Peach O'Brien, LMT
Amanda Archuleta is a D.O.M, Lac. Nationally certified, New Mexico licensed Acupuncturist and board certified herbalist with a diploma in Oriental Medicine. She also has a diploma in Exercise Science. After receiving Acupuncture treatments for severe back pain due to a car accident in her early childhood discovered that the acupuncture helped heal her back effectively. After so much success with pain management she decided to pursue a career in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in 2008 to help others heal as she did.
Amanda practices Traditional Chinese Medicine in the form of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, Tui Na Massage as well as Nutritional and Lifestyle Counseling. She also practices Japanese and Dr. Tung methods. She has her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe New Mexico. During her studies she completed internships at Heilongjiang University in Harbin China. There she learned a variety of methods to treat pain and neurological conditions. She also interned at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Hospital. Part of the masters program she was also able to intern at the SAFE house for those affected by addiction, PTSD and abuse.
Amanda treats a wide variety of conditions ranging from pain management, arthritis, stress, anxiety, fibromyalgia, neurological conditions, and allergies, meniere’s disease, post stroke, neuropathy Insomnia, Gastrointestinal, autoimmune and degenerative diseases, as well as weight loss. She is not only empathetic and compassionate, but dedicated to bringing health and healing to all her patients.
Karen is a popular, well respected Massage Therapist, licensed in New Mexico for almost a decade. In her treatments she incorporates a broad spectrum of modalities including Swedish massage, deep tissue, trigger point, structural integration, reflexology, shiatsu, aromatherapy, pregnancy massage, Japanese Sotai and Tuina. Her diversity of technique, along with her many years experience, fosters a genuinely unique experience and an integrative and therapeutic session.
During Karen's study of massage therapy she was introduced to Chinese Medicine and it was not long before her passion for Asian medicine moved her to further her education. Karen graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College with a Masters in Acupuncture and and is nationally board certified in Acupuncture.
Harrison received his Diploma in Polarity Therapy from New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts in 2002 after completing a 600 hour course which included over 100 hours of administering Polarity Therapy treatments. Harrison began practicing yoga (asana, pranayama, mudra etc.) and using herbs after an internship at NYU Medical Center Psycho-pharmacology cooled his interest in western medicine.
Harrison began studying Taoist healing arts at the Open Center in NYC from students of the masters Stephen Chang and Mantak and Maneewan Chia. After taking a class with Ralph White, co-founder of the Open Center, called "How to Start an Holistic Center" he moved to Santa Fe in 1994. He received his required Polarity Therapy treatments and mentoring from Amadea Morningstar and most notably he sat with Dr. Vasant Lad for the full program of Ayurveda at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque and now practices his own version of Ayurvedic Polarity called Osteo Energy Therapy.
Karen Carmona, DOM LMT
Peach is a graduate of The Santa Fe School of Massage, where she completed 650 hours of immersive training and extensive clinical practice. She decided to become a massage therapist because she found a deep passion in facilitating others healing as well as having a love for the mysteries of the body, finding fulfillment in helping others rejuvenate and recover.
Peach incorporates relaxation massage with myofascial release, deep tissue work and trigger point therapy. Combining these different techniques she executes a relaxing, effective massage, relieving tight muscles from every day use, injuries and overuse. She is receiving training in Polarity Therapy to expand her knowledge of energy healing, and to help attune herself to better understand clients injuries and their personal path for healing. She strongly believes movement is life.
Maya's involvement in the field of natural health transpired through a culmination of several factors. As a second generation Chinese-American with an herbalist for a grandmother, she was exposed to a different paradigm of viewing health and the body. She vividly remembers the way her family would incorporate foods and herbs to treat minor ailments from bellyaches to sprained ankles Interested in the sphere of cultural differences.
Maya acquired a Bachelor's of Science degree in Cultural and Medical Anthropology at New York University. Her curiosity about humanity, how people relate to the world and each other deepened as she surveyed the ethnography of diverse cultures. She was especially drawn to the assimilation process of cross culturalization due to her own personal background. Studying Chinese medicine seemed like a natural progression which fused together Maya's interests in Chinese culture, medicine and people. Her Chinese medicine training has served as an effective tool to study society and how we relate to our environment.
The field of Chinese medicine is also an ongoing medical anthropological study - of how one culture accepts or assimilates a differing model of thought into an already existing one.
Maya realizes the differences in how we view health, medicine and well-being compared to Eastern cultures. She sees the value of incorporating Chinese medicine into the western medicine model to increase potential for better prognosis and results. Eastern medicine techniques including lifestyle, diet and elemental counseling are as important as the administering of herbal medicine and acupuncture treatment.
Since the birth of her two children, Maya has been utilizing the folk medicine knowledge passed down to her from her grandmother. By applying Chinese medicine philosophy and practices to their daily lifestyle, she has seen the tremendous value it has afforded to her family's well being. Maya has been a Professor and Clinic Supervisor at Southwest Acupuncture College and served as Academic Dean for five years.