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THE ACUPUNCTURIST

Kirby Teuila Grey LAc.OM

Kirby Teuila Grey is an acupuncturist, herbalist, bodyworker and spiritual practitioner hailing from Seattle, WA. After studying theology, Kirby decided that the best way to heal herself and others was to engage with Eastern Medicine and the healing arts. With these tools and her experience and observations of the world, Kirby seeks to help folks heal from the material and spiritual diseases that ail them; to reconnect and engage with themselves holistically, systematically and in unity. Currently, she is working to create a framework that uses various tools, including ceremony, ritual, body movement, and storytelling to help people initiate, connect, and/or remember who they ARE. Whether it's a woman who's recently transitioned into motherhood, young adults in their transitions to adulthood, individuals reconnecting after addiction, or communities dealing with systematic oppression, Kirby welcomes them into her practice with an open heart.

Personal Statement 

I am a health care practitioner with a big vision. I have a deep love for the field of Acupuncture and its complimentary modalities, but also some serious disdain for the 'woo-woo' way it's been branded. I figure, if healers cannot connect with your typically normal human being, like, let's say one's own grandmother or auntie, then what the heck is the point? The healthcare system, and acupuncture specifically, is in need of serious innovation and I am passionately committed to being part of that process.  Seattle has been my home since 2003 and I feel this is the perfect city to innovate healthcare.  

My ultimate goal is two-part:

#1- to make Acupuncture more accessible to the general public so that 100% of the US population sees the practical utility of Acupuncture and make it part of their health regime. To do this, I must become more visible in a variety of communities and enter into spaces that may not have seen Acupuncture as a useful tool for healing in the past.  Working with Crossfit SLU is such an example. 

#2- to change the branding identity of natural and alternative healing in order to transform growing stereotypes and remove the superstition that stops people from recognizing Acupuncture as a trustful modality. And to make it aesthetically pleasing.  People buy Apple products not just for the machinery, but because of it's beautifully designed, user-friendly interface. Functionality + Aesthetic appeal is such an amazing combination.  I hope that House of Teuila can become the Apple of healthcare.  

These goals are interrelated and necessary for the change and transformation of the health care field that I would like to see.  This all starts at a grassroots level, with it's humble beginnings at House of Teuila. 


ORIGINS OF THE NAME

First part: “House of”

My natural inclination to be hospitable and build a clinic based around a loving home environment, coupled with my interests in royalty – and more broadly, period pieces (House of Tudor), fashion (House of Chanel), and dance culture (House of Ninja) informs the basis of my clinic name.

Second part:  “Teuila”

Pronounced: Te-weela

Teuila is Samoan in origin, the name representing the national flower of Samoa. It also happens to be my middle name. True to my story teller nature, there’s a legend behind this name. It goes a little something like this:

The name of the Samoan state flower comes from the word "teu'i'ila", meaning the shiny bouquet of flowers.

Early one morning, a group of Samoans went to visit Fanny, the wife of Robert Louis Stevenson (he and his wife lived in Samoa for years, they are both buried there). As they reached the gates of the villa, the morning sun crested the mountain top and spilled onto this flower, making it shine and look magnificent. In astonishment, the group, exclaimed "Teu'i'ila!".

And just like that, the name stuck. It’s been called Teuila ever since. Years later, the Teuila flower became the national symbol of Samoa.


Education

Master's Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
2012 Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine

Bachelor of Arts in Theology
2007 Seattle University