Carie Martin, EAMP, M.S. Ac, CHHC
Carie is an Acupuncturist, Integrative Nutritionist and Health Coach, and the founder of Collaborative Care Seattle. She earned her Masters in Acupuncture from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Denver, Colorado, where she studied sports medicine and chronic disease management. She founded Collaborative Care Seattle in order to help her patients access a variety of modalities that are beneficial to treating the body in a holistic way – addressing the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional pieces that make everyone unique. She and is passionate about helping her patients live vibrant, active, healthy lives.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is a 4,000-year-old medical system started in what is now China. There are a variety of techniques that can be used in a treatment, from needling specific Acupuncture points, burning Chinese mugwort (Moxa) for relief, Chinese Medical massage (Tui Na), and the ever-popular cupping. Any one, or many of these techniques can be used in a treatment, with treatment focusing on a chronic concern, or an immediate issue.
It is used around the world for conditions such as pain, anxiety, depression, addiction and detox, arthritis and inflammation, chemotherapy side effect support, digestive issues, allergic reactions, the common cold and sinus problems, to name a few. It works by using your body’s own resources to help you feel your optimum. When the body is out of balance, it often responds with pain, discomfort, or discontent.
Through a thorough initial evaluation and health history, we can start to work together to get you back on track and feeling your best.
Lots of small steps lead to big changes, and we’ll talk about how to reduce your carbon footprint, lead a more sustainable life that resonates with the world around you, and maximize your personal potential so that you can stop swimming against the current, and instead enjoy the ride. Monthly Acupuncture treatments are included as we work our way through the program. Whether you just need some good ideas about how to do it better, or if you are in need of a major lifestyle overhaul, most people need a helping hand here and there.
You can help your healing with food! Everything that you put in your body either adds to or detracts from what you are trying to accomplish through treatment. Maybe a diagnosis or health crisis has brought you in the door looking for answers. There are lots of different dietary theories out there, and what works for some folks may not work for others, especially if there is a chronic illness or other disease process at work. Integrative nutrition is the process of implementing specific diets or dietary changes that will augment treatment, both complimentary and allopathic. A thorough assessment of eating and lifestyle habits, evaluation of labs/tests, talks about goals, barriers and implementation, education and information, possible prescription of high-quality supplements and a good dose of positivity will be worked into an appointment to make sure that you leave feeling your best and can carry that with you throughout the week with all the choices you make.
In addition to traditional Chinese Medicine and its modalities, such as Acupuncture, Tui Na (Chinese massage and visceral manipulation) and Cupping, I have training in trigger point release techniques, sports and physical medicine. I’m equipped to treat a variety of conditions including pain – chronic and acute, headaches and migraines, allergies, stomach and gastrointestinal issues, anxiety and stress and insomnia, to name a few.
I have also mentored under a well established and respected clinician in the Seattle area in Complimentary Oncology Care, a passion and interest of mine. Acupuncture has an amazing benefit, especially when used in conjunction with traditional allopathic approached like Chemotherapy, Radiation and Immunotherapy. It works to mitigate the symptoms that are common side effects of these methods of treatment, and is effective in treating nausea, vomiting, neuropathy, pain associated with tumors or surgical removal, stress, anxiety, and chronic dry mouth (xerostomia). I work well with a variety of practitioners in the Seattle area to help patients maintain quality of life through treatment and beyond.
I help sick, tired, and stressed-out folks live better with acupuncture, activity, and eating right.
I hope to facilitate a pain-free sense of peace and fluidity in my patients lives by learning about their specific ailments, and then working with them on a treatment and lifestyle plan that will be simple to start and easy to maintain. Although my specialty is working with cancer, autoimmune disorders, and chronic pain and disease, in my opinion, Acupuncture is clinically indicated for almost everyone! Education and empowerment are just as important as the physical, mental, and emotional benefits received through active treatment, and a critical part of the process towards living well. I’ve worked hard to develop a variety of resources that allow my patients to integrate treatment principles into their lives with clarity and confidence.
Formerly in the field of Western Medicine, I found Acupuncture during my own pursuit of a holistic plan for health. Having quickly realized that it was not only effective at reducing pain and stress, I began to study the ancient system of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and was amazed at its applications for managing chronic disease and the difficulties of modern life. I believe in treating each person as a unique individual, because we are! In an appointment, we’ll talk boundaries, bad habits, and emotional bank accounts. Stress and sleep. Aches, pains, and what ails ya.
Nothing beats a hands-on approach, and taking charge through traditional methods, a conscious diet, healthy movement, and mental balance. Let’s be better. Together.
Education & Certifications
B.A. History University of California
Minor Certificates Biology, Chemistry University of Pittsburgh
M.S. Acupuncture Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Certified Health Coach Institute for Integrative Nutrition
200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor, RYT
Keiser Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor
Barre3 Certified Instructor
New Patient Orientation
Q: Will it hurt?
A: It shouldn’t! While their might be momentary discomfort with needle insertion, Acupuncture should never be painful. That being said, individual pain tolerances and phases of illness or injury are different. I’m gentle, I promise!
Q: What is the typical length of an appointment?
A: It’s usually around 90 minutes for the first visit, and 60 minutes for follow-up. Please budget for traffic or parking (see our map for tips) to arrive on time.
Q: How should I prepare for a visit?
A: Wear loose-fitting clothes if possible (or you can change here!) please be hydrated, and eat a small snack before coming if you can. While none of these things are necessary, they will help to maximize our time together.
Q: What is a course of treatment?
A: It depends. Treatment will vary based on the current set of circumstances that you present with, meaning that this medicine is adaptive, and will evolve with you to address your needs.
Q: How will I know if it’s working?
A: In short, you’ll feel better!
“I cant say enough about the quality of care and the genuine service give here. Carie’s dedication and commitment to her patients and her work is deeply personal. You feel like you are the most important patient she has… I guess that is because you are. No need to go to the big clinics when you have a center like this in your neighborhood.”
– Shelley, Seattle, WA
“Carie released me from post-operative back pain that I have suffered for 7 months. Two days after the first visit, I woke with 60 percent less pain. Now, a few weeks later, I am a 2 to 3, on the pain scale, down from 9 and 10. I also have freed myself from physical dependence upon oxycodone. She explains her actions clearly, but best of all is Carie’s ability to listen. At the first visit, I felt for the first time since this odyssey of pain, that someone heard me and wanted very much to help me. Carie has done that in spades.”
– Jenny, Seattle, WA