Rob Mills, LAc, Dipl Ac, MTCM
Rob Mills has been practicing acupuncture and herbalism since 1998. He is a graduate of Five Branches University of Chinese Medicine in Santa Cruz, California. A native of the San Francisco bay area, Rob moved to Bend, Oregon, in 2001.
Rob has a passion for helping people and a drive to get results. With over 25 years of clinical experience practicing acupuncture and classical East Asian medicine, he has proven himself to be a dedicated, caring, knowledgeable, and effective practitioner.
Rob’s approach is centered on Japanese-style acupuncture, focusing on the Kiiko Matsumoto Style since 2012. This approach emphasizes a palpation-based approach, which provides him with immediate feedback about the success of a treatment while it is being given.
Rob was a teaching and production assistant to Monika Kobylecka (a top protege of Kiiko’s) for 3 years and has over 425 hours of in-person training in this style of acupuncture with hundreds upon hundreds of additional hours in self-guided study. He was one of the first to complete the 150-hour certificate course in 2014.
To put this level of training and commitment into perspective, acupuncturists are required to take 60 hours of continuing education in a 4 year period in order to maintain their license. Rob completed over 28 years of continuing education in KMS alone in 3.5 years. This level of focused and intense training has uniquely positioned him to be able to practice this incredibly effective style like few others.
Rob is also an expert in Classical Chinese herbal medicine and will be completing a 14-month certificate program with Dr. Fruehauf in 2024, with a focus on the prescription of herbal formulas from a classical perspective. Rob also studies the enormous academic resources of classicalchinesemedicine.org, an international community of educators, scholars, and physicians whose goal is to restore and bring forth the power of CCM to treat the chronic, complex, and life-threatening conditions modern people are faced with.
Rob enjoys being a father, cooking, DIY projects, and outdoor pursuits. He is always amazed at how the universal system theories of Chinese medicine apply to every aspect of life and being.
Emden Griffin, LAc, Dipl OM, MAcOM
Emden Griffin is a native Oregonian with over 20 years of clinical experience in the healing arts. She is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist. Her passion is assisting people in feeling their best.
Emden graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and holds a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is a nationally certified (NCCAOM) diplomate of Oriental Medicine and is licensed by the Oregon Medical Board. She received her massage certification from Central Oregon Community College and maintains her massage license in Oregon.
The most remarkable thing about Emden is her drive to help people. She spends much of her free time studying various forms of acupuncture that deliver immediate improvements for her patients. She completed a 16 month-long program of advanced acupuncture studies in the Kiiko Matsumoto Style, which has enabled her to continue her progression as a compassionate and effective healer.
She developed a special interest in women’s health after the birth of her daughter, Ruby. Emden currently specializes in the treatment of teens and women with menstrual irregularities. She also works with couples trying to conceive, women who are pregnant or are in the postpartum phase, and women entering or going through menopause and beyond. She is currently studying to complete her certification from the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine.
In her spare time, Emden enjoys knitting, spending time with her daughter and husband, and taking walks in nature.