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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!
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
jacquiMy 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.
How did you get into acupuncture and massage?I come from generations of humble, helping and healing professions – ministers, social workers, nurses, organic farmers and holistic healers as well as many athletes. I followed in the tradition. At Montana State University I studied social work and psychology and competed as a runner at the NCAA collegiate level. Between my studies and the intensity of athletic training and competition I felt imbalanced despite my excellent physical health. Something was missing. I found yoga and meditation, and it was life changing. There was no turning back. It brought me such physical, emotional and spiritual balance. Amazing. After graduating and practicing social work throughout rural Montana for several years (and also starting a coffeehouse and having twin daughters), I moved to San Francisco, where my yoga practice evolved into teaching by completing two consecutive teacher training programs. I have been leading classes, and workshops ever since. The complementary nature of acupuncture, Chinese meridians and yoga steered me to graduate studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine, first at American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, then finally landing and finishing at Five Branches University in San Jose. During same time I completed my Asian Bodywork and Massage schooling (and somewhere in all of that was blessed with two more children). Everything is coming full circle as I have found my way here, where my studies began. I am so happy to have moved back to Montana. I am thankful to be able to live and work in this paradise we all call home.
What do you specialize in?I have treated many conditions with acupuncture and herbs: emotional and mental health; acute/chronic injuries; chronic internal diseases such as cancer, IBS, autoimmune and inflammatory conditions; common physiological issues related to the aging process; weight loss, insomnia, gender-specific health issues as well as common viral and bacterial illnesses and overall health and general well being. My Asian Bodywork and Massage specialization has primarily been acupressure and tuina session, which go hand in hand with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. More recently I have added Thai massage to my practice and it feels quite natural and complementary with yoga and Chinese Medicine. I infuse nutritional, lifestyle, and yoga suggestions as appropriate within sessions.
What Are Your Passions and Hobbies?I love the mountains, can’t get enough of them: running trails, identifying wildflowers, the colors, the fresh air, the thunderstorms, every sense awakened. But then that’s why we all live here right? I love rituals – morning cup of coffee, daily asana and meditation, a glass of good red wine in the evening. These practices calm me and keep me grounded in the present. I deeply care for other beings, both humans and animals, and have a soft spot for the underprivileged and underrepresented. I guess that’s what drew me to social work in the first place so many years ago. We are all in this together. I love my family – my husband and my four children. Sharing all of the above with them brings me the greatest joy.
What are the top 3 things you do to maintain your health?
- Exercise daily – alternating running and yoga
- Eat well and supplement mindfully
How did you get into massage?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’ve been practicing CranioSacral Therapy for five-and-a-half years now, and continue to be amazed on a daily basis with the depth at which CranioSacral Therapy is able to address issues! I truly enjoy the holistic health community in the Bozeman area and am honored to be a part of it.
What do you specialize in?CranioSacral Therapy is my passion! CranioSacral Therapy operates on the principle that the body is self-healing, and that a practitioner’s job is to assist in bringing additional resources that the body may need to heal. It is a very gentle, light touch approach that uses the subtle movements of the CranioSacral system to find and release tensions anywhere they might be present throughout the body. It also helps to reset the Central Nervous System so that every other system in the body can relax, self-correct, and free itself of pain and discomfort. I am currently working towards a CranioSacral Therapy certification through the Upledger Institute. I also practice Swedish Massage, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue, 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 really enjoy being a part of People’s Republic of Health!
How did you get into massage?Donna first discovered the power of massage when she was out on a date with a local Chiropractor, and she offered to massage his hands – he accepted and fell asleep in the middle of a busy restaurant! When he woke up, he asked: “have you ever considered becoming a massage therapist?” He allowed Donna to practice on him, and said he could coach her through some techniques. That was the start to what has now been a 19-year journey for Donna! She practiced on friends and neighbors to see if others thought this would be a good fit, and everyone said “yes, go to Massage School.”
First, she wanted to really test if massage was her path. Donna went to Heartwood for a 100-hour intensive training to find out: YES this was it – Massage Therapy was her path!
Second, Donna wanted to find a mentor and a curriculum and to become certified. She attended Myotherapy Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah for a 523 hours certificate. Her mentor, a local Massage Therapist, helped her through the certification and to start her Massage Therapy practice.
Next, she spent five years working part-time for a physical therapist while she built her private practice. Donna learned Myofascial Release techniques, movement therapies, Qua Shaw, and hot/cold therapy while working with him.
What do you specialize in?Donna specializes in integrative and intuitive massage. By listening to her clients’ voice and body, she customizes and integrates 9 techniques to bring the best therapeutic relaxation to each body. Techniques include: Swedish, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular, CranioSacral, Positional Release, Reflexology, Deep Tissue, Pre-natal (pregnancy) and ‘Cancer Care Massage.’
What Are Your Hobbies?Donna is passionate about living in Bozeman – her ‘longest standing love affair is Montana.’ Being outdoors, the Bozeman community, and living a healthy lifestyle has brought so much love and healing to Donna. Her hobbies include cooking, walking, hiking, cross country skiing, bicycling, kayaking, reading, studying massage and health-related subjects, meditation, yoga, and spending time with her friends and family.
How did you get into massage?I decided that I wanted to do bodywork in 2014 after a long stint battling chronic illness. I became bed ridden for a year starting in 2011 and was told I had a month to live in 2012. I was introduced to alternative medicine after many failed attempts to get better through traditional methods. Since I had nothing to lose I tried all therapies and treatments suggested to me. That started my 3 year healing journey. One of my therapies was visceral massage. I loved the work and when I started feeling like myself again, I knew healing bodywork was what I wanted to do when I got well. So I did and I love it!
What do you specialize in?I specialize in Myofascial Release. However, I never use only one modality in a session. I love using a combination of modalities during bodywork sessions to assist my clients in achieving their wellness goals. My integrated approach to bodywork offers clients a truly unique experience and each session is customized to their specific needs.
What Are Your Passions and Hobbies?I am extremely passionate about assisting others on their healing journey and learning new modalities. My favorite hobbies are drawing, making my own skin hydrating oil mixes, caring for my plants, and playing Dead Nation (possibly the best top down game ever!).
How did you get into massage?When I was in my early twenties, my sister and I went on a month long backpacking trip. Each evening we would play cards for a massage and then proceed to work on each other’s tired and aching muscles. The massages at the end of our long days felt incredible, but also prepared our bodies to work hard the next day. The comfort and healing power of touch intrigued me into seeking out professional massage as a way of giving my body a gift and enhancing my fitness goals.
What do you specialize in?My specialty is deep tissue and trigger point therapy. I like to find the source of pain and discomfort and work to bring relief to the person so they can get out and pursue the activities that bring them joy. I had the privilege of attending the Costa Rica school of Massage Therapy and have done further training in ‘Deep Massage: the Lauterstein technique.’ I try to cater the massage to the client’s goals and needs, but enjoy deep work.
What are your passions and hobbies?I am passionate about continuing to learn new things, challenging myself, and being a positive influence in my relationships with friends, family, animals, and the outdoors. I was born and raised in Alaska and have a love for the wilderness. I love adventure that takes me into nature, away from people, and push my physical limits. Rock climbing is my favorite activity, but I also enjoy the many other outdoor pursuits that beautiful Bozeman has to offer.
What are the Top 3 things you do to maintain your health?
- Being in community with people whom I love dearly and inspire me greatly
- Staying hydrated and eating healthy food
- Exercise – gotta get that heartbeat elevated and those endorphins flowing