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At the Oriental Healing Arts Center we are a specialized group of individuals with valuable experience in our fields.

Many of us are also instructors at Alaska Institute of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture & Massage Therapy. We hope our dedication and passion stands out in our work!

We like to think of you as part of our family, and give as much care and respect to you as we would our own mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. Making the world a better place for all of us, caring about each other, and finding health and happiness are all very important to us.

Our Master Healer, Tao Shih Pei Wo Lun, is the visionary of this Institute. He has spent the majority of his life pursuing his dream of building a center for healing that has a strong foundation in Oriental medicine, Tai Chi, and QiGong. He specializes in Tai Chi, Taoist Spiritual Healing, and Chinese herbs, and is a mentor for our most senior therapists.

One thing that makes us very different is that we all view this work as part of our life or destiny, not just a job. We happily infuse self-cultivation practices like meditation, QiGong, Tai Chi, and Yoga into our daily lifestyles. We try to live good lives and become better people, striving towards the virtues of kindness, benevolence, unconditional love, compassion, courage, hope, and inner strength. We're not perfect, but we are very down to Earth and have a lot of fun working on these things!

Most of our practitioners have graduated from Alaska Institute. We offer clinical work to graduates who showed excellence in their school work and a passion for going as deep as they can into the Taoist Healing Arts and Oriental medicine. In this way, we are assured of their background and knowledge, and know that we are providing top quality therapy to you.

Most of practitioners have also studied in China, during one or more of the Study Tours our school takes about every 2 years. We have had the opportunity to study directly with sports medicine doctors that work with Olympic athletes, University instructors, Taoist monks and herbalists, and have even participated in hospital internships in Beijing. We make sure we bring you the best of the best.

Our practitioners are highly qualified with a variety of strengths, interests, and specialties. We are happy to help match you with best therapist for you based on your personal goals.

Tao Shih Pei Wo Lun

Tao Shih Pei Wo LunMaster Healer, Master Teacher, Way of the  Enlightened Spirit

Tao Shih Pei Wo Lun, a preeminent Master Healer and Master Teacher, embodies many years of experience and wisdom along with an unsurpassed knowledge base, as he takes you on a deeply profound journey of spiritual healing.

The journey offered by Tao Shih fulfills the hope of attaining "The Promise". The promise of heaven on earth, peace, bliss, ecstasy, unconditional love, and equanimity. During this journey you will find renewed confidence as your emotional well-being is enhanced. Your enthusiasm for life will be unbounded, your experiences transformational and transcendent. Providing an adventure significantly different, he will change your life.

A virtuoso of the Healing Arts, Tao Shi Pei Wo Lun draws from the great Wisdom Traditions and pioneers contemporary achievements.

As a connoisseur of the Art of Tai Chi, he combines movement and dance with pshychospiritual cultivation, creating a complete healing experience. Known for his honesty, real world guidance, and ability to "cut to the chase", he can find the root of any issue, bringing you to the realization of your true self.

Tao Shiih Pei Wo Lun is the creator and instructor for the Tai Chi 10 Proram. (see Tai Chi 10 Instructor's Program )

He offers appointments for herbal consultations, private Taoist Healing sessions, and private Tai Chi and QiGong instruction.

For Appointments: 907-279-0135 

Cynthia McMullen

 

 

 

 

Cynthia McMullenMaster Massage Therapist, Certified Aromatherapist, Touch of Tao

Cynthia has been relieving pain since 1999.  She is one of the creative minds behind the Massage Therapy Program at the Oriental Healing Arts School of Massage Therapy.  Cynthia has been teaching introductory Oriental medicine classes for more than 10 years with a special emphasis on understanding Traditional Taoist Five Elements, Traditional Qi/Energy Healing and Medical QiGong.

