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. I am also a graduate of the Women’s Functional and Integrative Medicine Professional Training Program where I studied with Aviva Romm to optimize women’s health through all life stages.

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
Graduate of the Women’s Functional and Integrative Medicine Professional Traning Program
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

Holly Macias, MSTOM, Dipl. OM, L.Ac., FABORM

I am grateful to be part of Louisville Acupuncture Clinic and here to help our patients move towards health through the wisdom of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. I consider each patient’s unique physiology, and instead of isolating symptoms, I work to restore balance to the whole system, while helping each patients reach their specific health goals. 

I am a Nationally Board Certified Acupuncturist and Herbalist and a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. OM) as certified by the National Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. I received my Master’s Degree of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and studied at the San Diego and Chicago campuses and also completed training in Tokyo, Japan.

Acupuncture and herbal medicine have been a part of my life since I first started receiving treatments at age 21. After experiencing the first hand benefits and having a major shift in my own health, I decided to study Chinese Medicine and it has been my passion to share this with others. I practice a gentle and effective needling style that is ideal for treating anything from the common cold to long standing chronic conditions and can help to soothe the everyday stressors of modern life. I specialize in internal medicine and Women’s Health including optimizing fertility, IUI and IVF support, prenatal and postnatal care. I have completed additional training in endocrine system disorders, obstetrics, male and female infertility, and pediatrics. I practice a classical style of Traditional Chinese Medicine that employs a unified consideration of the patient’s mind, body and lifestyle in order to come up with the most effective treatment for each patient. The gentle needling techniques I use are especially suited for treating sensitive patients, pregnant women, children, pain disorders, complex health issues, and those that simply feel run down from the ins and outs of daily life.  In addition to acupuncture, I also employ the use of Traditional Chinese Herbs, nutrition and other modalities such as moxibustion and cupping.

I am thrilled to call Louisville my new home and excited to get to know the city and my community with my partner, Jake, and our two pups, Meru and Nokie.  I also believe that the learning process never stops and am currently pursuing a DAOM (Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and am also in a 2 year speciality training involving a deeper study of the endocrine system and it’s roll in health and disease.  

Certifications and Credentials

B.S. in Nutrition from the University of Illinois Chicago in 2007
Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2012
Extensive training in Japanese Meridian Therapy including training in Tokyo, Japan
Nationally certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine Certified Fellow
State certified in Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky
Current fellow of the American Society of Endobiogenic Medicine and Integrative Physiology

Shelley Ochs, Ph.D., L.Ac.

I’m thrilled to be back in my hometown to be with my family and serve the Louisville community. I have spent the last 15 years in Beijing, China, where I completed a Ph.D. and apprenticed with master acupuncturist, Dr. Wang Juyi. I am grateful for the variety of study and practice opportunities that I have had over the last twenty years. I have worked in a large private hospital, private clinics, and non-profits, using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to treat a wide variety of ailments, from rare autoimmune diseases to common colds.

My own journey with Chinese medicine began in Taiwan in 1989, when I was a young woman suffering from chronic respiratory-tract infections (due to air pollution and my own asthma) and skin problems. A friend suggested I give his Chinese herbalist a try, his treatments immediately broke the cycle of infections, and that turned out to be the beginning of a journey that culminated in becoming a Licensed Acupuncturist in California in 2001. Along the way, I learned to read, write, and speak Mandarin, and returned to the US to complete degrees in Chinese Literature and Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 2007, I decided to pursue advanced studies in Beijing, leading me to follow dual paths of traditional apprenticeship and an academic degree.

As a practitioner, my goal is to guide patients to use the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine to choose both professional and self-care methods that are effective and sustainable for them. Many chronic conditions require a multi-pronged approach that includes acupuncture and acupressure, cupping, nutritional therapy, and daily exercise or visualization. Patients receive specific instructions for self-care that are designed to meet their goals for physical and mental well-being.

Treatments in the clinic are primarily based on acupuncture and individualized herbal medicine, but may also include organ-balancing abdominal acupressure, targeted nutritional plans, cupping, and Qi-healing therapy. I treat and advise patients who want to address gynecological disorders, male and female infertility, post-partum recovery, insomnia, depression, anxiety, compulsive behavior, chronic and acute pain, sports injuries, skin disorders, acne, poor digestion, weight loss, and other conditions.

I live in the Highlands with my daughter and our two cats, Lion and Grey. In addition to working with patients, I also translate classical and modern Chinese medical texts, something that is both a vocation and a great hobby. I am enjoying getting re-acquainted with people and places in Louisville. You may see me at farmer’s markets, on biking trails, or doing Qigong in the parks.

