About Tom & SAC
Hi, I'm Thomas Meade (Tom) and I am a licensed East Asian Medicine Practitioner in Washington state and a Licensed Acupuncturist in California. In 2016, I became the owner/ operator of Skamania Acupuncture Clinic (SAC)- formerly Cascade Acupuncture Clinic-Stevenson. At SAC, the focus of my practice is on Family Medicine: pain and orthopedic conditions, stress, pediatrics, neurological conditions, geriatric care, mental health, and reproductive health. My career in Acupuncture began after I pursued treatment for chronic headaches. Following my first Acupuncture treatment, I experienced immediate relief of my headache pain. So inspired by this experience, I decided to pursue training in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. After completing a four-year master's degree, I practiced in California from 2011 to 2016.
In 2016, I completed a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM), focusing my research on the use of electronic health records (EHRs) by acupuncturists. I continue to do research on this topic and consult for Unified Practice. I have integrated this interest and knowledge into my own practice and you will see that it has gone digital! Aside from private practice, I have also taught Anatomy and Physiology classes at several colleges and love being in the classroom. I have volunteered with the homeless by offering acupuncture/ smoking cessation groups and treating these underprivileged and underserved clients with a variety of pain conditions. Outside of the clinic, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Somer, and my two boys- Baer (4) and Holden (1). I'm also an avid scuba diver and I've been training in Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu since 2005.
Thomas Meade, EAMP, L.Ac., founded Skamania Acupuncture Clinic in 2016. Previously, SAC was part of the Cascade Acupuncture Center network, owned by Carola Stepper, L.Ac., and operated by the generous and excellent CAC staff. After operating CAC- Stevenson for three years, Carola sold the practice to Tom so that she and her staff could focus on the Hood River and the Dalles Clinics. This leaves SAC to Tom to run as the sole owner/ operator serving Skamania County residents with Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Allergy Elimination, and Massage.
January 11, 2016- Letter from Carola Stepper to Skamania Patients:
January 11th, 2016
I hope this letter finds you well. Today I want to share some exciting news about our Stevenson clinic with you.
Cascade Acupuncture Center was founded in 2005 in Hood River. We expanded to The Dalles in 2006 and three years ago opened our third clinic in Stevenson. We made the decision to expand to Stevenson because Skamania County had not had Acupuncture services for over 10 years and we wanted to support our Stevenson area clients who came to see us for many years in our Hood River clinic. We are grateful for the wonderful reception we have received from our clients, the Chamber, the city and local business owners. To this day, clients continue to thank us for offering Acupuncture services in Stevenson!
For me personally it has been an exciting and rewarding time to operate the Stevenson clinic and work as an Acupuncturist in Stevenson. However, having three clinics has made my life more complex and has lead to extra long work hours. While I deeply enjoy serving our clients in Stevenson, I realized that I needed to make some changes to have a more sustainable and balanced work schedule in the long run.
I also feel that the Stevenson clinic is ready for it’s next phase, which is the big news I have to share with you: The Stevenson clinic is transitioning to a new owner/ operator whose full attention will be focused on this clinic and its wonderful clientele! In searching for the best fit for this clinic, I have found Thomas Meade, Washington state East Asian Medical Practitioner/ Licensed Acupuncturist. Tom has been practicing for several years and is currently finishing a doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. He is very excited to purchase this business and take over our Stevenson clinic. He will be relocating to Stevenson with his wife and two small children. The Meade family looks forward to be joining the Stevenson community!
The Stevenson team, Brittani, John, and myself, will work on Mondays and Thursdays in January and February. Starting March 1st, Tom will be the new owner of the clinic, which will be renamed Skamania Acupuncture Clinic (SkamaniaAcupuncture.com). The phone number will remain the same: 509-637-3163. He will have access to all medical records and will be open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, with Fridays opening later in the year. I am very happy that he is expanding opening days; due to our staffing situation we would have never been able to do this.
Any outstanding charges for Acupuncture treatments received prior to the end of February 2016 will go to Cascade Acupuncture Center and we will continue to send out bills for those visits. Prepaid services for Acupuncture, Happy Hour Acupuncture, Allergy Elimination and Chinese Herbs will stay on account with Tom to support a seamless transition. Cascade Acupuncture Center will continue to operate the clinics in Hood River and The Dalles without changes to opening days or staffing. If you have been a client in Stevenson and Hood River, you are welcome to continue treatment in both locations - however, after March 1st you will have to make your appointments separately with Tom for the Stevenson clinic and with us for the Hood River clinic and we will not be able to share your medical records any longer. I want you to know that Tom has my full support and endorsement with this purchase, with the goal that he takes over care for all of the Stevenson clients.
Starting in late January you will be able to meet Tom in our Stevenson clinic. In order to ensure the best possible transition for you, all of our clients and Tom, he will be working with me in Stevenson during my shifts in January and February. Tom will also attend the Skamania County Chamber Banquet on Friday, January 15th at the Skamania Lodge.
I am sad and happy as I am writing this letter. For myself, Brittani and John, we are sad to no longer be working in Stevenson. We have all enjoyed our interactions with you, our clients, and feel honored that you chose us to be part of your health care. We will miss you! Sadness aside, I am very happy that Tom will be the new owner of the Stevenson clinic! He is very excited to serve the Stevenson/ Skamania community and give 100% to your care. Along with bringing advanced clinical skills and experience, Tom will be continuing to offer Acupuncture, Allergy Elimination, Herbal Medicine offerings at Stevenson along with Body Work/ Massage. The clinic will continue to accept insurances and keep the same fee schedule in place we have offered, with reduced rates based on income and Happy Hour focus treatments for stress. In addition, free initial consultations for new and existing clients will be available. Tom would like for you to come in and meet him to discuss further plans of care and so that you are comfortable with the transition- no obligation and no charge!
In April, Tom will be hosting a Grand Opening/ Open House at the clinic and you are welcome to come meet Tom, learn about the plans for Skamania Acupuncture Clinic, and see the changes to the clinic- more details to follow!
On behalf of Brittani, John, and myself, I want to convey what a privilege it’s been to work with you. You’ve put your trust in our treatments and we’ve worked together to allow natural healing to occur. You’ve sent your family and friends for help and let us into your lives- always showing us great kindness. Whether we were successful in assisting you to overcome a health problem or helping you maintain abundant health, I always felt like we were a team. I sincerely wish for this same teamwork of healing to continue and I feel confident that you’ll be very happy with Tom Meade as your new Acupuncturist.
Yours in Health,
Carola Stepper, EAMP, LAc
East Asian Medical Practitioner, Licensed Acupuncturist