Lara McQuade, L. Ac.
Chronic Pain, Headaches, and Bell’s Palsy
Lara McQuade, L. Ac. has been a clinical acupuncturist for 17 years, during which time she has developed an expertise in treating chronic pain. Prior to joining Lokahi Acupuncture, she worked at Kaiser Permanente for 12 years. To further her knowledge and skill set in the field, Lara is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at Pacific College of Health and Sciences. Additionally, she earned her Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University’s 4-year program with specialized training in Integrative Medicine.
Lara McQuade expertly addresses a wide range of health issues related to pain, including headaches, neck pain, and backache. She is especially knowledgeable about neurological conditions, nerve impingement, and shoulder discomfort. Moreover, she focuses on palliative care, research into new treatment methods for cancer-related pain, as well as side effects from traditional cancer treatments. To ensure that she stays up-to-date with the latest developments in the medical world and sharpens her skills even further, Lara attends regular continuing education programs and is an active member of the Society for Acupuncture Research.
As a practitioner of Traditional East Asian Medicine, Lara McQuade enjoys getting to know her patients and providing them with a positive, safe environment where they can relax. She is committed to treating every person as an individual, recognizing the value of their unique experiences and stories. On her days off, Lara loves spending time in nature, whether it’s going for walks or hikes in the woods with her family or camping in the mountains. She also relishes any opportunity to express her creativity, such as cooking delicious meals from scratch, knitting warm winter garments by hand, or playing folk music on her fiddle. Overall, Lara McQuade, L. Ac. cherishes the chance to be outdoors and make meaningful connections both to the world around her and to those she serves through her healing practice.