The Eastern or Asian acupuncture medical treatment said to prevent or treat a variety of medical ailments, including pain.Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Qi Gong, Cupping & Moxibustion have been used by East Asian Medicine practitioners for a millennia to help people optimize their health and heal from injury or illness.


At the core of this practice is the idea of meeting people where they are- knowing from experience that through their work with this healing medicine they will get better.  The incremental changes in baseline vitality accumulate, bringing greater vibrancy, health and well being.

This path to greater health is unique to every individual, and we can help you find yours. With the tools of acupuncture, herbal medicine, supplements and dietary therapy, every patient has an opportunity for real growth and results. 

We have two providers here at Wellness At The Center, Dixie Small and Alison Loercher.

Dr. Dixie Small, LAc, DAOM has been working with patients to help improve their health since 2009. Taking a multi-faceted approach to uncover what works best for patients to realize their path to better health. Treatments are tailored depending on patient need: healing from injury or illness, living with chronic pain, women’s health issues, migraines / headaches, recovering from an auto accident injury, muscle strain / sprain, or seeking to optimize metabolic health, formulate dietary protocols or personalized cleanse protocols.

Schedule with Dixie using this “Book Appointment” link:

Book Appointment

Appointments available  Tuesday – Saturday in SE Portland, at the Lents Town Center office, with extended evening hours. 

Alison Loercher, LAc, MAOM brought her practice to WATC in the Spring of 2019, to provide her specialized treatments locally in the SE Portland and Lents community. A co-founder of the North Portland Chinese medicine pharmacy and clinic,  The Vital Compass, she has been practicing Chinese medicine since graduating from OCOM in 2008. She’s had additional training in Nanjing, China and Seoul, South Korea, where acupuncture and herbal medicine are integrated into formal hospital settings.  She has volunteered in Nepal twice with the Acupuncture Relief Project, helping hundreds of local people receive care otherwise unavailable to them.

Alison is passionate about herbal medicine, getting to the root of problems and social justice.   Her practice is open to everyone seeking health and healing.  She loves to work with individuals to relieve suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, depression, digestive dysfunction, and autoimmune disorders.  She is also well-practiced at treating pain and dysfunction from traumatic injuries from car accidents and injuries.

She seeks to serve with intention people in generally under-served, under-recognized populations, especially LGBTQIA individuals and families.  Everyone is welcome in her practice, with a respectful eye toward differences and challenges born of racial, gender, size, spiritual/religious and socioeconomic systemic inequality.

Schedule your first appointment with Alison by calling 971-373-8378 or clicking on this  link: The Vital Compass-Southeast and be sure to specify the North or Southeast location.


Did you know that the World Health Organization lists over 50 conditions as effectively treated with acupuncture?

These include:  Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy, Allergic rhinitis & Hay fever, Biliary colic, Depression, Dysentery, Painful periods, Epigastric pain, Peptic ulcer, Acute and chronic gastritis, Gastrospasm, Facial pain & craniomandibular disorders, Headache, Hypertension, Essential Hypotension, Insomnia, Induction of labor, Knee pain, Leukopenia, Low back pain, Malposition of fetus, Morning sickness, Nausea & vomiting, Neck pain, Pain in dentistry & temporomandibular dysfunction, Periarthritis of shoulder, Postoperative pain, Renal colic, Rheumatoid arthritis, Sciatica, Sprain, Stroke, Tennis elbow, Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, Tobacco dependence, Tourette syacu figure and headndrome, Ulcerative colitis.

As a complete system of medicine used to treat the human being for a millennia prior to the formulation of modern biomedicine, Acupuncture & East Asian Medicine aims to restore balance, allowing the body to heal. Regardless of whether you know it works for you, are unsure or have mixed impressions, we encourage you to experience for yourself the support it can offer you in your life, as you are today.  Adding this unique tool to your health care tool-kit can mean a whole new level of vitality and well-being.