At Healing Alternatives…
You have options to heal without drugs or surgery
Your body is empowered to use its' own healing energy
You are a complex being with emotions, spirit
and hopefully a sense of humor, not a bag of diseased organs
You will grow in health, energy and laughter
If this sounds good to you we invite you to explore what we have to offer.....
Japanese Style Acupuncture
Because of its delicacy and precision Japanese or meridian style acupuncture is essentially painless. Patients who refer their entire family can attest to the fact that it doesn’t have to hurt to be successful.
Patients often experience profound relaxation. That relaxation leads to physiological and psychological healing that drugs have difficulty in matching. In Japan Oriental Medicine is called the medicine of vital energy. Japanese style acupuncture specializes in effectively moving and balancing that energy without depleting it. That is why it has the flexibility to treat so many Illnesses and pain conditions.
This consultation is Condition Focused on a specific diagnosis such as:
The session can be in the office or virtual. Each will be an hour long and will include diet and lifestyle changes, herb & supplement suggestions, recipes and further testing if indicated. We can also create a protocol tailored to your diagnosis.
Herbs are used in combinations according to principles perfected over 3000 years of study. The use of herbal medicinals has reached highly sophisticated levels in Oriental Medicine. It’s versatility and lack of side effects makes this a great place to start when you are looking for improved health or relief of symptoms.
Vitamins and Supplements
We are not a fan of “more is better” when it comes to vitamins and supplements. There are, however, a few things that we feel most people should take. Usually supplements will be suggested to treat a suspected deficiency or as a temporary support for a health or mood problem. We will also help you streamline your supplement routine and make sure you are getting what you are paying for.
Gua Sha and Cupping
These techniques may be likened to a mini deep tissue massage and are effective to relieve many types of pain in specific areas. Gua sha is a simple and painless treatment for varicose veins, skin problems and relieving fascial adhesions. Cupping is also effective for venting chest colds and coughs.
Essential Oils have a wide range of therapeutic properties. They can be chosen and combined according to the principles of Oriental Medicine, then applied to areas or points on the body to stimulate or soothe. Oils can be used with or without needles. We consider them a form of herbal therapy.
Far Infrared Therapy
This is a modality that is used to reduce inflammation so it is very effective in treating chronic conditions especially pain of all kinds. Research is revealing that most chronic health problems are caused by persistent low level inflammation. It can also be used as a gentle detox so it is a wonderful treatment for all kinds of skin problems. It can be combined with other forms of treatment to enhance healing and relaxing.
Soothes away pain and creates healing by enhancing communication between cells and circulation. Microcurrent works by mimicking the natural energy at a cellular level. It can also be used to stimulate acupuncture points without needles.
Melody Pickell MSTOM, L.Ac.
Melody offers a unique combination of western and eastern experience. Her undergrad degree is in Physiology. After graduation, she went to work for NASA researching the effects of stress on the body. Her experience working in hospitals caused her to question the western focus on treating symptoms when she saw patients returning again and again for the same problems.
Her search for a better way led to a master’s degree in Oriental Medicine with a specialization in Japanese style Acupuncture and functional medicine.
She enjoys learning and teaching and seeks to empower her patients toward optimal health giving them the tools and knowledge they need to help themselves.
She enjoys gardening, reading and interior design.
Kelly Thomas MSTOM, L.Ac.
Kelly has dedicated the past 20 years to traditional healing arts. She came to this medicine as a means of finding a way to return natural sustainable healing remedies and preventative health practices to the community.
While working for 15 years in the fields of mental health, education, and homelessness, Kelly continually sought methods of healing outside the traditional western allopathic medicine world to address issues resistant to treatment. During this time she established new programs to address the mind body connection including a comprehensive wellness center for permanent supportive housing in Los Angeles’ Skid Row.
She earned her Masters in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Emperor’s College in Santa Monica, CA. She received her BA in Child Development from San Francisco State University. She had the privilege of assisting renowned herbalist Dr. Ji Zhang in his dispension of classical herbal formulas for over four years. She was an acupuncturist at Being Alive HIV Clinic in West Hollywood, CA focusing on trauma treatment. She is also certified in Clean Needle Technique by CCAOM and has completed the Advanced Cosmetic Acupuncture training certification through Shellie Goldstein Acupuncture. Prior to her move to the Central Coast, Kelly maintained a private practice in Pasadena, CA.
