Our Team

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Spencer Ames MS, L.A.c., Dipl. OM, FMP

Founder, Director

Spencer earned a Masters of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2009, and received his B.A. in Integral Psychology with a minor in Ethnobotany from Prescott College. Much of his undergraduate studies of ethnobotany took place in Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, and the United States. In Central America he worked to set up an ethnobotanical and cultural studies program to connect undergraduate students with traditional healers in indigenous communities. Spencer has studied with teachers from a variety of indigenous and alternative medicine traditions, with a focus on mind-body therapy.

Prior to becoming an Oriental Medicine practitioner Spencer's professional experience includes working as a substitute preschool teacher, a behavioral interventionist for children with severe emotional and social disorders, a facilitator in a youth crisis shelter, a Certified Nurses Assistant in a nursing home as well as in a hospice, a caretaker for adults with disabilities, a caretaker and retreat coordinator at several meditation retreat centers, a rattlesnake relocation specialist, as an herbalist and grower of plant medicines, a performer in a traveling circus, and as a group coordinator and direct care interventionist at a inpatient substance abuse clinic.

Spencer is an NCCAOM certified in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and is licensed by the states of Colorado and Utah. He is certified in Clean Needle acupuncture technique, has been a proctor for the national Clean Needle exam, and is trained as a Certified Nurses Assistant. 

He has further developed his practice of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine through continued studies and training with master teachers in Japanese acupuncture and moxibustion, Shonishin pediatric treatments, Dr. Shi Xue-Min’s Stroke Rehabilitation Protocol, treatment of pain and muscular skeletal disorders, acupuncture for trauma, and Auricular medicine. 

Spencer is a nationally certified Chinese Herbalist with over 18 years of herbal medicine studies and training in Eastern, Western and other global herbal traditions. He has studied with traditional and indigenous medicine doctors from the Northwest and Southwest of the US, Belize, Mexico, India, Tibet, Tanzania, Cambodia, Japan and China. Spencer has a lifelong passion for the study and practice of natural and herbal medicine which he is continually exploring from both a traditional and modern scientific perspective. 

Spencer is the founder and director of Clear Stream Integrative Medicine, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides community education in all aspects of health, including the health of the planet, communities, cultures and individuals. Clear Stream also provides Oriental Medicine treatments and community health education for underserved populations  both locally and globally. Before going into private practice he was the co-founder of Berkeley Community Acupuncture in the Denver Highlands. Spencer is a professor and assistant clinical supervisor at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He sits on the board of the Lapis Buddha Foundation, which works to support doctors of Tibetan Medicine in the West. Spencer was the project director for Clear Stream Integrative Medicine’s education and treatment program in Tanzania. In 2014-2015 he lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where he had an acupuncture and Oriental Medicine practice and developed a program to assist traditional Cambodian traditional medicine practitioners to practice, preserve and promote their unique tradition. 

Currently Spencer practices acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, and Functional medicine at East West Health in Salt Lake City, Utah. As part of an integrative and Functional Medicine team Spencer brings together the best of Eastern and Western medicine to offer patients access to a complete and truly holistic health care.


Mariko Frame PhD

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Lead Researcher, Community Organizer

Dr. Mariko Frame is a political economist with extensive experience in interdisciplinary social science research, publishing, and lecturing on socio-ecological issues. Her expertise is on the impact of politics, economics, and policy on the environment. She has over five years of experience researching and publishing in top academic journals in the fields of political ecology and industrial ecology, and over four years of teaching experience, including over two years at the university level. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees in international studies with fields in international political economy and political theory from the University of Denver, and her bachelor’s degree in physics and South Asian Studies. She has over fifteen years of experience living, studying, working and researching in Tanzania, India, Cambodia, and China.  She is a strong advocate for environmental activism, and has volunteered with environmental and civil society organizations in Cambodia, and currently, in Utah.  She also has a deep interest in understanding the negative impacts of our modern lifestyles and rapidly escalating ecological crises on our health and psychological well-being, and the potential of traditional Asian approaches such as qi gong and Zen meditation for mitigating these impacts. 

Mariko combines her community organizing experience with a deep knowledge of empirical reasearch methodologies to allow Clear Stream to provide social, political, economic and environmental research for communities and organizations around the globe. She plays a key role at Clear Stream by bringing together information, experts, community and organizations to address some of our greatest environmental, social and health challenges. 


Isshaela Ingham MS, MA

Director of Development

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Isshaela Ingham has an MS in Oriental Medicine and an MA in Liberal Studies. She was introduced to Iyengar yoga and Oriental Medicine in 2000 and Medical Qigong in 2007. She has worked in the student clinic, herbal pharmacy and medical library at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She also has taught and studied Iyengar yoga since 2001 and practices under the close guidance of a well-respected east/west doctor and Level IV qigong master.

