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. During her 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.
Sonal Patel, L.Ac, RRT
After working as a Respiratory Therapist in the hospital setting for eight years, Sonal decided to shift her career path towards Eastern Medicine. Witnessing patients struggle with the side effects of pharmaceuticals and lack of diet & lifestyle education in hospitals she became intrigued by Chinese Medicine and its research on how it can naturally heal various ailments.
Upon acceptance into a program and simultaneously being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, Sonal decided to take herbs and receive acupuncture. Within four weeks time her endocrine system balanced with an ease that made her realize Chinese Medicine would not only be a new profession but a significant piece of her daily life.
Sonal is committed to guiding individuals on their path in body, mind and spirit through herbs, acupuncture and diet/lifestyle adjustments. By treating the root of the problem and supporting the body’s natural healing mechanism, she has helped patients find relief from acute and chronic pain, allergies, migraines, digestive disturbances, gynecological, and mental health issues.
Sonal received her Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in 2015, Santa Cruz, California. She works at both Calm Spirit Acupuncture & McIntyre Community Acupuncture & Wellness as a licensed acupuncturist. She also works at St. Joseph’s Hospital as a registered respiratory therapist.
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.
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.
In 2007, Ignacia graduated from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine with a Masters degree of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Over the past 10 years, she has treated a wide scope of health imbalances; including disorders in the gastro intestinal system, reproductive problems, respiratory and dermatological issues, to neuromuscular pain. Ignacia is certified in Cosmetic Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture and Dr. Tan’s Balance Method for pain management.
Ignacia has supported many athletes locally and nationally with acupuncture. Her work has been utilized by UFC fighters, Pro-Muay Thai fighters, and Pro-Brazillian Jiu Jitsu fighters, to high school athletes competing in Colorado State tournaments. Pain management and sports injury acupuncture is one of Ignacia’s specialized areas of proficiency. She presents the athlete with the advantage of staying on top of their game by improving athletic endurance, increasing the blood flow and oxygen supply to the injury, accelerating in the total time of recovery.
Ignacia has been working in the area of community acupuncture for the past five years as a lead acupuncturist, marketing director and manager of a successful clinic in Denver. She is excited to join the McIntyre Community clinic! Her experience with giving excellent support and attention to each patient is top notch. She has a gentle and smooth technique with needling. When you receive acupuncture in a community setting with Ignacia, you will feel as though you are the only one in the room. Her attention to detail and knowledge of acupuncture will make you a lifetime believer in acupuncture.
Ignacia is committed to the advancement of her personal and professional development and is a huge enthusiast of Anthony Robbins and implements his positive approach to life through her work. As your acupuncturist, Ignacia is wholeheartedly devoted to improving your constitution, energy, and wellness. She is confident that acupuncture is a powerful soul transforming experience that not only extends your life span, but maximizes your potential for more growth and healing. Ignacia enjoys spending time with her two sons and her husband. She loves taking walks, Muay Thai kickboxing and Crossfit! Come visit Ignacia today and be amazed at how magnificent acupuncture works!
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.
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
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.
Chelsea is a transplant from the greater Seattle area, where she grew up showing horses in dressage and jumping. Through doing manual labor as a teen and crash landing a time or two, she learned firsthand the value of receiving massage as a tool for recovery, as well as the importance of preventative maintenance.
She became a massage therapist in 2013, when she graduated Boulder College of Massage. Since then, she extended her education with Boulder College of Massage to get her Associates in Occupational Studies (1200+ hours), in which her main-focus was Sports Massage, and Orthopedic Massage. She is a certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist through Klose Training, as well. Chelsea has also worked around the spa industry, and enjoys giving a relaxing, Swedish massage, or hot stone massage as much as she enjoys doing treatment work. In her free time, she is a full-time college student, outdoor enthusiast, and animal lover, with two horses and a dog.
Modalities Trained in: Orthopedic massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Muscle Energy Technique, Facilitated Stretching, Swedish/Deep Swedish, Prenatal/Perinatal Massage, Geriatric Massage, Cranial Sacral Release, Energy work, Shiatsu Massage, Relaxation Massage, Body wraps and scrubs, Hot Stone Massage
Kristi is a Colorado Licensed massage therapist with a specialty in reflexology. She was first introduced to reflexology in 1989 after a near death experience with pneumonia. She furthered her education in 1997 and was originally licensed as a massage therapist in Oregon.
Kristi has lived in 8 states and Canada. She has worked in nursing homes, a women’s fitness center, chiropractic offices, day spas and private practice. She was also the first, on staff reflexologist at Longmont United hospital in Colorado.
In 1997 Kristi wrote and produced a Hand Reflexology DVD and workbook entitled “Reaching Out to Touch and Teach Every Hand on the Planet” She was also a presenter at the 1999 International Council of Reflexologists’ conference in Hawaii.