She brings to her students her vast knowledge and experience in specialty techniques such as energetic assessments, auricular therapy, cupping, and moxa therapy. Complementing these skills she teaches the advanced Oriental Bodywork series including Points and Meridians and Theory of Oriental Medicine, followed by an experiential Lab class where her students go through the process of customizing an Oriental medicine based bodywork treatment which they both give and receive throughout the course, receiving noticeable healing results.

She is the creator and instructor of the Traditional Taoist Five Element Nutrition course, teaching how to heal using whole foods as medicine and cooking with Chinese herbs. This includes but is not limited to weight loss, weak digestive system, candida type symptoms, safe cleansing diets to heal the internal organs, and mysterious aliments such as lack of appetite and digestive discomforts especially when conventional medicine is unable to determine a specific diagnosis.

She is our expert in using the highest quality organic therapeutic grade essential oils for internal and external applications with formulas based in traditional Oriental medicine principals. These customized blends are used to balance and heal the body mind and soul. Cynthia is Internationally Certified in Aromatherapy by the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy. See her essential oil services list.

Cynthia thoroughly enjoys taking traditional Chinese herbs to the next level by creating wonderful and tasty ways to incorporate them into your diet with healing soups, salads, healthy wines and teas.  She has been to China twice (1999 & 2002) to study Tui Na Acupressure Massage and Tai Chi.

Having studied extensively with Master Healer Tao Shih Pei Wo Lun she previously taught Tai Chi classes to the community for 5 years and since has taught Qi Gong classes for the past 10 years.  Cynthia is the author of “Three Centers Meditation:  A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation” published in 2008, and also the popular YouTube video "Taoist Temple Seated QiGong" originally published in 2001.

Cynthia sees clients for a large variety of health situations.  She provides consultations and treatments based in Traditional Taoist Medical QiGong, Massage Therapy, Five Element Nutrition and Herbs, and Essential Oils.  She is also very proud to have many wonderful students that accept her referrals.

For an appointment:  907-279-0135

Michele Keck

Michele KeckMaster Massage Therapist, Illuminated Spirit Healing Arts

 

Michele is the lead instructor for the hands-on table massage program in the Alaska Institute of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture, and Massage Therapy. She loves teaching and sharing the healing arts not just as for a vocation ,but as way for people to embark on their own healing journey for personal growth,self cultivation, and to fulfill their life’s vision. Her goal is to assist people in empowering themselves to take charge of their own health and well being, and Illuminating the Spirit of the their own true-self and purpose. 

Michele has been studying the Eastern Healing Arts for over 15 years and started her personal private practice as a massage therapist in 2003. Michele’s main inspiration and teachings have come from her spiritual teacher, Tao Shih Pei Wo Lun at the Oriental Healing Arts Center. She has also studied at the Olympic Sports Hospital in Bejing, China.

She is certified in Thai Massage, Tuina Chinese Medical Acupressure Massage, Taoist Herbology, Medical Qigong Energy Work. She practices and has taught classes in Meditation, Taichi, Qigong, and Yoga. She incorporates these into her sessions, creating a unique healing session based on the individual needs of her clients. Working with clients who have shoulder pain, back pain, and headaches are her expertise. 

Michele is also the director of the Thai Yoga Massage program at the Alaska Institute. She traveled to Thailand in 1999 absorbing various styles of Thai massage from the local villages. Michele is full of knowledge, fun and experience when it comes to Yoga and Thai Yoga Massage. She enjoys teaching clients and workshops that include Yoga positions for common aliments and two person yoga.

For an appointment: 907-764-4055 or michelekeck@me.com

Lee Ann Benko

Lee Ann BenkoMaster Massage Therapist, Phoenix Rising

Lee Ann Benko is the fabulous director of our "Excellent Children" program which provides Meditation, Tai Chi, and pediatric massage to children ages 6-14.

She teaches the Tui Na course in the Acupuncture Program, and also teaches workshops in Tui Na Acupressure Massage and Massage for Infants and Children.

