OUR PASSION & PROCESS
Our mission, our passion, is to make acupuncture comfortable and accessible for everyone in our community. We whole-heartedly believe in the healing, compassionate properties of ancient Chinese medicine. And we believe everyone has a right to quality health care without borders. To us, this means that whatever your financial or social status, whatever your age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or belief system, whether you get here by Beemer or by bicycle—we treat you with respect, and are honored to be a part of your health care community.
We offer effective treatments on an affordable sliding scale. Group-style clinics are a more economical approach to healthcare. On the scale between $15 and $40, you decide how much you can afford to pay for each treatment. This enables you to come as often as you need to reap the full benefits of acupuncture.
We offer individual treatments in a healing group setting. The community acupuncture model dates back to the roots of how acupuncture has been practiced in Asia for thousands of years – in a group setting. In our clinic, patients recline in comfortable chairs, fully clothed, in a quiet, soothing room with others. Group energy can create healing energy that contributes to your getting better, faster.
We believe in equity and community. Every person who walks through our door receives the same level of high-quality care. Affordable acupuncture means that more people have the opportunity to use acupuncture, which leads us to a stronger and healthier community. We are committed to bringing the benefits of acupuncture to as many people as possible.
We balance delivering affordable health care with maintaining a healthy business. Hollywood Community Acupuncture is not a non-profit organization. We are simply individuals—your neighbors—trying to make a living doing what we love. Our mission is to be a sustainable business model that offers a beneficial service to our community. As long as we have enough patients paying along the entire range of our sliding scale, we stay in business and continue to provide our service. If you like this model, please help us spread the word.
Good health takes a community…
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us: 503-282-9777
From the friendly volunteers, to the seasoned acupuncturists—everyone who works at Hollywood Community Acupuncture believes in the power of “community.” And we believe in the critical part we all play in creating a healthier world…one person at a time.
Born and raised in Denmark, Marianne (pronounced My-Ah’-na) has a particular sensitivity toward equity in healthcare. After working as an acupuncturist in both individual and group treatment clinics, she was drawn to the affordable, “community-style” model and opened her own group acupuncture practice (HCA) in January of 2013.
“There is something almost magical about giving and receiving treatments in a group setting. And it feels really good to offer healthcare in a way that doesn’t make anyone choose between putting food on the table and working on your health issues.”
Marianne continues, “It is my personal mission to help bring the natural, healing benefits of acupuncture to as many people as possible.” She focuses on overall prevention of illness and encourages everyone to take an active role in their own health.
Marianne earned her Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners, and certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Marianne also has a strong background in martial arts. She earned black belts in taekwon-do and has taught self-defense for women and children. A certified Tai Chi and Qigong instructor, Marianne currently volunteers at the Gresham Senior Center, teaching “Tai Chi for Health.”
Patty McDuffey, LAc
Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist
Patty has traveled extensively to experience other cultures. She completed an internship at the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine in Nanjing, China. She was a volunteer team lead for the Acupuncture Relief Project in rural Bhimphedi, Nepal, and currently serves as an advisor to their Board of Directors.
“I have learned that the more you seek to understand how others live and what makes them happy and sad, the stronger the web of global compassion and acceptance becomes.
I believe this is where true healing takes place.”
Patty continues, “When I treat patients using Chinese medicine, I treat the whole person. A person’s life experiences are key elements to truly understanding the root of their dis-ease. I bring to the table everything I have learned and I will do my best to help each patient realize their own unique potential to heal and find happiness. We are preparing the ground to plant new seed.”
Patty received her Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and is licensed through the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners. She is an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist through the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association.
Since 2004, Patty has been a student of hatha and yin yoga, and practices Vipassana meditation.