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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: 1pm – 5:30pm

Our Schedule in Roanoke:

Community Acupuncture:

Tues: 9am – 6pm

Thurs: 9am – 6pm

Sun: 11am – 3pm  


Private Acupuncture & Herbal Consults:

Monday – Saturday, including morning and evening hours.


Our Staff:


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.


Cancer Support (including chemotherapy and radiation side effects, surgery recovery, and relapse prevention)

Chronic pain and Fibromyalgia

Pediatric Treatments (children from infancy to teenagers can benefit from these gentle treatments)

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 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.


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 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.


Back & Neck Pain (chronic and acute, including sciatica)

Anxiety & Stress management

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.


Emilce was born in Virginia, and raised in Japan – sparking her love of East Asian Medicine. She began her career in healthcare at the Jefferson College of Health Sciences, going on to become a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. Emilce added yoga to her tool-belt, becoming a certified Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, including specializing in Pre/Post Natal Yoga. She earned her four year diploma of Acupuncture from Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine. Her work now blends her background in physical therapy, yoga, intentional movement, and acupuncture. She is licensed in VA as an Acupuncturist and Physical Therapist Assistant, and is certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)


She enjoys outdoor activities with family and friends, and has recently found a love of Pilates!


Orthopedic Issues/Pain Management (focusing on rehabilitation and enhancing the body’s performance for people of all ages.)

Women’s Health (including pre and post natal care)

Questions for Emilce? Email acupuncturenrv@gmail.com.

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