John Rybak, L.Ac.

The WellBridge Clinic

About John Rybak, L.Ac.

John Rybak specializes in whole health solutions for his patients.  Pain relief and accident recovery are the reason why most patients find him.  The added benefits of treating a person’s problems holistically are why people can experience an overall improvement in their health.   John is devoted to the long-term health of his patients because our health and wellness is a lifelong journey.  John’s style is gentle and comprehensive.  Most patients fall asleep or report feeling deeply relaxed during and after treatments. 

Education and communication are the cornerstones of his patient’s success.  Translating acupuncture into modern, scientific language is something John’s patients and other medical providers appreciate.

John Rybak acupuncturist

He has studied extensively in the field of Sports Medicine to help people recover from car accidents and sports injuries.  He integrates Functional Medicine into all of his treatment plans so his patients experience added benefits.  His acupuncture training has focused on Sports Medicine Acupuncture, Master Tung’s system, Kiiko Matsumoto Style, Richard Tan’s System, “dry needling”, and Japanese Pediatric Acupuncture.  Most treatment plans include acupuncture, herbal prescriptions, electro-acupuncture, cupping, nutritional coaching, and moxabustion into his treatments.

As a scientist, he wanted to know more about how acupuncture works.

John Rybak

Before becoming an acupuncturist and medical director of The Wellbridge Clinic, John was a published systems biologist in the academic and private sectors. He discovered acupuncture after sustaining several injuries that resulted in severe chronic pain. He tried acupuncture and it worked–leaving him with the question of ‘why weren’t more people using acupuncture?’

John left the field of systems biology with a piqued interest in the field of acupuncture. To this day, he continues to use his training as a scientist alongside his passionate curiosity to understand the physiologic processes driving acupuncture. 

John understands that there is a time and place for all types of medicine. Instead of choosing to become an MD or a DO, John chose acupuncture and Chinese medicine because of the functional, holistic, solution-oriented perspectives that Chinese Medicine is founded upon. Acupuncturists have tools to create physiologic change and create biological conditions for health and healing.  John’s confidence is grounded in the fact that over 3000 years Chinese medicine is founded upon the highest principles of the scientific method and offers effective, safe, and economical medical choices.  John feels that the only difficulty has been communicating the value of Chinese medicine in modern scientific terms.  Fortunately, there is a great abundance of modern research that John loves to share with patients and providers.

John wants to be clear; He values surgeries, joint replacements, prescriptions, and pain relief pills.  There is a time and place for all types of medicine.  John takes a “yes, and…” approach.  Acupuncture can help reduce and eliminate the need for more invasive, expensive procedures and prescriptions. John’s job is making sure patients get better and stay better, safely.

John is also passionate about ensuring that the acupuncture profession continues to grow in the US–with more people accessing the many benefits it offers. As a current Vice President of the Oregon Association of Acupuncturists, he works in many areas: John is on the Legislative Committee, on several health care workgroups, and as OAA Liaison to the Oregon Medical Board. 

John Rybak family

John ardently believes that acupuncture can radically transform health care outcomes for our communities. He leads by example at The WellBridge Clinic where educating patients and providers about the benefits of acupuncture is the first step to transforming the health of patients and our communities. 

John lives in Portland, OR with his wife and daughter.  You might find them snowboarding in the winter or paddleboarding in the summer. John is an avid gardener, an adequate woodworker/handyman, and grows exotic orchids.  He has practiced meditation, yoga, and qi gong for nearly 25 years.   John’s current project is writing a book that explores and explains acupuncture from a modern, scientific perspective for patients and medical providers.

John Rybak family
John Rybak family

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