Lee Ann has a private practice in massage therapy, Tui Na Acupressure massage, Thai Yoga massage, medical qigong, and pediatric masage. Besides working with children, she is exceptional at relieving chronic pain in adults.

For Appointments: 907-279-0135 

Brittany Russell

Brittany RussellOriental Healing Massage Therapist, Hands Like Clouds  

Brittany Russell is a fabulous Oriental Healing Massage Therapist.  She has dedicated herself to many dynamic forms of body work including Swedish relaxation massage, Thai Yoga massage, Tui Na sports massage, Prenatal massage and Hot Stone.  Her specialties also include Gua Sha and acupressure points.  
 
She has also earned herself a reputation for providing a wonderful chair massage!  In those 15-30 mins, Brittany works her magic and will bring you definite and immediate relief to the most stubborn of aches and pains.  She shares her knowledge with the next generation of massage therapists by teaching chair massage and table massage in the Alaska Institutes 800 hr Massage Therapy Program.  
 
Brittany has studied abroad in Beijing, China in the Olympic Sports Hospital to become an expert in the effective and invigorating, Tui Na sports massage.  Combined with her wide knowledge base in Thai Yoga massage, she can create a mind blowing experience tailored to each individual client.  With an experienced and nurturing touch, capable of giving light contact for those that are physically sensitive, and deep contact for those that are in need of a more therapeutic session, you will find long lasting relief.  Her business name is Hands Like Clouds, and after an hour with her, you will be floating like one!  
 
Want some exercises to go with your bodywork?  You are in luck!  Brittany is also an instructor of Yang style Tai Chi, Yoga and Qigong energy work, including Ba Dua Jin and Neck and Low Back Pain Qigong.  
 
Let Brittany brighten your day and assist you on your path to wellness - your Mind Body Spirit will thank you!

Gretchen Holbrook

Gretchen HolbrookProfessional Massage Therapist

Gretchen has been relieving pain since August 2010. Gretchen is strong and has a naturally deep and quick style, leaving your muscles knowing they had a great massage!  Be sure to request her for a chair massage when you're really stressed out and she'll work wonders for you.  Have a full hour to have your whole body re-balanced? A table massage with Gretchen is unforgettable.  She also teaches our Wudang style 5-Animal Frolics QiGong class - see the video below.

For Appointments: 907-279-0135

Lamar Gunter, L.Ac.

  Lamar Gunter, MS, MAc,  LAc,  has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1999.  Her needles have taken her from York, PA where she maintained a private practice in addition to working at York Hospital’s Wellness Center; to the Australian bush and now to Alaska.  Her practice of Oriental Medicine includes not only acupuncture, but also Zen Shiatsu, Qi Gong, Reiki and Chinese Herbal Medicine. 

She studied Traditional Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine at TAI Sophia in Columbia, Maryland and has been privileged to experience the wisdom of world-renowned teachers/authors/practitioners , J.R. And J.B. Worsley, Dianne Connelly, Elisabeth Rochat de la Valle, Ted Kaptchuk, Lonnie Jarrett,  Robert Duggan,  Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, Jeremy Ross and Raphael Nogier.

Lamar is the Program Director for our wonderful 2120 hour Acupuncture Program.  In addition she supervises the Acupuncture Student Clinic, coordinates the Acupuncture Community Clinic, and sees private clients for a variety of health issues.  Watch for her "Lunch with Lamar" free talks on Tuesday afternoons, where she shares valuable information with the community on fascinating topics involving Acupuncture, Oriental medicine, and healing perspectives.

            “From time to time I have lived with uncertainty and that can be a scary place to be. And it can also be exciting, full of possibility.   The one thing of which I am certain is that acupuncture is a noble calling and it has provided me with the tools to understand the world around me and the world within me by cultivating the observer in me. For it is through observing life as it is and not how we wish it to be that we can begin to effect the changes to transform life as we wish it to be.”  ~Lamar Gunter

Kep Pierce

  A couple of years ago, while at a health fair, Kep decided to have a Chiropractic health screening. She discovered she had a condition called Thoracic Kyphosis (over curvature of the thoracic vertebrae). As a woman of action, she immediately started searching for a way to heal this. She spoke to many health care professionals that told her there was no way to correct this condition, until she spoke to Dao Shima Susan, a Tai Chi practitioner and teacher.

