Alexia Bennetts, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Alexia Bennetts (Lexie) was first treated with acupuncture and Chinese medicine in her early 20’s for sinus and menstrual problems. She had seen western medicine doctors for these ailments and was given the usual pain medications and told some of these issues were just genetic and not likely to change much. After a couple months of treatment with Chinese medicine, she felt better than ever and then knew this was a medicine she wanted to learn more about.
In 1999 she became a licensed acupuncturist in Colorado. Lexie especially enjoys treating pain, women’s issues, digestive problems and sinus/allergy conditions. She collaborates with other physicians and healthcare providers, to promote total patient balance and health. She believes that in order to heal the mind, body, and soul there needs to be a combination of approaches and gentle care. Lexie marries east with the west with degrees in Oriental Medicine and Biology, along with experience from EAS, a sport supplement company. This diverse background, along with having more than 2,000 hours of eastern medicine training, gives Lexie a well-rounded foundation in health, nutrition and fitness. In her 13 years of practice, Lexie has maintained and advanced her skills and knowledge as a current member of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and by taking continuing education classes.
She consistently treats her patients at Calm Spirit Acupuncture with gentleness, empathy and professionalism. Chinese Medicine recognizes good health includes balancing the mental, spiritual and physical aspects in one’s life. This is accomplished using a variety of “tools” including educating the client in diet, lifestyle choices and preventative strategies; acupuncture; herbal remedies; manual massage-like techniques to restore health. Lexie genuinely listens to her patients and creates treatment plans that will fit their health and wellness needs and understands that healing begins at the root of the illness.
Lexie is grateful to her clients for the success of the practice, noting “the main source of referrals is word-of-mouth from our happy and loyal clients.”
Ask Lexie about her four young boys and she will tell you how much she enjoys living each day to the fullest with her very active, happy and healthy family.
Autumn Jensen, L.Ac., Dipl. OM
Autumn graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College with a Masters of Oriental Medicine. She is certified as a Diplomate of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, as well as a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Colorado and a member of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado. She is also a Nationally Certified Chinese Herbalist. Autumn is trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine along with the Balance Method taught by Dr. Richard Tan, which is very effective in treating pain. Her training included more than 3,000 hours of education and over 1,00 hours of clinical practice.
Autumn also studied in China and received a diploma from the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine Hospital located in Harbin, China. She studied in inpatient and outpatient departments such as Pediatric, OB/GYN, Rehabilitation, Orthopedic, Dermatology, Tuina, Cardiovascular and Neurology.
Autumn chose acupuncture because she values treating the body as a whole, treating each patient as an individual and treating the root of her patient’s problems. She also strongly believes in the benefit of preventative medicine and the importance of keeping her patients in balance.
Autumn grew up in Colorado and enjoys the active, healthy lifestyle that Colorado provides. She enjoys the outdoors including hiking, camping, climbing, etc.
Before becoming an acupuncturist, Autumn was a case manager working with adults who had intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Services with a concentration on Mental Health Counseling.
Nancy Harnum RN, MS
Nancy is currently a student at ITEA (Institute of the Taoist Education and Acupuncture) a Five Element Acupuncture school located in Louisville CO. She will begin her Five Element Clinical Internship at ITEA and Calm Spirit Acupuncture from September through February and is currently accepting patients. Nancy will graduate from ITEA in the Spring of 2015 and sit for the National Board Exam.
We are proud to announce that Nancy will then join the team at Calm Spirit continuing to offer Five Element Acupuncture Treatment. Five Element Philosophy works with nature and encompasses a holistic treatment plan that includes an individual patient approach. An initial consultation for Traditional Diagnosis and Physical Exam will take 2 hours. Second and subsequent appointments will take 1-1.5 hours using moxa (burning herb) and 6-12 needles inserting and then removing. Gently guiding and supporting a patient toward overall health and well being.
Education and Background
Nancy is a Registered Nurse. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Temple University in 1990. She worked in New Jersey in Pharmacology Research and Cardio Thoracic Surgery (Open Heart Surgery) as a first assistant (RNFA Certified) at Deborah Heart and Lung Center and St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, NJ from 1992-2000. She also earned a Masters of Science Degree from Central Michigan University before moving to Colorado in 2000.
Nancy currently teaches Public Health and Epidemiology at South West Acupuncture College in Boulder 2010-current and Pharmacology at ITEA 2010-current in Louisville.
