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.
Ava Xiong, LMT #14218
Ava graduated from Ashmead College in Tigard, Oregon in 2007, completing a 805-hour program to become a Licensed Massage Therapist in Oregon. She prides herself on her ability to care and listen to the needs of others. Ava believes in tailoring a massage towards the individual needs of each client by using multiple modalities to get the best results possible. She is trained in Deep Tissue, Swedish, Trigger Point Therapy, Pregnancy massage, and Chair massage. Ava also has a background in Group Exercise Instructing. She taught group exercise classes for 4 years at Bally Total Fitness. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children, training for her races, exercising for fun, cooking for the homeless, and eating with family.
Christina is a licensed massage therapists with 6 years of experience, She graduated from Ashmead College in 2006. Christina started her massage career at a local spa with a high volume of clients. She was able to perform over 1,000 massages in her first year of practice; which allowed Christina the opportunity to treat many different injuries. After spending the first year in the spa she was recruited from Ashmead to become an instructor. She was an instructor of massage in different modalities raging from; Swedish, Deep tissue, Orthopedic Massage, Shiatsu, Pregnancy, Myofascial Release, Energy techniques, as well as may others. In that time Christina received many awards the one she is most proud of was Instructor of the Year.
Christina has modeled herself as a treatment oriented therapist with her knowledge of the muscles and human anatomy of the body. However do not let that fool you Christina enjoys giving a very relaxing and soothing massage. Christina enjoys massage therapy because there is nothing better in life than helping someone feel good for a moment. Christina believes that it is the highest honor in life to have the opportunity to work with her clients and assist them in living a pain free life. Christina is a wife and a mother of three. Therefore she spends most of her free time being a taxing, counselor, and chef loving every single moment.
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.
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.
Kelly Duvendack -LAc, MAcOM #1208ac
Kelly Duvendack, LAc 1208ac, received her Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2007 and received her National Board certification (NCCAOM) and Oregon State Acupuncture license in 2008. Kelly discovered naturopathy and traditional Chinese Medicine through her own health trials and tribulations. As she healed through Traditional Chinese Medicine, she began her quest to understand the body’s innate healing processes. Her philosophy of patient care is of trust, mutual interaction and patient education. Personally, Kelly loves the outdoors, hiking, gardening, beekeeping, and drawing and painting.
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.
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!