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Dr. Kalin Acupuncturist in The Health Connection Tacoma

Kalin

​Licensed Acupuncturist - Board Certified Chinese Herbalist
Kalin was born and raised in western Washington. Prior to joining The Health Connection, she attended the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine. Here she gained hands-on experience with acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and other modalities and earned a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She worked on cruise ships for a year following her schooling and then on land for another seven years practicing acupuncture. Kalin enjoys helping her patients with their health through acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatments. She specializes in pain management along with women’s health. In her free time, Kalin enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.

Education:
Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine
Bachelor of Science in Biology/Zoology, Western Washington University

Licensure: WA state Acupuncture License

Techniques: Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, Manaka (Japanese) Style acupuncture, Moxabustion, Cupping, Gua Sha, Chinese herbal medicine, and Chinese Tui Na massage.

Hobbies: Cooking, Outdoor activities, and Spending time with kids
Dr. Veronica Acupuncturist in The Health Connection Tacoma

Veronica

Veronica is a Pacific Northwest native. She is both a classically and modernly trained Practitioner. She enjoys practicing Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine because it is so gratifying to witness the improvements in her patient’s health and wellbeing. Before becoming a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, she completed her Bachelor’s in Biology and worked in Marine Biology research. Once having her own experience with Acupuncture for chronic migraines and the help in healing it provided, she decided her new path was Eastern Medicine. Currently, she is furthering her education in the field by obtaining her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Education:
Bachelors of Arts in Biology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii
Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, San Francisco, California

Licensure:
Washington State East Asian Medicine Practitioner
California State Licensed Acupuncturist

Techniques: Acupuncture (various methods), Moxibustion, Cupping, Tui Na/Shiatsu, Gua Sha, Chinese Herbs or Herbal Formulas, Medical Qi Gong, and Dietary Therapy.

Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking, Camping, Loves the Beach, Reading, Cooking and Walking her Dog
Shannon acupuncturist at The Health Connection Clinic in Tacoma

Shannon

Shannon was born and raised in Pierce County. She was exposed to acupuncture at a young age through her mom‘s practice. Inspired to become an acupuncturist herself, she attended and got her master’s degree from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. She began practicing acupuncture in a chiropractic clinic before transitioning to a community acupuncture clinic to start her professional career. She has continued to practice and hone her acupuncture skills for the past seven years. Shannon lives in Tacoma with her family and enjoys spending her free time outdoors in nature.

Education:
Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine
Associates of Science in Pre-Nursing, Tacoma Community College

Licensure: Washington State Acupuncture License and NCCAOM certified

Techniques: Dr. Tan Method Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture, Gua Sha, Cupping, Moxibustion, Tui Na massage Qi Gong.

Hobbies: Reading to her kids, Being outdoors, Learning new things