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Practitioners & Staff

Dr. Patrick Fitzsimons

DAc, LAc

Dr. Patrick Fitzsimons has provided acupuncture in a variety of settings, including private practice, integrative clinics, and as a volunteer for veterans. In addition to practicing, he has taught and lectured extensively to acupuncture students, medical residents, as well as the public about Chinese Medicine, health and wellness. Patrick has a working manuscript on energetic physiology.

Drawn to study acupuncture over 20 years ago, Patrick was fascinated – and still is – by the modality itself, for its ability to tap into the body’s inherent healing mechanisms over using external medicinals. Patrick has experience treating a wide variety of ailments, chronic and acute. He practices from a perspective that takes into account the person, their constellation of symptoms as well as their chief complaint, and tailors treatment accordingly.

Patrick completed his Masters of Acupuncture at Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in 2006. Before acupuncture school, Patrick spent three years studying Chinese language at the university level and made multiple trips to mainland China, experiences that have aided his ability to assimilate the knowledge of the ancient Chinese into meaningful and effective clinical practice. In 2021, Patrick completed his doctoral studies at Pacific College of Health and Sciences, with focuses in integrative medicine as well as the treatment of pain and migraine with acupuncture.

When Patrick is not providing care for patients, he’s likely out exploring the beauty of Central Oregon, fishing, hiking, or nordic skiing. Additional skills and interests include music performance, languages, fermented foods, wild foraging, and photography.

  • NCCAOM Diplomat – national certification (USA)
  • LAc (Licensed Acupuncturist), Oregon Medical Board
  • DAc (Doctorate of Acupuncture)
  • MS (Masters of Science in Acupuncture)
  • Clinical Internship (Jung Tao School) 
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Trisha Nix

Business Developer & Office Manager

Trisha is a former elementary school teacher who just taught her last year in May 2022. Most recently she taught 4-6th grade Science and History.  The decision to switch careers and work for Bend Life Acupuncture was not one she took lightly, but she is so happy to transition into this position and connect with all of you! 

Trisha is new to Bend, and our beautiful summer has already welcomed her with open arms! Trisha is thrilled to be here! She was born and raised in Louisiana and has lived in Arkansas for the past three years. After visiting Mexico as a child, Trisha was super intrigued by culture and hasn’t stopped traveling and enjoying other cultures since then. 

Her love for the outdoors is what brought her here, and it just so happens that her co-host of her podcast, “A Better Life”,  lives here too. What are the odds? When she is not podcasting, you can find Trisha checking out new coffee shops, hiking, running, reading, thrifting, traveling, attending church activities…honestly, she likes to do lots of things and nothing is off limits. 

Trisha absolutely cannot wait to get to know each of you more! 

Dr. Megan Lynn Leilani Carmichael DACM, LAc

Acupuncturist

  • NCCAOM  National & Oregon State Certified
  • DACM (Doctorate of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine)
  • MSAOM (Masters of Science in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine)
  • Clinical Internship (South Baylo University)
  • LMT of California (Pacific College of Oriental Medicine)
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My passion for Acupuncture and Herbology began in 2010 when I injured my hip after a dirt bike accident in Bend Oregon. For a year I suffered with numbness and pain down my left leg. My “last resort” was acupuncture and three visits later…complete relief. 

In 2011, I developed an acupuncture program at the counseling center I worked for. Chinese medicine helped to blend the healing of mind, body, and spirit to the individual and group counseling sessions I guided like; womens PTSD group, mindful meditation, drug-free chronic pain management, drug and alcohol free classes and motivational interviewing to achieve change.

I received my massage license from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California in 2012. The years I spent as a licensed massage therapist gave me wonderful experience working with athletes in training and recovery, as well as every other body type. The technique I used was a combination of Tui Na, Swedish, deep tissue, lymphatic work and abdominal massage.

Performing acupuncture during my clinical internship with South Baylo University, developed a passion for fertility and delivery. Helping families grow is one of the most powerful moments to experience and share in life. Acupuncture and herbs provide support and relief with many expressions of pregnancy, difficulties in conceiving and inducing birth in a non-aggressive and natural way. As a competitive athlete and as I age, my appreciation to stay in the game intensifies. Acupuncture, herbs, body work, and nutrition is an amazing treatment for athletes to mentally and physically reach top performance. I love helping people to get back in the game of life. Whether you are a professional athlete or a casual game player, acupuncture can help you do what you need to do.

The possibilities of health care with Acupuncture and Herbology can be endless as each physical issue is as different as each individual. Additionally, I use essential oils with acupuncture to enhance healing adding more options and hope for a better way of life is possible regardless if for infertility, a physical injury, chronic headaches, stress, PTSD, pain, digestion issues, and so many more ailments.

My Husband and I moved to Bend Oregon in 2005. Six years later I was introduced to the power of acupuncture and shortly thereafter we restructured our lives so that I could receive my Masters of Science in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine in Southern California. We quickly fell in love with Bend Oregon due to the wonderful friendships and the endless backyard of outdoor activities. We are now here to stay. When I am not working, you can find me paddle boarding, hiking, mountain bike and dirt bike riding, working out, playing with our dog, and enjoying this wonderful Central Oregon lifestyle.

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