Inner Gate Health & Wellness

By Jack Rubinger

Inner Gate Acupuncture is now Inner Gate Health & Wellness, and has locations in both SE and NE Portland. 

The change was made to reflect a more expansive, encompassing whole body vision which includes disciplines such as acupuncture, sports medicine, chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine and massage therapy.

“We’re most excited that our business has survived the pandemic and that we’re growing with new clinicians and expanded services,” said Oliver Leonetti L.Ac.

Their clinic specialties include sports injuries, pain management, surgery recovery and auto accident related injuries.

Several skilled practitioners have joined their team including Dr. Jerrod Puckett from S. Oregon, a sports medicine chiropractor; two excellent massage therapists, Nick Maxwell LMT and Renee Fields LMT; and Dr. Heather Krebsbach, a naturopathic physician who specializes in Women’s Health and endocrinology.

The clinic’s newest acupuncturists include Emma Ellsworth L.Ac., an East Coaster with a background in sports medicine and Brad Hamlin L.Ac., a Kentuckian with expertise in Classical Chinese Medicine.

 Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a collegiate level football player, there’s no such thing as a one size fits all approach to treating the body, mind, soul and spirit.

Athletes have special needs and the clinic has worked with athletes on many levels, including a brief time with the Portland Trailblazers and collegiate sports, like the Idaho Vandals, a Division I football team.

“I am a collegiate football player that suffered from severe lower back pain. I had worked six months with our team trainers to alleviate my pain, but had no success,” said Mujeeb Rufai.

“My brother encouraged me to try acupuncture. The first session, Erik was extremely accommodating and I barely felt the needles. 

“Before I started sessions, I was running a mile three times a week and every time I would experience extreme pain in my lower back after one lap, I would push through the pain,” Rufai said. “After two sessions, I could run two laps before the pain set in and after six sessions, I could run a full mile without experiencing any pain.” 

Acupuncturists Erik Isaacman and Oliver Leonetti completed the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification Program several years ago in California.

Sports Medicine Acupuncture uses functional anatomy, range of motion testing, orthopedic examinations, manual muscle testing and palpation to identify the injured tissues.

Postural and muscle imbalances are assessed through static and functional movements allowing them to treat the root causes of injury and achieve great results. Inner Gate acupuncturists Casey McGuire and Terry Atchley are now attending the program.

The clinic has monthly classes on sports medicine related topics including corrective exercises, proper injury assessment and manual muscle testing. 

“These classes are a great opportunity for our clinicians to come together and share their knowledge and experiences,” says Leonetti.

Sports medicine healthcare providers help athletes with nutrition, supplements, exercise and injury prevention.

 Inner Gate Health and Wellness enjoys a strong working relationship with several clinics in town including Rebound Orthopedics and Providence Medical Center. 

Referring doctors include John Kafrouni MD, Jerod Cottrill DO and Karl Kaluza DO. Inner Gate Health & Wellness accepts all kinds of insurance, offers evening and weekday appointments and is open Saturdays.

Inner Gate Health & Wellness

1421 SE Ankeny St.


Top row (L to R): Terry Atchley, Tanya Zhy, Oliver Leonetti, Elizabeth Bourgeois, Brad Hamlin. Bottom row (L to R): Jerrod Puckett, Erik Isaacman. Photo by Oliver Jeonetti.

Inner Gate Health & Wellness

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