Ali Givens completed her Naturopathic Doctoral degree in 2007, having focused on Homeopathy, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Hydrotherapy and the roots of Nature-Cure medicine. Additionally, she trained in Cranio-Sacral Therapy, which she utilizes extensively in her practice. She has completed the five year training in Anthroposophic Medicine and is a board certified Anthroposophic Naturopathic Doctor. She has also completed a two year training course on school doctoring with Adam Blanning, MD and a three year child development training with Michaela Gloeckler, MD.
She and Michael had two of their three children while she was in medical school. After school she moved the family to eighty acres off Eagle Creek and home schooled her children through class three in the waldorf tradition while attempting to homestead and maintain a small rural practice. They have slowly moved closer to town and her children now attend a waldorf school. She hopes to finish her midwifery degree when her children are older and offer anthroposophic naturopathic obstetrics to her community. Her goal is to help children as early as possible to be able to navigate a society and environment that is becoming more difficult with time so that they can use their physical bodies as a well tuned instrument, use illness properly as a gift of transformation, and fulfill the deeds they came to do. She sees people of all ages to help them transform their lives to become a more integrated and whole self who can meet the challenges life sets forth for them.
Prior to studying medicine, she earned a masters in Cross Cultural Education and taught high school biology, chemistry and physics in Los Angeles for three years. She holds degrees in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Environmental Biology, Wilderness and Civilization, and Chemistry.
She is a founding member of SPAN (Society for Physicians of Anthroposophic and Naturopathic Medicine), a member of the Anthroposophical Society in America, the Biodynamic Society and AAMTA (Anthroposophic Medicine and Therapies in America).
Ali is a devoted mother, teacher, and physician. She and Michael have enjoyed sharing their life and work together for over 20 years. She enjoys learning and working with biodynamic gardening, eurythmy, medicine making, studying three-folding, holding space for community, spending time with her three children, sharing what she’s learned and more importantly sharing her questions in their home on Mount Scott.
Michael Givens, MA, MSOM, L.A.c is a Licensed Acupuncturist and has an MS in Oriental Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM). He also has an MA in Eastern Classics from St. John’s College, where he focused on classical Chinese language, and Yijing, Daoist and Confucian texts, as well as classical texts from India and Japan. In addition, Michael studied directly in a traditional discipleship with Dr. Heiner Fruehauf.
After graduating from NCNM in 2009, he established the School of Ancient Medicine (Fang Shi Ye), a teaching and training center for the art and science of classical wisdom and medicine, and the Fang Shi Press. The school is now called Valley-Spirit School of Healing Arts, and offers a complete herbal/life-nourishment certificate program in classical Chinese herbal medicine to anyone 19 years or older. He has written and published numerous books through the Fang Shi Press, and two books through Shenming Press (see Store / Fang Shi Press Publications for more on this). He also began teaching at NCNM upon graduation and taught there until 2018.
He has been in private practice since 2009. He is the co-founder (with his wife, Dr. Allison Givens, ND) of Radiant Heart Center for Wholeness, LLC. He also has practiced classical Chinese herbal medicine with the Anatara Group in San Francisco, California since their opening in 2011. He and his wife live on Mt. Scott in Happy Valley, Oregon, where they are raising their three children, Kai, Umi, and Auria, from out of the ways of Waldorf education, biodynamic gardening, and Anthroposophical and holistic, natural living.
Dr. Ali Givens – Anthroposophic Naturopathic Doctor
Anthroposophic Medicine is a practically-extended spiritual science of medicine inspired by the work of Dr. Rudolf Steiner. This medicine takes western medicine as its starting place, and extends it into the full extent of human health that involves all aspects of the human being. It utilizes natural remedies and a diverse and ever-developing therapies founded upon a deep understanding of the human being and the human relationship to the earth, the cosmos, and one’s own destiny.
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Naturopathic Medicine is rooted in the healing power of nature inherent within the human being. Naturopathic medicine is a fully accredited field of medicine equivalent to the level of a medical doctor (MD), and licensed in many states in the US and countries in the world. Naturopathic doctors are primary care physicians whose modalities include those of the medical standard of care, and extend into what most Naturopaths rely upon primarily, natural cures. These cures include botanicals, hydrotherapy, natural manipulation therapy (similar to Chiropractic), homeopathy, nutrition, minor surgery, supplements, and many more. Naturopaths are well trained in a diverse set of modalities that are unified by the philosophy of naturopathic medicine.
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Michael Givens – Classical Chinese Medicine Herbalist and Acupuncturist
Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) treats the source of illness and seeks whole health. It is a future-oriented medicine that is rooted in ancient Chinese wisdom. The essential difference between classical Chinese medicine and other forms of medicine (including TCM, or Traditional Chinese Medicine) is that it follows the way of nature and cosmos, seeks to do no harm to the holistic integrity of the patient, and supports the entire human being individually.
Practitioners of CCM diagnose based upon an understanding of the healing powers of nature and human physiology in the context of the whole person, including the physical, physiological, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of the human being.
They observe, ask questions, feel the quality of the pulsations in the vessels, palpate, and seek to come to an understanding of the underlying nature of a person’s health and illness.
In treatment, they use a variety of modalities, including acupuncture, herbal formulas, cupping therapy, moxibustion (warming therapy with mugwort application), poultices, wraps, soaks and salves, dietary guidance, movement therapy and guidance and life nourishment methods and meditations.
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