Ariel Stimson

Call the OCOM Clinic at 503-455-0950 to schedule an appointment. 

I am student at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, where I am planning to receive my Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2020. I graduated cum laude  from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2011, with a Bachelor of Science in an Individual Concentration. After studying for two years pre-med as a Neuroscience major, I realized I wanted to take a more holistic approach to healthcare and took time off to change tracks. Upon returning, I designed my own major titled “Building Self-Supporting Community” and combined Western Clinical Herbalism, Sustainable Food and Farming, Social Activism and Bicycle Mechanics. I continued studying western herbalism with Katja Swift and Ryn Midura at the school formerly known as the Commonwealth School of Herbal Medicine in Brookline, Massachusetts, completing an apprenticeship course in 2013. Meanwhile I was growing many of the herbs I was learning about and more, at an organic farm specializing in herbs and greens in Southeastern Massachusetts named Eva’s Garden. I spent the next few years working on different organic farms, working with plants and animals, as a mechanic in a number of bicycle shops, doing construction and demolition and promoting a folk record label. 

I have lived an active lifestyle, from sports as a young adult to landscaping, farming, bicycling, snowboarding, and working construction and I have sustained plenty of injuries as a result. I have endured my fair share of trauma, physically and emotionally, and deeply understand what true healing takes.  Each health challenge I have faced has been a learning opportunity to inform the way I want to care for my future patients. Our pain manifests in many ways, and when we can heal from the spirit level, our load gets lighter. I wish to bring peace and healing of mind, body and spirit to my patients, because they are all one and the same.