Dr. ASHLEY DROLLINGER
Nothing is more fulfilling than sharing my passion with people and getting to be a part of their personal health journey, wholeheartedly.
- Montana State Board of Medical Examiners- Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.)
- Five Branches University Santa Cruz, CA. – Doctor of Acupuncture (D.Ac.) & Master of Acupuncture (M.Ac.)
- Integrative Sports Medicine Certification
- Chinese Herbal Medicine Certification
- MAAOM member (Montana Acupuncture Association of Oriental Medicine)
- University of Idaho- Bachelors of Environmental Science
How did you decide to go into your field?
My journey in becoming a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine began at a very young age. Born and raised in Idaho, I always had a love and appreciation for nature and was very curious about plant medicine. In high school, I began exploring herbal medicine for my own health. Whether I had a head cold or anxiety, I would always seek out help from a more holistic approach. From there, my interest only began to grow. After working as a Biological Plant Technician for the Bureau of Land Management in Missoula, Montana, I then moved to Jackson, Wyoming in my early twenties to figure it all out. I had been receiving acupuncture treatments and exploring herbal medicine more in-depth when I realized my passion became very apparent. I packed up my Subaru and headed to the Pacific Coast to begin my official journey as a lifelong student of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
What Makes You unique in your field?
I spent the majority of my time in school studying Sports Medicine/ Orthopedics, Chinese Herbal Medicine for Internal & External Health, and Emotional Health. I love treating anything from ankle injuries to other health concerns such as anxiety, cold/ flu symptoms, or menstrual irregularities.
What makes you excited about your work?
Chinese Herbal Medicine and seeing patients leave with less pain, less stress, and a smile on their face genuinely makes me grateful & excited about being a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Also, the fact that I get to share a space with other providers who are just as passionate about helping others is truly magical and fuels my soul. When I get in my car to leave SHÈN after work, I literally say out loud to myself, “I love my job.” Nothing is more fulfilling than sharing my passion with people and getting to be a part of their personal health journey, wholeheartedly.
Favorite musician? Favorite food? Favorite TV show this year?
Dave Matthews Band (guilty, haha). Eastern Indian food and street tacos. Below Deck.