Benson Yibin Huang trained as a physician in Chinese medicine at the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, graduating in 1990. He practiced acupuncture and orthopedic medicine for eight years in Shanghai and in 1998 moved to the United States, settling in Oregon in 2000 and obtaining his acupuncture license. Since then he has worked with Dr. Louisa Silva practicing Chinese Medicine in Salem, as well as working at the Clinica de Guadalupe, a non-profit health clinic for Hispanic immigrants in the Salem area. He also works in his private clinic on weekends in Portland.
Benson was deeply influenced by his grandmother, who helped raise him. She nourished the entire family with delicious and healthful food and taught him how to incorporate healing herbs into meals. She felt that love, compassion, and sharing are key ingredients in every endeavor and particularly preparing food. His professional experience has confirmed the lessons of his grandmother; he has found that when patients eat healthfully, their medical treatments are more successful. His goal is to encourage everyone to incorporate simple dietary changes for optimal health and more effective health care. See healingfood is medicine.com.
Dee Settlemier, L.Ac. is an eighth- generation Oregonian. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon in l992 and her Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in l995. She is board certified in acupuncture by the Oregon State Board of Medical Examiners.
After graduation, Dee enjoyed many years of mentorship through a lineage of MD Acupuncturists trained in China. She now has more than 20 years of experience treating a wide array of acute and chronic illnesses and pain patterns. One of her favorite and best-honed Classical Acupuncture skills is gently working with the mind-body connection.
Dee is not only a healing artist, but is also a fan of all of the arts for better health and happiness, and enjoys singing, song-writing, and playing ukulele in a popular Portland vintage swing-band. She and her husband live in their beautiful N. Portland 1907 house with their dog, Zef, and two feline housemates.
Leo Wenli Zhu is a Licensed Acupuncturist. He attended the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland and graduated with a Masters in Chinese medicine. Prior to attaining his master’s degree in Acupuncture, he graduated with honors from the Tianjin Foreign Studies University, China with a Bachelor of Computer Science degree. He has a strong belief in the inherent wisdom of the body, believing that it can heal itself when gently brought into the balance of Qi/Energy. He has a special interest in Moxibustion treatment, which is a very traditional Chinese heat therapy. It has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi, and maintain general health.
For the past 3 years, he has worked with children with autism using a Qigong massage protocol for autism. This experience has helped him understand more about the body and Qi/Energy and about children with disabilities.
Dr. Louisa Silva is a physician with 30 years of experience integrating Chinese Medicine, Western Medicine, Osteopathic medicine and Public Health. She tries to understand the whole person and believes in treating the cause of the illness, rather than the symptoms. She loves to solve complicated medical problems. She also researches parent-delivered massage treatment for young children with autism, and has published many studies. See www.qsti.org.