Certifications and Credentials

Ph.D. in the History of Chinese Medicine and Medical Literature, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, 2013
Masters in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2000
B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996
Official Lineage Holder in Dr. Wang Juyi’s Channel Palpation Medicine
Advanced Training in Gynecology, Internal Medicine, and Zhineng Qi-healing

Sarah Teeple, AWC, CHHC

I am an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor and teacher of yoga and meditation. I specialize in holistic nutrition therapies, herbal medicine, and nourishing lifestyle practices to restore health and balance to mind, body, and spirit.

Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga. It is a 3000-5000 year-old system of medicine, designed to heal the entire human being on a deep level, using herbs, food as medicine, yoga therapies, and healthy daily self-care regimens. Eating and living in harmony with the season, time of life, as well as one’s personal constitution (dosha), Ayurveda heals from the inside out.

These are the holistic tools that helped me heal years of weight fluctuation, anxiety, gut dysfunction, and food sensitivities. Before beginning my holistic carrier, I was a professional singer. After ten years of touring with my rock band, along with its nocturnal, party-lifestyle, I was depleted, anxious, and unhealthy. I longed for a change, but did not know how to go about it. The wisdom and practical lifestyle solutions of Ayurveda, yoga, and functional nutrition transformed my life! They did so to such an extent that I went back to school for nutrition, yoga, and Ayurveda. I now passionately do this work everyday, helping others achieve their optimal health, energy and quality of life.

For information about classes and offerings, please visit my website at www.sarahteeple.com

Certifications and Credentials

B.A. in In Psychology, Indiana University, 2004
Certified Health Coach, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, 2013
Registered yoga teacher, RYT200, Asheville Yoga Center, 2016
Kundalini yoga, 300hr level studies, Asheville Yoga Center
Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor Certification, Asheville School of Massage and Yoga, 2017
Including Ayurvedic studies in Tamil Nadu, India, 2017
Registered with AADP (American Association of Drugless Practitioners)
Founding member: LEDA (Louisville Eating Disorder Alliance) & Membership Chairperson
MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) practitioner
Certificate in Understanding the Gut Brain: Stress, Appetite, Digestion and Mood

Paige Waggoner Clark, LMT

I was first made aware of the needs of pregnant and birthing women at the age of 19, when attending the birth of a dear friend. It sparked a deep interest in women’s health, and shortly after, I began the first of several apprenticeships with midwives and physicians in Kentucky, Tennessee, and New Mexico.

Later I became a volunteer staff member at The Omega Institute, where I studied with many bodyworkers and spiritual teachers who had a profound influence on me. I lived and worked there for 3 years, beginning my study of Thai Massage, completing the Nosara Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training, and the Spiritual Lifestyle Program at The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.

I continued to study and practice Thai Massage, traveling to Thailand three times, assisting my primary instructors. I completed a Yoga Teacher Training specializing in Prenatal, Birth, and Postpartum Yoga. While maintaining a small homebirth midwifery practice, I gave birth to two beautiful children, and graduated from Advanced Massage Therapeutics, with a focus on prenatal and postpartum massage. In October 2016, I completed the Arvigo® Mayan Therapy training.

Over the years, the trinity of midwifery, yoga, and massage therapy has allowed me to create a truly holistic offering for the women in my community. I deeply believe in one’s ability to tap into the root of their wounding and access their own deep healing abilities; and to feel supported during this transformational process is vitally important.

Certifications and Credentials

Midwifery Apprenticeships at The Tennessee Birth Place andNorthern New Mexico Women’s Health and Birth Center, 1995-1999
Nosara Institute Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training 1998
Thai Yoga Healing Certification 2001
Shiatsu Skills In Midwifery 2002
Fine Art of Thai Massage Level III Certification 2003
Integral Yoga®️ Prenatal/PP YTT 2003
LifeForce Yoga Practitioner 2007
Nurturing the Mother®️ Prenatal and Fertility Massage 2007
Advanced Massage Therapeutics graduate 2008
Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®️ Level I 2016, Level II 2017, Level III 2019

Rebecca Cohen, MD

My calling to become a women’s healer emerged when I began my study of herbal healing as an inquisitive teenager. In college, I continued this exploration with coursework in women’s studies and biology. After college, I trained as a midwife at a birth center on the Mexican-American border. There I witnessed first-hand the power of women’s bodies and learned to trust a women’s ability to birth naturally.

In medical school at the University of Louisville, I entrenched myself in the study of anatomy, physiology and pathology- the science of the causes and effects and diseases. Throughout my residency training in Family Medicine and Obstetrics, I learned to respect the natural process of disease but the curriculum did not focus on the study of health. I continued my career in a private medical practice and came to realize that helping my patients achieve genuine health requires a balanced, integrated approach.

