Our Practitioners

 

It takes a village and we at PRH aim to provide you not only with excellent care but to make sure you are matched with practitioners and treatments that work well with you and your schedule. We realize that not every body is the same. Ask us to match you with the right practitioner, feel free to go from one to another at anytime and talk to us about your goals and preferences. Let us know how we can help you get the most out of your time at PRH.


Zoe Strauss, LAc

 

How did you get into acupuncture?

Heaven and Earth. Feeling my own physical and mental health improve, I instantly fell in love with the medicine and became fascinated by it. I knew exactly what I wanted to do and luckily I had just finished my pre-med requirements! I almost immediately applied to the Master’s program at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco and a little over 4 years later I was awarded my license as well as the honor of being the commencement speaker for our graduation. I’ve been practicing ever since and feel so fortunate that my path has brought me to this work. I absolutely love it.

 

Do acupuncturists specialize and if so what did you specialize in?

It’s not like western medicine where a specialization means that that’s often all you treat. We are all trained to treat the entire array of what occurs in the human body. We ALL see a lot of pain, musculoskeletal disturbances, trouble sleeping, stress, emotion and mood, colds, flus and hormone imbalances. I did end up doing a residency program in Shanghai at Yue Yang Hospital and was affiliated with Shanghai University. The residency largely focused on neurology, stroke recovery and children with developmental disabilities. In Shanghai I got to see how acupuncture is used in the hospitals in China and it blew my mind. Every hospital bed had a pot of herbs cooking in a kitchen; the herbal pharmacy was like Grand Central Station. All of the patients got acupuncture DAILY and all of the acupuncturist had to become MD’s prior to training to be an acupuncturist. I saw this medicine used to its best possible outcomes day after day and it really changed the way I wanted to practice.

In San Francisco I tended to see more emotions and mood. I imagine because of the damp and fog! In New York City I ended up treating a lot of fertility patients. In Montana I see a lot of sports injury recovery and general well being. Everywhere there are allergies, sleep and the occasional cold or flu. For me, it’s all so rewarding and as much as there are certain areas I do have more personal experience with, I think a huge part of what compels me in this work is that you can treat, study and practice this medicine for EVERYBODY your entire life.

 

Why did you choose Community Acupuncture?

Let me count the ways!
I think Americans have the idea that expensive = excellence. With Chinese Medicine it’s just not true. It’s often frequency of treatments and regular maintenance with a skilled practitioner that makes all the difference for treatment outcomes. In a community setting we can charge you what you would pay for your normal co-pay and that way you can afford to get healed and maintain that. That is not only rewarding for both of us but mandatory for excellence in health care.

After spending time in China and working or training at various Community Acupuncture clinic’s in California there was no other choice for me. I personally had been seeing ‘the best in the field’ acupuncturists for years and paying $60-100 for a treatment (even at student rates). When I worked in China, I trained with literally the best doctor’s in the world and the difference in how they approached treatment was profound. It all came down to frequency of treatment.

 

What are the Top 3 things you do to maintain your health?

  • Regular Exercise
  • The RIGHT Food and Vitamins
  • Love, Laughter and Water!

Kate

 

How did you get into acupuncture?

My first encounter with acupuncture was with horses. I spent a summer working with horses, during which, one of the horses injured his leg. He was going to have to be put down, and as a last ditch effort, we decided to call a vet acupuncturist. I was amazed at how the horse recovered; if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes I’m not certain I would have believed it.

At that point in my life I was working towards a degree in Wildlife Biology. I loved science and wildlife and I felt passionately about getting to make a difference in the world. I received a Bachelors of Science degree from Montana State University, and upon graduating, found the field to be quite competitive. While continuing my search for work, I delved deeper into my yoga practice. I began teaching yoga and found immense reward in watching my students transform their health and lives. I had also begun seeing an acupuncturist, and was seeing a huge transformation in my own life.

I was hiking in the woods when it came to me, it was as though all things along my path made perfect sense and had prepared me for becoming an Acupuncturist. I could make a difference in the world, I could help others and I could study more science! I immediately applied to Southwest Acupuncture College and completed my degree in Oriental Medicine. I am so excited about this medicine! You can get better, truly better, by healing from the inside out.

 

What do you specialize in?

The brilliant thing about Chinese medicine is its concept that the whole body is connected. You must treat the entire body because of this connection. Therefore, while some acupuncturists may focus more on one topic, we are trained in all of the Western medicine ‘specialties.’

That being said, I have treated a wide range of conditions, from insomnia, hormonal imbalances, migraines, fatigue and digestive issues, to chronic pain and acute injuries, to the common cold. I have also treated emotional issues such as anxiety, stress and depression. I also had the opportunity to complete an internship at a HIV/AIDS clinic. I often use herbal medicine in conjunction with acupuncture.

