Meet Our Staff
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, was given the usual pain medications, and was 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 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 nutrition 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 16 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.
Lieum Fallon, LAc., Dipl.Ac.
Having grown up with asthma and allergies, Lieum knows what if feels like to be sick all of the time. Spending a lifetime on medications that had little positive effect, she didn’t even consider acupuncture as a possible solution until her math professor in graduate school suggested she see her acupuncturist.
By this time Lieum had already had two back surgeries and continued to have low back pain and felt like she had a continuous sinus infection or cold. She started seeing a Japanese style acupuncturist, Elizabeth Talcott in San Diego and loved the experience. The results came over time and she became hooked. She had never felt this good on any medication. Eventually she stopped taking all medication and controlled her infrequent symptoms with Chinese herbs.
Shortly after completing her master’s in Mathematics, she decided to change her career and go back to school in 2005. Lieum graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California with a Masters of Oriental Medicine in 2008. The Master’s degree in Oriental medicine is a four-year graduate program with 191.5 units and 3,510 credit hours of theory and clinical practice. Lieum is certified as a Diplomate of Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, as well as a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Colorado and California. Lieum is trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine along with Japanese acupuncture (taught by Elizabeth Talcott), Tui Na, NAET allergy elimination and the Balance Method taught by Dr. Richard Tan.
She especially enjoys treating people with immune system difficulties and allergies. Having come from an analytical background and a family of scientific thinkers, Lieum was a serious skeptic of acupuncture. She is certainly a believer now. And the best part is that you don’t have to believe, just try it.
Leslie Burgess, ND, BCN, CNS, LMP
“The patients I see in my office; often report they truly feel heard. At every appointment, the patient and I assess any changes in quality of life and what we can do to accomplish their goals. I have spent the vast majority of my life in the healthcare field from candy striper to doctor and what I have seen time and time again to be of most benefit to the patient, is the doctor genuinely caring for and listening to the patient.”
Dr. Burgess is a licensed naturopathic doctor, board certified in neurofeedback and reading quantitative EEGs. She has also earned the title of Certified Nutrition Specialist, a certificate in plant based nutrition, and holds a license in massage therapy. Dr. Burgess uses neurofeedback, nutrition, manual therapies, and botanical medicine to address complaints of anxiety, panic attacks, depression, traumatic brain injuries, gastrointestinal disorders, chronic diseases and muscle pain along with or without joint pain. In addition to the various therapies used to address the complaint, she is careful to go over your assessment data and/or lab work with you so that you understand your values and what they mean for you.
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’.
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.
I grew up in South Africa and moved to Colorado in 1998. I studied at the Boulder College of Massage and graduated in the Summer of 2008. 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.
Christel is a graduate of Denver School of Massage Therapy and has been a licensed therapist since 2012. She specializes in deep tissue massage and craniosacral therapy. Christel believes that massage is an essential part of life and health, whether you’re an athlete or work at a desk all day. Her passion and focus is on helping her clients feel amazing, through bodywork and techniques to assist in relaxation, alleviate everyday ailments and aid in injury recovery.
Jill is a 2013 graduate from Boulder College of Massage Therapy and specializes in Sports and Orthopedic Massage, Therapeutic Deep Tissue, and Swedish Massage. She’ll customize each session to best fit her individual client’s needs. Jill offers specific, detailed bodywork, in addition to addressing the body as a whole. Jill enjoys working with clients of all ages from Pediatric to Geriatric! Jill grew up in the Midwest and moved to Colorado in June 2012. A true animal lover, she also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. Her favorite activities are horseback riding, hiking, reading, cooking, and traveling. Jill is loving life in Colorado so far and is excited to do more exploring in her new state!
Modalities offered: Swedish Massage, Sports and Orthopedic Massage,
Deep Tissue Massage, Prenatal Massage, Pediatric Massage, Geriatric Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Aromatherapy
Katy has an integrated approach to massage incorporating Swedish Massage, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue and Trigger Point Therapy. Her training also includes Hot Stone, Prenatal and Geriatric Massage. Katy customizes each massage according to her clients’ needs and goals for each session. She graduated from The Boulder College Of Massage Therapy in 1996. With almost 20 years experience, her knowledge and intuitive understanding of the body facilitates healing and relaxation.
Learning Yoga from her Mom at a young age and continuing her own practice throughout her life, she enjoys sharing simple postures with clients to help them with self-care between massages.
Katy is Nationally Board Certified in Massage And Bodywork and has 200 hours in Yoga Teacher Training (YTT). Her current focus of study is Oncology Massage to help people who are living with cancer.
Kristen serves the community as a yoga teacher and holistic health coach.
