Teri Applegate, MAcOM, LAc
Southwestern Regional Medical Center
"I feel blessed to be at CTCA, where true integration of complementary modalities has the support of other providers."
- Teri Applegate, MAcOM, LAc
- Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Degree - Oregon College of Oriental Medicine
- Bachelor's Degree in Psychology - Hawaii Pacific University
- National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Practicing Since: 2000
For Teri Applegate, joining Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) was a natural next step in her work as an acupuncturist. “I was delighted to find that the philosophies I had embodied in my twelve years of private practice aligned with the promise of empowering patients while they undergo treatment for cancer,” says Applegate.
Applegate attended Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1994. She completed master’s coursework in counseling psychology at Chaminade University, also in Honolulu. She then moved to Portland, where she earned a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.
Applegate has worked as a Qigong instructor, teaching those with cancer through private workshops and at Kaiser Permanente. Teri taught in the Seattle area at Cancer Lifeline, Bastyr University, Providence Regional Medical Center, and numerous other facilities and institutions.
Applegate is board certified in acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, of which she is a member. She holds a certificate as a Qigong instructor through the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and was certified in cranio-sacral therapy levels 1–3 from Bastyr University. Her knowledge of Qigong is backed by intensive study with masters in China, during trips from 2000 through 2007.
In 2000, she conducted an independent study of Qigong at a rural hospital in Chongli, China, and completed an internship in acupuncture and herbal supplements for cancer at Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine (NJUCM) International Education College. She has spoken widely on alternative medicine for various audiences.
“Chinese medicine is all about a focus on balance of the whole person,” says Applegate. She works with patients to discuss digestion, sleep, and overall well-being, and uses acupuncture to relieve pain, nausea, constipation, neuropathy, anxiety and other treatment-related side effects. “I feel blessed to be at CTCA, where true integration of complementary modalities has the support of other providers.”
“Early in my private practice I was working with a patient undergoing cancer treatment. I had that opportunity to talk to their oncologist but was rebuffed when he told me that I should not offer false hope to his patient. In the perspective of Chinese Medicine, we look at the whole, at what is right with the body, and support it. So imagine my delight when I found out CTCA was all about providing hope to patients. When I received my first email from Southwestern, I knew it was a place for me,” she says.
Outside of her work at CTCA, Applegate enjoys spending time with her daughter, a naturopathic physician, snorkeling and going for walks on the beach during trips to Hawaii.