Our Team

Dr. Stefanie Dwyer, L.Ac., DAcOM, MAcOM, AOBTA® - CP, Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®, ACSM - CPT

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I started out as a kid really wanting to be a vet. I followed my vet all over the place and decided horses were the only thing worth working on. I went to Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and graduated with a BS in Anatomy and Physiology. Along the way I had discovered that I was going to have study pigs, sheep, cows and other animals and decided that maybe medicine for people was a much better idea. I then studied physical therapy but discovered very quickly that I am a sympathetic vomiter(which is really no fun at all) and am extremely sensitive to smells. I also was discovering that the medical system I was familiar with was really not a health system, but more of a sick care system and I did not like it much.

My husband ended up getting a job in Austin, TX in 1992 and we moved. I decided at that point to switch careers and got into financial planning and life insurance. I spent 22 years in that industry and loved it. I loved the challenge and the amount of information I was learning each day. We also had adopted a labrador about that time who was epileptic. This in fact, was why she was available for adoption. She had 5-6 seizures EVERY single day and drugs barely tempered them. She also had chronic diarrhea. When she was about 5 years old, we had an experience with her that transformed my thinking on disease, wellness and what it means to be healthy.

I had been researching feeding the dogs a raw diet(that is right-raw meat) and ran across a website written by a vet in CA who happened to also be a celiac patient. He was treating all of his ideopathic epilepsy dogs by prescribing a raw diet. Well, this was novel! The best part though-he had an 85% success rate! So I dove right in with our lab. We had nothing to lose-she was still having seizures despite enough drugs to fell a horse! We went cold turkey. I still remember her eyes the first day I handed her raw chicken! She pranced around the yard, so excited and proud. Well, she had 2 more seizures that month and never had another one that we are aware of. She lived to be 15 years old.

That experience changed my life! I really started to dive into wellness and preventative care. I read everything I could. I became a Certified Health and Wellness Coach and a Certified Personal Trainer through ACSM. I also started looking around because I knew I wanted to get back into medicine-just the holistic/alternative side this time. It took a bit, but I eventually found the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine where I studied Traditional Chinese Medicine. I graduated with a Master's degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM) and then pursued a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAcOM) as well.

While in school I took a course in Environmental Toxicity and was shocked when I realized that the prototypical patient looked just like my mother. My mom had been super healthy when she was younger, then started developing a bunch of auto-immune diseases and ultimately cancer. Her history was almost EXACTLY a perfect match for a typical environmental toxicity case. Boy was I hooked! Wow! All of a sudden, I could see ways to help patients with auto-immune diseases. It was AWESOME!

I have additional training in Tuina(asian bodywork), MeiZen facial rejuvenation protocol, cupping therapy and acupuncture sports medicine. While I treat a wide range of medical conditions, I gravitate to pain management and sports medicine, auto-immune issues, neuropathies, facial rejuvenation, and other neurological conditions.

When I am not in the clinic, I can be found with my family, my critters, riding my horse, scuba diving or practicing karate.

TX Acu license# AC01736

Megan McFarland, L.Ac., M.Ac. CHM, Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®

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Hi, I'm Megan McFarland, LAc., M.Ac. CHM. I am a Texas Medical Board Licensed Acupuncturist, NCCAOM Diplomate, Chinese Herbalist and Certified Clinical Western Herbalist. Born and raised in Southwest Austin, I received my four-year Master’s in Acupuncture with a Specialization in Chinese Herbal Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and my certificate in Clinical Western Herbalism from the Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine in Austin, Texas. I have additionally studied Master Tung style acupuncture in Chengdu, China with Dr. Lin Zheng Tai and reflexology and gua sha in Shaoguan, China. I have studied bioregional and folk herbalism with various teachers around the United States since 2012.

Having spent over a decade organic farming and practicing natural medicine, I see good nutrition, supplementation, exercise, herbs and bodywork as foundational for health. I believe that vibrant health is our basic human condition, but sometimes that condition becomes obscured when we stop living our lives within a healthy and supportive environment in tune with our bodies’ daily needs. Life will undoubtedly put challenges on our path, but when we build resiliance through robust health, we can bend instead of break. As a practitioner, I am an advocate for your choice to be well and see my role as one helpful resource within your healthcare team.

Let’s work together to get you feeling wonderful and at peace.

Aaron Occhino, MAcCH, LAc, DIP. OM (NCCAOM)

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My name is Aaron Occhino. I was born and raised a desert rat in Phoenix, Arizona. I grew up riding dirt bikes, hiking, playing basketball, and hanging outdoors with my family. Growing up I had persistent rashes, and was placed on and off of prescription medications to try and alleviate my skin discomfort. I was frustrated that it never seemed to fix the problem.
In my adulthood, I started thinking more about finding other solutions. Shortly after moving to Austin, Texas in 2016, I began pursuing natural medicine in order to heal my skin. I was working with a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner for a few months and saw fantastic results. I became absolutely hooked on all things Chinese Medicine.

Having my own health issues has created a desire within me to help people find their root cause healing. I’m motivated by challenging the current paradigm of modern health with more traditional and holistic lenses. I’m led with compassion for my patients, and seek to find the right balance that leads to healing in my treatments.

I went to Arizona State University; where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with concentrations in Communications and Spanish. I love languages, the arts, and music. If you find me outside of the clinic, I’ll be playing guitar, grilling/cooking, or spending time in nature with my family and dogs.

Hippocrates suggested that “all disease begins in the gut,” and that has become my motto. I am motivated to help correct all things gut-related, in addition to other internal medicine diseases. I’m passionate about discussing nutrition with my patients, and creating treatment plans. I also specialize in neurological conditions, eye disorders, and autoimmunity.
I graduated from AOMA with a Masters in Acupuncture with a specialty in Chinese Herbal Medicine. The healing tools I use at the clinic are Acupuncture, Gua Sha, Cupping, Dry needling, Medical Qi Gong, Chinese Herbs and nutritional therapy.

Tx Acu License# AC02101

Susan Remmert - LMT

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Hello, my name is Susan Remmert. I am a native Austinite who feels blessed to have graduated from Lauterstein-Conway School of Massage in 2005. Now with more than 14 years of hands-on experience, I still feel so excited every single time I get to work with a client to find and solve their structural puzzle! I have a broad range of experience from working with the frailest populations in hospice care to the masterfully trained bodies of professional athletes.

My focus over the last 7 years has been corporate wellness in which I help corporations find ways to increase their employee’s overall wellbeing so there can be a focus on creativity and performance. With my thousands of hours of experience, I have found a knack for finding what each person needs to begin or continue their journey to health and joy. The techniques I use include fascial release, deep tissue, sports massage, strain-counterstrain method, acupressure, Swedish and many other hybrids of modalities I’ve picked up along the way.

All ages welcome. With kindness and compassion...and sometimes even an elbow if needed!
(Licensed and Insured)