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About Me


  I’m Renee Benedict, and this is a brief story of how I came to be an Acupuncturist and a bit about my practice philosophy.

  Thirty years ago I was referred to an Acupuncturist after many years of suffering with a medical challenge for which western Doctors did not have a remedy. A friend recommended that I try Acupuncture as a possibility of improving my health. I thought Acupuncture would be an interesting experience, but I did not hold out much hope for relief. During six months of weekly treatments, my body balanced out, and I was free of the disorder and the suffering that had accompanied it. I was very impressed, to say the least!

I noticed that as my body was healing, other things were changing within me too.
I had increased energy, I was sleeping better at night, and I wasn’t getting irritated and bothered by little things in life.
What really surprised me was that I was able to move more smoothly through mental and emotional issues that had previously caused me problems.
I saw that Acupuncture balances the whole person; body, mind & spirit.

As a result of that profound transformation, I realized I wanted to become an Acupuncturist and use this medicine to improve the lives of others.
Because of my love of nature, and respect for Chinese Medicine, Five Element Acupuncture fit my lifestyle and my goal of helping others.

I have a passion to assist those in addiction recovery, and worked for 5 years as an Acupuncturist at Evergreen Treatment Services, and then for 3 years at Hotel California By The Sea Bellevue. During this time, I also had an office in the Wallingford area in Seattle, and an office in NE Bellevue. 

After ten years of serving the community in Bellevue and Seattle, I made the decision to close both offices and take a year’s sabbatical before I open a new office in Everett. Sign up for my newsletter to find out more about the journey I’m taking with Emerald Gate. 

My Approach:

My approach is to look at each person as a unique individual, capable of great things in their life.

Just as a master gardener would not neglect the soil when dealing with an ailing plant, I look at the underlying issue that may be preventing the patient from living life to its fullest.

Just as a gardener would weed, aerate, and add nutrients to the soil, I seek to remove the blocks and teach the individual ways to nourish their Qi, so they’ll have the opportunity to live a vital, strong and healthy life.

I am thrilled to be able to assist others in balancing their Qi and helping them to have fuller, richer lives!


My Credentials:

* Licensed Acupuncturist / East Asian Medicine Practitioner in the State of Washington, having graduated from Wu Hsing Tao School of Five Element Acupuncture.

*Diplomate of Acupuncture of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

*Certified Acupuncture Detox Specialist, having been trained and certified in the Acudetox protocol with the National   Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA). 

*Certified Essential Oils Coach through Essential Oils Institute 

*Certified Five Element Medical Qigong teacher through Zen Wellness


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