Acupuncture is an ancient tradition that has been used for health maintenance for 5,000 years. More recently, the World Health Organization has sanctified dozens of conditions that lend themselves to acupuncture treatment. The National Institutes of Health have noted acupunctures utility in many conditions including headaches, menstrual cramps, joint and chronic pain management and asthma.  In China, it is used as a safe, effective alternative to anesthesia in surgery.


Colleen Porter

Licensed Acupuncturist

Colleen comes to the Sanctuary with twelve years experience practicing acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. She completed a four year Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and graduated in 2005. She is a licensed acupuncturist with the Virginia Board of Medicine and  is nationally board certified in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine (NCCAOM). She has a B.A. fromt the University of Michigan.
Colleen provides her patients with a superior level of treatment. She enjoys treating patients with a wide variety of concerns and in particular loves the challenge of treating patients who can’t get a diagnosis but just don’t feel good. She has additional interest and training in musculoskeletal disorders, hormonal imbalances, infertility, pediatrics, and oncology. Colleen also has extensive training in tuina and shiatsu, two forms of Asian bodywork, which help inform her patient’s treatments. 
Colleen listens carefully to her patients and strives to put them on a path toward profound healing. She sees acupuncture as a tool to optimize the body’s own natural healing abilities. She loves hearing people’s stories and helping to guide them toward improved health, vitality, and happiness.
Colleen has worked in private practice as well as spending seven years working in a top hospital in the Detroit area. There she worked on an Integrative Medicine team with M.D’s, Naturopaths, massage therapists, and others providing coordinated care to her patients and working in the Oncology Center. She sees that each type of provider can play a part in your healthcare and the importance of respect and communication between conventional and holistic practitioners.
Colleen recently moved from Michigan to Winchester with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time outside hiking and mushroom hunting, travel, cooking, art projects, and spending time with her family. 


To find out about rates or to make an appointment with Colleen, call 540 532-5312 or email



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