Elissa Gonda, C.A., MSOM – Certified Acupuncturist

Acupuncture is a metaphor for life – you find the point that is the most painful and drive a needle into it, piercing it with finely-honed consciousness.- Geffrey Von Gerlach from "Ghost Points: A Novel"
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. 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.

Elissa is a general practitioner, experienced in treating patients with a wide variety of ailments. Her areas of interest include:

Emotional/Mental Health: anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress

Respiratory Health: asthma, allergies, sinusitis, frequent colds

Women’s Health: menstrual concerns, endometriosis, menopause & perimenopause, pelvic floor disorders

Chronic Pain/Illness: fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, migraines, neuropathy, sciatica & nerve pain

Trauma Recovery: cancer recovery, stroke recovery, recovery from surgery or traumatic injury

Muscolo-skeletal: tendonitis, sciatica, sprains/strains, osteoporosis, sports injuries, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, spine pathology, pain of all kinds

Pediatrics: emotional health, digestive health, respiratory health, developmental disabilities

Patients describe Elissa as… “a life saver!”, “highly qualified practitioner”, “very professional”, “very patient”, “great to work with”, “a miracle worker”, “amazing”, “easy to talk with”, “very knowledgeable”, “thorough”…

“The most important thing I’d like you to know about me is that if you are suffering, I want to be the person who cares for you. I want you to leave your first appointment knowing that I have heard you, and that I intend to share with you a deep concern for your well-being.

I will provide you with relief, to the best of my ability, using acupuncture and its accessory modalities, whole herb formulas, and whole food supplements. Bring your curiosity with you, because I’ll be introducing ideas about how to create a state of perpetual health using body awareness, metacognition, dietary and lifestyle changes, alignment, and biomechanics. I’m passionate about illuminating simple solutions that are already contained within the body itself!

I’m a back-to-basics, ten fingers and six senses practitioner. Under my care, you will not be required to undergo any expensive testing, but rather I will help you re-discover your body’s innate investigative resources. The human body strives for excellence. In seeking to create homeostasis (balance), the body communicates exactly what it needs in each moment. Our work, in partnership, is to learn to interpret its messages.

I too have struggled to feel healthy, and via dedication and persistence, I am continuously discovering my own unique balance. Let’s work together to determine what works best for you and your body. As you’re ready, we’ll take small steps towards actualizing those goals.

Until then, be well!”

For more information about Elissa Gonda, C.A., MSOM, please visit the following links:

Mind ~ Body Connection

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

A Book Review: “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” by Weston A. Price, DDS

Forgotten Medicine: Squatting and Floor Sitting

Gentle Natural Skin Care