Tracy is our newest esthetician, offering facials, microdermabrasion, and Indian Head Massage. Prior to becoming an esthetician, Tracy worked for Kaiser Permemente for 14 years as a Pharmacy Technician. Always wanting to begin a career in the skincare field she decided to go back to school and follow her dream! Tracy states that she has such a passion for wanting to help others with their skin care issues, as well as making people feel comfortable and relaxed.
As a native of Arvada, she loves being outdoors and spending time with her dogs, son and husband! Tracy loves to learn new ideas that are a constant in this ever changing field, and she looks forward to working together to help you ‘love the skin you live in’.
Cheryl is a Certified Reflexologist, Reiki Master Practitioner and Certified Facilitator with a B.S. in Education.
As an accomplished and experienced natural health practitioner Cheryl utilizes her ability to deeply listen and connect with her clients. As an Educator at heart, with a passion for teaching, she inspires her clients to greater health, wholeness and relaxation.
Cheryl enjoys tending her herb garden at the McIntyre Community Wellness Center and will soon be offering classes that focus on herbs and cooking within a community setting.
Cheryl is available by appointment for Reflexology sessions at the McIntyre Community Wellness Center. Please call directly at 303-885-8584 to schedule. Please check the calendar for specific class dates and times.
I grew up in Wyoming and moved to Colorado in 1984. I had a career in Dentistry for 33 years. I began practicing Body & Brain yoga, tai chi, and martial arts in 2008. To become certified to instruct, I attended training in Sedona, AZ. Honors Haven, NY, and Korea. I received certification from IBREA to teach Brain Education which is the basis for Body & Brain Yoga’s classes.
I became passionate about this type of Yoga and Tai Chi because of my own experience of healing my body, mind and spirit. I had worked in the Dental Profession for over 30 years and developed some health issues due to the physical demands on the upper body and of course… stress. I started practicing Body & Brain Yoga and found that I could change my physical body’s health but moreover, I became much happier and more peaceful. I really love helping people with their dental health so it made sense to me that I could retire from one health profession into the health profession that could benefit myself and others for the rest of my career. A big Win-Win!
Our Tai Chi/ Ki Gong is a mindful practice to rebalance your body through the meditative forms. You will learn to keep a peaceful, confident mind as your physical body becomes more aligned and balanced.
Nate received his Oriental Medicine Degree from East-West College of Natural Medicine, in Sarasota Florida (2003). He taught at East-West College (2007-2010) and ran his own private clinic in Sarasota until moving to Denver in 2011. He specializes in Tan/Tung style Acupuncture; he is particularly fond of treating headache/migraine. Currently, he is an associate professor at Southwest Acupuncture College and at the Colorado School for Traditional Chinese Medicine. In addition, he has gone back to school and is furthering his education in integrative medicine with the goal of either entering Osteopathic Medicine or Ethnobotany.
Nate has been studying Asian martial arts for 24 years. His first introduction to martial arts was through Shuri-Ryu Karate and his teacher, Mark Baker, Shihan in Sarasota, FL. He holds a Godan (5th Degree Blackbelt) and the title of Renshi in Shuri-Ryu Karate. While studying oriental medicine, he was introduced to Taiji and began studying the 24-Forms of Taiji and later the 42-Forms Compulsory Routine and the Jian (sword) 18 Forms with his friend and teacher Gene Burgess, Laoshi. Later, he studied Chen Style Taiji with David Christophy, Laoshi and Alena Nickos, Laoshi. He completed both empty hand routines (Laojia Yilu and Laojia Erlu) with David and the Chen Hunyuan Saber form with Alena.
Nate teaches Karate, Taiji and healing arts at two international conferences yearly in Dallas, North Carolina and runs an informal Taiji meet every other Sunday at Sloan’s Lake in Edgewater, Colorado. Additionally, he has a love for nature and the outdoors and leads workshops in identifying medicinal and food plants, medicine making and Distal Method Acupuncture.
After spending many years in the corporate world as well as travelling and taking on many careers, I have a good understanding of how people carry stress and just need help to unwind. I have always loved working with and helping people but nothing has ever been as rewarding as using massage to help people feel better mentally, emotionally and physically.
My work includes long slow strokes while integrating the manipulation of soft tissue, using trigger point therapy in areas that are restricted and using deep tissue techniques when necessary. I particularly enjoy working on the shoulders and neck and find that I get good results when working out stresses or injuries.
I fully believe that your session is your time and it should be all about your needs. Everyone has their own idea of what relaxation means to them and I work with you to ensure that you get the full extent of your treatment. The work I do ranges from very light Swedish Massage to Deep Tissue Sports Massage.
I hope that on your journey through life, our paths will cross and that I will be able to help relieve you of your aches, pains and stresses.