Jeanne was a photographer before she became a massage therapist. She has always been artistic and enjoyed the art of massage, listening to the body and sculpting muscles to release tension and reduce pain. In 2004, she started experiencing anxiety and depression. She sought holistic health with acupuncture and massage. Her brother was in school for acupuncture and with his expert touch, she found instant calm and peace. Massage helped her tension and anxiety slip away. This is when she fell in love with the art of massage and wanted to help others the way that it had helped her.
In 2005, Jeanne received her massage therapy certification at Western Career College. She also received certification with the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. In 2012, she became interested in energy work and received her certification in CranioSacral therapy from Heartwood Institute of Integrative Medicine. Jeanne is continuing her education by studying Reiki and energy at Leading Light Therapies.
As a mother of a young child she understands the importance of a regular health routine to help with the stress of parenting and the physical demands of babies and toddlers. Jeanne is well educated and practiced in the art of deep tissue, Swedish, CranioSacral and prenatal massage to help her clients find peace, relaxation and tension relief.
Following her diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in 2007, Karen has delved into the world of holistic healing arts. Weekly sessions of acupuncture combined with dietary changes, massage, yoga and qigong, have brought her incredible relief. Karen’s personal journey through the mind-body healing experience began with the discovery of the ancient Japanese healing art of Reiki and Karen now holds a Master’s level certificate in Reiki. Karen also began regular practice of Qigong and now holds a teacher’s certificate from the Supreme Science Qigong Foundation. Karen’s path also led her attend one of San Diego’s most established schools of bodywork, the Healing Hands Holistic School of Health. Karen received a solid background in circulatory, deep tissue sculpting, structural balancing, sports massage and Shiatsu.
Lars Nielsen, L.Ac., Dipl. OM. Lars is nationally certified in acupuncture and herbal medicine and has been a student of Tai Chi and Qigong for the past 25 years. Lars earned his Masters of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.
He is certified and licensed by the California Acupuncture Board and holds certifications from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology and Oriental Medicine.
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Brittney Petchell, Licensed Massage Therapist
Born and raised in Escondido, Brittney Petchell has always had a passion for helping others. Brittney graduated from the Massage Therapy Program at Kaplan College in 2013 and has been helping others in her community reduce pain with massage ever since. She specializes in deep tissue massage but also has significant experience with other techniques such as Swedish massage, Trigger Point therapy and therapeutic stretching.
Brittney is an animal lover that enjoys hiking, our beautiful beaches, music and family. Schedule an appointment with Brittney today to enjoy a custom therapeutic massage!
Barbara Vallarta, MSTOM, DCCM, L.Ac.
Barbara Vallarta is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, with a Master of Science in Traditional East Asian Medicine. She studied at both the Chicago and San Diego campuses of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, which included over 3,500 hours in acupuncture, herbal medicine, anatomy & physiology, and nutrition. Additionally, she received her Diplomate in Canonical Chinese Medicine from the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine.
As part of her clinical hours, Barbara completed internships with San Diego Cancer Research Institute, and UCSD’s Owen’s Clinic. She is a general practitioner, treating a broad range of medical conditions, but has a special interest in treating digestive issues, PMS and menopause, and all types of conditions due to chronic or acute pain.
Barbara approaches each treatment with compassion, listening carefully to patients’ concerns, and creating a unique treatment plan for each individual. She incorporates dietary guidance and the importance of exercise, enabling patients to take a proactive role in their health and lifestyle.
Kim Horning, L.Ac.
Kim earned her Masters of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Kim is also certified and licensed by the California Acupuncture Board and is a certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Kim specializes in the gentle techniques gained from her experience with Japanese style acupuncture. Kim believes in practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine in order to guide a person toward their own healing. She helps to nourish others through this medicine as it has nourished her. She works from her heart and through her hands so that her patients find healing and flourish in their lives. Kim looks forward to meeting you and working with your toward your wellness goals.
Maki Tanaka, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Maki specializes in the gentle techniques of Japanese style acupuncture and has extensive experience in Japanese acupuncture and moxibustion. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She also has a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Tulane University. Maki is certified and licensed by the California Acupuncture Board and by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
Harmony Community Wellness Center was founded in 2009 by Lars and Maki Nielsen.
Our goal is to provide quality alternative care at affordable prices to our community.