Along the way, my personal experiences have served as a guide. The healing journeys of my five pregnancies, the birth of each of my children and the postpartum adjustments left me unsatisfied with the solutions I had learned during my training as an allopathic physician. I visited several trusted colleagues, all of whom could only suggest surgery or medicine for the symptoms I was experiencing. I knew that there was another way. I trusted in my body’s ability to heal itself and return to a healthy balance. Using the integrative healing techniques of Holistic Pelvic Care and Maya Abdominal Therapy, I strengthened my own body and took charge of my own health. I am now confident that the answer is not more medicine or surgery but rather learning to listen to our bodies and heal ourselves. Combining this knowledge with my background as a medical doctor allows me to help the women who come to my practice in a deeply fulfilling way.

From there, I expanded beyond the traditional medical model to study bodywork and massage, herbal medicine, energy-work and integrative healing modalities. I have completed trainings in The Arvigo®, Holistic Pelvic Care, Craniosacral therapy and Hakomi and am currently undertaking a comprehensive multi-year Herbal Medicine for Women Course with Dr. Aviva Romm.

My greatest strength and wisdom has come from the lessons I have learned from mothering my five children. I have been genuinely blessed by the lineage of wise women that have come before me and helped shape my approach to holistic healing: Linda Arnold, Rosita Arvigo, Rosemary Gladstar, Tami Kent, Jeannine Parvati, Lissa Rankin, Aviva Romm and Penny Sisto. I am thankful for the opportunities to serve the women in my community on their journey to wellness. My path has now come Full Circle.

Currently seeing a limited number of clients. More information at https://www.fullcirclelouisville.com/

To inquire please call 502.774.0460 or email info@fullcirclelouisville.com

Certifications and Credentials

B.A. Biology with Minor in Women’s Studies, University of Louisville, 1995
M.D. University of Louisville, 1999
Family Medicine Residency St. Elizabeth Hospital, Edgewood, KY 2002
Fellow, American Board of Family Medicine 2002-Present
Operative Obstetrics Fellowship, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Edgewood, KY 2003
Holistic Pelvic Care Practitioner Certification, Portland, OR 2012
C-ATMAT, Certified Mayan Abdominal Therapy Practitioner, Arvigo Institute, 2014
Craniosacral training Levels 1-4, Milne Institute, 2015

Marty Ryan, LMT

Marty Ryan, LMT provides integrative manual therapy to optimize the digestive and reproductive systems, as well as a myriad of soft tissue injuries and chronic pain patterns.  Clients should expect to feel more relaxed and longer through their core, less pain and bloating with better functioning of the guts pretty much right away.  Many report feeling energized with a greater awareness of the abdomen and pelvis and how it all hangs together.  This work is gentle yet applied deeply, and does not create pain.

This work is especially useful for long term conditions related to acid reflux, constipation / gas / bloating, fertility and menstruation challenges, low back and pelvic organ issues, and adhesion syndromes after abdomino-pelvic surgery.  Marty can also work with specific pelvic and low back pain issues + other musculoskeletal issues.

Marty calls his style of abdominal massage Clinical Visceral Massage Therapy.  This work is an integrative approach to optimize the digestive and reproductive systems, as well as work with the abdomen post-surgery.  This work is especially useful to treat conditions such as acid reflux, constipation / gas / bloating, fertility optimization, menstruation challenges, low back and pelvic organ issues, and pain and adhesion syndromes from abdominal surgery.

Marty grew up in Louisville KY (St Xavier HS + Univ of Kentucky) and now lives in Pittsburgh PA.  He maintains a private practice in Louisville KY (2 days monthly) and Seattle WA (3 weeks each quarter) as well. In addition to his private practice, Marty is also a graduate student at the New York Chiropractic College studying Human Anatomy and Physiology.

To inquire about Marty’s services or to schedule please email marty@martyryanlmp.com or visit www.martyryanlmp.com

Certifications and Credentials

B.A. Psychology, University of KY, Lexington, KY 1985
Professional licensing program – Seattle Massage School, Seattle, WA 1993
Currently studying MS Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction (MSHAPI) at  New York Chiropractic College
(expected graduation August 2022)
LMT state certified in massage therapy in PA, KY, WA
Completed certification trainings in Chi Nei Tsang and Maya Abdominal Massage 2004
Teaching assistant for NeuroMuscular Therapy (NMT) with Leon Chaitow Seminars and the NMT Center St Petersburg, FL 1998 to 2008
Teaching assistant for Gil Hedley, PhD / Somanautics Workshops 2008 to present
Founder and director of Love Your Guts Seminars, LLC 2006 to present