Dr. St. Clair’s original bachelor’s degree was in American History and Economics although she later studied business administration and landscape architecture. She worked for a number of years in the banking and savings & loan industries even as she continued to broaden her interest in alternative healthcare methods.
When she decided to pursue a career in Chinese medicine she began her studies at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1997. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Oregon, where she also completed her clinical work.
In 2000 she was nationally certified by in Acupuncture, Chinese Medical philosophy and Chinese Herbology by examinations administered by the National Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). This then qualified her to sit for the New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine competency exams. She was awarded the title of ‘Doctor of Oriental Medicine’ by the state of New Mexico after passing these exams. In New Mexico, licensed acupuncturists are classified as primary care providers. She practices under NMBAOM license #662.
Four Corners Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Clinic opened its doors in Farmington in January of 2001 and thousands of patient treatments have been given since that time.
Dr. St. Clair believes people can be best assisted in their own healing process by using a combination of modalities: acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, Chinese herbs, Qi Gong, or Feng Shui. Gi Gong is the movement of internal energy through a prescribed series of exercises, and Feng Shui is the art of proper placement in both home and work environments. She believes that if a patient’s acupuncture prescription is accurate, his herbal formula is correct and his health still does not improve, then the source of the problem is his personal lifestyle, or his home or work environment.