ABOUT PIN & TONICPin and Tonic was founded on the following company principles:
- Community Involvement: Pin & Tonic partners with other neighborhood businesses in order to better connect customers to their local economy, as well as continue to work with charities like the Chanda Plan Foundation (a non-profit dedicated to providing alternative health care to individuals with disabilities).
- Unique Customer Experience: From the Herbal Bar in the front of the house to follow up information about specific concerns, customers are given a health experience unlike any they have seen before.
- Education about TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Health: Pin & Tonic will offer regular customer information sessions about Chinese Medicine in general as well as seminars on specific issues such as fertility and back pain. Basic straightforward information is available at the herbal bar and on the products that we sell to our customers.
- Accessibility: Pin & Tonic strives to take the mystery out of Chinese Medicine – a beautiful and well-established medical practice. To us, accessibility also means affordability because acupuncture works best when patients can afford to have regular treatments.
Pin & Tonic is focusing on making all of Traditional Chinese Medicine accessible to more people. At Pin & Tonic we provide not only high-quality acupuncture care, but also high quality affordable Chinese herbal formulas made specifically for the individual. Pin & Tonic also provides free classes for patients to get healthy and stay healthy.
Lisa Bullis - M.S. (TOM), L.Ac.
Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist
Lisa has a Masters of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She studied at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California and at the Cheng Du University Hospital in Sichuan, China. Having been practicing since 2003, Lisa is nationally certified by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) and fully licensed in the states of Colorado and California.
She has experience treating patients in a variety of settings. Working at Craig Hospital in Denver, the San Diego Hospice, UC San Diego sports medicine clinic, and teaching at CSTCM. She also worked in Australia treating menstrual disorders and fertility concerns, and studied medical Qi Gong in rural China.
When Lisa started practicing she was charging $75 per treatment. Before long she realized that many patients could not afford to receive treatments with the frequency that was necessary to make lasting changes in their health. In 2006 her mom sent an article about Working Class Acupuncture in Portland, Oregon where they were practicing community-style acupuncture. Lisa realized that this was the answer she had been looking for. Within six months Lisa was in Portland attending Working Class Acupuncture's first community-style acupuncture conference.
Lisa co-founded Meeting Point Acupuncture in 2007, which was the first community-style acupuncture center in Denver. She sold her practice in November 2010 and opened Pin & Tonic shortly after.
Having grown up gardening and tincturing herbs with her Grandma Ginny in northern Wisconsin, she is now excited to offer custom herbal formulas as well as personally crafted tinctures and poultices.
Having been in practice since 2003, Lisa has treated a variety of patients. She finds that she gets particularly great results with women's issues, eczema, depression and pain. Since having children, Lisa has been treating more and more kids and finds that they respond very quickly to regular treatment.
When not working Lisa can be found in the backyard gardening with her husband, two young daughters and dog Bella.
Ignacia Genco - M.S.(TCM), L.Ac.
Head Manager/Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist
In 2007, Ignacia graduated from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine with a Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Ignacia is a certified diplomat of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is also a member of the American Association of Acupuncture.
Pain management, sports injury, and athletic performance are a few areas Ignacia thrives in as an acupuncturist. She currently provides acupuncture care to various professional mixed martial artists (MMA), Muay Thai kick boxers, Brazilian Jiu Jitso competitors and the Lakewood High School baseball team.
As a mother, Ignacia has remedied all types of children’s health concerns. In her experience, children respond well with acupressure and pediatric Chinese medicinals. Treatments are quick, easy and painless.
Ignacia volunteers at “Hermanas de Color” or Sisters of Color, United for Education. A non-profit organization located in west Denver, which provides education and health services to low income, elderly, and minorities. Ignacia grew up in West Denver and giving acupuncture to neighbors in her community is a privilege.
Away from the office, Ignacia enjoys watching her eldest son, Marcelo, play varsity baseball and her youngest son Maurizio skateboard. She and her husband Mark train in Muay Thai kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu martial arts. Mark and Ignacia hold workshops together combining acupuncture with yoga and meditation.
Matthew Berk - M.S.(TOM), L.Ac.
Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist
Matthew graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in San Diego, CA with a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine. He is a certified diplomat of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Matthew's previous work experience was customer and health services oriented. He worked with people in various settings to improve their lives and to promote holistic and complementary medicines. He has attended various trainings in energy healing, Authentic Movement, ecstatic dance, expressive arts therapy, and other healing and contemplative practices.
Matthew worked as an acupuncturist at Rady Children's Hospital, Owen Clinic at UCSD Medical Center for people with AIDS, and a free clinic for underprivileged individuals. