Willard Sheppy

Dipl. OM, LAc, BS

Will Sheppy is a licensed acupuncturist (LAc) specialized in using Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat acute injuries and chronic conditions, and to improve sports performance and rehabilitation.

Comfortable treatments, excellent results

His patients have told us over and over how impressed they are with both the effectiveness of his treatments as well as his personable and straightforward professional style. Will is a great listener, and he has a knack for explaining the treatment methods he uses in a way that makes his patients feel informed and comfortable.

Trained at the #1 acupuncture school in the U.S.

After earning his bachelor of science in Environmental Science at Oregon State University, Will completed a three-year masters degree program in Acupuncture at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, the oldest and most respected acupuncture school in the United States.

Specialization in sports acupuncture

Inspired by a lifelong passion for sports, Will has taken advantage of the opportunity to provide care for athletes in a variety of disciplines including swimming, martial arts, and triathletics on State, National and World levels. He has studied sports acupuncture with Reeves Whitfield and Matt Callison one of the most esteemed teachers in the field.

In his free time Will also is a Certified Speed and Agility Coach and host workshop on movement as well instructs Martial Arts.

Dedicated to continued professional development

His strong commitment to continued professional development has been acknowledged by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) with the title of Diplomate.

With this combination of education and dedication, Will Sheppy is a fantastic practitioner to have on your team as you move toward optimal health. Hear what our patients have to say about Will Sheppy.

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Dr. Julia Mortlock

ND, LAc

Julia Mortlock is a primary care naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist with a passion for helping families reach optimal wellness.

Kindness, empathy & focus

She brings kindness, empathy, focus and a sense of humor to every consultation. A visit with Dr. Julia will refresh your soul as well as your body.

Committed to getting to the root of your health issues

Always going above and beyond in her thorough assessments, she is determined to identify imbalances in the body, and map out a detailed plan to address the root causes rather than just mute the symptoms. Her role is being described as part detective, part healer, part educator, part coach and part motivator - a rare and highly effective combination!

Supporting kids & their families

Dr. Julia is great with kids. She is dedicated to supporting families in preventing and alleviating chronic disease and acute illness, and to keep moms, dads, and kids of all ages well with an approach greater than just giving a medication or a supplement.

Family life = fun!

Besides being a fantastic doctor, Dr. Julia loves spending time with her family, which might involve setting up an obstacle course, creating fun dances for family events, or playing board and card games. She also enjoys the outdoors, waterskiing, gardening, traveling, and cooking.

Her goal is for her patients to reach their peak level of health and enjoy life to the fullest.

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Valley Health Clinic Practitioners

What is naturopathic medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct and holistic approach to health care based on the understanding that the human body has an innate healing ability. Rather than relying in prescription medicine, naturopathic doctors focus on supporting and empowering the body to prevent and combat disease. Naturopathic medicine as we practice it at Valley Health Clinic draws upon both traditional approaches and 21st-century medical science.

Our naturopathic physicians crafts comprehensive treatment plans that - depending on the individual patient - combine herbal medicine, homoeopathy, physical medicine, and nutritional and lifestyle recommendations to restore your natural vitality, health, and, when necessary, prescription medications to alleviate symptoms while we treat the root cause.

Naturopathic medicine is a great choice for primary care, and a natural alternative to the conventional medical system.

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What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the oldest continuously practiced medicine in the world. It is evidence based, time-tested, and documented by both ancient and modern science. The World Health Organization has endorsed acupuncture for the treatment of over 40 conditions, including chronic pain, migraines, digestive disorders, arthritis, allergies, depression, the common cold, and stress.

How does acupuncture work?

Put in simple terms, acupuncturists insert very thin, sterile needles at specific points on the body to stimulate and strengthen the body’s innate healing capacities. Your body may respond by increasing blood circulation, releasing endorphins, and/or regulating the nervous system, all of which help create a state in which the body can function efficiently and activate the healing processes.

What does it feel like?

Most of our patients find acupuncture very relaxing. Acupuncture needles are about as thin as a human hair, and feel completely different from the thicker, hollow needles on syringes doctors use to give shots or draw blood. Some patients notice a small pinch when an acupuncture needle is inserted, or a dull, heavy, or warm sensation for a while after insertion. If you do experience any unpleasant sensations during the treatment, please just let your practitioner know and he or she can adjust the needle to make sure you are comfortable.

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What is herbal medicine?

Herbal medicine simply means using specific plants (or parts or extracts of plants) to treat or alleviate health issues. It is one of the most commonly used forms of natural medicine in the U.S., and modern clinical studies have confirmed the effectiveness of many herbal remedies.

Depending on the individual patient, our practitioners at Valley Health Clinic may include herbal medicine as part of a comprehen-sive treatment plan. Trained in both Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture, Dr. Julia Mortlock is well versed in Western and Chinese herbs, supplements, and homeopathic medicines; Will Sheppy often complements acupuncture treatments with a traditional Chinese herbal formula.

All these types of herbal medicines are simple, natural, and affordable ways for you as a patient to continue your care in between appointments.

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What are Cupping, Gua Sha, and Shonisin?

These are three fantastic healing modalities that our practitioners offer as part of some individual treatment plans:

Cupping

When using this technique, the practitioner literally places small cups on your body to perform a type of "reverse massage" instead of pressing onto the muscles, the vacuum created inside the cup (usually through heat or suction) gently pulls them upwards. The cups are left in place for about ten minutes while you relax. Cupping is typically used to loosen tight muscles, encourage blood flow, or relax the nervous system - all effects that support your body’s healing response. You can see what cupping looks like in this video testimonial from a patient who found relief from chronic pain at our clinic.

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is an Asian healing art technique that involves stroking across the skin with a smooth edge. Traditionally, it would be the edge of a ceramic spoon; modern tools may look a bit different. Our practitioners may include Gua Sha in a treatment plan to reduce inflammation, restore your immune system, or reduce acute or chronic pain. You can see the technique in action in this video testimonial from a patient who used to suffer from migraines before her treatments at Valley Health Clinic.

Shonishin

Shonishin is a great modality for children that stimulates many acupuncture points without the use of needles. Instead, it involves a variety of pointed and rounded gentle tools that don’t penetrate the skin. Our practitioners have seen wonderful results for children with weakened immune systems, digestive disorders, respiratory conditions, and skin problems.

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What should I expect on my first visit?

Most importantly you can expect to be listened to, and to be welcomed as a whole human being, not just a set of symptoms. Our practitioners will ask you detailed questions about your health history and your desired treatment outcomes, and then perform a thorough physical exam. He or she might feel your pulse at the wrist, look at the color of your tongue, or press gently on your abdomen.

With all that information in mind, they will present a treatment plan to you and then give you your first treatment. You may receive some acupuncture, possibly some bodywork and/or an herbal formula to take home. Throughout the visit, you will have the opportunity to ask questions. Most of our patients leave after their first visit feeling very positive and relaxed.

If you are an receiving acupuncture treatment at your first visit, it is a good idea to have a small snack beforehand so you are not hungry or overly full. Wear comfortable clothes that can be rolled up past your knees and elbows. We have a changing room available at the clinic. If your treatment requires the back or stomach to be exposed your practitioner will drape you with a sheet for your comfort and privacy.

If you have any further questions you’d like to get answered before you book your appointment, please feel free to contact us anytime.

Booking your first visit is easy: simply click on Schedule an Appointment near the top of this page or call us at (541) 760-9670. We look forward to meeting you!

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Will my insurance cover my treatment at Valley Health Clinic?

Because our services are recognized as effective and evidence-based, they are often covered by insurance. Coverage varies from policy to policy. If you’d like our help in confirming your benefits, please feel free to give us a call at (541) 760-9670.

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Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine & Naturopathic Primary Care

Our mission at Valley Health Clinic is to deliver real health care, not just prescriptions. Combining time-tested disciplines like acupuncture and naturopathic medicine with the best of modern medical science, our practitioners craft comprehensive and effective treatment plans tailored to each individual patient.

We are proud of the results we accomplish for patients who had not found relief and true wellness through the conventional medical system - and we believe our medicine should be your first choice, not your last resort.

Our practitioners understand that you are not your symptoms or your illness - you are a unique individual with your own health history and circumstances. Instead of just giving you a prescription, they will work with you in developing your body’s ability to prevent and overcome disease through nutrition, healthy habits, and cutting-edge natural therapies.

Modalities we offer include acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, homoeopathy, bodywork, herbal remedies, cupping, Gua Sha, and Shonishin. If you are curious about any of these, please see the FAQ in the circles above to learn more.

What We Treat

Really, we treat you, as a whole and unique person. Whether you are coming to see our practitioners for injuries, a regular checkup, chronic or acute conditions, we will always look beyond the symptoms and get the big picture of your individual health history and situation. Providing true health care, we don’t just see you when you are sick or hurting - we are dedicated to helping you and your family maintain and optimize your wellbeing for the long term.

Here are just a few examples of conditions we have been treating very successfully: Back pain, migraines, seasonal and chronic allergies, sports injuries, digestive disorders, respiratory illnesses, arthritis, sciatica, PMS, and insomnia. Behind each of these medical terms is of course a personal story. Find below what some of our patients had to say about their treatments at Valley Health Clinic:

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Impressed

Back Pain

So, Will is awesome. I sincerely mean that. I am a massage therapist that specializes in trigger point therapy and he blew my mind with his massage skill, then the acupuncture part, wow! If you are scared of needles, don't be in fact, you don't even feel them. If I didn't hear him gathering them or hear them going into the sharps container at the end I would fully believe I just got an amazing massage that made me question my reality. Still reeling and feeling the benefits.

Chelsea

Seasonal Allergies

I've been working with Will for a year now for treatment of my seasonal allergies. Thanks to him my allergies have decreased in intensity and duration. He has fantastic people skills, is very knowledgeable, and can calm even those like myself who don't like needles! I only see Will for my acupuncture needs and so should you!

Jessica

General Wellness

My health, energy and overall well-being have significantly improved since I started visiting Will and Julia at Valley Health Clinic. I cannot recommend them highly enough!

Cody

Health for the Family

Dr. Julia is exactly what myself and my two children were in need of. My children actually look forward to seeing their doctor now and we all benefit from Julia's compassionate approach. We never feel rushed and we always leave knowing we were listened to. I can't imagine ever returning to the typical clinical environment after our experience with Julia.