Meet Our Practitioners

 

At Denver Community Acupuncture, we work with a variety of holistic healthcare specialicists to meet the needs of all our patients. From acupuncture to massage; skin care to chiropractic we work in unison with all our practice members to provide a complete array of services for you and your family.

Kate Barry, L.Ac
Acupuncture

Kate earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington University then set off to fulfill her dream of traveling the world. She became fascinated with health care throughout different cultures and, astounded by the effectiveness and power of Chinese medicine, she discovered her life path.  Kate earned her master’s degree in Oriental Medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, CA in 2007. She is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Colorado and is nationally board certified as a Diplomate of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine by the National Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Kate’s specialties include pain, women’s health conditions (including PMS, hormonal imbalance and menopausal symptoms), digestive disorders and mental-emotional imbalances. While Kate cherishes her years of travelling and is deeply grateful for her many amazing teachers in California, she is thrilled to be laying down roots in northwest Denver. She feels incredibly blessed for her patients, from whom she learns so much from every day, and for the opportunity to serve her community by promoting health and balance.  In her free time, Kate loves spending time in the mountains, biking, gardening, and practicing yoga.  She is also always eager for adventures with her husband and two kids.

Darcy Greenwald, L.Ac
Acupuncture

Darcy spent the first half of her life in Asia, in South Korea, China and Hong Kong. While in China she studied Tai Chi and Qi Gong, from which she derived her first experiences of “Qi”, or energy movement within the body. After obtaining her Master’s degree at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Denver in 2006, she ran rural clinics for several years in northeastern Colorado and northwestern Nebraska. Darcy has trained with several nationally-recognized acupuncturists, most notably with Richard Tan “The Balance Method” and Susan Johnson “Tungʼs Points”. She has over ten years’ experience as a licensed TCM practitioner, including seven years clinical experience in a community acupuncture setting. Darcy loves working with people of all ages, and is a passionate educator in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine and nutrition. She specializes in all types of pain disorders, as well as digestive and immune system disorders. Darcy is also a skilled herbalist; she is certified in Traditional Chinese Herbal Sciences through the Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute (RMHI) in Montana, a two-year intensive herbal program from which she graduated in 2001. In her free time, Darcy spends as much time outdoors in nature as she can. She bikes, hikes, and explores with her 13-year-old and their spunky little black dog.

Adrienne Kam, L.Ac
Acupuncture
 

Like so many folks in Denver, Adrienne is not a Colorado native, but she is happy to call this sunny state and its awe-inspiring mountains home. Her love of learning, travel, and tai chi are rivaled only by her love for her wonderful family.  Adrienne earned her Master's of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at the Academy of Oriental Medicine in Austin, Texas. She is a licensed acupuncturist in Colorado and a nationally board certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine.  Since 2010, DCA has been like a second home to Adrienne, and the other practitioners and patients, a second family. She has seen so many patients change, heal, and grow over time and she gets as much pleasure from seeing old familiar faces as she does meeting new ones.  As an acupuncturist and herbalist, she is grateful for the opportunity to share this powerful medicine with the DCA community.  Adrienne has a special interest in treating stress and anxiety, structural imbalances, immune deficiencies, digestive disorders, and women’s health conditions related to pregnancy support and hormonal imbalances.

Anne Marie Watson, L.Ac
Acupuncture

Anne Marie Watson found Traditional Chinese Medicine while dealing with personal illness. While pursuing a medical degree, she worked four years in a chemistry lab, spending hours under fluorescent lights, and handling toxic chemicals. Her last year of the undergraduate program, she lost forty percent of her hair in patches. Surrounded by others making poor health decisions, and after taking different science and psychology classes, she realized that she wanted to pursue more natural health practices . She decided to try acupuncture, because she heard it was effective for alopecia, or hair loss. After several treatments including a detailed health intake, diet changes, getting rid of chemical products, herbs, and incorporating other lifestyle changes such as yoga and meditation, her hair started to grow back. Not only that, but her asthma improved, she managed to quit smoking, and her stress and anxiety levels were better handled. Marie went on to change her life path, and studied Traditional Chinese medicine at Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, graduating in April of 2018.

