Our Team of Specialized Acupuncturists + Massage Therapists in Boulder
Dr. 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. 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). See below for more information on these organizations.
In addition to treating her patients, Dr. Cahill also spends a great deal of time teaching and writing for scholarly publications. She is the OB/GYN instructor at Southwest Acupuncture College (Boulder campus) and is a visiting instructor for the OCOM doctoral program in Portland, Oregon. She has published three case studies in peer-reviewed journals and serves as an editorial peer reviewer for Meridians: Journal of Chinese Medicine and The American Acupuncturist.
Dr. Cahill has further specialization in the treatment of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) infertility. She teaches a 5-hour course titled “PCOS: TCM Approach by Western Phenotype for Increased Clinical Efficacy and Improved Fertility for ProD Seminars, a global leader in live webinars and online continuing education for Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners, and is a guest lecturer on PCOS for the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is currently in the process of writing a book on PCOS and Chinese Medicine.
Julie Johnson (Associate Acupuncturist) MSOM, Dipl.OM, L.Ac., holds a Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College (SWAC), in Boulder, CO. 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 currently studying for the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) exam.
Julie is passionate about helping women navigate the many stages of life with grace and ease, and she believes strongly in empowering women though holistic healthcare that both heals the body and facilitates self-awareness. Julie previously practiced acupuncture and herbal medicine at Little Bird Community Acupuncture in Washington, D.C., where she helped women of all ages from teens to elders meet their reproductive health goals and achieve improved quality of life. She will begin seeing patients at both the Boulder & Longmont locations on February 1st, 2017.
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.
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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.
She received her Massage Therapy License from the Colorado School of Healing Arts in 1994 and has maintained a private practice specializing in Swedish Massage and Prenatal Massage since then. She also completed a Registered Midwife internship, where she had the honor of supporting women and families through the pregnancy and birth process. After giving birth to her son in 2002 she left midwifery but continued to support women with nutrition and lifestyle coaching, stress management and trauma recovery. She is certified in Trauma Touch Therapy from The Colorado School of Healing Arts and Trauma Dynamics from Denver University. In addition, she is certified as a Holistic Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and is currently completing a certificate from the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology with a focus on natural hormone balancing. At Well Woman Acupuncture, Kimberly offers therapeutic massage for stress reduction and pain relief, as well as prenatal and postnatal massage for a variety of pregnancy-related issues.
Kimberly is passionate about supporting women through their journeys. Whether it be with fertility, pregnancy and childbirth, menopause or a physical or emotional healing, she loves being with women in their process. She helps her clients to gain awareness of the physical needs of their body, understand blocked energy or emotional patterns and to harness the power of their “internal healer” to achieve optimal health.
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.