MISSION
  • Committed to a holistic approach to health and healing.
  • Pleased to participate in making quality healthcare affordable.
  • Delighted to see the changes acupuncture, massage, and movement is bringing about.

Beth VanWyngarden

L.Ac., Dipl. OM, Ma.OM., Co-Director

Beth is currently licensed with the Oregon Board of Medical Practice and certified by the National Certificate Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Beth graduated with a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Art in Asheville, NC. After graduating Beth moved to the Minneapolis to be closer to family, but could not weather the harsh winters.  The opportunity to move to Oregon to practice Chinese Medicine presented itself and Beth did not hesitate to pack up the family belongings and drive West with her husband, young daughter, and infant son!

Beth enjoys treating a wide range of conditions including digestive issues, emotional imbalances, pain, childhood ailments, and female concerns such as menstrual irregularities and discomforts, infertility, and menopausal issues. Beth strives to empower patients to manage their health in a way that works best for them through acupuncture, herbal medicine, movement, food therapy, and the use of essential oils.

Beth discovered her passion for building and empowering communities while serving economically disenfranchised people in Asheville NC, Boston MA, and Madagascar. From these experiences Beth strongly believes that all people have a right to healthcare that is both accessible and affordable, thus, community style acupuncture is a natural fit for Beth.

Kulsoom Shah

L.Ac, Dipl. OM, Ma.OM., Co-Director

Kulsoom spent almost half of her life in Houston, Texas. There she was introduced to Chen Tai chi which she studied intensively for 5 years.  Her curiosity with Chinese philosophy and martial arts led her to explore Qigong and Chinese Medicine.  She completed her Master’s in Chinese Medicine at the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Houston, TX.  Her education in Chinese Medicine revealed to Kulsoom her deep commitment to wholeness and personal growth and brought up many questions of what health truly means.  She continues to explore these questions at Salem Community Acupuncture, which she joined in July 2017, moving with her husband, David Kirshbaum. 

Having grown up in Pakistan and witnessed extreme poverty and the challenges it brings, Kulsoom has a deep commitment to serving. When she learned that SCA is a non-profit with a mission to help communities from all walks of life, particularly communities who are often left behind, she knew this is where she needed to be. 

Kulsoom loves to treat a wide range of conditions including internal medical problems, women’s issues, emotional imbalances, and trauma, among other things. She utilizes the full scope of Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture, herbs, tuina, and qigong.  She strongly feels that education is empowerment and delights in writing articles, educating patients through conversations, and teaching wellness classes at SCA.

Nancy Arntson

RN. L.Ac., Founder (Retired)

There is a story behind my 39 years of nursing, 13 years as a massage therapist and now obtaining my Masters in Oriental Medicine in 2008.  While originally from the Midwest, I have lived in Oregon for 25 years.  Those years have allowed me to raise two delightful daughters, enjoy our great outdoors and become a sailor, hiker and gardener.  I have, during these years, had an evolution in my understanding of health and health maintenance.  While I am grateful that we have access to the benefits of western medicine, I have long thought that we need a greater awareness of how to maintain health in natural, non pharmaceutical ways.  I have learned that these can be simple, empowering approaches like:  eating a nutritious, chemical free diet, keeping our bodies moving and reducing stress in our lives.  When I learned that our body functions on a flow of energy and that this could be influenced to enhance health I couldn’t leave it alone.  This led me to Oriental Medicine and what I see as a lifetime of wanting to learn, share and use this knowledge.