Elissa is a nationally certified, licensed acupuncturist with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Nutrition and Psychology, and a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine. She completed an advanced internship at the Guangzhou Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Guangzhou, China. Currently, she is studying to become a Restorative Exercise Specialist®, a personal trainer with an emphasis on alignment and biomechanics for wellness, rather than gym fitness. A lifetime struggle with asthma, allergies, and chronic sinusitis led Elissa to become interested in alternative medicine. Acupuncture, dietary and lifestyle changes, as well as Chinese herbal medicine restored Elissa to the state of health that she had longed for since childhood. Elissa treats children and adults with a wide variety of health concerns. She enjoys helping people feel well, and hopes to empower her patients to be healthy in mind, body and spirit.
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Kristin Connor Pendl, L.Ac., MSOM – Licensed Acupuncturist
Kristin is a National Board Certified, Licensed Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist, and practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. She earned her Licentiate in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2005 and her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in 2008.
Kristin became interested in alternative ways of achieving health following a whole food cooking course in 1994. Eating healthy whole foods improved her health so drastically that she began exploring other ways to stay healthy without pharmaceuticals. Her first experience with acupuncture was as a patient, seeking help for chronic abdominal pain. After a few months of treatment her pain was gone, but she continued to get acupuncture for various issues that arose such as back pain, bronchitis, and recovery from a bike accident. Fascinated by this ancient medicine and knowing she wanted to become a health care practitioner she began her acupuncture studies in 2002.
Kristin is a general practitioner, treating a wide variety of health concerns, with a special interest in treating patients with fertility challenges, chronic pain, digestive disorders, stress, anxiety, and emotional concerns.
Kristin’s most recent addition to her health care skills is the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy, an ancient Mayan abdominal massage practice that brings health to the reproductive and digestive organs of men and women. It is a powerful therapy grounded in anatomy and physiology yet also drawing on Mayan spirituality. One of the reasons Kristin fell in love with Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture is that it recognizes the importance of our emotional and psychological lives. Maya abdominal therapy recognizes this as well.
When Kristin isn’t busy at the clinic she likes to garden, experiment with fermenting vegetables and making cheese (her love of food and its affect on health is as strong as ever), work on her many sewing projects, play board games, and enjoy downtime with her husband, two-year daughter and friends and family.
Scott Martin, L.Ac., MSOM – Licensed Acupuncturist
Scott is a dedicated, caring, and compassionate practitioner of Oriental Medicine. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, earning his Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, and his Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine. For the past five years, Scott has worked with hundreds of clients at one of the Midwest’s most successful acupuncture clinics and is now thrilled to be serving the greater Madison-area community. In addition to providing acupuncture services, Scott loves to share his experience with Chinese herbal medicine, nutrition, exercise, and meditation with his clients. Scott believes wellness is key to realizing our lives’ potential, and strives to help each of his clients achieve health and happiness.
Deb Olson, CMT – Massage Therapist – $39 Special Intro Massage Rate
Deb Olson, founder of Heart to Hand Massage, attended the East West Healing Arts Institute for Massage Therapy. She is nationally certified by the NCBTMB, and is licensed to practice in Wisconsin. She has training and experience in a wide variety of body-working modalities, and provides a customized massage that harmonizes Swedish Massage, TuiNa, Myofascial Release, and Acupoints. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. Deb is a compassionate caregiver with a lifelong commitment to learning. For more information, visit the website for Heart to Hand Massage.
“I strive to honor body, mind and spirit of all those I encounter and to offer a professional and personalized massage experience, helping you attain and maintain health and wellbeing. Blending the wise ways of the East with dynamic ways of the West is the necessary step that would nurture the way toward manifesting better health and inner peace.” – Deb Olson
Margaret Wertheim, MS, RDN – Registered Dietician Nutritionist
Margaret Wertheim is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) who believes in the power of whole and real foods in achieving and maintaining a healthy life. Margaret holds a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MS in Nutrition from Bastyr University in Seattle, the nation’s leading natural medicine university. She specializes in women’s health and using nutrition and supplements to address infertility and support fertility treatment in women and men. In addition to working with clients struggling with infertility, Margaret also works with clients who are seeking weight loss, and those struggling with digestive issues or food intolerances.
In her practice, Margaret strives to help her clients achieve optimum health by not only providing nutrition recommendations, but also providing the rationale for those recommendations. She believes changing the diet is one of the most powerful ways we can affect our health and wellbeing. Her background in biochemistry and research provides her with a strong understanding of the health benefits of individual foods, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. She can help you sort through the hype and headlines to determine which foods and supplements will help you achieve a higher state of vitality.
She is also the author of Breaking the Sugar Habit: Practical Ways to Cut the Sugar, Lose the Weight, and Regain Your Health. Margaret has written or been quoted in numerous articles on nutrition, such as in Kiwi magazine, Today’s Dietitian and on MindBodyGreen.com.
Laura Medisky, DMA, M.AmSAT – Alexander Technique
Laura Medisky, DMA, M.AmSAT received her training at the Alexander Technique Center Urbana under the direction of Joan and Alex Murray, and has been teaching for over 15 years. She is a professional musician and holds oboe performance degrees from UW-Madison, UCLA, and Arizona State University. Through her own experience with chronic pain and debilitating tendonitis, Laura came to the Alexander Technique in search of physical relief, and discovered a philosophical approach to mind-body awareness and habit-changing that has enhanced her musical practice, performance, teaching and daily life.
Alexander Technique is an educational method that teaches students how to change faulty postural habits, enabling improved mobility, posture, performance and alertness along with relief of chronic stiffness, tension and stress. Taught through private lessons, a certified teacher uses hands-on and verbal cues to help the student develop an awareness of the body as a whole, understand the mind-body connection, and become conscious of habits that are causing problems or pain. It takes about ten lessons to begin to understand the principles of the technique, although benefits may be noticed after just one lesson.
Lessons are comprised of two parts. One portion is spent working with everyday movements such as standing, sitting, bending or walking, while the other portion is spent on a bodywork table. Through the course of a lesson the teacher helps the student release excess tension allowing the body to move more freely, naturally, and with more coordination. Once a foundation of the principles has been established, the teacher can guide the student in applying the technique to specific activities such as working at a computer, driving, exercising, playing an instrument, etc. For more information please visit www.lauramedisky.com or www.amsatonline.org.