Our Team of Specialized Acupuncturists + Massage Therapists in Boulder
Dr. Maren (formerly Kandace) Cahill (Founder/Clinic Director) DAOM, L.Ac., FABORM, holds a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) with specialization in women’s health and adult aging from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) and a Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College (SWAC), in Boulder, CO, 2006. She is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology (Dipl.OM) and licensed by the state of Colorado. She is also a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM). She founded Well Woman Acupuncture in 2006.
Dr. Cahill specializes in every area of women’s health, including fertility, menstrual disorders, pregnancy and postpartum care, but holds a special passion for PCOS, menopause and emotional stress. She finds utter joy in helping women overcome complex issues that aren’t easily addressed by Western medicine alone. She enjoys teaching on these topics as well, and serves as an adjunct doctoral professor at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She also teaches a 5-hour course titled “PCOS: TCM Approach by Western Phenotype for Increased Clinical Efficacy and Improved Fertility for Healthy Seminars and is a guest lecturer on PCOS for the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
When not treating patients, Maren spends as much as possible in nature or in her art studio, where she creates mixed media art and watercolor.
Rachel Fisher, L.Ac, MSOM, holds a Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, CO, 2004. Rachel is nationally board certified as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. OM) by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) and is licensed in the state of Colorado. She has 15 years experience as an acupuncturist, herbalist and bodyworker.
As a woman, mother, and healer, Rachel is passionate about supporting well-being for women. She knows how challenging women’s health issues can be and is committed to the health and vitality of women throughout all phases of their lives. Rachel offers comprehensive healthcare to women of every age, with specialties in menstrual disorders, pregnancy, pre and postnatal care including postpartum depression & anxiety, perimenopause and menopause. She is also skilled in treating stress, trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, insomnia and pain.
Rachel continues to sharpen her expertise in Chinese Medicine with extensive education over the last 15 years. Major areas of study include fertility, pregnancy, hormone balance, emotional imbalances and pain.
Rachel views every meeting as an opportunity to treat the patient with mindful presence and compassion, and is honored to be work a part of working towards each woman’s highest health. She is happy to live in the beautiful foothills of Boulder, CO with her amazing husband, children, and golden-doodle-dog, Ollie.
Dr. Megan Wemm, DAOM, Dipl.Ac., L.Ac. holds a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) with specialization in women’s health and pain management from Five Branches University, in Santa Cruz, CA. She is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in Acupuncture (Dipl.Ac.) and licensed by the state of Colorado, California and Maryland. Megan will be sitting for the American Board of Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) exam in 2019.
Since completing her degree in 2009, Megan has worked extensively in the Chinese herb industry, serving as an herbal consultant and educator for Kan Herb Company for several years. During this time, she traveled internationally, training professionals across many disciplines on the safe and effective use of Chinese herbs in medical practice. Megan also has several years of clinical experience, serving as co-founder and proprietor of Communi-Qi Acupuncture, a community acupuncture clinic in Santa Cruz, where she cultivated her passion for treating women’s health issues. Since that time, Megan has obtained extensive post-graduate training in the women’s health field, ranging from menstrual issues, hormone disorders, fertility and pregnancy, and menopause. She enjoys working one-on-one with women to create realistic health goals that help them discover a renewed relationship with life.
Megan moved to the Denver area with her family in the spring of 2018 and is excited to join Well Woman Acupuncture! Megan enjoys yoga, swimming and all the great outdoors has to offer. Introducing her 3 year old to hiking and the outdoors of Colorado is a joy!
Leela Whitcomb-Hewitt is a Tibetan Medicine practitioner and Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) with specialty in KuNye (Traditional Tibetan Massage) and The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy.
She received her LMT in 2010 and graduated from the Shang Shung Institute School of Tibetan Medicine in 2012, with a certification in Traditional Tibetan Medicine. Following this 4½ year program, she completed two extensive internships in Tibet and Russia. She became certified in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage in 2015.
According to our staff, Leela provides a grounding, rhythmic massage that leaves you feeling so well tended to, it’s as though you’ve been cradled in the hands of the Earth herself. Her work is at once gentle, but penetrating, deeply relaxing areas of tension without leaving you feeling overly worked. She locates problem areas intuitively, and can easily allow for a profound letting go that comes from within, creating increased flexibility in both mind & body.
When it comes to Maya abdominal massage, Leela approaches each session with a deep reverence that creates safety and allows this vulnerable area to let go of obstruction and blockage. Her work should be considered a must for those who are undergoing treatment for infertility, especially when uterine or ovarian blood flow is diminished.
ABORM was formed by leading professionals in Oriental Reproductive Medicine who came together with a resolve to meet the patient and physician demand for a demonstration of knowledge of care in this field of specialization. Recognizing a need to maintain that practitioners treating patients with Oriental Medicine in the field of Reproductive Health are doing so with an advanced knowledge and experience, they created the certification process to allow practitioners to demonstrate their knowledge through the process of voluntary examination.
NCCAOM A Diplomate of Oriental Medicine is a practitioner who is certified by the NCCAOM. It is a considerable professional achievement to earn the designation Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®). NCCAOM certification indicates to employers, patients, and peers that one has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture and Chinese herbology as defined by the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) profession. National board certification in Oriental medicine has been the mark of excellence in AOM since the inception of the Oriental Medicine Certification Program in 2003. Every certified NCCAOM Diplomate must abide by the NCCAOM® Code of Ethics.
The Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program at OCOM is a clinically focused postgraduate degree program leading to a clinical doctorate degree. Graduates are naturally positioned as leaders in the AOM field, whether as specialized practitioners skilled in the treatment of chronic and complex conditions, clinical researchers, or teachers of future generations of practitioners.
The doctoral studies program is designed for practitioners to complete the degree while maintaining their practice — advancing their knowledge and skills in the clinical domain, as well as in biomedicine, research literacy and teaching skills. Doctoral students cultivate habits of lifelong learning and scholarship, and self-directed inquiry is strongly and continuously emphasized.
Specialization in women’s health and aging adults, increased interaction with Western biomedical practitioners, a strong emphasis on clinical judgment skills, and the use of research findings to inform clinical decision making are key areas that distinguish the doctoral degree program from OCOM’s master’s program.
The doctoral program is 1,221 hours in length, including 551 didactic hours and 670 clinical hours.
Southwest Acupuncture College (SWAC)The academic programs at Southwest Acupuncture College consist of training in the five branches of classical Oriental medicine: acupuncture, herbal medicine, physical therapy, nutrition, and exercise therapy. The greatest numbers of hours are devoted to the study and practice of acupuncture and herbal medicine, with the balance of the hours completing the students’ education in graduate level studies in Oriental medicine and Western science. Upon graduation, the college confers the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (M.S.O.M.) degree. The M.S.O.M. degree consists of 3092.5 hours.