Independent, Natural Healthcare Practitioners

Colorado Five-Element Acupuncture

Amy practices Classical Worsley Five-Element Acupuncture and was educated at ITEA,  Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture in Louisville, CO, where she is now a Board member.  Her treatments seeks out the root cause of an imbalance which may present as stress, disease, pain, or illness. This style of acupuncture beautifully restores our balance and harmony, returning us to health, well-being, and vitality – which is our natural right.  For a free consultation, please call.

Amy Houlihan, LAC, DIPL. AC.

Mary Ellen Metke

Mary Ellen Metke, M.Ac., D.Ac. has been practicing acupuncture for over 32 years. In addition to her full-time private practice in Boulder and Lafayette, she has also taught Classical Five-Element Acupuncture in Louisville, Colorado at the Institute of Taoist Education & Acupuncture (ITEA), since 2000.  She is currently the Clinical Director at ITEA. She is the first acupuncturist in Colorado hired to treat patients in a hospital setting back in the early 1990’s. She worked at the Longmont United Hospital for 15 years as an acupuncturist. Mary Ellen assists clients with a variety of health issues. Acupuncture is helpful in reducing stress, relieving pain and creating a sense of balance. For a free consultation, please call me.

Mary Ellen Metke M.Ac., D.Ac.

Shelly Barnard

With over twenty years of experience as a massage therapist, Shelly weaves together a blend of modalities which feel best suited to her client and their needs in that particular session– with the ultimate goal of deep relaxation and decreased discomfort. She draws heavily from Swedish and Integrative massage, as well as Myofascial Release, Shiatsu and more. She is certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage, a gentle and rhythmic form of bodywork which can ease swelling and boost immunity. Shelly has extensive experience with prenatal and postpartum massage (she taught these classes at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy for several years and worked on the Longmont United Hospital’s BirthPlace Massage Team for 18 years). She has had the honor of working with a wide variety of people: pre- and post-surgical clients, oncology patients, teens, elders, athletes, hospice patients, and folks who simply wish to de-stress and re-connect.  

Qi Cottage Acupuncture & Well-Being Services

Jennifer Nuncio, M.A., LAc., LPC is both a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Acupuncurist trained in the elegant Classical Five-Element Acupuncture style which is devoted to reaching into the origins of illness/imbalance beyond a symptom-focus.  She has also trained in indigenous medicine through the roots of curanderismo, a world of folk healing rooted in spirit and nature, and is also a Reiki Master.  Working across and within these various modalities, Jennifer understands the intimate relationship between the body and mind and spirit, and her work is focused on guiding and supporting others to align themselves to their utmost potential in spite of and with more freedom from whatever level of disturbance may afflict someone.  The sum of the different types of treatments Jennifer offers reflects her personal path, beliefs, values, and innate gifts to share.  Jennifer is the owner of Qi Cottage Acupuncture & Well-Being Services, LLC.  You can learn more at my website or by calling me.

Jennifer Nuncio, M.A., LAc., LPC

Acubalance, LLC

James is passionate about helping people transform their lives. For over 25 years, he’s partnered with clients to help them to experience a fuller, more dynamic state of health and well-being. In addition to his Master’s degree from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute, James continues to hone his skills with continuing education studies with Judy Worsely and Hilary Skellon. As an adjunct to his Classical Five Element Acupuncture, James also offers Zero Balancing – a form of structural acupressure.

James is on faculty at the Institute of Taoist Education & Acupuncture in Louisville CO and enjoys sharing his love of this medicine with students, clients, and other faculty members. In his quest to live a balanced life, James has completed the first level of Kaiut Yoga teacher training. He finds this style of yoga to be calming, restorative, and structurally balancing.

In his free time, you’ll find James hiking in the mountains, cross country skiing in the high country or attending an outside music concert. As a big fan of gluten free treats, James enjoys cooking and baking.

James Damman

Find Us At:

310 W. Baseline Rd. Lafayette, CO 80026

There is NO ACCESS off W. Baseline Rd.

PARKING is behind the building off the alley to the south.

-From Baseline Rd., turn south on N. Carr at the light, then left onto W. Geneseo, then left at the stop sign onto N. Bermont, and then an immediate right into the alley.

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