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Anatomy and Physiology Requirement Changes

Anatomy & Physiology Update
The SIOM Board of Directors recently approved a change in SIOM’s entrance requirements regarding prerequisites. Effective for this upcoming Fall 2016, entering stude [ ... ] READ MORE

Message from the President: Why SIOM is Unique

The Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine was founded in 1994 with the idea that small class sizes with hands-on supervision, clinical experience with seasoned practitioners in a diverse range of sty [ ... ] READ MORE

Doctoral Degree Announcement

SIOM begins its Doctoral Degree in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (D.A.H.M.) in the Fall of 2016 SIOM recently received permission from its accrediting body, the Accreditation Commission for Acupunc [ ... ] READ MORE


Schwarz, Nan Arita, EAMP, MAcOM

Nanarita Acupuncture / Orca Wellness
821 E Thomas St
Seattle, WA 98102-5478
Phone: (206) 324-5433

Nan Schwarz

Nanarita Acupuncture is a partner at Orca Wellness Center in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, a multidisciplinary care clinic focused on patient outcomes and outstanding service.

"My full name says a lot about who I am. My first name is Nan, taken from my Korean name Gu-Nan. My middle name is Arita, which comes from a town in Japan that is renown for its porcelain craft. And my last name is Schwarz, bestowed upon me by my German-American parents. I am an example of many worlds combined, and my practice reflects this as well, as I utilize different styles of acupuncture and medical treatment depending on the person I am working with.

I first came to Chinese Medicine after experiencing a severe car accident, where my pelvis and femur were shattered, my sacrum broken. Acupuncture and herbal medicine were effective in dealing with not only the pain, but also the recovery itself. This included the health of my body as well as my mind, as the mental trauma of the experience went untreated by western medicine. The compassion shown to me by my holistic practitioners was incredible, and eventually I moved away from a career in creative design and corporate marketing to pursue this amazing healing practice."

Nan Arita Schwarz holds the following certifications:

WA state licensed East Asian Medical Practitioner (EAMP) - licensed to practice acupuncture and asian medicine

Nationally certified member of the NCCAOM as a Dipl. of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. OM) - Board certified in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine

NADA certified as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist

Member of the Washington East Asian Medicine Association (WEAMA)