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.

Nancy Arntson

RN. L.Ac.

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.

Beth VanWyngarden

L.Ac., Dipl. OM, Ma.OM.

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, Ma.OM.

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.

Jason Sandys

L.Ac.

Having a fear of needles, I took a roundabout way of getting into acupuncture and East Asian Medicine. As part of a world exploration and self discovery, I spent a year teaching English in Changsha, China in 2000. I returned for another year in 2006 to Suzhou working as a chef in a Western restaurant. During these 2 years I developed a deep appreciation for Chinese culture, language, cuisine and medicine. I still didn’t like needles however. It wasn’t until I began to use acupuncture regularly myself that I became inspired to overcome my fear of needles and pursue the wonderful practice of Chinese Medicine.

I graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland Oregon in 2012 with a Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine. When not practicing Chinese Medicine, I enjoy spending as much time as I can with my almost 4 year old son who teaches me patience and gives me a fresh perspective of this planet. My wonderful wife and I are expecting a daughter soon to add to the chaos, order, mystery and joy of our lives. You may also find me practicing Tai Ji Chuan, fermenting foods, biking, cooking, hiking, gardening or drinking tea.
I connect deeply to the style of community acupuncture as an effective, affordable, accessible, no nonsense practice of the medicine. It truly can offer affordable health care for all. I believe the body works very hard to remain healthy and my work is to help it when it gets off balance, whatever the reason may be. I look forward to being part of your healing journey.

Brian VanWyngarden

LMT

Brian has been a licensed massage therapist since 2012 and a certified yoga teacher since 2011. He received his education for both of these modalities in Asheville, NC. He and his brilliant acupuncturist wife, Beth, moved to Oregon with their two children in 2015 where they have made Salem their home.

Brian is thrilled to be offering 20 minute focused massage treatments in the Wellness Center. Brian recognizes that massage is not only a powerful stand-alone treatment, but it is also a perfect adjunct alongside acupuncture. Brian is excited that this affordable and concise format for massage has shown to be so accessible to people who don’t already have massage as a part of their wellness plan. He recognizes that just about everybody would benefit from receiving regular massage and he is grateful for the opportunity to provide massage to so many people here. Brian regularly treats back, shoulder, neck, and hip pain. He helps patients minimize or remove chronic pain. He also loves providing “wellness massages” to people who just want to let go of some stress. Adding weekly, bi-weekly, or even monthly massage to your health plan is a great way to feel better in your body, decrease stress, increase heart and immune functioning, and clear the mind.

David Kirshbaum

Qi Gong/Nei Gong Instructor, Energy Healing, EFT Coach

David has studied a variety of energetic healing arts since the mid 1990’s, including Kundalini Yoga, Tai Chi, Massage, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). With a passion for exploring mind-body connection, David has spent the last several years deepening his study of Daoist Qi Gong (energy skill) and Nei Gong (internal skill). He is a certified Qi Gong instructor with Lotus Nei Gong School of Daoist Arts. Check the wellness center schedule for David’s current offerings.