Meet Karly

Karly Bannister is the founder of Keahi Health Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic. Her passion is to partner with patients to achieve their health and wellness goals.

Karly, a Portland-native, is of Hawaiian and Chinese descent. The name “Keahi” is pronounced “Kay-ah-hee,” and it is one of Karly’s two middle names, given to her by her family (in the Hawaiian tradition). Keahi means “the fire,” in Hawaiian and in Chinese medicine, the fire element is related to the Heart. Karly chose to name her practice Keahi Health Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic, in part, to pay homage to her family’s rich tradition of healing and to represent the care (from the heart) that she has for her patients.

Each year, Karly’s family spent their summers in Hawaii. Karly distinctly remembers the day at Grandma Pearl’s house where she saw the Chinese medicine collection that her Great Grandfather had used to assist people many years ago on their journey toward health.

As a child, Karly suffered from recurrent pneumonia, bronchitis, and chronic asthma. Although Karly fondly remembers her pediatrician and allergist, traditional methods just weren’t enough to give her relief. Karly would get allergy shots every week, use her accordion-like inhaler in the nurse’s office at school everyday, and rely on nebulizer treatments during emergencies.

In her early teenage years, Karly’s family sought acupuncture treatment, in hopes that it would help Karly have a more “normal” life. It did. However, during that time, Karly saw 5 different acupuncturists. Some of those experiences were great and some were not so great. Karly knows firsthand what it is like to be an acupuncture patient and those experiences have richly informed and equipped her to provide patients with an experience that is helpful, positive, and most of all, comfortable. Check out types of services Karly specializes in.

Karly graduated from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon and she received her Master’s degree in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland. Find out about Karly’s academic journey.

Following her education, Karly chose to stay in Oregon and she opened Keahi Health Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic in Lake Oswego. Karly has always loved this part of the Northwest and considers herself blessed to be able to call Lake Oswego her home. Karly finds it deeply fulfilling to partner with patients who are committed to pursing their health and wellness goals. Find out about Karly’s professional experiences that led to her dream job.