Joanna Donnelly, L.Ac., P.C.

About Me

Joanna Donnelly, L.Ac., ABT, previously Joanna Flores, worked in Sports Medicine as an athletic trainer and aquatic therapist at Portland State University 1993-98, then rehabilitated Oregon Ballet theatre dancers via Pilates 1998-2009. She completed her masters in Chinese Medicine and acupuncture in 2001, specializing in both Tui Na, and Shiatsu. Her love of Shiatsu was so great that she became certified through the AOBTA, the Association of Bodywork therapies of Asia in 2001, where she was first introduced to Jean-Pierre Barral's work through her mentor, Lindy Ferrigno, now known as Grandmother Winter Jade. Joanna took her first Barral Institute class in 2011 with Ron Marrioti, ND and immediately fell in love with the work, calling it "A Chinese Medical playground". After over a decade of learning the organs, tendons, vessels, bones, nerves and all structures via Chinese Medical theory, it was time to delve in deeper. Jean-Pierre's gentle, specific, and effective manner has been a delightful way to further embrace Chinese Medicine for the next decade. Joanna has taken and retaken all Barral courses available and will continue to refresh and deepen her understanding of Jean-Pierre's teachings every day.

Joanna has 2 amazing teenagers, and a labradoodle in Portland, OR while constantly battling removal of invasive species from her SW Portland home and replanting native plants. Joanna is an Irish dancer with the Oregon Irish Dance academy.

Professional Associations / Memberships

Oregon Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Association of Bodywork Therapies of Asia
NCCAOM, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Multnomah Village Business Association
Joanna Donnelly, L.Ac., P.C.

My Skills

Joanna's Chinese Medicine background provides excellent diagnosis and understanding of a pathogen's pathway and disease progression through the body. Whether a structure is a problem, or a pathogen, Chinese medicine utilizes pulse and tongue diagnosis to assess and treat pathogen problems via acupuncture and herbs. Structural problems are best treated via Jean Pierre Barral's techniques. Joanna's current research on Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS) compares those afflicted with a congenital malformation of the arcuate ligament and those whose arcuate ligament was problematic after trauma. Joanna is researching individuals whose celiac vessels are compressed during their exhalation. Those that respond well to manual treatment can enjoy an active life without surgery. Symptoms of individuals with MALS (congenital malformation), and mild MALS (possible trauma, or mild congenital) include: abdominal pain, pain after eating, headache, dizziness, food regurgitation, ear pain, difficulty and pain moving one or both legs forward, difficulty breathing, insomnia, urinary dysfunction, increased thirst, and anxiety.

License Number


2929 SW Multnomah Blvd.
Suite 302
Portland, OR 97219

tel. 503-719-4680 (day)

Hours of operation / Fees

Mon-Fri hours 9-4

Driving directions

Joanna's private practice is located inside Insights to Health, suite 302.  There is an elevator available.  2929 SW Multnomah Blvd, Portland, OR is just a minute off the Multnomah exit from I-5 South.  If coming from I-5 North, the Taylor's Ferry Rd. exit is preferred.  

Available for patients

Case studies, easy to understand explanations about the CranioSacral System, Visceral Manipulation, products to use between sessions, and much more.

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