Colleen Gegen

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Currently Teaching (2017-2018)

I was first introduced to acupuncture more than twenty years ago during a journey to China. While there, I was able to observe acupuncture as an alternative to anesthesia during surgery. I visited several clinics in Beijing and Chengdu which further sparked my interest in Eastern medicine, and more specifically Chinese medicine. Eventually, I moved to Santa Cruz, CA, to pursue my master's degree in Oriental medicine at the Five Branches Institute.

For more than ten years, I have been practicing acupuncture in Minnesota. I started a private practice and for seven years worked at the Hazelden Foundation Treatment Center providing acupuncture services.  In addition to my work for Hennepin Faculty Associates Alternative Medicine clinic and at Healthcare For the Homeless-Dorothy Day Center, I spent two years working under the Ryan White federal grant serving those who qualified.

My undergraduate degree was in social work and I have always enjoyed working with people. The human spirit and its capacity for healing is something I truly believe in, so for me it was a natural transition to my work as an acupuncturist and herbologist. I am honored to be a part of integrative medicine that is relationship-centered care and emphasizes the whole patient. My special clinical interests include working with post-traumatic stress, women’s health issues, musculoskeletal and sports injuries, and addiction and recovery.

My current position at Northwestern as a clinical supervisor provides me with the opportunity to be a part of the experience and the excitement of students learning and growing in this profession.


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