After practicing yoga for 12 years she certified to teach hatha vinyasa yoga in 2013 and more recently yin. A student first, she is always seeking to learn more about herself and the practice. As a teacher or guide in the practice, she loves facilitating the journey of coming home to oneself in body, mind and spirit and empowering her students to live life to the fullest by cultivating self love and acceptance. She uses breath and movement to encourage the release of old stories while opening to the divine within. Many of her students come for the physical challenge and lighthearted approach, but stay for the connection and space to explore with radical curiosity. Her vinyasa classes are known for their thoughtful and creative sequencing and music. Kristen teaches weekly group classes, workshops, and retreats, private and semi-private classes. She works with kids through older adults.
As a board certified holistic health coach, Kristen offers a natural approach to balancing and maintaining wellness in a realistic and sustainable way through food and lifestyle choices. Kristen firmly believes that it is critical to align with nature as much as possible for our own well being and that of the planet. As a doTERRA wellness advocate she educates people on the many uses of essential oils, nature’s gifts for our health and wellness.
Growing up in Massachusetts, Kristen practiced yoga with her mom and aunt as a toddler, but didn’t pick her personal practice back up until moving to Los Angeles in 2000. During her 10 years in Southern California, her practice evolved tremendously while she explored Kundalini, Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow styles of yoga and quickly noticed the positive effect it had on all areas of her life. Shortly after moving to Colorado, and having her second child, she knew it was time to dive deeper in order to properly share her love of the practice with others. She found her teachers: Shannon Paige, Nancy Kate Williams, and Gina Caputo in Boulder, who guided her through her yoga teaching certification and who she continues to look to for inspiration and growth.
When not teaching/coaching, Kristen loves to compete in triathlons, surf, read, snowboard, sing, dance, and get lost in nature and frolic with her husband and kids. She also loves to spend time with herself, friends and strangers (future friends) at workshops, festivals, classes and retreats.
Kristen’s aim is to remain in conscious evolution while being and becoming the best version of herself and offering others the encouragement and empowerment to do the same.
Steven W. Jackson, MSW LCSW
Steve has thirty years of clinical experience with children, teens, families, couples, and individual adults. His expertise includes, but is not limited to: depression and anxiety; bipolar disorder; survivors of sexual, physical, verbal, or emotional abuse; adoption; blended families; drug and alcohol recovery; and communication problems in couples and families. Steve is especially noted for his gentleness, straightforward style and his sense of humor.
Karen has an integrated approach to massage incorporating Medical Massage, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue, Reiki, Neuromuscular as well as specific injury work such as whiplash, headaches, TMJ, low back and chronic pain issues. Her 20 plus years of experience allows her to listen to the body and hold space as individuals connect with their body’s own inherent ability to heal, this through very specific tailored sessions with an energetic, compassionate, and metaphysical perspective. She graduated from the Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado and also holds a BS in Nutrition.
Terry was a Calm Spirit patient for two years before joining Lexie’s staff. Her main back office duties include billing and bookkeeping.
Terry spends her spare time with her husband, gardening, and playing Pickleball. She volunteers with her dog, Scooter, as part of a Pet Therapy team at a local hospital and trains her other dog, Chloe, in Nosework.
Is a E-RYT 200, registered with the Yoga Alliance. She offers classes that craft a constant alignment of Asana (postures), Pranayama (breath work), and Svadyaya (self study), creating mindful transitions trough strength, focus and kindness, always, always finding a playful space.
Adi also works with children, she has developed a format through Recycl-Art Yoga (Yoga and Art), that offers developmental reinforcement for fine and gross motor skills, behavior shift, confidence, problem solving and decision making through mindful practices such as Meditation, humming, a by creating a piece of artwork made entirely with recycled materials provided by her.
Play is the highest form of research -Albert Einstein
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.
My name is Judy. I have been with Lexie for a few years. Occasionally you will see me at the front desk, but otherwise I am behind the scenes doing fun things like making pillowcases, neck pillows, magnets and what ever else
Began her love of the sacred science of yoga back in 2009, in the midst of her own healthy living renaissance. Over the years, this love has blossomed and evolved into almost every facet of her life. After rehabilitating from 2 major accidents with yoga therapy, she is compelled to share this gift with the world. Please join Jes in a fun, vibrant exploration of classical hatha yoga, with a modern day twist (no pun intended!) Together we will reconnect with our breath, slow our racing lives and minds, and remember the strength within us all. Along the way, we’ll blend beloved contemporary tunes with traditional postures, as we laugh and play…
Hi my name is Ali and I am currently a student. I am the youngest of 6 children, and I enjoy art, music, and dance. I have been one of the front desk staff since 2015. It is my pleasure to serve our patients and make sure that each time they come their experience is exceptional. I think we have outstanding practitioners and I have seen first-hand the benefits of acupuncture and other holistic arts.
Ashley is currently attending Arizona State University to earn her degree in health and fitness as well as a minor in business food management. She has dedicated the past five years to providing great guest service through various retail jobs. Interacting with clients in her favorite part of the job, she strives to make every experience great. She as always ready to help guests book appointments to fit their schedule.