Sean McCann, Dipl. O.M., L.Ac.
Sean McCann is a licensed acupuncturist practicing in Medford, OR and serving communities throughout Southern Oregon. He is certified as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Sean offers an integrative approach including acupuncture, herbal medicine, bodywork, cupping, medical qigong, dietary therapy, exercise therapy, and more. He utilizes a home based approach in order to increase patient comfort and convenience.
Sean earned an M.S. in Oriental Medicine and a B.S. in Professional Health Sciences from East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, FL, as well as a B.S. in Religious Studies from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. The combination of these fields of study has awakened in him a passion for the study of classical Chinese texts and their relevance in the clinic and beyond. This passion led him to deepen his understanding through the study of classical Chinese medicine & philosophy, daoyin, and martial arts with the Association for Traditional Studies and the associated Alternative Clinic.
There he learned the classical approach to Chinese medicine, allowing him to understand its roots and develop treatments that are more aligned with the strategies that allowed this system to become so effective as to become the sole medical system in China for thousands of years. He is deeply grateful to Andrew and JulieAnn Nugent-Head of those organizations for their generosity in sharing their knowledge and experience. His strategies for treating internal illness and physical injuries have been significantly shaped by his time with them.
Sean's approach to the practice of medicine is truly holistic, taking into account all facets of a patient's physical, mental, and spiritual experience. He utilizes all tools at his disposal to aid patients in cultivating health and overcoming illness. This includes the use of physical medicine (i.e. bodywork, acupuncture, cupping, & guasha) to directly affect the tissues of the body, as well as the use of herbal medicine to create the internal conditions needed for health and healing. Sean also utilizes medical qigong as a method for treating patients with a variety of illnesses, particularly the elderly and those with advanced, debilitating, or chronic diseases (for more information on Sean's approach to treatment, visit the Acupuncture & Bodywork page).
Sean has over a decade of experience studying and practicing internal arts, including taijiquan, qigong, and yoga. This is balanced by a deep familiarity with traditional physical training. He was involved in competitive athletics throughout his life, including playing varsity tennis at Florida Gulf Coast University while enrolled as a biology/pre-med student there. Having faced injuries on many occasions due to his various pursuits, he understands how hindering these can be and knows what it takes to fully recover. In fact, it was an elbow injury that, when healed by acupuncture, led Sean to shift his focus to the study of Chinese medicine. Largely due to this aspect of his history, he has a passion for the treatment of physical injuries and has cultivated the skills necessary to resolve them.
Previously, Sean worked in nonprofit management, community organizing, and fundraising with Peace Action West, Uongozi - Centre for NGO Studies, Leadership, & Management, and The Fund for the Public Interest. During this time, his work focused on peace building, cultural preservation, sustainable agriculture, social justice, and foreign policy. He regards his work with Uongozi as being the most formative of these experiences.
Sean founded Uongozi in order to provide support to a small grassroots organization of the same name in rural Kenya. The organization provided financial support for HIV/AIDS programs, cultural preservation projects, community building, health programs, and more. As the executive director, Sean coordinated all aspects of Uongozi’s projects and fundraisers, including raising sufficient funds to purchase a plot of land on which a community center could be built to serve as a base of operations for the Kenyan organization.
The common thread that ties together Sean’s experiences is that of balancing personal cultivation with engaging in the creation of positive social change. For him, the field of medicine allows him to continuously work on maintaining this equilibrium, for cultivation is key to the skill of the practitioner, and health is a primary requirement for the development of strong communities. As a recent transplant to Jackson County, Sean is excited to be involved in a community that seems to embody a similar set of values.