Metis Acupuncture Clinics’ founder and primary practitioner is Anita Tadavarthy, MAcOM, LAc. Anita is of East Indian descent. Anita was born in the US but was raised between two countries, India and the US.
Anita holds a masters degree in traditional Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, www.ocom.edu. Anita enjoys practicing a type of acupuncture known as, distal or far-distance needling. Anita traveled the US learning distal acupuncture from notable master, Richard T. Tan, LAc, OMD.
Anita’s other academic accomplishments include graduating as valedictorian of her high school and graduating Beta Gamma Sigma from the University of Virginia. Before practicing acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Anita worked as a financial analyst. Previously, Anita worked as an investment banker for Morgan Stanley, in New York City, and also worked as a financial analyst at the Gap, in San Francisco, and Nike, in Portland.
Anita’s Nike job brought her to Portland, Oregon. In Portland, she realized her passion to help others and to own her own small business.
Recently, with the help of friends and family, Anita ran a free clinic in India for four months. From September through December 2007, Anita saw 100+ patients a day and treated 5,000+ during her time in India. Anita is the primary practitioner for Metis Acupuncture Clinics.
Amy graduated with honors from the Massage Therapy Training program at Ashmead College in Tigard September of 2007 and has been practicing the art of healing and relaxation ever since.
After working in the retail and service industry for years, she decided there must be something more, something that she could feel proud to be doing. Massage has been the career that she never realized she wanted until it came to her.
She loves finding those problem areas and putting her energy and focus into correcting the imbalances to give her clients the relief they need and deserve.
Amy combines Swedish massage with Deep Tissue, Trigger Point and Myofascial Release among others to customize a massage that meets each individual’s needs.
Julie Beck – LMT#13241
Julie Beck has been a licensed massage therapist since 2006, and began working in a busy clinic where she specialized in injury recovery and chronic pain relief. Her style is integrative, drawing on a variety of modalities including Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Swedish, Thai, and Trigger Point. Julie believes strongly in the body-mind connection and the healing power of relaxation massage; so she has also studied Reiki,
Qigong, and Aromatherapy. She encourages open communication to improve your massage experience, utilizing these different and wonderful options for a massage treatment that matches both your needs and expectations.
Angie graduated from Everest College in August 2012 with a certificate in MedicalInsurance Billing and Coding. She started working at Metis Clinics September 2012. Before working for the clinic and attending Everest, she attended Pioneer Pacific College to study massage therapy.
Since working for the clinic she has gained more knowledge about insurance verification and is the marketing coordinator for the clinic. Angie’s duties include opening and closing the clinic, answering phones, scheduling patients, verifying benefits, and marketing. She enjoys interacting with the patients and working with the staff.
Joel Klepper – LMT#12752
Joel has been providing quality professional massage to the public since early 2002. He attended massage school in Jacksonville, FL, and practiced in that area for three years, mostly in a clinical setting, dealing primarily in injuries sustained from car accidents and sports. He then moved to Ashland, OR, where he spend several years working in a high-end spa setting. He moved to the Portland area in late 2011, to complete his degree as well as to continue practicing massage. He is a master of Neuromuscular Deep Tissue massage therapy, as well as Swedish relaxation techniques.
Sara Alexis Miller, LMT #10469
My intention with healing work is to help create a space for the body to reshape itself within and promote wellness for the whole person. I am trained in a mixture of eastern and wester modalities including Thai, Tui Na, Acupressure, Swedish, Sports and Deep Tissue. I pull from all these sources to create a session that is a fusion of all I have learned based on what the client requires from their session. I also receive much inspiration for my healing work from my martial arts training in Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen.
I graduated from the 800 hour training program at East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon in 2003 and have been licensed since August of the same year.
Taria Pirozzi, LMT was educated at Pioneer Pacific College in Wilsonville, graduated in 2006.
Through study under an exceptional group of instructors and many additional continiung education hours Taria has developed her intuitive-energetic style of massage. Using many modalities she customizes individual treatments which includes tips of self care and encouragement to her clients to be proactive in their healthcare and to help them find their body balance. Taria is passionate about massage and the many ways therapist can help relieve pain and improve relaxation. You deserve it!
Alexandra (“Sasha”) Margitić-Luque Scamarone, L.Ac., MSOM, MA is a board-certified acupuncturist licensed in the state of Oregon. She completed a four-year Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine at the National College of Natural Medicine, graduating with Honors in Research. During her studies, she worked as a research assistant at the Helfgott Research Institute and participated in research related to health disparities, social justice and the community acupuncture model. Sasha has treated patients in a variety of clinical settings including Western medical clinics, non-profit organizations, an addiction recovery public health clinic and other community clinics. She is committed to increasing the accessibility of Chinese medicine healthcare services through community outreach efforts. Sasha is trained in acupuncture, Asian bodywork therapies (Tui Na and Thai massage) and Chinese herbal medicine.
Before studying Chinese medicine, Sasha had an eight-year career in language teaching. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Romance Languages and a Master of Arts in French Language and Literature and taught English, French and Spanish in Mexico, France and the United States at university language departments and a Waldorf high school. She now applies her teaching skills in educating patients and the community about Chinese medicine and its many health benefits. Her time spent living in Oaxaca, Mexico gave Sasha a deep love of, and appreciation for, Mexico’s culture and people. She is delighted to offer bilingual services to the local Latino community. In her free time, Sasha loves cooking Peruvian and Mexican dishes with her husband, salsa-dancing, spending time in nature and practicing yoga.
Michelle Stobbe received her Master’s Degree in ‘Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine’ from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. She believes that preventative medicine is the key to a healthy life. She love that Chines medicine focuses on balancing the body’s natural rhythms. By healing one aspect of the body, you can heal another. Specialties include: Pain management, stress, insomnia, allergies and fertility. In addition to acupuncture, she enjoys using other modalities such as: Tuina Massage, pediatric massage, reflexology, gua sha, cupping, scalp and ear acupuncture and electrical stimulation. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her son, going for long bike rides with her husband and traveling.
Laurie Graduated from Eastwest College of the Healing arts in 2012. She has a private practice and has worked in a busy chiropractic clinic where she has worked with a myriad of clients to achieve optimal result for chronic pain and conditions as well as recent injuries and afflictions. Laurie was a lactation specialist for 31 years and worked in Women’s healthcare.
Laurie is trained in Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, structural body work, pregnancy massage, sports massage myokinesthetics, and specializes in craniosacral Therapy.
She listens to her clients both in voice and with her hands, designing the best approach to address each person’s specific needs. She considers it an honor and a privilege to be involved in the healing process and sees herself as a facilitator in that process allowing the body to do what it does best, heal itself.
Tanya Ward LMT, # 7329
Tanya is a skilled massage therapist with over 13 years of experience. She graduated in 1999 from East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, OR, specializing in Deep Tissue Massage.
She is an intuitive healer and connects with her clients to help them reach optimal wellness and relaxation through diversified bodywork. She is passionate about making the world a better place by helping her clients be the best that they can be.