Dao Shima Susan told Kep that Thoracic Kyphosis could be improved with Tai Chi stances. After a couple of months of diligent and committed tai chi practice Kep noticed a big difference in her posture. One day, while talking to Dao Shima about tai chi and her posture challenges Kep decided to attend massage school. Kep saw a career in massage therapy as a way to continue her healing process and a way to help other people in their healing process.

 
At the awesome age of 65 years Kep graduated massage therapy school and became a practicing massage therapist. She feels this is proof you are never too old to live your life and dream. She encourages people, no matter what their age, to continue growing and trying new things.
 
Kep shows great care and concern for her clients. She has a nurturing and healing touch that allows her to assist her clients to relax and let go of tensions. She feels this process is sometimes not so easy to accomplish by yourself. Kep feels that the relaxation response brings the person to a state of peacefulness and contentment. In addition to her nurturing and healing attitude Kep brings compassion and empathy to comfort her clients. Kep’s goal for each massage session is as simple as it is beautiful - to help the person feel better, the smiles to come more easily, and the day to be brighter.
A career in massage therapy and Kep’s continued growth in this area introduces her to concepts she would otherwise not have encountered. The best part of this learning is when she shares these new concepts with her clients.
 
Kep is very civically minded. She has worked with many community councils in the Anchorage area. For example, she represented Mountain View at the Federation of Community Councils 20 years and continues to be involved their largest ongoing project, annual spring clean - up. She is also, on committees for Parks and Recreation and the Parks Foundation planning upgrades for the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club grounds, North Russian Jack park, and Chester Creek handicapped nature trail.If you ask Kep what her perfect day would be, she will tell you the day would be split into a few portions. She loves to shop at used book stores, take the books home and spend the evening reading. She would also put in there some volunteer community service. Of course, a perfect day would not be complete without a couple of massage therapy sessions.
 
A list of Kep’s accomplishments that pertain to her massage therapy career are:
- certified QiGong teacher
- certified Tuina Medical Acupressure massage therapist 
- studied cupping & facial acupressure
- Licensed massage therapist
- Senior massage therapist

 
Specializing in massage therapy for seniors Kep can give a very effective and nurturing massage with a light touch.
“I appreciate Kep’s experience with older adults. Her gentle yet effective techniques have improved my circulation and range of motion. I highly recommend her.” - John Snead

Rose Brigmon

Professional Massage Therapist, Rose Brigmon


 
Rose Brigmon is committed to providing physical comfort, mental relaxation and natural healing to her clientele using Swedish, Thai, Oriental and Holistic Therapies.

She offers lymphatic drainage, hot jade stones massage, essential oil massage, facial spa massage, gliding-feet ashiatsu, thai foot reflexology, Swedish massage, oriental cupping, moxibustion, guasha, tuning forks, deep tissue and chair massage.

With infinite positive energy, she puts pure Metta (Loving Kindness intended to calm and renew) into each personalized treatment, and will leave you in a state of rejuvenated bliss.

A 23 year resident of Alaska with her husband Jeff, Rose is often seen riding her motorcycles, and is the reigning Ms. Harley-Davidson Alaska.
 
Call 279-0135 to book with Rose
 
She will be at The Oriental Healing Arts Center Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays, or by special appointment 

 

Starla Brewer

Starla Brewer is a fabulous addition to our team of massage therapists. She specializes in digestive/abdominal massage with essential oils and cupping.

Starla also provides both deep tissue massage and nurturing relaxation massage.

In her spare time she studies Chinese Tui Na Medical Acupressure and does all kinds of fun things with mushing dogs.

