Acupuncture is a treatment method that involves of the insertion of very thin, hair-like needles into the body at specific points along distinct channels of energy called meridians. There are over 2000 acupuncture points shown to be effective in the treatment of many health problems. These points are mapped to 14 major meridian lines, one meridian for each of the 12 inner organs. Two of the major meridians are located along the spine and down the midline of the abdomen.
Acupuncture needles are typically not much thicker than a strand of hair and their insertion is practically painless. In some cases you may not even know the needles are in place. In others, there may be some tingling, warmth, heaviness, or a feeling of Qi, such as achiness or heaviness, moving up or down the meridians. Most people find acupuncture extremely relaxing.
Pricing for Acupuncture: Initial Exam, consultation and treatment - $99; Follow-up treatment - $70
Amber pursued premedical studies at the University of North Texas, Denton, TX before embarking on the study of Chinese Medicine. She received her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College, Santa Fe, NM in 2006. Amber continued her passion for Integrative Medicine with an adjunct Naturopathic Degree from Trinity College of Natural Health. An interest in Oncology took her down to Tijuana, Mexico to with Cancer patients seeking Naturopathic and CAM therapies. The experience further fueled her desire to work with Oncology teams who were passionate about combining Integrative and Allopathic Medicine.
An internship in the Christus Saint Vincent RMC Wound Care Clinic lead to seven years of practicing alongside the Christus Oncology and Palliative Care Group, as well as Herbal Master Eric Raymond Buckley. Amber lead the Externship Clinic at Christus for Southwest Acupuncture College students, spreading her passion and knowledge for Integrative Oncology in a hospital setting.
After the birth of her son in 2015, Amber decided to switch gears, studying Women's Health and Fertility according to the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. She hopes to sit for the ABORM Certification within the next year.
Amber’s typical acupuncture schedule at Natural Balance is: Friday from 1:30am to 5:30pm.
Dr.Tara Ritter, DC
Dr. Tara Ritter was born in New York and grew up in Marlton, New Jersey. She moved to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology in 1999. Dr. Tara went on to manage a chiropractic office and graduated with honors in 2005, from Northwestern Health Sciences University, with her Doctor of Chiropractic degree. She then continued her education and completed her acupuncture fellowship through the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture in July 2006 while working as a chiropractor. In the spring of 2002, Dr. Tara was published in the Journal of Chiropractic Education for the research she did while attending the Colorado Chiropractic College. Dr. Tara enjoys working with a wide variety of patients and conditions and uses multiple adjusting and soft tissue techniques. She is committed to improving your overall health and physical wellness.
Dr. Tara’s typical acupuncture schedule at Natural Balance is: Tuesday from 8:00am to 6:00pm, and Friday from 8:00am to 4:20pm.
Email Dr. Ritter at: [email protected]
Shawn Sisneros, licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist, holds a Masters of Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine - Chicago. During the four years of study Shawn focused on traditional Chinese acupuncture techniques and Chinese herbal therapy. In conjunction to his acupuncture and herbal training Shawn also completed a Shiatsu certification program at Zen Shiatsu Chicago where he developed his palpation and bodywork skills.
His interest resides in treating the whole person, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Shawn is interested in the physical manifestations a person may experience when there is emotional distress. He is also interested in how other imbalances within the body can influence mental and emotional health and vice versa. His dedication exists in striving to understand the dynamics of the body to create whole body balance for the clients he treats. Shawn looks forward to providing a practice that fosters healing and helps to create long lasting change in the health and longevity of his clients. He also is excited about helping his clients equip themselves with the necessary tools they may need to live a more empowered and fulfilled life. In his spare time Shawn enjoys practicing yoga, being out doors, hiking, taking photos of nature as well as painting and being creative. Being new to Colorado, he is also enjoying experiencing
all that the area has to offer.
Shawn's typical schedule at Natural Balance is: Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30am to 6pm, and Saturday from 9am to 1:30pm
Email Shawn at [email protected]