Louisville Acupuncture Clinic – Our Practitioners 2017-12-20T10:57:54+00:00

Louisville Acupuncture Clinic – Our Practitioners

Shelby VanCleve, M.Ac.O.M., L.Ac., FABORM

I am excited to offer acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with a compassionate hand and a focused mind to my community here in Louisville. In addition to using Chinese Medicine and acupuncture to treat all human conditions, I am a certified Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine specializing in treating infertility and helping women conceive healthy babies.

My journey with Chinese Medicine began during my undergraduate studies at Indiana University. Stress, headaches, anxiety, stomach aches, and TMJ pain were my common complaints and I sought the help of a local acupuncturist. He was able to help me eradicate these issues and work toward better health and happiness. He encouraged me to make positive changes and hold steadfast in the face of adversity. Now, I work to do the same for my patients.

I was fortunate to have this experience because it set me on the right career path. I created my own major at IU through the Individualized Major Program. I focused on medical science, Eastern philosophy, and nutrition. Then I chose to attend the highest ranked acupuncture school in the country – the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR. Here I delved deep into the art and science of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. It was a life-changing experience, to say the least. I focused intently on personal development and this focus unlocked the compassionate healer inside of me, which I am fortunate enough to be able to share with you.

I am married to a wonderful man, we have two great kids and a very smart doggy. We live in the Highlands and enjoy hiking, camping, gardening, cooking, and creating sustainable relationships with our friends and our environments.

Certifications and Credentials

B.A. in the Individualized Major Program at Indiana University 2003
Studies in Nutrition and Oriental Medicine
Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2008
Including clinical study in Nan Jing, China
Nationally certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine Certified Fellow
State certified in Oregon and Kentucky
Certified 1000 Hands Buddha Instructor
RYT 200 Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor
Member of the Kentucky State Acupuncture Association

Louisville Acupuncture practitioner Holly Christiansen

Holly Christiansen, M.S.T.O.M., L.Ac.

I am a board-certified, licensed acupuncturist who enjoys working with people who are ready to take control of their health naturally. Through individualized and customized treatments, I am here to inspire and support you by combining the best of traditional and holistic wellness techniques with modern medical knowledge. My approach is unique and adaptive to each patient. I strive to listen to you and to teach you skills you can take with you to apply to your everyday life for ultimate well-being.

My education included a strong foundation in Western medicine and science, so while I am versed in modern medicine, I am a “traditional” medical practitioner and I promote wellness by addressing the health of the mind, body, and spirit. My approach is conservative & holistic; I prefer to allow the body to heal itself & use more modalities as needed.

I discovered Chinese medicine and acupuncture through a chronic shoulder injury, when nothing else would help it heal, and I had little interest in relying on pain medication to make it through the day. I was thrilled to discover that Chinese medicine embraced all of the aspects of health I already viewed as vital, especially nutrition, exercise, and meditation.

I enjoy going on adventures and traveling, especially long drives to somewhere new, hiking, and backpacking. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and have lived in both Ecuador and southern California. I have enjoyed living in Lexington, Kentucky since 2014, and am excited to expand to Louisville! I love to read, especially epic & historical novels, doing yoga (inversions & twists are my favorites), rowing, being outdoors, and spending time with my dog-kids, Boone & Cleo.

Certifications and Credentials

B.A. in Liberal Arts from the Evergreen State College Olympia, Washington
Latin American studies and Spanish language
M.S. in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine San Diego, California
Externships at: UCSD Cancer Center, San Diego Hospice, and Geriatric Clinic
Nationally certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
State certified in California, Washington, and Kentucky
RYT 200 Certified Power Yoga Instructor
Member of the Kentucky State Acupuncture Association

Louisville Acupuncture Clinic – Support Staff

Chris Johnson

You are fortunate to experience a true family owned business at Common Ground Wellness! I am Shelby’s husband and your front desk receptionist on a part-time basis. When you call into the office, it may be me that you will talk to. In addition, I might be checking you in and out for your appointments, taking payment, and getting you rescheduled. If there is anything I can do to be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to let me know!

My position at Common Ground is part-time but also made possible by my full-time career. I work remotely as a Computer Programmer. Working remotely has it’s advantageous and disadvantages, the latter being that I do not get to interact with people as much as I would like. Stepping into the role of receptionist has allowed me to get to know all of you, which is deeply nourishing, while also being useful in our busy acupuncture clinic.

Besides my full-time and part-time gigs, I am a hobbyist programer through and through. I am always creating new things on a digital platform and experimenting with new technology. I am a film buff, enjoy traveling the world, camping and hiking, and have a passion for antiques. I live in the Highlands with my wife Shelby, our two children, and our fun-loving puppy dog.