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At the Oriental Healing Arts Center we are a specialized group of individuals with valuable experience in our fields.

Many of us are also instructors at Alaska Institute of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture & Massage Therapy. We hope our dedication and passion stands out in our work!

We like to think of you as part of our family, and give as much care and respect to you as we would our own mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. Making the world a better place for all of us, caring about each other, and finding health and happiness are all very important to us.

Our Master Healer, Tao Shih Pei Wo Lun, is the visionary of this Institute. He has spent the majority of his life pursuing his dream of building a center for healing that has a strong foundation in Oriental medicine, Tai Chi, and QiGong. He specializes in Tai Chi, Taoist Spiritual Healing, and Chinese herbs, and is a mentor for our most senior therapists.

One thing that makes us very different is that we all view this work as part of our life or destiny, not just a job. We happily infuse self-cultivation practices like meditation, QiGong, Tai Chi, and Yoga into our daily lifestyles. We try to live good lives and become better people, striving towards the virtues of kindness, benevolence, unconditional love, compassion, courage, hope, and inner strength. We're not perfect, but we are very down to Earth and have a lot of fun working on these things!

Most of our practitioners have graduated from Alaska Institute. We offer clinical work to graduates who showed excellence in their school work and a passion for going as deep as they can into the Taoist Healing Arts and Oriental medicine. In this way, we are assured of their background and knowledge, and know that we are providing top quality therapy to you.

Most of practitioners have also studied in China, during one or more of the Study Tours our school takes about every 2 years. We have had the opportunity to study directly with sports medicine doctors that work with Olympic athletes, University instructors, Taoist monks and herbalists, and have even participated in hospital internships in Beijing. We make sure we bring you the best of the best.

Our practitioners are highly qualified with a variety of strengths, interests, and specialties. We are happy to help match you with best therapist for you based on your personal goals.

Tao Shih Pei Wo Lun

Tao Shih Pei Wo LunMaster Healer, Master Teacher, Way of the  Enlightened Spirit

Tao Shih Pei Wo Lun, a preeminent Master Healer and Master Teacher, embodies many years of experience and wisdom along with an unsurpassed knowledge base, as he takes you on a deeply profound journey of spiritual healing.

The journey offered by Tao Shih fulfills the hope of attaining "The Promise". The promise of heaven on earth, peace, bliss, ecstasy, unconditional love, and equanimity. During this journey you will find renewed confidence as your emotional well-being is enhanced. Your enthusiasm for life will be unbounded, your experiences transformational and transcendent. Providing an adventure significantly different, he will change your life.

A virtuoso of the Healing Arts, Tao Shi Pei Wo Lun draws from the great Wisdom Traditions and pioneers contemporary achievements.

As a connoisseur of the Art of Tai Chi, he combines movement and dance with pshychospiritual cultivation, creating a complete healing experience. Known for his honesty, real world guidance, and ability to "cut to the chase", he can find the root of any issue, bringing you to the realization of your true self.

Tao Shiih Pei Wo Lun is the creator and instructor for the Tai Chi 10 Proram. (see Tai Chi 10 Instructor's Program )

He offers appointments for herbal consultations, private Taoist Healing sessions, and private Tai Chi and QiGong instruction.

For Appointments: 907-279-0135 

Cynthia McMullen

 

 

 

 

Cynthia McMullenMaster Massage Therapist, Certified Aromatherapist, Touch of Tao

Cynthia has been relieving pain since 1999.  She is one of the creative minds behind the Massage Therapy Program at the Oriental Healing Arts School of Massage Therapy.  Cynthia has been teaching introductory Oriental medicine classes for more than 10 years with a special emphasis on understanding Traditional Taoist Five Elements, Traditional Qi/Energy Healing and Medical QiGong.

