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.
Amber Pina, LMT, B.S, holds a certification in massage therapy from the Florida School of Massage in Gainesville, FL (2015). Amber is nationally board certified as a Massage Therapist by the NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork) and is licensed in the state of Florida and Colorado.
Amber’s style of bodywork is based on each individual’s needs and is a mix of Swedish massage, deep-tissue, neuromuscular therapy, and energy work. By tuning into the body through stillness and awareness, she interprets the body’s needs and adjusts her techniques accordingly.
Amber has a deep interest in women’s health and plans to build on her passion by studying alternative healing methods to help provide comfort and support through the phases of women’s lives. She enjoys massage therapy in particular because it provides such a solid basis for increasing the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of each individual. Amber views bodywork as an opportunity to meet people where they are and be a support system in helping them to achieve their highest health.
Amber lives in Boulder, CO with her sweet cat Simba, and enjoys dancing as an art-form. Dancing helps feed her practice as a massage therapist as it is a constant teaching in flow, awareness, and oneness with the body.
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.