Takinga different approach...

Published on Thu, Sep 9, 2004 by ack Kintner

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Taking a different approach...

By Jack Kintner

When Doug Knapp injured his back working in a warehouse 10 years ago, physicians told him he’d need at least six months to heal. But following therapy from a herbal medicine practitioner he was completely pain-free in two weeks and back at work. “Back pain is no fun,” Knapp said, “believe me, I know.”

Knapp, now 38, knew of herbal medicine and acupuncture from having been an instructor in an Asian martial art known as bujinkan tai jutso. His own therapeutic experience after being injured led him to several years’ study at Bastyr University near Seattle, where he graduated earlier this year with a master of science degree in oriental medicine and acupuncture.

Since then he has received his certification as a diplomate of the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The Birch Bay Village resident opened up his office in Blaine last month.

The one time Navy brat settled permanently in Whatcom County in his middle school years and graduated from Sehome high school. He said that in the language of eastern medicine he’s a general practitioner, and can address a wide variety of chronic conditions using various healing herbs, acupuncture, counseling, hypnotherapy, massage and guided imagery.

“I see myself as a part of a team approach,” he said, “because most people see more than one person for their medical needs. There’s definitely a place for western medicine, of course, but there’s also a place for the kind of healing that this approach can offer.”

Knapp’s office is at 289 H Street, upstairs in suite 202. The phone number is 371-7408.