Elissa Gonda, L.Ac., MSOM – Licensed Acupuncturist

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 currently not taking new patients.  She will be taking new patients again in February 2016, upon return from maternity leave.

IMG_0500Kristin 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.

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