She brings to her students her vast knowledge and experience in specialty techniques such as energetic assessments, auricular therapy, cupping, and moxa therapy. Complementing these skills she teaches the advanced Oriental Bodywork series including Points and Meridians and Theory of Oriental Medicine, followed by an experiential Lab class where her students go through the process of customizing an Oriental medicine based bodywork treatment which they both give and receive throughout the course, receiving noticeable healing results.

She is the creator and instructor of the Traditional Taoist Five Element Nutrition course, teaching how to heal using whole foods as medicine and cooking with Chinese herbs. This includes but is not limited to weight loss, weak digestive system, candida type symptoms, safe cleansing diets to heal the internal organs, and mysterious aliments such as lack of appetite and digestive discomforts especially when conventional medicine is unable to determine a specific diagnosis.

She is our expert in using the highest quality organic therapeutic grade essential oils for internal and external applications with formulas based in traditional Oriental medicine principals. These customized blends are used to balance and heal the body mind and soul. Cynthia is Internationally Certified in Aromatherapy by the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy. See her essential oil services list.

Cynthia thoroughly enjoys taking traditional Chinese herbs to the next level by creating wonderful and tasty ways to incorporate them into your diet with healing soups, salads, healthy wines and teas.  She has been to China twice (1999 & 2002) to study Tui Na Acupressure Massage and Tai Chi.

Having studied extensively with Master Healer Tao Shih Pei Wo Lun she previously taught Tai Chi classes to the community for 5 years and since has taught Qi Gong classes for the past 10 years.  Cynthia is the author of “Three Centers Meditation:  A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation” published in 2008, and also the popular YouTube video "Taoist Temple Seated QiGong" originally published in 2001.

Cynthia sees clients for a large variety of health situations.  She provides consultations and treatments based in Traditional Taoist Medical QiGong, Massage Therapy, Five Element Nutrition and Herbs, and Essential Oils.  She is also very proud to have many wonderful students that accept her referrals.

For an appointment:  907-279-0135

Michele Keck

Michele KeckMaster Massage Therapist, Illuminated Spirit Healing Arts

 

Michele is the lead instructor for the hands-on table massage program in the Alaska Institute of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture, and Massage Therapy. She loves teaching and sharing the healing arts not just as for a vocation ,but as way for people to embark on their own healing journey for personal growth,self cultivation, and to fulfill their life’s vision. Her goal is to assist people in empowering themselves to take charge of their own health and well being, and Illuminating the Spirit of the their own true-self and purpose. 

Michele has been studying the Eastern Healing Arts for over 15 years and started her personal private practice as a massage therapist in 2003. Michele’s main inspiration and teachings have come from her spiritual teacher, Tao Shih Pei Wo Lun at the Oriental Healing Arts Center. She has also studied at the Olympic Sports Hospital in Bejing, China.

She is certified in Thai Massage, Tuina Chinese Medical Acupressure Massage, Taoist Herbology, Medical Qigong Energy Work. She practices and has taught classes in Meditation, Taichi, Qigong, and Yoga. She incorporates these into her sessions, creating a unique healing session based on the individual needs of her clients. Working with clients who have shoulder pain, back pain, and headaches are her expertise. 

Michele is also the director of the Thai Yoga Massage program at the Alaska Institute. She traveled to Thailand in 1999 absorbing various styles of Thai massage from the local villages. Michele is full of knowledge, fun and experience when it comes to Yoga and Thai Yoga Massage. She enjoys teaching clients and workshops that include Yoga positions for common aliments and two person yoga.

For an appointment: 907-764-4055 or michelekeck@me.com

Lee Ann Benko

Lee Ann BenkoMaster Massage Therapist, Phoenix Rising

Lee Ann Benko is the fabulous director of our "Excellent Children" program which provides Meditation, Tai Chi, and pediatric massage to children ages 6-14.

She teaches the Tui Na course in the Acupuncture Program, and also teaches workshops in Tui Na Acupressure Massage and Massage for Infants and Children.

