Cissey Xi Ye

March 10, 1988March 5, 2019

Cissey Xi Ye, DAOM, LAc died unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at the age of 30 in Beaverton, Oregon.

Cissey was kind-hearted, playful, funny, and always wanted to help the people around her. She was a devoted friend, loving sister, gracious daughter, affectionate wife, and a compassionate doctor. She made friends easily and was a leader in her field of work. Cissey always put others’ needs before her own; always looking for a way to help, whether it was through acupuncture and Chinese medicine, or simply bringing burritos to her friends when they were having a bad day. Cissey was extremely hard-working, persistent, and strong-minded and she fought fiercely for the causes and people she loved. Her loyalty, sense of humor and compassion will be missed by everyone. She left a lasting impression on anyone she came into contact with.

Cissey was born on March 10th, 1988 in Chengdu, Sichuan – the spice capital of China. She immigrated at the age of 4, landing in Huntsville, Alabama. She grew up in Ithaca, New York, as well as Olympia, Washington and then moved to Beaverton, Oregon when she was 13 years old. She attended Sunset High School and participated in the International Baccalaureate Program. She excelled as a student athlete, an Oregon State Champion swimmer who won regional competitions while swimming for the Tualatin Hills Thunderbolts, specializing in long-distance freestyle and butterfly. She earned a scholarship to George Washington University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a Pre-Medical Concentration, while competing in their NCAA Division I Women’s Varsity Swim Team. She was also a founding sister, helping to start a new chapter of the Chi Omega Sorority at GW and a member of Colonial Cabinet 2008.

In 2009, Cissey studied abroad at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China for the summer, which forever altered the path of her career and her life. It was here that she re-discovered her passion for traditional Chinese Medicine, something that she had always been curious about after witnessing her grandparents use of herbal remedies as a young child in China. After she graduated from George Washington, she moved back to Portland and continued her education at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, receiving her Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2013 and her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2015.

Cissey ran an acupuncture practice in Chicago for a year while obtaining her doctorate, and then went on to start West Hills Wellness, an acupuncture business in Northwest Portland, where she worked from 2014 until her death. She was passionate about pain-management, sports medicine, sleep disorders, digestive issues, stress reduction, and women’s health. She loved treating athletes. Her patients loved her and she was highly regarded in the community of Bethany, as well as the OCOM community of Portland and greater Chinese Medicine community of the world. She was an acupuncture instructor and published a peer-reviewed article in the Meridians Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine titled, “Swimmer’s Shoulder: An Acupuncture Sports Medicine Approach.”

Cissey met and fell in love with Marya Deda, a fellow doctoral student at OCOM and they were married in fall of 2018. Cissey enjoyed rock climbing, eating almost anything, (but especially mexican food), playing with her dogs and cats, traveling, and spending time with her friends. She was a hard working professional who loved her job, family and friends, and was passionate about equal rights and the LGBTQ community. She was a Renaissance woman throughout her life - a violinist, pianist, watercolor painter, champion swimmer, teacher, chef, academic, pop culture savant, and persuasive hype-woman. You could often find her hanging out at a dive bar or taco joint, and she would never say no to brunch. She will be missed terribly.

Cissey is survived by her parents, Yi Luo and Xiaomu Ye, her brother, Robin Ye, her Uncle Kang Luo, Aunt Li Wu, cousin Emma, many friends and extended family worldwide. Cissey joins her grandparents, Luo Qin Xuan, Xie Run Quan, Ye Liangbo, and Chen Jinnan.

There will be a casual party for family and friends to celebrate Cissey’s life held on Sunday, March 10th in honor of her 31st birthday at Slim’s in St. John’s, Portland from 12pm-6pm.

A formal funeral service and burial will take place on Monday, March 11th starting at 11:00 am at the Skyline Memorial Gardens in Portland (4101 NW Skyline Blvd, Portland, OR 97229) that is open to all.


  • Graveside Service Monday, March 11, 2019
  • Memorial Service Monday, March 11, 2019

Cissey Xi Ye

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Anna Moreno

March 13, 2019

Dr Ye was very dear to our family. Since we met her 2 years ago, she made a great huge impact in our lives . She was loving, caring, funny and very competent. She was able to educate my little kids into acupunture, help my husband with his major sport injuries and myself with my on going, complicated chronical disease. Always friendly, warm hearted and attentive. My oldest son is a swimmer too and they would talk a lot about it during the sessions. We feel very blessed to have met her, and grateful for everything she has given us. I am sure the angels are taking good care of her, in the same way she did with us. Wishing you all much peace during this difficult time. Unfortunately we missed the service (just learned it today), but would love to share our condolences and love with the family in case there is another service in the future.

Kirsten Isakson

March 12, 2019

I am saddened and shocked by the news that Cissey has transitioned on at such a young age. I did not know Cissey extremely well, and yet I can remember multiple interactions, that lightened my spirit and put a smile on my face. Sending my thoughts and love to all of Cissey’s family and friends- Cissey is, and will forever be, a bright and shining force that this world was fortunate to hold.

karen cook

March 11, 2019

Cissey made an immediate impact on us when we met her for acupuncture last summer. My daughters and I are so grateful we got to know her and share stories about life sport and growing up. She has left a positive impact on my daughters and me, we will be forever grateful to her. Rest in peace
you are in our thoughts,
Karen, Emily, Susan and Lizzy Cook

Steve C

March 11, 2019

We are so sad to hear about Cissey.

We will miss seeing her smiling face whenever she visited the shop. We connected though our mutual passion for good boba and loved that she was such a great ambassador for us.

Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

Brandy Cohen

March 10, 2019

Cissy will be remembered for her passion for medicine. She was inspiring and full of love for her patients. I am sending my deepest condolences to the family. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. -Brandy C.

Tal Cohen

March 10, 2019

I met Cissey during the doctorate program at OCOM. She was dedicated to become the best provider she could be. Her passion for the art of Chinese medicine and to helping others was admirable. It is very sad to hear that she is not with us now. I wish the family and her spouse all the best and hope for them to remain strong through the difficult times. -Tal C.

Molly Caldwell

March 9, 2019

Cissey was a dynamic and amazing person. Her drive and intensity for excellence was inspiring.
I always walked away smiling after spending time with her. Her presence is already missed.

Heartfelt condolences to her family.

Karabel Bramow

March 9, 2019

I’m so sad to hear that Cissey is no longer with us! My deepest condolences to the family. May we all find peace during this time of healing.

Cissey was an amazing and talented person with the biggest heart. I’m going to miss my favorite next door neighbor at work and someone I called a caring friend.

Linn Nelson

March 9, 2019

With deep sorrow we reflect on the Great Loss of the very talented and compassionate Dr. Cissey.

We send our heartfelt condolences to her family.

God Bless her and Rest in Peace.

Linn E. Nelson
Barnel USA

Linda Leffel

March 8, 2019

Cissey will be missed. She was a talented, caring professional. She took the best care of my daughter and I am so thankful for her soft touch and compassionate care. I am so very sorry for her family and Loved one. She will be missed.