Meet Our University District Acupuncturists

In Washington, acupuncturists are classified as “East Asian Medicine Practitioners.” Our practitioners use the tools of Chinese Medicine to design a customized treatment plan for each patient. This may include: acupuncture, breathing and relaxation techniques, bodywork and massage, cupping, hot/cold therapy or Qigong, plus dietary advice and Chinese herbs to support the patient’s healing.

Communication between practitioner and patient is essential to achieve the desired results from each course of treatment.

Diane Atkinson

AC# 60793466

Diane received a Master’s of Acupuncture from the Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine in Seattle, WA. She is Board Certified as a Diplomate of Acupuncture through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She also received training and certification through the National Acupuncture & Detoxification Association (NADA).

One of the core principles of East Asian Medicine is that, given the proper conditions, the body knows how to heal and repair itself. Diane firmly believes this and works to heal injuries, illnesses, blockages and deficiencies in order to return the body to a state where it can function normally and do what it knows how to do.  She treats patients with emotional issues (anxiety, depression, stress), sleep disorders, digestive distress, pain, addiction and much more. Diane especially enjoys working on women’s health issues — from PMS, cycle regulation and fertility to pregnancy, labor induction, postpartum recovery to menopause support. Drawing on a wide variety of tools and traditions, she creates customized treatments for each patient.

In 2017, Diane started two clinics for homeless women at Mary’s Place in downtown Seattle. Every week, she sees how acupuncture and acupressure are improving the health of women who are working to rebuild their lives, find stable housing and seek employment.