Leith Nippes started Open Path Acupuncture in 2008.
Leith Nippes earned a Masters of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Leith is a licensed Acupuncturist in both the state of Hawaii and Oregon and is accredited by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). His drive to continually learn and master his craft has been admired and appreciated by those whom are highly regarded in this field of medicine. Leith has been certified by the NCCAOM to teach classes providing practitioners with continuing education credits. He received a Bachelor of Science from Gettysburg College in Exercise Science and Pre-Physical Therapy. While at Gettysburg, Leith was a Division III College Athlete and has experience working in the training room and with athletic teams. He later interned with Health South Rehabilitation in New Jersey.
Leith has pursued advanced training in Traditional Japanese Medicine, including the art of moxibustion, Sotai, and Shiatsu. He also received advanced training in both 5 Element Acupuncture and theory. After years of private practice, physical medicine and pain relief have become both his passion and specialty. Leith studied abroad in the Yunnan Province of China with leading Daoist Physicians and Classical Chinese Medicine professors. He has traveled extensively throughout Asia and South America, and spent the last 15 years studying both yoga and Buddhism.
After considerable time immersed in the indigenous cultures of Nepal, Leith became aware of the country’s dire need for health care. The Acupuncture Relief Project is the culmination of his realization. It is a Non Profit Organization that provides free health care to the people of Nepal primarily using Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and herbs. Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in the world and has been plagued with political unrest and military conflict for the past decade. This project recruits practitioners worldwide and gives them an opportunity to gain valuable field experience while making a positive impact on the local community. Over the last three years, Acupuncture Relief Project has provided over 30,000 treatments to patients living in rural villages outside of Kathmandu, Nepal. The organization’s efforts include the treatment of patients living with HIV and AIDs as well as people suffering from extreme poverty and social disfranchisement. Common conditions treated include musculoskeletal pain, digestive pain, hypertension, diabetes, stroke rehabilitation, uterine prolapse, asthma, and recovery from tuberculosis treatment, typhoid fever, and surgery. Over the last 3 years, Leith has divided his time between his private practice in the United States and ensuring that quality health care remains available and accessible to the people of Nepal.