Dawn-Starr Crowther, L.Ac., L.M.T.
Portland Acupuncturist
& Specialist in Pain Management & Women’s Reproductive Health





Dawn-Starr Crowther, L.Ac., L.M.T., founder and owner of Jade River Healing Arts Center, practices with a compassionate focus on pain management, women’s reproductive health care, chronic health care issues, and delivery of effective, comprehensive Asian Medicine that treats the whole person. She works in close association with our other two acupuncturists, Amara Narten, L.Ac., and Betsy Gordon, L.Ac., fostering a team approach to your care that provides more successful outcomes and options for you.

Recognized as a leader in the field, she has developed innovative approaches to treating difficult and painful issues such as Trigeminal Neuralgia, Bell’s Palsy, chronic neuropathic pain that often accompanies diabetes and chemotherapy, and pain associated with auto-immune conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus and Behcet’s, as well as acute pain from injuries and accidents.

Women’s Health care for the whole cycle of reproduction from puberty through the reproductive years, fertility challenges, and to (and beyond) menopause are also areas of deep knowledge and practice experience.  She also practices Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture, for the face, and neck, and integrates the Mei Zen abdominal protocol into her fertility and women’s reproductive treatments.

In 1992, Dawn-Starr was diagnosed with a serious “incurable” illness. Desiring options other than the limited ones offered by conventional medicine, she sought treatment through Complementary Medicine. When Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Qi Gong turned her life around by providing healing, she knew she had to “pay it forward,” by studying, and then practicing, Oriental Medicine. Her medical practice is informed by her deep commitment to – and personal knowledge of – the radical transformation and healing this medicine can offer.

Dawn-Starr views her practice as a creative collaboration between patient and provider, and believes that health challenges – especially serious ones – provide opportunities for deep transformational healing, saying:

“There is nothing more meaningful than simply being present with people who are in pain or suffering, and then acting with compassion and skill to help foster the re-emergence of health and balance for them.”

In addition to Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, she utilizes modalities such as Moxibustion, Cupping, Diet Therapy, Nutritional Supplements, Guided Imagery, Meditation, Breath Work, Qi-Gong, and Aromatherapy to assist her patients in achieving vibrant health.

Areas of specialization in her practice include the following:

Women’s Health Care, including menstrual disorders, such as painful periods, endometriosis, fibroids, cycle irregularities, PCOS, PMS, migraine headache, bloating, and digestive upset; fertility enhancement and regulation; IVF and assisted reproduction support, birthing/labor support; and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, insomnia, and mood changes.

dawn-starr_crowther2Acute pain, such as that occurring after auto accidents or trauma, and especially treating men and women with a history of previous injury, severe trauma and/or multiple health issues.  Pain associated with cancer, chemotherapy, radiation and their after-effects are also areas of focus.

Chronic pain and illness, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, auto-immune disorders, trigeminal neuralgia, allergies, digestive problems, and mild to moderate depression. She especially enjoys working with patients who have complicated health issues and helping them re-establish health, balance and a positive outlook.

Additionally, she has a specialty in Post-Trauma Recovery and Trauma Informed Care, serving with compassion those who have survived physical, mental or emotional trauma. She works in this regard with patients and their other providers, coordinating treatment plans and strategies with their therapists, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, primary health providers and others in the patient’s health care team.

She also offers classes and individual instruction in meditation, guided imagery, and stress control/relief.

She has had a life-long interest in medicine and healing, and as an undergraduate was a dual pre-med and anthropology major at the University of Utah. Her first career as an archaeologist inspired her passion and respect for other cultures’ medicines and lifeways. To further pursue her fascination with the human-altered environment, she completed a Master of Fine Arts degree, and taught fine art photography at several institutions, including Arizona State University, College of the Atlantic, and the Oregon College of Art and Craft. For the past 25 years, her artwork has focused on gardens and plants, and how they enrich our lives and environments, including the use of plant materials as medicine. She has also volunteered for many years in various healthcare settings, including hospice work, prison work, in women’s reproductive care in low-cost or free clinics, and in Fiji, where she leads the South Pacific Acupuncture Project.

She also mentors other acupuncturists and complementary health care providers, providing mentoring and coaching on successful business practices, practice management, growth and sustainability, hiring employees, and exit/retirement strategies.

A dedicated student of Tibetan Buddhism and meditation for more than 20 years, she is a certified teacher of Stanford University‘s Compassion Cultivation Training, and is a meditation teacher with the Foundation for Active Compassion, teaching meditation regularly at Jade River.  She also serves on the Board of Mindful Medicine, a non-profit dedicated to bringing increased mindfulness and compassion to the practice of medicine.

She enjoys yoga, Tai Qi, Qi Gong, snorkeling and scuba diving, and taking long walks with her Labrador Retriever, Katie (a “repurposed” Guide Dog for the Blind, who is also our clinic Therapy Dog). She is also a passionate gardener, and continues her photographic work, explores an interest in encaustic painting, and exhibits her art nationally and internationally.

To reach Dawn-Starr to schedule an appointment, or to ask questions about her services, please call our main number 503.297.3825 or contact her via email.