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Jessica M. Frier, DAOM LAc

Dr. Jessica M. Frier, DAOM, L.Ac

Acupuncturist ❘ Clinical Herbalist ❘ Owner & Co-Founder of Birchwood Integrative

Dr. Jessica Frier is a Acupuncture and Chinese medicine doctor who specializes in reproductive health, pelvic floor disorders, and complex chronic pain conditions.

From a young age, Dr. Jess felt drawn to helping people. Growing up, her first job in a nursing home helped guide her toward healthcare. She worked in an Alzheimer’s care facility as a nursing assistant and later as a phlebotomist in a hospital during college. After that, working in a Women’s Health clinic set her on a path toward a career in reproductive medicine. At the beginning of her professional career, she worked on the business side of medicine as a medical fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and other nonprofit organizations.

Eventually, the desire to help others, combined with her love of herbalism and natural medicine, pointed her toward a path in acupuncture and Chinese medicine within an integrative healthcare model. She loves this medicine because it gives people a sense of control over their whole health. Pain and disease can often make people feel powerless. Acupuncture and herbal medicine use our innate healing ability to overcome illness and pain.

Dr. Jess’s clinical background includes direct patient care in various women’s health clinics, hospital inpatient, and Alzheimer’s care facilities. A large piece of her practice is dedicated to working with HIV/AIDS, PTSD, and cancer patients. She has developed diverse clinical expertise in treating migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, trigeminal neuralgia, and many other debilitating chronic pain conditions through continued research and education. Also of note is her success with chronic digestive issues such as Crohn’s and endocrine disorders like Hashimoto’s and diabetes. Dr. Jess’s passion and primary specialty is reproductive medicine – working with women and men on various issues impacting reproductive health and fertility.

After graduating with her Masters of Chinese Medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minnesota, Dr. Jess continued her studies at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. She obtained her doctorate in acupuncture and herbal medicine specializing in women’s health and clinical research. She has extensive training in functional medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine and is currently in a post-graduate advanced clinical herbal program. Her education also includes Thai Yoga Bodywork, a system of acupressure and massage, along with training in Reiki and other energy medicine modalities.

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Jess has a deep passion for nurturing and teaching and holds a position as the Dean of the College of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in Bloomington, MN. She serves on the Board of the Minnesota Acupuncture Association and is a member of the Institute of Functional Medicine and the Society of Acupuncture Research. Dr. Jess is peer-review published and is a contributing medical textbook reviewer. She volunteers her time with various local nonprofit organizations in the Saint Paul community. Outside of her clinical practice, Dr. Jess is an avid hiker, camper, and kayaker with a passion for traveling and prefers to be in the mountains and deep woods whenever possible.

Education

  • Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (DAOM), Oregon College of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in Portland, Oregon
  • Masters of Oriental Medicine (M.OM), Northwestern Health Sciences University, Bloomington, Minnesota
  • Bachelors of Arts (B.A) – Chemistry, Biology, and Business Administration, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota

Licensing

  • Diplomate of Acupuncture, NCCAOM
  • Licensed Acupuncturist, State of Minnesota Medical Board
  • Clean Needle Technique Certified, CCAOM

How We Can Help You Heal

We blend extensive multidisciplinary experience with the most current medical research to treat your ailment’s root cause. Our tool kit includes clinically proven therapies and our collaborative approach helps our clients reach their healthcare goals faster with less financial burden.