John Servilio, L.Ac, MAOM, Diplm. ICEAM
John Servilio has thrived in the health care field for more than 20 years, specializing in painful and chronic, complex disease. He has worked as a health care journalist, massage therapist, and Reiki practitioner, and is now a worker owner at The Vital Compass and member of the Clinic Faculty at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.
John is a full Oriental Medicine Diplomate of the NCCAOM and the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine (ICEAM). While this level of education is not required in the State of Oregon for licensure as an acupuncturist, it shows advanced skill in the safe and effective prescription of Chinese herbs. John also travels to yoga teacher trainings where he teaches Chinese Medicine Philosophy and Anatomy from an Eastern Medicine perspective.
John's philosophy is rooted in the belief that, while many patient cases are straight-forward, our bodies, minds, and spirits can be unpredictable, and we are each different from one another in the same way that we each have our own DNA. And, truly, the only way to approach a complex, living being is with humility. Even with a system of medicine as powerful and awe-inspiring as Chinese Medicine, true healing comes with openness, persistence, patience, and the belief that the body can do a tremendous amount of healing on its own when given the chance.
A graduate from the American College of Oriental Medicine (ACTCM, 2001), John is now a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) in Oregon, and is certificated in Shiatsu, Thai massage, and Chinese Orthopedic Massage. John spent much of his career in California as owner of the Oasis Chinese Medicine and Healing Arts Center where he began Arcata's first low-cost acupuncture clinic. He has full training from the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association and has worked extensively with people with HIV, addiction, and mental health issues.
John enjoys music and literature and balances his career in Chinese Medicine with his creative endeavors as a playwright. He has contributed nine plays to Portland's Fertile Ground Festival and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. John lives in Portland, Oregon with his husband of 23 years and his adorable dog, Harley.