Lee Ann has a private practice in massage therapy, Tui Na Acupressure massage, Thai Yoga massage, medical qigong, and pediatric masage. Besides working with children, she is exceptional at relieving chronic pain in adults.

For Appointments: 907-279-0135 

Brittany Russell

Brittany RussellOriental Healing Massage Therapist, Hands Like Clouds  

Brittany Russell is a fabulous Oriental Healing Massage Therapist.  She has dedicated herself to many dynamic forms of body work including Swedish relaxation massage, Thai Yoga massage, Tui Na sports massage, Prenatal massage and Hot Stone.  Her specialties also include Gua Sha and acupressure points.  
 
She has also earned herself a reputation for providing a wonderful chair massage!  In those 15-30 mins, Brittany works her magic and will bring you definite and immediate relief to the most stubborn of aches and pains.  She shares her knowledge with the next generation of massage therapists by teaching chair massage and table massage in the Alaska Institutes 800 hr Massage Therapy Program.  
 
Brittany has studied abroad in Beijing, China in the Olympic Sports Hospital to become an expert in the effective and invigorating, Tui Na sports massage.  Combined with her wide knowledge base in Thai Yoga massage, she can create a mind blowing experience tailored to each individual client.  With an experienced and nurturing touch, capable of giving light contact for those that are physically sensitive, and deep contact for those that are in need of a more therapeutic session, you will find long lasting relief.  Her business name is Hands Like Clouds, and after an hour with her, you will be floating like one!  
 
Want some exercises to go with your bodywork?  You are in luck!  Brittany is also an instructor of Yang style Tai Chi, Yoga and Qigong energy work, including Ba Dua Jin and Neck and Low Back Pain Qigong.  
 
Let Brittany brighten your day and assist you on your path to wellness - your Mind Body Spirit will thank you!

Gretchen Holbrook

Gretchen HolbrookProfessional Massage Therapist

Gretchen has been relieving pain since August 2010. Gretchen is strong and has a naturally deep and quick style, leaving your muscles knowing they had a great massage!  Be sure to request her for a chair massage when you're really stressed out and she'll work wonders for you.  Have a full hour to have your whole body re-balanced? A table massage with Gretchen is unforgettable.  She also teaches our Wudang style 5-Animal Frolics QiGong class - see the video below.

For Appointments: 907-279-0135

Lamar Gunter, L.Ac.

  Lamar Gunter, MS, MAc,  LAc,  has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1999.  Her needles have taken her from York, PA where she maintained a private practice in addition to working at York Hospital’s Wellness Center; to the Australian bush and now to Alaska.  Her practice of Oriental Medicine includes not only acupuncture, but also Zen Shiatsu, Qi Gong, Reiki and Chinese Herbal Medicine. 

She studied Traditional Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine at TAI Sophia in Columbia, Maryland and has been privileged to experience the wisdom of world-renowned teachers/authors/practitioners , J.R. And J.B. Worsley, Dianne Connelly, Elisabeth Rochat de la Valle, Ted Kaptchuk, Lonnie Jarrett,  Robert Duggan,  Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, Jeremy Ross and Raphael Nogier.

Lamar is the Program Director for our wonderful 2120 hour Acupuncture Program.  In addition she supervises the Acupuncture Student Clinic, coordinates the Acupuncture Community Clinic, and sees private clients for a variety of health issues.  Watch for her "Lunch with Lamar" free talks on Tuesday afternoons, where she shares valuable information with the community on fascinating topics involving Acupuncture, Oriental medicine, and healing perspectives.

            “From time to time I have lived with uncertainty and that can be a scary place to be. And it can also be exciting, full of possibility.   The one thing of which I am certain is that acupuncture is a noble calling and it has provided me with the tools to understand the world around me and the world within me by cultivating the observer in me. For it is through observing life as it is and not how we wish it to be that we can begin to effect the changes to transform life as we wish it to be.”  ~Lamar Gunter

Kep Pierce

  A couple of years ago, while at a health fair, Kep decided to have a Chiropractic health screening. She discovered she had a condition called Thoracic Kyphosis (over curvature of the thoracic vertebrae). As a woman of action, she immediately started searching for a way to heal this. She spoke to many health care professionals that told her there was no way to correct this condition, until she spoke to Dao Shima Susan, a Tai Chi practitioner and teacher.

