About Us • Queenpin Family Wellness
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About Us

Queenpin Family Wellness provides acupuncture services, herbal medicine, community education, as well as fun, edgy interactive events. We strive to find practical solutions to help patients, friends, and clients pursue health & well-being in an empowering environment. We also stock liniments, teas, and tinctures to support your progress.


Our Schedule:

Community Acupuncture:

Tues: 9am – 6pm

Wed: 10am – 3pm

Thurs: 2pm – 6pm

Fri 1pm – 6pm

Sun: 11am – 3pm  


Private Acupuncture & Herbal Consults:

Available by appointment Monday – Saturday, including morning and evening hours.


Queenpin aids you in feeling better through safe, effective, and drug-free therapy while focusing on thorough, individualized, and comprehensive whole-person care. We offer our services in private sessions, group clinics, workshops, and community events.



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.


Katie is available for private acupuncture, cosmetic acupuncture, pediatric acupuncture and cupping/gua sha Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 10am – 5pm.


Question for Katie? Email Katie@queenpinroanoke.com

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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.  Alex is NCCAOM Board Certified in Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Herbology and licensed in VA. She specializes in treating women’s health, anxiety/depression, and pain.


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, and sleep in on days off.


Alex is available for community acupuncture Tuesdays 9am – 1pm and Thursdays 2pm – 6pm.  She is available for herbal consults, private acupuncture, and cupping/gua sha Tuesdays 2pm – 6pm, Thursdays 9am – 1pm, and Saturdays 1:30pm – 4pm.


Question for Alex? Email fireandwaterholistichealth@gmail.com or visit her website at www.fireandwaterholistichealth.com

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Stephen has always marveled at the ease with which the body is able to heal.  Although, clearly, sometimes it needs a nudge. He learned how effective acupuncture could be at providing that nudge when his 3 1/2 year old son began to speak for the first time immediately following his first treatment. This was a radical awakening for him and he determined to understand how acupuncture worked.


Eventually, Stephen attended the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, after which he became NCCAOM certified and picked up a North Carolina license to practice. He recently received a license to practice acupuncture in Virginia and is pleased to become part of the crew in Roanoke at Queenpin Family Wellness.


Stephen is available for community acupuncture Tuesdays 2pm – 6pm, Wednesdays 10am – 4pm, Fridays 1pm – 6pm, and Sundays 11am – 4pm.

Questions for Stephen? Email him at skirbach@lavabit.com.

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Kristen, a Virginia native, landed in Roanoke 3 years ago and decided to make this beautiful mountain town home. She is currently working with QP as the office manager, doing the behind the scenes tasks to help keep things in balance! 
She holds a Masters degree in Acupuncture from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute) in Laurel MD and is currently working on her NCCAOM boards to become licensed to practice. She also holds a BS in Sports Medicine from Radford University, and holds several certifications including Reiki II, NADA (National Acupuncture Detox Association), and has taken continuing education classes in Herbal Medicine, Pulse Diagnosis, and Zero Balancing and Functional Medicine. She refers to herself as a “forever student” and hopes to combine her skill set in both Eastern and Western medicine in helping patients gain vitality, heal themselves at a Body, Mind, Spirit level and live their best lives!

Feel free to contact her for Reiki sessions and stay tuned for future 5 Element acupuncture treatments!

On her days off, you can usually find Kristen out hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains with her beau Aaron, gardening, cooking, snowboarding, camping, pouring wine or traveling for new adventures!


Questions for Kristen? Email Kpthomas002@gmail.com.



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