Megan Kingsley Gale, EAMP/ L.Ac.,
Dip. OM, LMP
Founder and Manager, De-Stress Vets
Megan earned her Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM) at Bastyr University in Seattle, WA, and holds a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine from the NCCAOM (national certification). She received her undergraduate degrees in Biology (B.S., premed) and English (B.A.) from the University of Minnesota. She holds licenses to practice acupuncture and massage therapy in two states. She is a Practitioner of East Asian Medicine (EAMP) and Licensed Massage Practitioner (LMP) in Washington state. In the Commonwealth of Virginia she is a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) and a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT).
Her passion is to bring acupuncture and Traditional Asian Medicine to all members of military service, veterans, and their families. She sees a great need for it in this population, especially with the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These wars have brought new challenges to military families, including multiple deployments. The new wars have also opened old wounds in veterans of past wars (World War I through the Gulf War of the 1990s). Even without war, deployments are a unique challenge for active duty, reservists, National Guard, and their families. Acupuncture is a great complement to the standard available resources for servicemembers and their families to help ease these transitions and emotional roller coasters (deployments, work-ups, field trainings, etc).
Megan was introduced to and trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine precepts at a time when many guardsmen of her home state (Minnesota) were being called to serve in the Iraq war (2003+), including her own family members. She realized some of the simplest forms of the medicine could be taught to medics and corpsmen and supplies easily carried in a very small pack to treat those on the front lines of war suffering from various forms of combat stress. Early treatment of symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, pain, running thoughts, can help break a pattern or cycle of stress symptoms before they become a problem and before they become chronic. Since then, she has been creating classes to be taught to corpsmen, medics, and any other deploying medical personnel. Please see the related information on the Acutack© Courses.
Megan trained with Acupuncturists without Borders (AWB) and enjoys setting up Military Stress Recovery Project style clinics in the communities where she and her husband are stationed. She is also a member of the AWB Military Stress Recovery Project Advisory Board and a volunteer with the Military Special Needs Network.
Megan has been licensed and practicing Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for 5 years in general private practice and Military Stress Recovery Project clinics. A Navy wife and Army sister, she founded a charitable stress management clinic for veterans and military families while stationed in Hampton Roads, Virginia. She completed clinic shifts in the Seattle metro area at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, Harborview Hospital, and Puget Sound neighborhood clinics. Megan has taught full-time at the college level in massage and medical assisting programs.
Now living in the Puget Sound area of Washington state, Megan is offering a mobile Stress-Relief Acupuncture Clinics to veteran and military family groups and teaching Acutack© courses. She is also available to speak to veteran or military groups about Stress-Relief Acupuncture, Tips for dealing with deployments and the related transitions (transition to deploy and transitions home), Pain-Relief Acupuncture, good sleep habits, and complementary medicine.
Bon Secours Maryview and Bon Secours Harborview Cancer Support Groups have invited her to give her talk, “Cancer and Traditional Chinese Medicine” several times to their ongoing Cancer Support Group. As a speaker on Combat Stress Medicine, she has given the talk “Stress-relief acupuncture for disaster relief and post-combat stress” during a local VFW meeting and as a resource overview for a naval medical center. She was invited to speak to an Amphibious Group on “TCM and Rehab Medicine”. She has been a Traditional Asian Medicine Guest speaker in Eastern theory and Shiatsu classes at massage schools. As a Wellness speaker, she has given interactive lectures on “Basic Ethics of Therapeutic Touch”, “Healthy Eating for the Holidays”, and “Stress Management tips when your Spouse is Deployed”.
Recent recognitions: Received “Ambassador” pin from the Virginia Wounded Warrior Project in 2010. Several Red Cross service pins for years of volunteer work with the Red Cross at military hospitals.
Affiliations: Acupuncturists without Borders Military Stress Recovery Project Advisory Board Member
National Certification Commission on Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), Diplomate in Oriental Medicine
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), member
Military Special Needs Network member and volunteer
“Managing pain and stress in positive ways increases resiliency in servicemembers and their families. More resilient families promote more resilient servicemembers. A more resilient military can respond better to the ever-changing demands of deployment schedules. I have worked as part of an integrated medical team and have experience instructing patients, families, and healthcare providers in holistic treatment plans and procedures. I believe Acupuncture and Massage Therapy are essential parts of an integrated approach to stress-relief and pain management and improve the resilience of service members and their families,” says Megan. Some recent workshops attended as part of this passion for working with combat stress include: the Combat Operational Stress Control workshops by the Navy Chaplain Corps and Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) in 2008 and 2009, the Navy Marine Corps Public Health Conference in 2009, and AWB’s How to Do Mobile Group Acupuncture for Traumatic Events, 2009.