In 2009, Kristi wrote Tapping In – healing Yourself One Question at a Time. This book is designed to help all those who are seeking health answers from a new perspective. This work has saved her life and continues to save her life. Kristi offers an “Energy Healing for the Soul” session which allows her to use her Tapping In method along with multiple hands-on therapies to release blocks within the body.
As a graduate from Heritage College after receiving an Associate’s Degree in Occupational Studies in Therapeutic Massage in July 2013. I have been trained in many modalities and techniques including, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Sports massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Prenatal massage, Swedish, Medical massage, Sports Injury massage. I am also certified in TMJ and Intra-Oral Massage Therapy for those suffering from clenching, grinding, migraines, and chronic face and neck pain. My passion for massage was discovered while helping my mother with Scoliosis, Nerve Damage, and pain management. Now my mission is to help each client with pain and discomfort. I have been using essential oils and studying them for the last two years. I recently have been using cold stones to help heal injuries, TMJ, sinus pressure, and migraines along with certain essential oils.
I help my clients heal through a combination of massage and education about causes, self-care, and prevention of body imbalances. I am passionate about integrated bodywork and often incorporate additional modalities into my treatments, including Tui Na, Cupping, and more subtle forms of healing such as Essential Oils and energy work like Polarity Therapy and Qi Gong Massage. I believe that every individual is unique, requiring customized care using a variety of modalities designed for you.
I am also committed to educating my clients on the importance of maintenance and prevention. Whether it’s a yoga posture, an essential oil blend, or an Acupressure point, I share simple, practical, and highly effective self-care practices with my clients. My goal is to identify imbalances in your body, stimulate your body’s natural healing ability to move you into homeostasis again, and help you maintain your own health and happiness!
Anne Havens is a highly experienced Holistic Skin Specialist, Licensed Aesthetician, and Certified Yoga Instructor. After receiving her specialized training on the island of Maui, Anne has cultivated her healing craft over the past decade. As an expert her in field, Anne has worked in top luxury spas, holistic salons, and wellness centers. She loves helping clients look and feel radiant and her passion lies in understanding ingredients, skin physiology, nutrition, and advanced relaxation techniques. Anne’s clients love her healing touch and calming presence and are comforted by her expertise and wealth of knowledge on skincare and holistic health. She is grateful to have the opportunity to work at Calming Spirit Acupuncture and Massage and looks forward to helping you achieve your skin care goals.
Anne Havens has been practicing yoga and studying health and wellness for 20 years and has been teaching yoga for the past 10 years. She traveled to the Big Island of Hawaii to immerse herself in spiritual study, living at the Konalani Yoga Ashram. Here she became certified in Shambhava Yoga, which is a Hatha practice, steeped in traditional Hindhu and Bhuddist teachings, bhakti yoga, meditation, kirtan, and ayurveda. Anne loves taking her students on a journey of connection, mindfulness, gratitude, perseverance and love while freeing the body and mind of tension and limiting beliefs.
Anne’s continued path of self-discovery led her to the Denver based, Sridaiva Yoga. Sridaiva is a complete mind, body, spirit practice of wellness that focuses on the therapeutic alignment of the body in each posture. She has received immense transformation and healing from this practice and it is her absolute passion to share it with others. Sridaiva is a new and exciting form of mind-body practice that focuses on creating the formation of the B owspring. In this new alignment paradigm the natural curves of the spine are emphasized, as well as an elongated core, spring-like toes, open pelvic floor and radiant heart . The bowspring enlivens the body, especially the energy centers and myofascia. It reshapes the body’s form into an incredibly open, stable, balanced and strong structure. Anne looks forward to meeting you in class and supporting you on your own healing journey.
Benefits of the Bowspring Practice:
Lightness of Body and Mind
Decrease in Chronic Pain
Enhanced Confidence and Positive Outlook
Marcella was born in Colorado and is a native of Arvada. After several years in the medical/ wellness field, Marcella made the decision to be hands-on and pursue a license in esthetics. She attended the College of International Esthetics in Arvada, CO. Since then she has worked in the field performing both classic and medical treatments of the skin and body.
Marcella’s comprehensive knowledge of the skin, product ingredients and diverse knowledge in treatment techniques allows her to effectively alleviate common skin conditions. Skin conditions such as aging, wrinkles, sun-damage, dark-spots, discoloration, dry/dehydrated skin, roughness, acne, blemishes, rosacea, sensitive-skin, and tired/dull skin. Being a Colorado native she understands the many skin aliments caused by both the altitude and seasonal changes and has a passion for helping her clients meet their skincare goals.
Throughout her career Marcella has found a passion for hair-removal and offers full body waxing for men and women.
Marcella’s relatable-nurturing personality allows clients to feel comfortable throughout their treatments. She is an attentive listener and progress driven esthetician. She believes heavily in continuing education to provide the most advanced techniques and knowledge.
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.
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
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.
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 comes up.
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.