Inger Giffin, Acupuncturist
From a very young age I’ve been both inspired and fascinated by the amazing healing wisdom of the body, so when I discovered acupuncture many years ago, it quickly became not just a job or even a career, but rather a life calling. It’s become my Life Purpose to learn everything I can about the body’s innate ability to heal, so that I can help other women nurture that ability in their own bodies as well.
My clinical experience began in 1997 in a non-profit women’s health clinic. This clinic was founded during the women’s health movement — a time when women didn’t have many rights over their own bodies in medicine — under the principles of equality, respect, and empowerment. Regardless of our title, we were taught that we were all fundamentally patient advocates, that our ultimate job was to empower & educate women so they could take their health into their own hands and be less reliant on outside help for maintaining health.
Almost 20 years later I haven’t forgotten my roots, and the goal of empowerment through education; as well as offering a safe, respectful environment where women can bring their concerns to be heard with compassion, are inseparable parts of everything I do.
Primary and Continued Acupuncture Training
My primary training was both in the US and China, where I interned at one of the top medical schools in the country. I first studied in California, which has the most rigorous testing and educational requirements in the US.
I’m extremely grateful for the intensive training I received in California, because the rigorous requirements there set me up with the foundations needed to practice with a level of complexity that I feel is necessary for the types of conditions I treat.
I‘m also constantly continuing my studies, most recently focusing on Classical Medicine and deepening my many years of work with the complex practice of customized herbal formulas — which in China is a primary treatment for most of the conditions I treat. By digging deeper and deeper into the medicine and applying this knowledge to my current patients, I am often able to have breakthroughs with even the most stubborn, confusing cases.
The more I learn, I can absolutely say the more humbled I become by the absolute beauty and power of this old medicine.
Acupuncture & Educational Medicine that empowers
I am by nature an educator. Because of my love of learning, and my personal experience of knowing how important knowledge is in empowering healthy choices, a big emphasis in my practice is what I call “educational medicine”. Meaning, it’s very important for me to make sure patients understand how we’re seeing the body and its problems from our very different Chinese medical perspective, so that people can know what holistic aspects influenced the problem in the first place and unique ways of helping to improve it on their own outside the treatment room.
I often hear that my thorough approach, detailed questions, constant return to the bigger holistic picture, personal background with meditation and deep emotional/spiritual healing, as well as the time I take explaining things; take the work to a completely different, and deeper, level.
Outside the Acupuncture Clinic
Alas, life isn’t just about work! Besides being an acupuncturist, I’m also a complete foodie, and am just as passionate about whole, real, scrumptious, nourishing foods, as I am about Chinese Medicine.
I also love nature, and outside of work you’ll find me and my partner, as well as our wonderdoggie Nissa, hiking or backpacking out in our beautiful CO mountains. You might also find us in our garden as we’re in the middle of a several-year install of a Permaculture Food Forest. Eventually we hope to grow all our own food, as well as raise chickens and rabbits.
In cooler weather you just might find me at a local yarn store or sitting at home by the fire knitting up something fun with hand-died, artisanal yarns. In the clinic you’ll often see me wearing these hand-made garments. (pssssst! and if you notice them, you’ll absolutely make my day!) :-) I love world travel and have been to 27 different countries; the most interesting trip was the year I sold everything and took a year off to do a solo-trek across Latin America.
And most importantly… I’m also a TOTAL HARRY POTTER FAN!!! :-P
Acupuncture, Herbal, & Fertility Training:
- Master of Oriental Medicine, Five Branches University, CA – 4 Year Program
- Advanced Fertility/Infertility Training through/Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine
- Gynecology & Gastroenterology Internships, ZheJiang TCM University, HangZhou, China
- Acupuncture Association of Colorado
- National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
- Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine
Since 2014, when someone calls the clinic, Liz’s has been the happy voice heard on the other end of the line. She handles almost all the administrative tasks associated with running the office, including the Insurance Billing.
Liz is passionate about wellness herself, having studied Holistic Nutrition and most recently embarking on a yoga teacher training. She graduated from Denver University with a degree in Environmental Science.
In her free time, you’ll find her in a yoga studio, in the mountains hiking, or harvesting produce from her first ever veggie garden!
Patients are constantly commenting on how awesome and helpful Liz is, and she’s certainly been a huge asset to the clinic.