Instructor Spotlight – Welcome, Zach Nelms to the Classroom!

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Zachary NelmsWe are very excited to welcome new instructor, Zachary Nelms, to The Wellspring School for Healing Arts later this month. Zachary will be teaching Western Anatomy and Kinesiology II to our current group of Amma Therapy program students as they wrap up their last segment of study.

Within the past 12 years Zachary Nelms has performed thousands of acupuncture and herbal treatments and has over 20 years experience in the healing arts in general. Zach has extensive training in several acupuncture styles including Japanese acupuncture, Balance Method, and orthopedic motor point acupuncture.

Before starting his career in East Asian Medicine, Zach practiced massage therapy and received formal training in psychology and philosophy.

He also taught English in Japan, and taught in the massage therapy program at Pioneer Pacific college. He has been teaching Taijiquan and Yoga in a local Portland park for the past seven years.

He looks forward to sharing insight developed from his diverse background and self cultivation practice and he truly enjoys helping people make strides in their understanding of the body and in personal development.

We had a few more questions for Zach. Keep reading!

Q: What are you most passionate about in the world of wholistic healthcare/East Asian Medicine?

A: I’m most passionate about helping people find solutions in a safe and natural way. I think this starts with mindfulness practices, such as those in Qigong.

Q: What do you hope your students take away from your class?

A: I intend to focus on having student engage the body in such a way that students come away with functional understanding rather merely rote memorization of muscle attachments and action.

Q: Do you have a practice now?

A: I am currently practicing in two locations, one in Oregon City at Natural Health Works, and the other in Gresham at Valley View Physical Medicine.

Q: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

A: In my down time I am usually found chasing two little children, gardening, cycling, hiking, reading, practicing awareness arts, or sipping on coffee or tea while contemplating existence.


Thanks, Zach! We look forward to seeing you in the classroom later this month. 











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