’s healing process is of less importance than the experience of the medicinal process itself. She believes that any medicine can be effective, whether it’s emergency medicine or any specialization, as long as the practitioner-patient relationship is strong, trusting, and mutually respectful. Working as an integrative team across specializations is of high priority for Bess to enhance each patient’s coordination of care. Bess believes that medicine is an art that is always evolving in a broader historical, cultural, political, and environmental context. She aims to preserve the deep roots of Chinese and natural medicine while maintaining flexibility in order to find the most effective treatments for each unique person. She stresses the importance of defining clear roles in the practitioner-patient relationship, empowering the patient to take charge of their own health. As a health practitioner, Bess feels it is her responsibility to find creative health resources for her patients that are life-affirming, utilizing tools that restore the patient’s inherent self-regulating balance and setting goals that are easy to sustain and comply with.
Bess lives in Oregon City, OR with her fiance Amir and 4-year-old daughter Miele. They spend their free time making stuff, exploring Oregon, listening to music, and relaxing. She has traveled through Asia, the Middle East, Central America and Europe which has greatly influenced her perspective on the many ways that people can find health, satisfaction and an integrated relationship with nature.