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Making a big gain on pain

The QI Spot finds right combination for treatment


REVIEW, TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Wade McCulloch, shown with his wife Christine, worked hard to earn a doctorate in his specialty. Now his patients in Lake Oswego are benefiting from his efforts.

Dr. Wade McCulloch has declared war on pain. And he’s winning.

McCulloch has brought his QI Spot Acupuncture Clinic to Lake Oswego, a place where he combines his dedication, skill and knowledge into a formula that has achieved great success in making pain go away. He makes no bones about it.

“I can get rid of pain 90 percent of the time,” McCulloch said. “My results have been outstanding. I can almost guarantee that I will get rid of your pain.”

McCulloch’s path to becoming an anti-pain crusader began with his own pain. It was from irritable bowel syndrome, which hit just as he was preparing for a career as a regular medical doctor. However, the normal course of treatment of his ailment was not working. He finally decided to try something else.

“I went to a Chinese acupuncturist in a Buddhist sanctuary in Hawaii,” McCulloch said. “He cured me, and it made me realize that Western medicine is very limited and that Chinese medicine is not very limited.”

This discovery was so important to McCulloch that he decided to become a Chinese-style acupuncturist himself, and he went to extra lengths to do it. Most physicians in the field only attain a master’s degree, but McCulloch decided to go for his doctorate.

“I was one of the few who went back to school to get a doctorate,” McCulloch said. “It almost killed me, but I did it.”

McCulloch opened his first clinic in Portland 10 years ago, but he wasn’t quite satisfied with either his rate of success or where he and his wife (and business manager) Christine were living. The couple opened a new clinic in Lake Oswego six months ago, where he has teamed up with physical therapist Shawn Dailey to achieve the kind of success he was hoping for.

“I’ve changed my method,” McCulloch said. “With the old way I had a 60 percent rate of removing pain. Now it’s 90 percent.

“Where the physical therapy comes in is that it tells me exactly what muscle, tendon or bone that the pain is coming from. That makes my treatment laser accurate. My patients come marked up with instructions that show the exact spot to put the needle.”

McCulloch has a great vote of confidence from Nike. The sports shoe giant trusts him to treat their Olympic caliber athletes. In July, he will be accompanying the Nike Track Team to the Olympic Trials in Eugene.

Of course, you don’t need to be a world class athlete to receive McCulloch’s treatment. It may be the best way for pain treatment not only from the physical standpoint but financial standpoint.

“Often people think that they have to come to acupuncture so many times that it’s not affordable,” Christine McCulloch said. “But when you compare it to the cost of going for other kinds of pain treatment, acupuncture is super affordable.”

The treatment of pain is in the news today because some sources say the death of mega rock star Prince was found to have been linked to an overdose of a pain medication called Percocet.

“We read about people overdosing on pain medications all the time,” McCulloch said. “We can make a huge difference in pain management when acupuncture joins forces with physical therapy.”

The QI Spot Acupuncture Clinic is located at 17355 Boones Ferry Road. For more information, go to theqispot.com or call 503-919-9091.

Contact Cliff Newell at 503-636-1281 ext. 105 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..