YesYes Healing Garden is an acupuncture and wellness practice in the heart of the Alberta Arts District offering acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, shiatsu acupressure massage, cupping, and gua sha. YesYes Healing Garden was founded by John Kozel, LAc and KMA Sullivan, local poet and publisher. They are committed to bringing an inclusive and accessible wellness practice to NE Portland.


John E. Kozel (he/him), LAc, MAcOM

Acupuncturist, Clinic Manager

John’s journey towards practicing East Asian medicine began when, seeking a more personally authentic path, he left college to live and work in a meditation community for three years. There he was trained in mindfulness meditation and Taoist qi gong practices for health and longevity. After this period of reflection, practice, and rural living, he returned to school at the University of Vermont and received his BS in Biology with further studies in environmental science, eastern spiritual traditions, and western herbalism.  


It was not until after completing his undergraduate degree that John first experienced acupuncture. He was at once struck by the potency of this first treatment, which was able to immediately elicit a similar state of consciousness and internal sensation that he had discovered during his time training in meditation and qi gong. An avid runner at the time, these treatments proved to be remarkably helpful in alleviating John’s knee and foot pain, and with the help of a Chinese herbal formula his chronic insomnia disappeared. After this experience he decided to pursue acupuncture and Eastern medicine as a profession and moved to Oregon to attend the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. 


When working with patients, John employs acupuncture, herbal medicine, shiatsu and tui na massage, mindfulness techniques and breath work to treat a wide range of conditions. Having a strong background in the physical sciences and a pre-medicine undergraduate education, John uses these modalities in conjunction with an understanding of Western medical diagnoses and the modern healthcare system. With every patient his primary goal is to find and apply the most effective treatment, without attachment to any specific belief system, and advocates for this to the patient and to any of their other medical providers. 


In practice John is particularly interested in treating back and neck pain, insomnia and anxiety, menstrual disorders, and urinary conditions. He continually explores with patients the interconnection of the mental and the physical, using mindfulness and physical medicine to concurrently affect the mind and body. 


John is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


KMA Sullivan, CoFounder

KMA Sullivan, CoFounder of YesYes Healing Garden, is a local poet and publisher. She is the author of Inclined to Riot (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019) and Necessary Fire, winner of the St Lawrence Book Award (Black Lawrence Press, 2015). Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Southern Humanities Review, Forklift, Ohio, The Nervous Breakdown, Gertrude, diode, and elsewhere. Essays have appeared in The Rumpus, The Good Men Project, and Nailed. KMA has been interviewed by various folks; here's one in the Minnesota Review. She has been awarded residencies in creative nonfiction and poetry at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and Summer Literary Seminars and she is the CoEditor In Chief of Vinyl and the Publisher at YesYes Books.


Katherine was introduced to acupuncture in 2016 after an injury to her upper back led to gradually decreasing mobility and strength in her right arm. After a number of months of physical therapy offered only incremental improvement, she decided to try out acupuncture for the first time. She figured, Why Not? After two appointments 70% mobility had returned. Three more appointments and the injury that had plagued her for close to two years, was resolved. She became a believer in the astonishing healing power of acupuncture and resolved to help this brilliant healing art become even more accessible to folks who could benefit from what it has to offer. 

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