Lisa Tongel

Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Licensed Acupuncturist

Owner of Portland Acupuncture Studio


I am an acupuncturist with over 20 years’ experience in reproductive medicine and more than 25 years in health care. I am committed to providing expert, integrative care using Traditional Chinese Medicine.

My passion is helping you realize your dream of having a family. I have dedicated my practice to treating infertility and women’s health conditions and am especially interested in supporting those with diminished ovarian reserve and recurrent pregnancy loss.


My treatment philosophy is patient centered. The complexity of every fertility journey makes it essential for me to get to know you extensively, to discover the root cause of your health concerns, and support your emotional well-being as you navigate them.  I have an attentive and individualized approach, and I treat my patients with a unique blend of compassion and expertise.  I love using the practical, deductive principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine to dig deep until I understand what you need to restore your health and fertility.

I love celebrating the joy of success with my patients, and I continue providing treatments safely throughout pregnancy using the gentle and individualized tools of Chinese Medicine to support both mom and baby.  And, when heartbreak occurs, I draw on these same gentle and effective tools to help women grieve losses, heal, and prepare for the next step forward. My sub-specialty in pregnancy and infant loss allows me to bring both kindness and skill to worst case scenarios. I am especially devoted to helping women recover from losses and to find their way back to wholeness.

In my practice, I use a combination of traditional and evidence-based acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and focused bodywork to design a customized treatment plan to help you reach your family building goals.

I also specialize in treating endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain. As an endometriosis sufferer myself for over 35 years, I have a poignant and compassionate understanding of what it’s like to live with and manage chronic, severe pelvic pain. I bring my own experience and knowledge to the table to help you recover from the trauma of chronic pain, and find a path back to thriving in your life.

Background and Experience

I received my Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1998. Before starting my acupuncture practice, I worked for 5 years as a medical assistant to obstetricians and gynecologists at the Feminist Women’s Health Center and Everywoman’s Health. During that time, I fell in love with women’s health care. As I assisted physicians during procedures, I felt strongly called to use Chinese Medicine to augment and support patients’ conventional care. This deep commitment to integrative medicine allows me to effortlessly bridge Chinese Medicine with conventional approaches and create the best possible care for patients.

In 2000, I was one of the first acupuncturists in Portland to begin collaborating with fertility specialists.  This alliance led to programs allowing for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) patients receiving on-site acupuncture at the time of their embryo transfer. I have extensive experience using acupuncture and Chinese herbs as a successful adjunct treatment during IVF and IUI cycles, and have supported over 1,000 women through their fertility cycles. I am an acupuncture team member at ORM Fertility and am credentialed with Oregon Health and Science University to provide on-site acupuncture treatments.

I lecture at the National University of Natural Medicine on women’s health topics, and lecture for and supervise Doctoral students at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) during their clinical rotation in infertility.  In 2020, along with ORM Fertility and OCOM, I was a published author of a research study examining the effects of acupuncture on Frozen Embryo Transfers outcomes. I was a featured expert on a KGW news segment on acupuncture and infertility. I frequently mentor other acupuncturists in women’s health specialties. I continuously seek out opportunities to share the effectiveness of Chinese Medicine with clinicians, patients, and students

Collaborative Care

As a Chinese Medicine practitioner, I am dedicated to providing expert, collaborative health care for women to help you thrive at every stage of life. I am honored to see patients alongside the gifted clinicians at Synergy Women’s Health Care, an integrated gynecology clinic in Northwest Portland. Outside of work, you’ll find me enjoying biking, hiking, listening to live music, and dancing.