 

What Are Your Passions and Hobbies?

I consider myself very rich in health, happiness, and the ability to provide for my basic needs; this was not always the case for me. Having overcome various challenges in my life, I now find myself dedicated to helping others. I am also very passionate about being a good steward for our planet. My dad always taught me to leave the wilderness, or the campsite, better than how I found it. That simple idea has become an important value to me as an adult. The most important thing in my life are my relationships with my friends and family; I cherish every moment I get to spend with them.

My hobbies are all things outdoors! I especially love to hike and backpack. I enjoy yoga and skiing, and I have yet to find a hot spring I didn’t like. I often stay up way too late reading a good book. Would ‘eating a cheeseburger’ be considered a hobby? If so, I check yes to that!

 

What are the top 3 things you do in life to maintain your health?

  • Laugh everyday
  • Eat healthy food + drink water
  • Spend time with good friends

jacqui

 

My name is Jacqui Barnett L. Ac and I am thrilled to be joining People’s Republic of Health as the newest acupuncturist. I’ve loved Chinese medicine ever since I was first exposed to it 12 years ago. I am constantly amazed by how this beautiful healing tradition can effectively relieve pain, reduce stress and bring balance to the body. I know how frustrating it can be to be limited by health issues so it brings me so much joy to be able to help my patients feel their best. I love working with my patients to help them meet all of their health goals so they can enjoy life to the fullest. I just relocated to Bozeman from San Diego and I’m so eager to become a part of this incredible community.

I first learned about acupuncture when I was struggling with chronic, debilitating migraines. I was having 12 migraines a month and after going to a series of doctors and trying countless medications with no results I was fed up and felt defeated. On a whim, I took the advice of a friend who suggested I give acupuncture a try. Within 2 months I was down from 12 migraines a month to 2! Now with regular acupuncture, I’m down to even less. I was so impressed by the results I got that I decided I needed to learn all I could about this amazing medicine. The rest is history.

One of the things I love most about acupuncture and Chinese medicine is that it looks at the body as a whole. Everything is connected. When one thing in the body becomes out of balance it affects everything else. This is why acupuncturists can treat any imbalances that arise in the body. With that said I was lucky enough to treat in one of the best children’s hospitals in the country and the experience I had there was life-changing. Children respond so well to acupuncture. It’s really incredible to see. I also come from a background in women’s healthcare and so women’s health has always been a passion of mine.


Amy

 

Amy grew up in the Gallatin Valley and has been involved in the wellness industry for over 15 years. She graduated from Health Works Institute’s 1000 hour Massage Therapy Program in 2016 here in Bozeman. Amy’s massages are infused with the enthusiasm she’s held for massage for over 20 years. One can expect a well balanced massage that is thoughtfully formulated and confidently implemented to meet the unique and changing needs of the client. Amy specializes in Myofacial Release, sciatica and chronic low back pain relief and prevention, and Deep Tissue Massage. She has unique passion for various traction techniques, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, and guided relaxation/breathing during massage. She is eager to aid clients with their goals and looks forward to every session. Outside of work, Amy enjoys volunteering for the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra, singing, creative writing, mental health advocacy, cuddling her two cats, and of course hanging with her amazingly witty 11.5 year old guy.

 

What do you specialize in?

My education introduced me to many modalities. My core classes focused on Swedish massage, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, sports massage, and a thorough introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupressure. I find most of my massages incorporate many if not all of these. In the end my goal is to do everything in my power to support my clients in achieving their health goals.

 

What Are Your Passions and Hobbies?

My biggest passion is writing. On top of that I love to read, listen to and play music, ride and make longboards, and snowboard. I live to create things and spend as much time as possible outside.


Kasia

 

How did you first get into massage?

I became a massage therapist in 2005. At first I studied economics in Poland, where I`m originally from. Shortly after I graduated from college, I came to conclusion that working at the office wasn`t the right choice for me. I gave myself a break from daily routine, decided to travel to U.S.A. and spend 19 months in Big Sky, in the mountains. After that I went back to school to study massage. I made that choice because I wanted to help people feel better. I simply followed my intuition, not my mind, this time.

 

What do you specialize in?

I would say that my work is pretty intuitive. I have studied several massages techniques and blend them together. I like to use firm pressure for massage and also add healing touch with my sessions. I have studied energy medicine for many years.

 

What Are Your Passions and Hobbies?

