Georgia Carr, L.Ac., Dipl.OM., MAOM
My mission for opening Wellspring Natural Health is to offer a healing space for those who are suffering from sports injuries, have chronic pain or anxiety, and are looking to experience a healthier life.
Through personal experience as a patient and practitioner, I know the unfortunate truth that most people don’t come to acupuncture until they have tried everything else. This is a tragedy because so much time and money is lost on our efforts to recover from injury or illness.
As a college student I was extremely active. I ran almost daily, was an avid rock climber, and bike commuted whenever possible. As I was learning how to practice a more advanced form of rock climbing (leading trad), I had a fall that resulted in a broken bone in my spine. It wasn’t until three years later that I experienced immobilizing pain and the prospect of losing a lot of mobility. Those were dark days.
It was then that I began my search for a remedy. I tried everything anyone suggested. Traveling around the globe, I sought help from everyone, from surgeons to energy healers. When I had almost given up, I received a course of acupuncture that not only put me back in the game, but also left me pain free for ten years! Astonished by the results, I was inspired to study Chinese Medicine and share this potential with others.
In 2011, I graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, in Portland, OR, with a Master’s of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The four-year program consisted of 3,344 hours of study including 996 hours devoted to clinical practice: Traditional Chinese medical acupuncture, biomedicine, pharmacology, nutrition, Chinese Herbology, auricular therapy, cupping, gua sha, and moxibustion.
In 2011, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) certified me as a Diplomate of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. In addition, I hold a detoxification specialist certification through the National Acupuncture Detox Association (NADA).
After graduation from OCOM, my hunger for learning wasn’t satisfied. I assisted in creating a select post- graduate program at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China to focus on the study of acupuncture, digestion, and post-cancer treatment.
Upon completion, I left for Kathmandu, Nepal, where I worked as a volunteer acupuncturist at the Shechen integrative clinic, treating an average of 25 patients per day.
It was my yoga practice that began at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, that sparked my interest in natural health well before my experience with acupuncture. I initially enrolled in yoga classes to strengthen my rock climbing skills and quickly discovered the benefits were far reaching: my energy, mood, immune system, and concentration also improved dramatically. An anxious temperament led me to anxiety medication as a teen, as well as a host of unwanted side effects. After a few months of consistent Ashtanga Yoga practice, I was able to cease the medication with a renewed sense of well-being and calm. As a replacement, I turned my focus to healthy eating, deep breathing, and mindfulness practices. I had no idea the depth of transformation available from such simple and natural techniques.
Earning a B.F.A. in photography in 2003, I moved to Mysore, India, to deepen my knowledge of yoga. For nine months, I studied with the late guru of Ashtanga yoga, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. This journey led me to study, teach, and practice yoga around the world for the following four years. As my love for the practice and study of eastern philosophy and medicine grew, I furthered my training with Ayurveda, meditation, and yoga teachers in India, Canada, and the United States. Since 2003, I have completed four yoga teacher-training programs, and have completed intensive courses with Rolf Naujokat, Manju Jois, Chuck Miller, and Maty Ezraty in the Ashtanga tradition. I also hold certifications to teach Yin Yoga through Sarah Powers, and Hatha Yoga though the Bhaktishop School of Yoga.
After more than a decade of study and practice in the fields of Traditional Chinese Medicine, yoga, and Buddhist meditation, I am devoted to sharing my knowledge of natural health with one goal: to promote recovery from illness and disease gently, naturally, without the use of chemicals or invasive procedures.
In my free time I recharge through being in nature, skiing, hiking, and eating well. Acupuncture keeps me doing what I love and pushing my limits. Yoga and meditation keep me on my toes.
I believe that with the proper tools, the power of the human body and mind to be incredible. Don’t underestimate how far you can go!