Erica Robyn Burley, M.S., L.Ac
Licensed Acupuncturist, Board Certified HErbalisT
Erica supports each patient’s unique journey with highly effective and deeply personalized collaborative healthcare, drawing from the arenas of Chinese cosmology, holistic nutrition, and integrative mental health to inform her clinical acupuncture practice. Together, Erica and her patients explore the root causes of disease, navigating the many paths towards holistic health and healing. She weaves constitutional diagnosis, nutritional wisdom, and the cultivation of mindfulness into a comprehensive treatment experience designed to support the whole person. Erica’s unique style blends a classical Chinese medicine approach with Five Element acupuncture. Her treatment style integrates acupuncture with herbal medicine, dietary assessment, food relationship coaching, and a mindfulness-based somatic approach to mental health and wellness.
Erica considers physical, emotional, and spiritual healing to be an essential component in the cultivation of personal freedom. Her favorite work is in the arena of empowering more effective self-healing through embracing the body’s innate wisdom to heal itself. Erica believes that acupuncture is the solution the health experts seek, as they scramble to reverse the opioid crisis and the many forms of chronic disease and discomfort associated with depersonalized capital-driven healthcare. She is passionate about the use of acupuncture and herbal medicine as an alternative to addictive pharmaceutical medications, empowering patients to make educated choices in their own healing process. The ideal patient for Erica is anyone who seeks more comfort, ease, and joy in life through untying the knots of pain, distress, and imbalance that commonly arise within the modern lifestyle and as a result of chronic disease.
Erica was formally trained in acupuncture and herbal medicine at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where she received her Master’s degree and graduated as Valedictorian of her class. She has an academic background in psychology and nutrition, and is currently pursuing specialized training in somatic-centered therapies at the National University of Natural Medicine Master’s program in Integrative Mental Health. Her more recent post-graduate work took her to China to study directly with famed medical herbalist Dr. Heiner Fruehauf and several other world-renowned experts in the field. Her commitment to service led her to the Vajra Varahi health clinic in Nepal where she provided hundreds of treatments for those affected by the catastrophic earthquake of 2015. She currently volunteers her time in Portland as a bilingual community health educator to increase awareness of healthy lifestyle practices for disease prevention. [Se habla español].
Throughout her career, Erica has provided thousands of treatments in Portland, Oregon, the wider New York City community, and abroad, with the goal of broadening her understanding of current health care needs, providing accessible treatments for under-served communities, and expanding her mastery of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
In addition to her private practice, Erica has had the great privilege to serve patients at:
I am Erica. I embody a Fire-Water constitution, with a sun in Cancer and a moon in Scorpio. Chiron, the wounded healer, rules my astrological birth chart. My life’s journey involves the transformation of intergenerational patterns of fear and persecution into wisdom and truth. I value clarity, integrity, justice, authenticity, health, and interpersonal connection. I am driven by empathy, compassion, and a sometimes self-destructive need to help others. I believe I was destined to be a healer, and hold deep gratitude for the wounding I attracted into my life as an integral part of that destiny.
Since childhood, I have been drawn to elevating the underdog- at times becoming the underdog, so I could fully experience what that feels like. My twenties were dedicated to activism, international travel, and participation in grassroots development projects across the globe to help improve quality of life from the bottom up. The experience of challenging the establishment and believing each person holds the power to effect social change was good for me. Since then, I have approached life with the sense that things don’t have to be the way they are and that the choices we make really do matter.
Compared to the passionate chaos I embodied in my twenties, I have another life now- but I haven’t changed. Punk taught me I could be whatever I wanted to be, and that’s the way I’ve lived my life and continue to do so. As an acupuncturist, herbalist, and tea blender, I have found a fulfilling and radical way to stand up to massive corporations that are willing to turn a profit at the expense of their own consumers’ lives, health, and integrity. My challenge as an adult has been to figure out how to save the world while also honoring my needs, my life, and my potential.
Chinese medicine opened the door for me to merge my passions and beliefs with a fulfilling and sustainable career. With acupuncture I have found a way to help people overcome personal challenges while simultaneously contributing to the global evolution of consciousness and social justice through holistic medicine. Today, instead of marching in protest, I support my patients to embrace long-lasting positive changes that uncover their own deep potentials in life. Holistic medicine has provided me with the perfect medium to carry my ultimate treatment goal far and wide- to change the world by restoring hope, health, and trust in the capability of our bodies to heal themselves.