Jeff Lippincott, EAMP, LAc., LMP
Jeff Lippincott received his Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University. Bastyr’s program integrates the study of the Chinese classics, modern medical sciences and contemporary practice of acupuncture and oriental medicine, providing their graduates with a well rounded approach to the art of acupuncture. In addition to his clinic shifts at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, Jeff worked with patients at Harborview Medical Center’s Chronic Fatigue Clinic, HMC’s International Clinic, Highpoint Medical Center, Rainier Park Medical Clinic and the Seattle Methadone Clinic. Jeff also received training in China at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. While at Bastyr, Jeff completed an intensive massage training through a joint program between Bastyr University and Brenneke School of Massage. Jeff has received training in Cranial Sacral Therapy from the Integrative Bodywork Institute.
Jeff’s mission is to assist clients in their return to health and balance by supporting them with acupuncture, Chinese massage (Tuina), herbal therapy and cranial sacral therapy. Jeff’s insightful manner helps clients delve deeply into the nature of their health concerns which results in care that is holistic and patient driven. His compassionate and gentle manner allows even the most apprehensive patient to feel safe and comfortable.
Tom Luerken, EAMP, LAc., CHM
Tom was introduced to alternative medicine at an early age and learned of acupuncture while in high school. His positive experiences with acupuncture and later, his relationship with his acupuncturist, inspired him to become an acupuncturist himself. Tom studied traditional Chinese medicine at Bastyr University as well as receiving training at Shanghai University of TCM in Shanghai, China. Tom’s insatiable curiosity has led him deeper into the mysteries of the medicine through reading translations of the ancient medical texts and his practices of Tai’chi and Qigong. Tom appreciates and shares the Chinese view that the human being is simply a hologram of the entire cosmos and that the Qi of the universe circulates through and enlivens us. Tom’s keen awareness of this energetic flow has enabled him to sense subtle differences in the body energetic and read those changes through differential pulse diagnosis. By understanding the difference between a “healthy” pulse and a pulse that is indicating an imbalance, Tom is able to create a plan of action that will re-establish proper balance.
“I really appreciate my role here at Middle Path Acupuncture because I am able to use my creativity and imagination with each patient as their circumstance is unique. I find myself inspired by the Chinese holistic approach to life and good health and the myriad solutions to overcoming disease or imbalance in the body.”
Rand Gillen, LMP
Rand was born the middle child of 7 and grew up in a small agricultural community of 200 people in northwestern Ohio . He received a BA degree from Bowling Green State University in Psychology and Sociology and a MA in Spirituality and Culture from Holy Names University. Rand’s massage career began in 1983 after completing the massage program with the Integrative School of Massage Therapy in Sacramento, giving him a foundation in Swedish massage, breathwork and reflexology. Eventually his skill set expanded, studying deep tissue, Manual Lymphatic Drainage for healthy lymphatic systems and intra-oral massage. Rand studied under Irene Smith for his first specialization, a certification in Massage for the Frail, Chronically Ill and Dying. He also has studied various energetic modalities such as Polarity Therapy, Jin Shin Jytsu, Reiki, Therapeutic Touch and Healing Touch. Upon moving to Washington state Rand graduated from the Barlen School of Massage to qualify for a Washington State massage license.
“What I enjoy the most about working at Middle Path is the spirit of collaboration that exists between the practitioners and staff.”
Ruth Bare, LMP
Ruth grew up in Ellensburg on the last operating dairy farm in Kittitas County. At an early age, she became aware of her desire to assist in the healing process while helping her Dad maintain the health of his dairy herd. She decided on a career in massage as the means of extending her innate healing gifts for the human herd.
Sixteen years ago, Ruth completed her training at the Yakima School of Massage. She began her practice in the office of a local chiropractor and has continued to work in a collaborative clinical setting for most of her career. While basing her work in the classical Swedish style of massage, Ruth incorporates other modalities as dictated by the needs of her client’s body. She has expanded her skill set by receiving training in Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Feldenkreis Therapy, and Hot Stone Massage. Consistent with her Feldenkreis training, Ruth derives special reward in teaching her clients self-care so they can sustain the relief gained from massage.
Ruth also derives pleasure from her practice by incorporating whole health therapies so her clients can begin to heal themselves. She draws on the experience of the other clinicians at Middle Path Acupuncture and uses this information to assist her clients in reaching their goals.
Rhoda Simpson, Office Manager
Rhoda has lived 30 years in the Kittitas Valley, growing up in Cle Elum and raising her own family in Ellensburg. She brings a level of “down home” to her work that makes us all feel welcome.
Rhoda fills so many roles here at the clinic and does them all with quiet self assurance. The work just gets done, from scheduling your next appointment to helping you with insurance questions, and, yes, even keeping the clinicians on task! Having things run smoothly in a clinic setting is as important to the outcome of your session as is a proper diagnosis. You will be well cared for from the first “hello” to “we’ll see you next time” in large part because of Rhoda.