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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 appointments available:

Wednesday: noon – 6pm

Our Schedule in Roanoke:

Community Acupuncture appointments available:

Tues: 9am – 6pm

Thurs: 9am – 6pm

Sunday: 11am – 2pm


Private Acupuncture & Herbal Consults appointments available:

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 alex@queenpinroanoke.com

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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 emilce@queenpinroanoke.com

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In 2007 when Lorraine began studying psychology and world religions, she heard lectures on alternative medicine for the first time. With a lifelong interest in studying Asian cultures, biology, and medicine developing an interest for Asian medical systems was simply the next step. In 2010 Lorraine graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Religious Studies. Driven by her desire to help others through philosophy, psychology, and health education she pursued a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 2014 Lorraine completed her degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine in Denver, CO and moved back to her hometown of Copper Hill, VA. Love of teaching and educating others about the medicine she practices fuels her passion for lifelong study of alternative and complementary medicine. She hopes that one day integrative medicine will include the valuable wisdom of many cultures and healing traditions to provide healthcare and relief to everyone in the best ways possible. Lorraine enjoys gardening, hiking, caring for animals, supporting local economy, preserving natural resources, and living mountain life.


Digestive Issues (IBS, GERD & acid reflux, food sensitivities)


Paralysis & Neurological Issues

Insomnia and Restless Sleep

Questions for Lorraine? Email lorraine@queenpinroanoke.com

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BRYONY “Bry” YOST – receptionist

Bryony has had a lifelong interest in health & wellness as a lifestyle, and enjoys yoga, dance, motorcycling, weight lifting, and cooking delicious meals as her means to staying young and healthy. Bryony is a mother of two amazing teenagers and spends much of her time caring for them and guiding them on how to be compassionate and well-rounded individuals. Aside from parenting, she has invested many years of her life into the study of natural classical horsemanship and has accumulated experience rehabilitating rescue horses in the Roanoke area.


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