CREATE healing + acupuncture is an acupuncture clinic in Portland, Oregon, owned by Tara Grant, LAc.

My Story

About Tara, M.A., MAcOM, LAc.

I believe life is a journey in which we are meant to explore the beauty as well as the depths.

My journey with natural healing began as a child. My father taught me how to eat healthy and take care of myself, growing up in the woods of Upstate New York. My stepmother taught me about foraging for herbs and plants in our forest backyard that we would take back to the kitchen to make creations. I was a woodland fairy child; I was one with the woods and this is where my heart still resides.

In my twenties I went to school in Los Angeles, a far journey from my home, but like the hero(ine)’s journey, this is what must happen for the inner journey to occur. I faced my demons in the big city, and somehow in the chaos walked away with a BS in Cognitive Science from UCLA, a degree that prepares one for studies in artificial intelligence. I am naturally fascinated by how the brain works, but these studies took me far into my head and I realized I had to ground back down into the earth.

Next was a degree in Clinical, Spiritual and Depth Psychology from Antioch University, which challenged everything I thought I knew about myself via the plunge into the depths of Jungian studies. I also studied mindfulness and Buddhist meditation and began a rigid Ashtanga yoga practice which challenged me physically as well as mentally daily. The combination of all of these led me to discover something fundamental about myself. No matter how far I reached and traveled away from my home, I had to come back to the trees eventually. This led me deep into the studies of Taoism, and landed me in a school based on these principles.

I ended up at school for Chinese Medicine at YoSan University in Los Angeles, studying the Taoist foundations of the medicine as well as QiGong. Once I finally had enough in the L.A. chaos, I bittersweetly left and returned to the trees, transferring to Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland. I graduated in 2017 with a MAcOM and became licensed in January 2018.

My other training experience includes a 2 year training for somatic psychology and trauma healing at the Radical Aliveness Institute. I lead somatic processing groups in Portland, Oregon.

I also am currently in training for Core Shamanism practices at LightSong School in Portland, Oregon. I have studied Shiatsu, Tuina and Quantum Shiatsu and other modalities of energy work. I use Qigong, TRE, yoga and movement in my practice. Movement is very important to me, personally and in my practice.

I am a registered with NADA as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS).

What should you expect?

I use a plethora of creative tools like stones, oils, archetypes and cards, dreaming, imagination, art, music, movement, guides and processes, combined with the *magic* but really, proven results of acupuncture, Chinese medicine, herbs, massage and energy work.