Our Practitioners

Heather McIver, L.Ac., M.Ed, MSOM, Dipl.OM

Heather cropcolorHeather McIver graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, CO. She opened Stillpoint Acupuncture in 2001 and has been thrilled to see the popularity of Chinese Medicine grow since then. A major influence on her practice was her two-year course of study with Lonny Jarrett, author of Nourishing Destiny: The Inner Tradition of Chinese Medicine, and nationally recognized authority on integrating both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Element Acupuncture into a cohesive practice style. Heather has made two trips to Beijing, China where she learned from accomplished doctors of acupuncture. Heather’s true love is Chinese Herbal Medicine. In 2014 she completed a two-year advanced Graduate Mentorship Program with Sharon Weizenbaum. In 2015, she began studying with Dr. Feng Shi Lun and to this day continues that study with his student, Dr. Suzanne Robidoux. In 2019, she completed Dr. Robidoux’s two-year Jing Fang Classical formulas course and became a lineage holder in the Hu Xi Shu / Feng Shi Lun Six Syndrome System understanding of the use of Zhang Zhong Jing classical herbal formulas. This system provides a clear diagnostic process and understanding of the formulas that she has found produces faster and more profound results.

Heather holds a BA in Religious Studies from Guilford College, and a Masters in Health Education from the University of NC at Greensboro in addition to her MSOM. Heather is the mother of two children and enjoys writing, reading and good food!

Christi De Larco, L.Ac., MSOM, Dipl. OM

Christi cropcolorAt the age of 25, Christi was told she’d “have to live with” debilitating back pain. Refusing to accept this dismal prognosis, she continued to seek alternative treatments and her future was reborn when she discovered acupuncture. Within a year she had not only regained her physical health, but also her emotional, social and spiritual health.  In that same year she enrolled in a master’s program in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, eager to share all that acupuncture has to offer people who have been told they’ll “just have to live with” their illness and pain. She has been working in private practice since 2001 and has also held faculty positions as Clinical Supervisor at the New York Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and Lecturing Faculty member at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, both in New York City. Following her passion, Christi recently completed a fellowship in the Rehabilitation of Neurological Conditions at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, where she treated a full range of neurological conditions, including stroke and traumatic brain injury. Christi works extensively with tui na and acupressure bodywork and individualized nutritional counseling as complementary therapies to acupuncture and herbs. Her areas of specialization include women’s health, pain conditions, digestive and emotional disorders and neurological conditions.

Jesse Andreas, L.Ac., MSOM, Dipl.OM

Jesse Andreas graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in Albuquerue New Mexico with a Masters in Oriental Medicine, and is certified in oriental medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. From an early age, Jesse had a profound appreciation for eastern philosophy, exploring Taoism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. He studied Chinese martial arts as a child and was fascinated with the concept of Qi and it’s capacity to improve health and treat disease. While still in his twenties, Jesse cured himself of a number of chronic diseases using acupuncture and herbal medicine, as well as diet and lifestyle modifications. This led to years of study of natural healing methods, both in and out of school, as he realized this was to be a lifelong calling.  Jesse feels there is no greater way to serve other people than to help them restore their health. He specializes in treating pain, anxiety/depression, digestive issues, men’s and women’s health, and the more complex and challenging medical cases. “My belief is that anyone can be well, and no one should feel hopeless.” In his free time Jesse enjoys reading, music, gardening, and his cat India.

Jason Trakas, L.Ac., M.Ac., Dipl. Ac.

Jason Trakas graduated from Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science from Guilford College in Greensboro N.C.

As a licensed Real Estate Broker in N.C. since 2007, Jason spent years learning the art of listening, educating, and helping clients to identify what is most important to them in making one of life’s biggest decisions. Jason realized that correctly identifying a problem, or solution, was a journey of exploration and discovery. He believes that with a holistic approach and effective communication, a service provider and their clients can discover that which truly matters.

After experiencing the loss of several close family members to fatal disease, Jason decided to educate himself in the gentle healing art of Chinese Medicine with the hope of bringing relief to those who had been unable to find it through modern health care modalities. Jason found the arts of Acupuncture, Tai Chi, and QiGong to be effective and complementary treatment strategies for achieving a state of well being. Jason is happy to have the opportunity to practice this medicine, and hopes to help patients find a state of equilibrium necessary for healing and wellness.

W. Blake Faulkner, L.Ac., MSOM, Dipl.OM

Blake began school for acupuncture and Classical Chinese Medicine in 2004 and began working at Lotus Center in 2005 assisting in the pharmacy, treatment room and front desk. At Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medicine, she studied traditional and classical Chinese medicine, including with the internationally known teacher and 88th generation Daoist teacher, Jeffrey Yuen. After graduating in 2008, she was certified in Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Blake then started her work as an acupuncturist and herbalist providing acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, and making custom herbal remedies. She has continued her studies in Classical Chinese Medicine with Suzanne Robidoux, including the successful completion of a two-year course in Jing Fang herbal medicine based on the teachings of Dr. Hu Xi Shu.