Dao Shima Susan told Kep that Thoracic Kyphosis could be improved with Tai Chi stances. After a couple of months of diligent and committed tai chi practice Kep noticed a big difference in her posture. One day, while talking to Dao Shima about tai chi and her posture challenges Kep decided to attend massage school. Kep saw a career in massage therapy as a way to continue her healing process and a way to help other people in their healing process.

 
At the awesome age of 65 years Kep graduated massage therapy school and became a practicing massage therapist. She feels this is proof you are never too old to live your life and dream. She encourages people, no matter what their age, to continue growing and trying new things.
 
Kep shows great care and concern for her clients. She has a nurturing and healing touch that allows her to assist her clients to relax and let go of tensions. She feels this process is sometimes not so easy to accomplish by yourself. Kep feels that the relaxation response brings the person to a state of peacefulness and contentment. In addition to her nurturing and healing attitude Kep brings compassion and empathy to comfort her clients. Kep’s goal for each massage session is as simple as it is beautiful - to help the person feel better, the smiles to come more easily, and the day to be brighter.
A career in massage therapy and Kep’s continued growth in this area introduces her to concepts she would otherwise not have encountered. The best part of this learning is when she shares these new concepts with her clients.
 
Kep is very civically minded. She has worked with many community councils in the Anchorage area. For example, she represented Mountain View at the Federation of Community Councils 20 years and continues to be involved their largest ongoing project, annual spring clean - up. She is also, on committees for Parks and Recreation and the Parks Foundation planning upgrades for the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club grounds, North Russian Jack park, and Chester Creek handicapped nature trail.If you ask Kep what her perfect day would be, she will tell you the day would be split into a few portions. She loves to shop at used book stores, take the books home and spend the evening reading. She would also put in there some volunteer community service. Of course, a perfect day would not be complete without a couple of massage therapy sessions.
 
A list of Kep’s accomplishments that pertain to her massage therapy career are:
- certified QiGong teacher
- certified Tuina Medical Acupressure massage therapist 
- studied cupping & facial acupressure
- Licensed massage therapist
- Senior massage therapist

 
Specializing in massage therapy for seniors Kep can give a very effective and nurturing massage with a light touch.
“I appreciate Kep’s experience with older adults. Her gentle yet effective techniques have improved my circulation and range of motion. I highly recommend her.” - John Snead

Rose Brigmon

Professional Massage Therapist, Rose Brigmon


 
Rose Brigmon is committed to providing physical comfort, mental relaxation and natural healing to her clientele using Swedish, Thai, Oriental and Holistic Therapies.

She offers lymphatic drainage, hot jade stones massage, essential oil massage, facial spa massage, gliding-feet ashiatsu, thai foot reflexology, Swedish massage, oriental cupping, moxibustion, guasha, tuning forks, deep tissue and chair massage.

With infinite positive energy, she puts pure Metta (Loving Kindness intended to calm and renew) into each personalized treatment, and will leave you in a state of rejuvenated bliss.

A 23 year resident of Alaska with her husband Jeff, Rose is often seen riding her motorcycles, and is the reigning Ms. Harley-Davidson Alaska.
 
Call 279-0135 to book with Rose
 
She will be at The Oriental Healing Arts Center Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays, or by special appointment 

 

Starla Brewer

Starla Brewer is a fabulous addition to our team of massage therapists. She specializes in digestive/abdominal massage with essential oils and cupping.

Starla also provides both deep tissue massage and nurturing relaxation massage.

In her spare time she studies Chinese Tui Na Medical Acupressure and does all kinds of fun things with mushing dogs.

 

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