While Kelly has studied and treated a variety of health issues her expertise lies in gastrointestinal issues, women’s health and mental health, especially anxiety and depression.
Through her work with acupuncture, herbs, and traditional East Asian medicine Kelly empowers by facilitating the practices and rituals that give people optimum health everyday.
Kelly is licensed by the California State Acupuncture Board. Her license number is 18827.
Certified Massage Therapist in San Luis Obispo, CA
Vanessa has been in this business for four years. She loves helping others get back to where they need to be: in their bodies, energy levels, and/or just better range of motion.
She has an integrated style of massage that varies depending on the different clients that come to see me. Myofascial release is her go to modality. It helps most with the assessment when at the first meeting. It helps calm the body and opens up the tissues layer by layer. Making it that much easier and more relaxed to assist the body in doing what it does best.
Vanessa is very excited to join the Healing Alternatives team and looks forward to meeting you!
What Our Clients are Saying....
Linda P., Atascadero, CA
I have been seeing Aubrey for over a year now. This has been my first experience with acupuncture. I needed help with moderate depression and I thought I would try this alternative method. So glad that I made this decision. I picked Healing Alternatives, after a recommendation from a friend who sees Melody. I never felt rushed in any of my appointments. I was completely "heard" by Aubrey, who realized my issues at that time. I believe the herbs were helpful and one doesn't need to take them forever. I felt an "holistic" type approach was taken, as depression can affect one's energy. I feel so much better now!! Back to my regular self! I continue see Aubrey (who has a caring nature and is very knowledgeable) for general maintenance.
I only hear positive words about Melody, and the receptionist Patti is very courteous and helpful. I highly recommend Healing Alternatives!
Mary C., Avila Beach, CA
Melody is just amazing! I have only gone in a couple of times so far, but I am in awe of the results. From the start, she has always listened thoroughly to my symptoms and provided so much insight as the what the cause could be for various "issues" I had. I'm just amazed at how she is able to quickly determine the cause and effect on my body. It's so refreshing to focus on fixing the symptoms rather that patching over the problems.
When performing acupuncture, Melody always explains what she is doing and I appreciate that so much because I both learn about the practice more and am able to relax better. The herbs she has recommended for me have been wondrous and like I mentioned before, I'm just in awe of her.
Tina S., San Luis Obispo, CA
Melody is an amazing and gifted woman -- loved her approach. She listened intently and never made me feel rushed. Her office staff was delightful and organized. The consultation was very thorough and the treatment was relaxing and I left the office feeling calm and relaxed which generally are not descriptive words associated with my name. I will be a very loyal and long time customer of Healing Alternatives.
Eunice L., Denver, CO
As a bodyworker who has received a lot of work on my own body, I must say that Healing Alternatives does a fantastic job. I saw Aubrey and she was able to help me a lot with the right mix of acupuncture treatment and herbs. I highly recommend this office. It is serene and quiet. Both Aubrey and Melody are delightful, professional, and highly skilled!
Nan H., Santa Barbara, CA
I have been seeing Melody for about five years. First, her treatments healed my chronic bronchitis when no other treatment (east or west) could do it. Recently, her treatments have helped boost my immune system, increase my energy, and relieve stress. She is wonderful! Highly recommend!
Melissa H., Santa Rosa, CA
I originally found Melody when I had severe knee pain and she helped me regain mobility without medication. I felt better after each session and am grateful for having found someone to help me overcome problems with pain. She also ended up helping me with many other issues such as neck problems, headaches, and allergies. I recommend her to all of my friends and family.
Research on Acupuncture
Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs/Techniques proven effective treatment for many ailments says the World Health Organization
Proven By Research
Insomnia and sleep disturbance
Mood disorders (including stress)
Allergies and rhinitis
Years of experience has added significantly to this list so if you want to know about our experience with your problem call us (805) 541-2199.