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Credentials and Education

Gretchen Porter’s career spans decades in adult/geriatric health care, including primary care, administration and education. Her private practice provides an evidence-based approach to disease prevention and treatment by integrating allopathic, acupuncture, Asian medicine, and other complementary therapies.

Certification and Licensure

Licensed Acupuncturist
Minnesota Board of Medical Practice (since 2004)

Diplomate of Acupuncture*
National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (since 2004)

Licensed Registered Nurse
Minnesota Board of Nursing (since 1972)

Adult Nurse Practitioner Certification
American Nurses Credentialing Center (1979-2014)

Healing Touch ™ Level Three Certification

Befriender Trainer and Coordinator Certifications


Master of Acupuncture
Minnesota College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Northwestern Health Sciences University   (Bloomington, Minnesota)

Master of Science, Public Health
University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Bachelor of Science, Nursing
St. Olaf College (Northfield, Minnesota)


* A Diplomate of Acupuncture is an acupuncturist who is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®). It is a considerable professional achievement to earn the designation Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM). NCCAOM certification indicates to employers, patients, and peers that one has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture as defined by the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) profession. For additional information, about the Diplomate of Acupuncture, please visit the NCCAOM Website.

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Gretchen Porter, RN, LAc




Parkway Office Building, 4748 Chicago Ave. S., Ste. 21
Minneapolis, MN 55407