 Anne Marie has many several areas of interest including pain management, mental disorders, stress management, nutrition, and gut health. Her biggest goal for patients is to help them take their life back into their own hands so they can be the best version of themselves.

Jessica Glahn, L.Ac
Acupuncture

Jessica was born and raised in Denver, CO. She received her Bachelor degree in 2012 from Naropa University in Contemplative Psychology. The program held four different tracks, of which Jessica completed the track focusing on Health and Healing. Jessica studied various healing modalities in her undergraduate degree, including Ayurveda, Tai Qi, Tibetan medicine, Native American traditions, western herbal medicine, and nutrition. It was in this course that Jessica first discovered and fell in love with Chinese medicine. During the program, Jessica completed a 200-hour Ayurvedic yoga teacher certification. Jessica completed her Masters of Science in Acupuncture from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2016. She specializes in endocrine disorders, weight loss, eating disorders, back pain, adrenal fatigue, and insomnia. She believes that mindfulness is key to healing, for one can only solve a problem if one knows what it is. She is passionate about incorporating mindfulness into her treatments and has a regular yoga and meditation practice. Jessica is an avid reader and writer. She also enjoys nature, painting and playing her cello.

Jen Anderson-Tarver
Midwife

Jen Anderson-Tarver is a Certified Professional Midwife registered in Colorado providing gentle home birth midwifery care for the Denver Metro area. Jen is a graduate of National Midwifery Institute and clinically apprenticed with home birth midwives for 3 ½ years. She is committed to a woman-centered midwifery practice that is informed by current research, mindful of traditions and sensitive to intuition. She seeks to partner holistically with families, adapting to their individual needs through informed choice.

For more information, go to: www.newleafmidwifery.com

Dr. Caitlin O'Connor
Naturopathic Doctor
 

Caitlin O'Connor is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and a Certified Professional Midwife. She is the founding doctor of All Families Natural Health, located at Denver Community Acupuncture.

Dr. O'Connor provides Naturopathic care with a focus on women's and children's health. Additional areas of specialty include hormonal balance, infertility, thyroid disorders, digestive health and autoimmunity. She pairs a philosophy of patient-centered, whole body, individualized care with an emphasis on nutrition, botanical medicine and a balanced approach to healthy living.

For more information, visit: drcaitlin.com

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Tammy Pietrasiewicz
Massage Therapist

Tammy has been assisting in pain relief & encouraging her client’s bodies to tap into their natural ability to heal through massage since 2000. While in school, she was involved in a car accident that set her on a path of injury recovery and focused pain relief within her work. Tammy utilises multiple modalities to achieve her client’s goal for each session. She combines myofascial release, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular therapy, soft tissue relaxation and deep tissue techniques to create a unique massage experience each time, combined with tips for overall wellness.
Outside of massage, Tammy also has a passion for making healthy, energy creating foods and tonics. She loves music, dance, exploring the mountains through hiking, and volunteering with Friends of Red Rocks. She is a budding nature photographer and avid yogini. She also is active in her local Buddhist organization, with the intention of creating change in the world through individual efforts.She believes strongly in the organic and local food movements, GMO labeling, and being a steward to our beautiful planet.

For more information, visit: www.tammyplmt.com

Heather Josten
Massage Therapist

Heather Josten started college as a dance major, but after a painful back injury she found massage therapy for her own healing. Soon after realizing her dance career was over she decided to study massage therapy. In 1998 she received an Associate's Degree from the New York College of Wholistic Health Education in Syossett, NY. In 2001 she started Mani Celesti Therapeutic Massage, with a special focus on working with prenatal and postpartum mamas.  She completed her Certification in Prenatal, Labor Support and Postpartum Massage at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 2005.  Soon after, she discovered The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy by Rosita Arvigo and studied directly with Rosita on several occasions in Belize and in the US.  In 2007 she became certified in Maya Abdominal Therapy and as an Infant Massage Instructor.  In 2011 she discovered Katy Bowman of Nutritious Movement ™ and quickly became passionate about the practice and how it could help her and her clients move more, and heal from chronic aches and pains. After two years of study, she became certified as a Nutritious Movement ™ certified Restorative Exercise Specialist in 2018. In an effort to merge both massage and restorative exercise under one business, she changed her business name to Abundant Balance. After many years of her own fertility struggles she feels truly blessed to have a daughter of her own with her wonderful, patient husband, Trent. Through massage and restorative exercise, she has learned how to heal her own body naturally, and is thrilled to take what she has learned and share it with her clients, helping them achieve abundant balance at any stage in their life.

