Stefanie Dwyer, L.Ac., MAcOM, AOBTA® – CP, Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®, ACSM – CPT
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 currently pursuing my First Professional Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DAcOM).
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, and facial rejuvenation.
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 lic # AC01736
Colleen Teska, L.Ac., MAcOM, AOBTA® – CP, Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®, ACSM – CEP
Colleen received her Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, TX where she is currently working toward her Doctor in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. During her time at AOMA, Colleen received extensive training and over 1,000 internship hours in a variety of acupuncture techniques including the Balance Method, sports therapy, Master Tung, auricular acupuncture, electrical stimulation, and cupping. She also trained and received certification in Asian Bodywork (Tuina), Facial Rejuvenation, and NADA (Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist). From her personal exposure and experience with chronic diseases and sports injuries, Colleen has a strong desire to help those with similar health challenges.
Colleen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is an American College of Sports Medicine-Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist. She has 8 years of experience working in hospitals and clinics as a Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and stress testing specialist. She also trained in ballet and modern dance at the University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin, and Dancespace NY and has enjoyed teaching at local dance studios throughout southeast Wisconsin, Chicago, and Austin. After 7 years as a founding member with Nomi Dance Company in Chicago, Colleen decided to fulfill her dream of combining art and science by learning the art of healing through Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at AOMA.
In her free time, Colleen enjoys keeping her skills up in ballet class, hiking the Texas Hill Country, reading FBI/CIA thrillers, and plans to try all the tacos Texas has to offer!
TX Acu lic # AC01761
Dr. Becky Andrews, ND, L.Ac., MAcOM, Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®, LMP
Dr. Becky Andrews is a naturopathic doctor, acupuncturist, herbalist, body worker and is certified in permaculture design. On her meandering journey through life, she has been a ballet dancer, musician, amateur theologian, master gardener, mountaineer, cyclist, and a circus artist. Her passion is the fusion of paradigms and disciplines. As a naturopathic physician, acupuncturist and student of permaculture she focuses on a “whole systems” approach to health challenges of the individual and the human condition as a whole.
Dr. Andrews received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and Masters of Acupuncture at Bastyr University in 2003. She is a graduate of the Boulder College of Massage therapy and also holds a BA in psychology from the University of Kentucky (1992). Prior to practicing in Austin, she was medical director of Mosaic Natural Health Clinic in Seattle, WA and served as faculty at Bastyr University. She has advanced training in environmental medicine, IV therapy, chelation, injection therapies, massage therapy and permaculture design. She has apprenticed with master herbalists, and native healers around the globe, and led a medical volunteer team in Kenya. She has served on the board of directors for both the Washington and Texas Associations of Naturopathic Doctors and was the education coordinator for the American Botanical Council. She currently offers naturopathic consultations at Peoples Rx in Austin and serves as faculty at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine.
In addition to faculty appointments, she offers lectures & seminars for public, government, corporate, student and professional health education. Her practice specializes in complex, chronic and “difficult” cases, especially relating to digestive health, fatigue, hormone balancing, mood and detoxification. She works extensively with MTHFr and related genetic challenges as well as environmental illnesses from mold, heavy metal, and chemical exposures. Her combined training in massage therapy, acupuncture and naturopathic medicine give her a unique and multi faced approach to treating chronic pain and injuries. Her decade of primary care experience in Seattle gives her special insight into combining naturopathic, traditional western and eastern paradigms with conventional medical approaches. In addition to seeing patients and teaching at AOMA, she has a “secret” life as a trapeze artist.
“Back to the Earth” I screamed, and no one listened to me. Back to the Earth I lived, and they all followed. ~Rusted Root