Blake’s early life prepared her for an interest in healing with natural foods. She worked for many years at Deep Roots Market in Greensboro helping folks navigate dietary changes. She began studying traditional healing theories at this time, and realized that what might be healing for one person might not be healing for another, and that the body gives clues to what sort of imbalance might be present.

Since working at Lotus Center she has treated a wide range of issues including digestive complaints, anxiety/insomnia/depression, pain and dysfunction, chronic illness, and women’s health with acupuncture, cupping, and herbal medicine. Blake has great interest in herbal processing and custom products including topical remedies.

Tammy Knopf, L.Ac. M.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

Tammy began a career as a flight attendant and enjoyed traveling both domestically and internationally.  The travel aspect of the job was exciting and rewarding but during flight is when she realized that she was drawn to the path of caring for and serving people.   When she was pregnant with her first child her baby was breech.  Her OB/GYN recommended that she seek a Chinese Medicine treatment with moxibustion to help turn the breech baby.  This led her to research acupuncture and Chinese medicine.  In her research she was excited to learn of therapies and ways to treat disease without the use of pharmaceuticals.  She had family members who were struggling with disease and who wanted to find relief without taking a lot of pain medication.   She became interested in studying Acupuncture and later when her children were older she enrolled at Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine.

In 2018 she began working as support staff for Stillpoint Acupuncture and in 2020 she completed the masters program at Jung Tao.  Tammy feels that the tools and techniques she has learned from studying Chinese Medicine allow her to continue on her path to care for and serve people.  She finds it deeply rewarding to help people find better health and balance through this medicine.

Tammy has her BS in elementary education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and a Diploma of Acupuncture from Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in Sugar Grove, NC.  She still enjoys traveling but balances it with a rewarding home life raising her daughter and son as well as their rescue animals Donato, the cat and Lily, the St. Bernard.

Debby Jennings, L.Ac., MSOM, Dipl.Ac.

Debby has a Master’s degree in traditional Five Element Acupuncture from the Academy of Five Element Acupuncture in Gainesville, FL.   She also studied classical TCM acupuncture in Western North Carolina at Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medicine, a program grounded in the teachings of 88th generation Daoist teacher, Jeffrey Yuen.

Debby came to Chinese medicine from a 25-year career in western biomedical research with electron microscopy and histopathology.  Her biomedical career included research in diagnostic pathology, orthopedic biomaterials, wound repair and human skin culture.  She was on the team of scientists at the North Carolina Baptist Hospital who developed the VAC, Vacuum Assisted Closure device for the healing of diabetic ulcers and bed sores.  She spent many years growing human skin for burn/wound patients.  During her medical science career, acupuncture profoundly impacted her health and wellbeing.

She became interested in sound and vibrational therapies and studied with the International Harp Therapy Program to be a certified practitioner of therapeutic harp music, using the harp as a tool for healing. Further exploration led her to Acutonics, a needle-free method of acupuncture which uses tuning forks on the acupuncture points.  She practices a combination of Five Element acupuncture – based in the cycles of nature, Traditional Chinese medicine and Acutonics.  Treatments are designed for each person as an individual with a focus on Body/Mind/Spirit harmony.  In the Five Element tradition of Chinese medicine “less is best”.

Explanation of licenses and certifications:

L.Ac — Licensed Acupuncturist:  This license indicates that one is approved to practice acupuncture by the N.C. Acupuncture Licensing Board. To receive a license in North Carolina , one must have: a) graduated from an accredited, three year postgraduate acupuncture college, b) passed the national acupuncture exam (sponsored by the NCCAOM) and c) passed a clean needle technique course. This license must be renewed every two years by submitting at least 40 hours of continuing education.

Dipl.Ac — Diplomate of Acupuncture:  This designation indicates that one has passed the national exam for Acupuncture.

Dipl.CH — Diplomate of Chinese Herbology:  This designation indicates that one has passed the national exam for Chinese Herbology.

Dipl.OM — Diplomate of Oriental Medicine:  This certification indicates that one has successfully completed the above two exams plus a number of hours in Western biomedicine. Obtaining certification in Oriental Medicine assumes certification in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology.

M.AmSAT – Member Teacher and Certification with the American Society of Alexander Technique.

MSOM — Master of Science in Oriental Medicine:  This degree signifies that one has successfully completed a three- to four-year program in Oriental Medicine, including acupuncture, Chinese herbology and related subjects.

CHC–Certified Health Coach

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