For more information, go to: www.abundantbalance.com

Becky Wyland
Massage Therapist

For more than twenty years, Becky has been helping clients achieve better health and get the most out of life through integrative therapies. Her varied skills and experience, coupled with her intuition, help her better understand which body systems to investigate, movements and therapies to explore, and how to unwind particular patterns. The resulting sessions provide an effective healing approach unique to each client.

To better understand patterns of disease and imbalance and to master the skills to address them, her studies never cease. Her education began with a B.S. in sport science and wellness and has continued with several thousands of hours of professional training and certifications. Some of these include:

certified massage therapist, certified Arvigo Maya Abdominal Therapy Practitioner, certified clinical herbalist, certified clinical nutritionist, certified polestar pilates instructor, NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist, certified flower essences practitioner, prenatal, postpartum and infant massage practitioner, Arvigo Maya spiritual healing practitioner, and kinesiology taping practitioner. Becky believes healing approaches should be molded to fit the individual, rather than following a cookie cutter or by-the-book approach. She is proud to offer an effective integrative approach that provides long-lasting results. The cornerstone of her work is the self care techniques customized for each client to use at home to support the work, increase their self-awareness, and empower them in the management of their health and quality of life.

For more information, go to: www.wylandessentialtherapy.com

Natalie Stemati, Psy.D
Psychotherapy

Natalie is a psychologist who takes a holistic approach to mental health. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, but is proud to call Colorado home. Natalie graduated with her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2018. She is committed to providing comprehensive care to each of her clients by using an integrative approach that encompasses the mind and the body. Natalie specializes in trauma, family of origin concerns, relationships, self-esteem, mood disorders, and chronic pain. She incorporates meditation practices and principles, mindfulness, and functional nutrition into her approach to therapy to create long-term well-being. Natalie has personally experienced the power of a mind-body approach and looks forward to paying that knowledge forward with each client. With great fortitude, Natalie is committed to working with you to identify the obstacles that keep you stuck, manage the symptoms the obstacles create, and work towards a greater understanding of yourself and your world. 

For more information, please visit: www.fortitudemindbody.com

Paula Schutte
Reflexologist

Paula is a Colorado native, and has lived in the North Denver area all of her life. She has four children of her own, three “inherited” children and six grandchildren. Paula was diagnosed with a health issue that she
decided to treat naturally over twelve years ago. In due course she became certified in both reflexology and Hydro Colon Detox, and has been serving the health of Denver and surrounding residents for eleven years. She has been a
client of DCA for over seven years and is very excited to be working with the practitioners here. She looks forward to supporting the DCA community through reflexology on their journey to health!

Sitira Pope
Nutrition Therapist
Certified Health Coach
Certified Sound Energy Practitioner

Sitira is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Nutrition Therapist, and Sound Energy Practitioner.  She is a graduate from Metropolitan State University with a degree in Dietetics and Human Nutrition, with a focus in geriatrics and health disparities.  She holds an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. As a health and nutrition coach, she is passionate about empowering and helping individuals explore their wellness goals. She believes that even “small” changes can lead to a positive impact on your health. Her passion is to connect, collaborate and use innovative approaches to her sessions. Sitira uses Tibetan singing bowls as another health modality for wellness and is a Certified Sound Energy Practitioner. Previously, she worked as a Health Coach and Nutritionist for a geriatric clinic with a large panel of patients on dietary changes, diabetes management, and ways to improve chronic pain through lifestyle changes.  Sitira specializes in health and wellness for older adults, behavioral changes for weight management, meal planning, plant-based diets, stress management, and mindfulness techniques.  She enjoys experimenting with easy and delicious recipes, going for long walks, painting, and being creative.  She is grateful to be part of Denver Community Acupuncture.

For more information, go to: https://thewellnessjourney.me

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