Owner, Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.), Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. O.M.), Master's of Science (M.S.)
Lauren grew up outside of Washington DC, and received her BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Maryland. Interested in ethnomusicology and music preservation, she worked for the Smithsonian Institution before moving to Portland, OR, to continue her work in the music business. Inspired by Portland’s progressive health care environment and her own experiences with Chinese medicine, a desire to help people with acupuncture brought Lauren back to the east coast and into graduate school. She has successfully used acupuncture to support her own health beginning in her teens for allergies and asthma, and has since been dedicated to the medicine.
In her practice, Lauren enjoys treating as a general practitioner, helping people in all walks of life using an integrative and patient-centered approach. Acupuncture is an empowering medicine, and ultimately Lauren's goal is to help her patients take back control of their health and feel strong in their body. She continues to study with Jeffrey Yuen and attends various continuing education courses to expand her knowledge of the medicine. Personal interests include a love of sports, with tennis being her most recent pursuit, Pilates, and playing music. Lauren is excited to contribute to acupuncture's growing presence in the medical world and bring the spirit of Classical Chinese medicine to Charleston, SC!
"Lauren, we've been through a lot, you and I, since I arrived from Seattle last year. I truly was skeptical that I could find the same Acupuncture/TCM care here as I had in Seattle... But I was wrong. You have done more for me in the year I have been under your care than those in Seattle did for me over a two-year span. I never leave your office without marked improvement and the overall progress with my serious eye issues has been remarkable. You are warm, gentle, kind and always know just what to do to make me feel better. After this last treatment, I slept great! 8 hours straight. No dreams, no in-out sleep, nothing. Just hard, solid sleep! I had the best night's sleep I've had in a long time! Thank you! Thank you! Blue Heron is definitely MY HAPPY PLACE!"
"For the past 5 years I have had a reoccurring neck and upper back injury. Each time I injure myself I search desperately for a remedy which typically has included chiropractic or physical therapy. However, this time I tried acupuncture through Blue Heron and was amazed. Usually I am in pain for 5 or 6 weeks before experiencing relief - with acupuncture my relief was almost immediate and after 24 hours there was no sharp pain. Lauren was welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable. I went into the appointment skeptical but open, and left confident and comfortable with full range of motion of my neck."
"I have received several treatments from Lauren at Blue Heron Acupuncture and Apothecary. During each session, not only has she been extremely kind and professional, she also offers follow up treatments, such as cupping and massages, to the very helpful and stress relieving acupuncture. I have made it a point to continue going as often as I can, and I highly recommend Blue Heron."