Licensed acupuncturist, Katie Clifton is the Queen Executive Officer of Queenpin Family Wellness. Born in Roanoke, she is a mountain mama at heart who enjoys practicing acupuncture and creating wellness programs that blend her Southern heritage with her background in Chinese Medicine.
After teaching for 11 years, Katie began researching acupuncture and found that Chinese Medicine is a wonderful way to blend her love of working with people, her creative spark, and her passion for community education.
Katie received her degree in acupuncture from Jung Tao School of Chinese Medicine. She is certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed through the Virginia Board of Medicine as a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) She is also a NADA certified practitioner.
Queenpin Family Wellness opened in October 2013.
The Sage Master of Queenpin Family Wellness, Logan is a multipotentialite who loves anything weird. Really. Come in the shop and tell her about your weirdness. She loves photography and is addicted to making things. She has spruced up the herb shop with all types of cool paper art, (claws, elephants with moveable trunks, bear faces).
Though she doesn’t know anything about the actual herbs, she is great at following a recipe and mixing up our wonderful blends. She is currently learning how to make a proper pot of tea. Logan and her exceptional French Bulldog, Skittles, look after our website and keep our spreadsheets on point.
Jovan has studied herbs through Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine and Dr. Aviva Romm MD for the past few years. She wants to help empower families to use plant medicine whenever it is the safer and healthier option. When Jovan isn’t totally immersed in motherhood she enjoys learning to slackline, jogging, photography, working on her tiny house and sitting with a cup of tea. Stop by the herb shop on Tuesdays or Thursdays to see Jovan and talk about herbs.
Nevada began studying herbalism in 2005, with Will Endres of Hillsborough, NC. He has studied western constitutional herbalism with Joshua Muscat of the San Francisco Botanical Medicine Clinic, and has also studied under Mimi Kamp of Bisbee, Arizona and Charles Garcia of the California School of Hispanic Herbalism. He moved to Virginia in 2015, and continues to study through the Sacred Plant Traditions school in Charlottesville.
After a long stay in Chicago, Alex Watkins is returning to the Blue Ridge to enjoy the peace, beauty, southern hospitality and all of the biscuits. She came to Chinese Medicine through her own path to healing, beginning her journey with yoga, nutrition, and meditation. Alex was inspired by the breadth of conditions Chinese Medicine can treat safely and effectively by focusing on the body’s innate ability to heal as well as the way it can encompass each individual’s unique needs. She attended the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, graduating with honors, and later earned a Diplomat in Canonical Chinese Medicine—an additional level of herbal education—with the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine. In school, Alex interned at Chicago Women’s Health Center, a co-op clinic specializing in creating safe environments for minority and LGBTQ communities. Alex brings a level of compassion and mindfulness to her work and strives to aid each of her patients through education and empowerment. She specializes in treating women’s health, anxiety/depression, migraines, and digestive issues.
After work, Alex is very excited to spend a lot of time hiking with her husband, Seth, and dog, Java. She loves to cook, knit, sleep in on days off, and tries her hand at gardening with mixed results.