Meet Our Practitioners
At Denver Community Acupuncture, we offer a variety of holistic healthcare specialists to meet your needs. From acupuncture to massage; naturopathy to midwifery we provide a complete array of services for you and your family.
Kate Barry, L.Ac
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.
Adrienne Kam, L.Ac
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.
Jennie Lockhart, L.Ac
After graduating from CSU in 2005 Jennie spent the next seven years farming in Fort Collins and the western slope. Specializing in diverse market gardening she saw parallels between biodynamic farming and traditional Chinese medicine. The idea that there are signs of imbalance before disease sets in was thought provoking. Creating connections with weekly customers at the farmers’ market, encouraging cooking of seasonal farm fare sowed into Jennie a lifelong passion for preventative medicine. Jennie helped create a now flourishing non profit in Fort Collins which brings public food gardens to the people along with education in food security for all community members (the growing project). Wanting to continue helping on a deeper level, she enrolled at CSTCM in 2012. As a practitioner she specializes in musculoskeletal disorders, sleep issues and nutritional recommendations.
Dr. Caitlin O'Connor
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.
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
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
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
Holistic Health Coach
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
Kaitlyn is a Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. After years spent navigating and healing her own autoimmune disease, chronic digestive issues, and cystic acne, she developed a passion for nutrition, and mind, body, spirit integration. In her practice she focuses on bringing the body into balance through the healing power of food while also encouraging her clients to foster a compassionate and loving relationship to themselves and their bodies through the practice of mindfulness. Kaitlyn specializes in autoimmune disease, acne, digestive health, hormonal imbalances and body image issues. In her free time you can find her practicing yoga, salsa dancing, cooking and making music.
Megan has been a massage therapist for 24 years. She loves the clinical application of massage to bring about ease in the body and specializes in deep tissue and neuromuscular techniques
Because of her early life experiences and the body work she has received over the years, she is aware of how important massage is for helping herself and others heal from a traumatic childhood. For 17 years, she was the massage therapist at a treatment facility for children and helped over 400 children with trauma experiences become better friends with their bodies, and learn to define their boundaries, sometimes for the first time. She also is a Reiki master and combines that with a gentle technique called positional release.
In addition to providing deep tissue massage for adults at DCA, she will offer half-hour sessions for children to support relaxation and a better relationship with their own bodies, using a variety of modalities that include singing bowls, tuning forks, and essential oils.
She is a native of Denver, Colorado and loves art having spent years learning silversmithing, stone cutting, pottery, and writing poetry. In 2012 she wrote a book about trauma and recovery called Trauma and Abuse Decoded: A Poor Person’s Guide to a World Class Healing.