My biggest two passions and studying and traveling. I`ve been fortunate enough to find a way to combine them both. I have traveled and studied healing in few countries: Thailand, Peru, Costa Rica, Brasil, Mexico and within U.S.A. My everyday passions are: cooking, hiking or walking with my golden doodle, Sophie, practicing yin yoga and having a strong spiritual practice.


Elizabeth

 

How did you get into acupuncture?

I first got into massage because of the benefits I observed from the Craniosacral Therapy that myself and my friends and family received. Working as a nurse in the Emergency Room for ten years opened my eyes to the limitations of western medicine, and gave me a desire to bring a different form of help to those who continued to suffer. I graduated from massage school this June, and am looking forward to being a part of the holistic health community.

 

What do you specialize in?

Craniosacral Therapy is my passion, and I will be continuing my education in that field – currently I am working towards a Craniosacral Therapy certification through the Upledger Institute. I also practice Swedish Massage, Myofascial Release, and Neuromuscular Therapy.

 

What Are Your Passions and Hobbies?

In my free time I love to do pretty much anything outside – rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, and skiing are some of my favorite activities. I also love to travel and spend time with family and friends. I’m excited to be a part of People’s Republic of Health!


Jeannie

 

How did you get into massage?

I first became interested in massage while working as a wilderness ranger for the Forest Service. I discovered that regular massage helped keep my body healthy to maintain an active lifestyle and a physically challenging working environment. One snowy day digging trail, I decided that I wanted a job that did not require shoes. Always interested in natural health, the decision to enroll in massage school was easy. I ended up getting a wonderful education in Costa Rica, and couldn’t be happier with my choice or with the school’s education.

 

What do you specialize in?

The best way to describe my massage specialty is the ability to focus, listen and integrate techniques, depending upon the client’s needs. I believe a massage should feel complete, therapeutic, and relaxing, with the client leaving refreshed, calm and satisfied with what was accomplished.

In a massage I like to incorporate myofascial release, trigger point therapy, acupressure and passive stretching, if desired by the client. I am also skilled in cupping therapy, deep tissue, foot reflexology, relaxation, aromatherapy and prenatal massage. The school I attended six years ago had the philosophy that massage is art, along with therapy. We of course, focused tremendously on anatomy, but were trained to create art with each client. Through this philosophy emerges something beautiful that leaves us both walking away happy.

 

What are the top things you do to stay healthy?

  • I spend as much time as possible in nature.
  • I eat and drink things that come from good, healthy places.
  • If you haven’t guessed–lots of massage, acupuncture, and hot yoga!

Tona

 

How did you get into Ayurveda?

When I was 24 I went to Nepal for the first time. It opened my eyes to health, wellness, diet, and happiness and the struggle to maintain those things. The people of Nepal were gracious, they shared food when they had little and they frequently asked for help regarding sick children and needed supplies. I returned home after several months and got a job at a hospital with the intent of attending some sort of medical school the next year. I was disappointed when I didn’t feel traditional medicine was my path. I also began developing health issues. I was blacking out a couple times a month due to severe abdomen pain and was diagnosed with endometriosis. My mother-in-law gifted me a book on Ayurveda for Christmas. I read it, then another, then another. I found a practitioner of Ayurveda and I changed my diet, and took herbs and my pain went from an 11 to about a 4 in 5 months. I knew it worked. I fell in love with the medicine, quit the hospital job and decided to apply for school. At the time there were only 2 certified schools in the country. I was accepted at the California College of Ayurveda, and off I went. After graduation I received a scholarship from Rasa Ayurveda in Kerala, India and I went to study there. I did my first full Pancha Karma and returned home pain free. I began my practice in Sun Valley, ID in 2008.

 

What do you specialize in?

I can’t say that I specialize in one thing, however, due to my own history, I am drawn to women’s health and Pancha Karma. Pancha Karma means 5 actions. It’s a process of cleansing and rebuilding the system through body therapies, herbs, and diet. And by diet…I don’t mean losing weight. The true meaning of diet, is “what you eat”. I have worked closely with hospitals in Boise, ID helping patients recovering from Cancer, that is a process close to my heart as my mother is a cancer survivor. I also enjoy post partum doula work-rebuilding the bodies and digestion of new mothers. One of the most common symptoms I treat is stress. We are all multi-tasking all the time, and I find a lot of enjoyment in watching people unplug and decompress. If you have a lot of screen time, come and try a shirodhara!

 

What are your hobbies?

I love to kayak and ski and I play roller derby. I draw, and paint when I am dreaming and brainstorming, and I live to have dance parties with my daughter.

 

What are three things that keep you healthy?

  • Eating for ym body type, and knowing when just having a slice of pizza or beer and to be okay with it.
  • Laughing daily.
  • Being open to learn something new.