Gracia joined the Osher Center in Spring 2021, practicing at the Ballard Clinic. Her experience and training focus on the integration of Eastern medicine into the Western medical model. She holds a Master of Science degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM) from Bastyr University and is board certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
Gracia utilized acupuncture and manual therapies to address acute and chronic pain, alleviant symptoms related to digestive disorders, stress, sleep disturbances, and support side effects related to cancer treatments. Over the years, Gracia developed a strong interest in supporting women’s health. She works with women of all ages, helping them regulate their menstrual cycle, alleviate pain from pelvic disorders, prenatal/postnatal care, and alleviating menopausal symptoms.
In addition to clinical duties, Gracia Tharp has served on the Washington East Asian Medicine Association’s Board of Directors where she helped implement a pilot project to include acupuncture as a covered modality for Labor & Industry claims specific to low back pain. She is a passionate spokesperson for the integrative field and a frequent guest lecturer to the community and area medical providers.
Gracia believes the most successful patient outcomes occur when acupuncture is combined with other modalities. She closely collaborates treatment plans with her clinical colleagues to provide comprehensive yet individualized care.