Dr. Kat Brady DACM has been blessed to walk many paths so far in their life. They are a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, a Qigong teacher, a musician, an internationally shown artist, the former CTO of a NYC based digital marketing and branding agency, a digital consultant, a Reiki Master teacher, a non-binary person, and so much more. Each facet of their life informs each other allowing them to see from many angles.
Kat (They/Them) is a licensed acupuncturist having graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) in 2023 with a dual masters and doctoral degree in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Originally from New York, Kat left their decade’s long role as co-owner and CTO of a digital branding agency in 2019 and moved to Portland to pursue their dream of helping others through acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, and Qigong. This dream was born out of personally seeing the effects of the opioid crisis on friends and family members as well as their own experience of using acupuncture to manage their lifelong chronic back pain.
Kat thrives at treating the mind, body, and spirit of each patient they see simultaneously. They believe strongly that a compassion driven approach to clinical care is sometimes the most important medicine that a patient needs to feel seen and safe in addressing their health concerns. Kat practices a mixed style of acupuncture drawing upon Applied Channel Theory, TCM, and Japanese meridian therapy styles; adjusting their approach to fit each patient's needs. In addition they incorporate herbal therapy, Japanese sotai alignment exercises, shiatsu massage, cupping, moxibustion, Reiki, and Qigong into their treatments as needed.
Kat is a certified Qigong instructor through the Ling Gui International Healing Qigong school where they study with world renowned qigong practitioner Master Liu He. Kat began studying Qigong in 2014 and they have practiced every day since. Prior to this Kat studied Kempo, Goju Ryu, and Shotokan styles of karate starting at the age of six with their highest rank being 2nd degree black belt. Kat currently teaches Qigong weekly in southeast Portland and at various events and festivals.
Kat is an avid student of the Yi Jing (I Ching) and daoism whose philosophies permeate everything they do. In 2018, Kat became a certified Reiki master teacher through the Glowing Heart Reiki school and has on occasion attuned others to Reiki. They have been a musician focusing on percussion for most of their life and currently offer sound baths alongside their wife Sarah Rayne through her organization Firebird Healing Arts. In addition, Kat and Sarah perform under the band name Deer Friend, which released their first album in winter of 2023. Kat also enjoys gardening, offering reasonably-priced digital and marketing consultations to nonprofits and small businesses, camping, biking, seeing live music, and flow arts.