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Meet Our Team

Susan Froehlich, LAc
Susan Froehlich, LAc

Licensed Acupuncturist/Board Certified Herbalist

Susan Froehlich, is a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist (LAc), practicing in the Columbia River Gorge. After a successful career as a Children’s Rehabilitation Specialist, she returned to school at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM), completing a 4-year, Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM).

She has been in practice since 1999 and focused areas include women’s health (fertility and menopausal issues), elder health, allergies, musculoskeletal conditions, pain (acute and chronic), emotional health and preventative care. Susan treats each patient with the utmost respect and care, educating them about their condition and giving them workable treatment options for self-care and healing. She treats the patient as well as their condition, all in a holistic manner.

Susan has recently joined the Society for Integrative Oncology and will begin her advanced training in Acupuncture and Oncology in June 2015.  Susan has been involved with the Fascia Research and Development Congress since 2007, and the Society for Integrative Oncology since 2013.


Traditional Chinese Medicine has much to offer to patients who have had, or currently have cancer and Susan would like to share her extensive knowledge of Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, herbs, dietary impact and nutritional supplements with people who may need it the most.

Charles Cannon, LAc
Charles Cannon, LAc

Licensed Acupuncturist/Board Certified Herbalist

Charlie Cannon is a second generation practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified Herbalist practicing in the Columbia Gorge area. In February 2016, Charlie became the gorge's only Acupuncture Sports Medicine certified practitioner. To read more on his certification click here.


Charlie graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2012 after completing the 4 year master’s program in Portland, Oregon. Undergraduate studies were completed in Salt Lake City, Utah at the University of Utah where he studied Nursing, Emergency Medicine and Philosophy (2000-2004).


As a sponsored telemark skier of 12 years, featured in numerous ski videos and a celebrated competitor in big mtn competitions, Charlie has a deep passion for skiing as well as snowboarding, windsurfing, kiteboarding and recreating in the gorge. “Acupuncture and massage, specifically Tui Na, have helped me recover from so many injuries during my career as an athlete that I am forever thankful for this medicine and wish to share it with as many people as possible.” In addition to treating sports injuries and musculoskeletal complaints, Charlie specializes in working with elderly patients, those with chronic pain, digestive disorders, women’s health and emotional well-being. His treatments most always use a combination of acupuncture, tuina massage, Chinese herbs and diet therapy.

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Katie Williams, LAc

Licensed Acupuncturist/Board Certified Herbalist

Katie Williams is a licensed Acupuncturist, and Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
(DACM). Katie graduated from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) in 2022 with a
Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM) and a Doctorate of Acupuncture and
Chinese Medicine (DACM) following the 4 year Doctoral program.
As a native Oregonian, born and raised in Bend, Katie grew up with a deep passion for the
outdoors. She enjoyed getting to know the land on horseback, and camping at Cultus Lake with
her family. However, her deepest passion was sliding down snow covered mountains on her
snowboard. This passion grew and Katie went on to become a professional athlete, competing
in freestyle snowboarding in her early teens and mid-twenties.
Along with the many demands of competition, came injuries, followed by surgeries, rehab and
recovery. During this time, Katie found that the westernized style of medicine was not helping
her improve and she sought out different modalities for healing. She practiced then studied
yoga, becoming an instructor both in Bend and overseas in Australia. Yoga helped immensely to
bring her mind, body, and spirit aligned in the same plane. She was then introduced to
acupuncture to help with pain and the healing process; finding acupuncture and Chinese
Medicine to be just the medicine she was looking for. Katie was so impressed by her personal
results with acupuncture that she began working in an acupuncture office thereby observing
people’s transformations and healing. It was by observing these undeniable positive changes
which inspired Katie to study Chinese Medicine.
She has studied multiple modalities of Oriental medicine such as: Traditional Chinese Medicine
as well as Japanese Style Acupuncture. She also has experience in body work: Tuina and Shiatsu
massage, cupping and gua sha. Katie’s main interests are: sports injuries and orthopedic
acupuncture, treating people for mental and emotional wellbeing, sleep, women’s health and
digestive disorders. However, she believes the power of acupuncture is endless. 
Katie moved out to the Gorge to be with her fiancé, a local winemaker and outdoorsman, and
to offer her knowledge and passion of healing to the local community of people around her.

At Columbia River Acupuncture, we believe our body has an incredible, innate capacity to heal itself. This body is more than a physical machine. It is an emotional, spiritual, physical and mental entity that allows us to play, work, hurt, cry, laugh, love, and enjoy the life that we are living.

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