Chronic Pain, Oncology and Bell’s Palsy
Lara McQuade has been working as a clinical acupuncturist for 17 years. Before coming to Lokahi Acupuncture, she worked at Kaiser Permanente for 12 years with a specialization in treating chronic pain. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at Pacific College of Health and Sciences. She earned her Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine in a 4-year program at Five Branches University, with specialized training in Integrative Medicine.
Lara treats all types of pain, but her areas of special interest are headache and neck pain, neurological conditions, back pain, nerve impingement, shoulder pain, palliative care, research, and pain conditions related to oncology and/or the side effects of oncology treatments. Lara continually sharpens her skills by attending continuing education courses and keeping up to date on current research. She is an active member of the Society for Acupuncture Research.
Lara’s favorite things about being a practitioner of Traditional East Asian Medicine are the ability to spend enough time with patients to hear what is truly going on for them, being able to provide a care environment that feels safe, relaxing and dignified for the patient, and treating the patient as a whole person. In her free time, Lara likes to go for hikes in nature with her family, go camping in the mountains, garden, cook, knit, and play the fiddle.