Kendra Ward, LAc

Kendra Ward, LAc

Kendra Ward, LAc has always been fascinated by healing in other cultures and in addition to her training in traditional Chinese medicine, Kendra has traveled to India, Nepal, and Tibet to study traditional Tibetan medicine.

Kendra has worked in recovery shelters, hospital units, and free acupuncture clinics. Kendra completed her acupuncture training at the New England School of Acupuncture in Boston, Massachusetts, the oldest and one of the most progressive acupuncture schools in the country. She is also a trained Aroma Acupoint Therapist, having studied with both Peter Holmes, LAc, MH and Tiffany Pollard, MS, LAc, LMP.

Kendra has over 15 years of experience in the fields of natural health, acupuncture, and clinical research in mind/body medicine. She has been in private practice working with people in the Portland area for over a decade.

Kendra has a special interest in women’s health, fertility, and pregnancy. She focuses her practice on all transitions in a woman’s life, from the first menstrual cycle to beyond menopause.

Kendra’s grounded and mothering nature allows her patients to feel deeply supported and nurtured. Her treatments encourage healing on all levels, so aside from acupuncture and herbal medicine, Kendra uses flower essences, essential oil therapy, massage, visualization and mindfulness exercises with her patients.

Some of Kendra’s other fun adventures include hiking the entire loop of Killarney Provincial park in Ontario, having a private audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, teaching English is Istanbul, Turkey, sailing through the US Virgin Islands, living in Maisons-Laffitte, France, studying with traditional herbalists in Katmandu, Nepal, hiking to the base camp of Mt. Everest, and getting married under an old black walnut tree in St. Helena, California.

My Approach to Health

My intention as a health practitioner is to aid my patients towards a greater awareness of what health means for them. I take the time to listen and establish a long-term, caring relationship with every patient. I believe that it is these lasting connections that allow people to grow, change and blossom. And it is deeply fulfilling for me to hold the space for this healing to take place.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have the ability to bring balance on many different levels and the journey towards health is unique for each person. It is my hope that through education, an open mind, and a supportive environment, every patient will find new growth in his or her life.

I look forward to supporting you on your journey.