Mona Searles, Portland Acupuncturist, Searles Wellness

Acupuncture Education & Credentials


National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Diplomate, 2004.

Oregon State Licensed Acupuncturist; 2004.

Oregon State Registered Nurse, Adult Nurse Practitioner with Prescriptive, 1983 - Current.

National Certification Adult Nurse Practitioner, 1981 - Present.


Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Portland, Oregon, Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (M.Ac.O.M.); 2004.

Dermatology Preceptor Training With OHSU Clinical Associate Professor, Dr. Paul Contorer Kaiser Permanente Chief of Dermatology 1993- 1995.

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis - Master of Public Health, Adult Nurse Practitioner (MPH ANP); 1981.

California State University, Hayward, Bachelor of Science, Nursing (BSN); 1976.

Skills and Accomplishments

Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide range of presenting health concerns; including but not limited to comprehensive health assessments, health maintenance, woman's health issues, musculoskeletal disorders and psychological reactions including depression, anxiety, and grief.

Extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of adult dermatological problems with special attention to the alternative and integrative therapies for acne, eczema and sun damaged skin.

Design and teaching of seminars with production of all written materials on topics such as 1) "Detecting Cutaneous Melanoma", 2) "Mid-life Dermatologic Concerns for Women", 3) "Dermatology in Primary Care Practice"-as part of the master's level Nurse Pratitioner program University of Portland, and 4) "Evidence Based Utilization of Chinese Medicine in Treatment of Skin Problems".

Professional Experience

Department of Dermatology, Nurse Practitioner, Kaiser Permanente HMO, Portland, Oregon; 1996-2008.

Department of Internal Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, Adult Medicine/Primary Care, Kaiser Permanente, Portland, Oregon; 1985-1996.

Center for Health Research, Department of Pathology, Research Coordinator, Kaiser Permanente, Portland, Oregon; 1983-1985.

Department of Internal Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, Adult Medicine/Primary Care, Share HMO, St. Paul, Minnesota 1981-1983

University of Minnesota Hospital, Staff Nurse, Kidney Transplant Unit, Minneapolis, Minnesota 1978-1980.

Stanford University Hospital, Medical/ Surgical Staff Nurse Palo Alto, California, 1976-1978.

Wallace Free Clinic, Volunteer, Dermatology 2009-current