Launched in 2005 by Erik Isaacman and Oliver Leonetti, Inner Gate Acupuncture will celebrate ten years in business this month. Originally located at 15th and Fremont in Northeast Portland’s Irvington neighborhood, the clinic moved to their current location just outside of Kerns, at 1421 S.E. Ankeny Street, in 2009.
Inner Gate incorporates acupuncture, Chinese herbs and Tui Na massage to treat a wide array of ailments. The company has grown to include five acupuncturists and a support team.
“Our success is a combination of two things,” co-owner Isaacman said. “We recognize that people work hard for their insurance so we make every effort possible to work with their insurance companies. Secondly, we try to not be dogmatic. We meet patients where they are at. While there are many ways we can help them, sometimes just making that first acupuncture appointment is the impetus needed to make a change.”
Recognizing that many people would prefer use acupuncture instead of medications to treat pain, Isaacman and Leonetti are now training in sports medicine acupuncture.
This year-long certification program will allow them to better diagnose pain conditions, better communicate with patient’s clinicians and use advanced techniques to speed recovery.
“Going forward we want people to think of acupuncture as another option to treat sports related injuries and post-op recovery,” Isaacman said. “It is new. It is cutting edge. But we have seen the results and we are confident that this will be completely normal and mainstream within the coming decade.”
Inner Gate Acupuncture is open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can learn more about the clinic by visiting www.innergateacupuncture.com or calling 503-284-6996 to make an appointment or speak to one of the clinicians about how acupuncture can help you.