The integration of effective healing modalities has inspired her work in the field of Oriental Medicine and in her classes she focuses on healing the mind, body and emotions at a subtle level. Isshaela has her own practice through which she focuses on Tui Na (a form of Asian meridian massage) and tailors herbology, qigong and yoga for her patients. Currently she teaches qi yoga at Living Yoga Denver and qi gong at the Oriental Art of Healing.

Isshaela continually promotes the education of Asian healing modalities through public education and women's support groups and has spoken at several educational and cultural institutions in the Denver area. Isshaela is a marketing consultant for the Oriental Art of Healing and the Yao Clinic as well as other local practices. She is on the board of the Asian Art Association at the Denver Art Museum and is a Treasurer and Director of Development for Clear Stream Integrative Medicine through which she focuses on fund-raising and educational programming for the community.  In 2015 she founded the program "Medicine as Art" that cross-educates local and national art and medical communities and produced its first full-day program at the Denver Art Museum. 


Rebecca Conde MSAOM, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.

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Community Outreach, Acupuncturist

Rebecca Conde is a licensed and NCCAOM certified Chinese medicine practitioner who integrates Eastern medicine with functional medicine to assess and treat root causes of illness and promote healing in the people in her community. She utilizes many modalities including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, nutrition, qigong, meditation, and health coaching. Her specialties include womens health, pain management and resolution, digestive issues, and psycho-emotional disorders, and has experience in treating most health conditions. She is passionate about working with patients one on one to assist them in reaching their health goals through treatment, education, and individualized lifestyle design.

Rebecca earned a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine www.siom.edu in 2012. The school is known for its selective acceptance of incoming students, its rigorous and integrated curriculum, and its apprentice-style clinical training. Rebecca is grateful for having learned from so many respected teachers including Craig Mitchell, Stephen Brown, Weiqun Miao, Daniel Altschuler, Liangxi Zheng, Jason Robertson, Yun Wang, Dan Benksy, Paul Karsten, Marquerite Dinkins, and Sachiko Nakano. Her training included both Chinese and Japanese style needling, comprehensive Chinese herbal medicine, Tui-na massage, Chinese translation of historical medical literature, channel palpation, moxibustion, cupping, nutrition, qigong, and meditation.

She received her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition in 2006 from Bastyr University. The program is a whole-foods approach that encompasses a strict scientific understanding of nutrition along with the practical application of how to shop, plan, and prepare meals made from organic, whole ingredients. Some ingredients were actually foraged from the forest grounds where the Bastyr campus resides just outside of Seattle. Rebecca believes that food brings people together socially and culturally, and is meant to be enjoyed. She says we are what we eat, and its entirely possible to create a healthy lifestyle of eating that is nourishing, simple, and delicious.

Prior to discovering Chinese medicine and after completing her bachelors degree, Rebecca completed the science-laden, first 2 years of the Naturopathic Medicine doctorate program at Bastyr, which included gross anatomy, cadaver dissection, physiology, physical medicine, Naturopathic theory, histology, embryology, and Western botanical medicine, as well as a full year of counseling studies and application. Rebecca never realized her potential as a Naturopathic physician because she was profoundly affected by her own personal experience with acupuncture and Chinese herbs and ultimately made the difficult decision to change course. However, the foundation in medical science has been greatly beneficial in her practice, and in the integration of Eastern and functional medicine.

There have been a number of opportunities for Rebecca to work with local communities along the way. She provided acupuncture to the roughly 1000 recovering addicts who utilize methadone treatment at Evergreen Treatment Services in South Seattle. This provided a safe, relaxing environment for this, mostly homeless, population to work through difficult side effects. Rebecca also administered acupuncture and taught qigong to folks at a senior center and at the Asian Counseling and Referral Service, which primarily offers support to immigrants and refugees. She also volunteered her time and resources to plan, cook, and deliver nutritious hot meals to the homeless youth shelter in Seattle over a 4-month period.

Rebecca currently practices at East West Health in Salt Lake City, UT where she draws on her various skills and well-rounded background to help patients transform their health. She believes that healing happens when patients make their a health a priority and are able to be patient with the process, and that a multi-faceted approach with a focus on root causes is imperative. She has been delighted over and over to hear patients say how much they have benefitted from her care, value her insight, and appreciate her attentiveness and compassion.

 

501(c)(3) EIN 45-4338056                    E-mail:  info@ClearStreamMedicine.com                    Phone: (720)334-8646                   © Spencer Ames 2014