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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 in Lexington:

Private Acupuncture:

Wednesday: 12pm – 6pm

Our Schedule in Roanoke:

Beginning 2019 Community Acupuncture will be available Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays for $30 – Cash Only.

Community Acupuncture:

Tues: 9am – 6pm

Wed: 10am – 3pm

Thurs: 2pm – 6pm

Fri: 1pm – 6pm

Sun: 11am – 3pm  

 

Private Acupuncture & Herbal Consults:

Monday – Saturday, including morning and evening hours.

 

Our Staff:

KATIE CLIFTON

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.

Specialties:

Cancer Support

Cosmetic Acupuncture (naturally reducing the signs of aging)

Question for Katie? Email Katie@queenpinroanoke.com

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ALEX WATKINS

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 is NCCAOM Board Certified in Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, and Herbology, and licensed in VA. 

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.

Specialties:

Women’s Health (including fertility support, endometriosis, fibroids, irregular/painful menstrual cycles and menopause)

Immune Issues (including Lyme and auto-immune disorders)

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

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STEPHEN KIRBACH

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.

Specialties:

Back & Neck Pain

Anxiety & Stress management

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

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KRISTEN THOMAS

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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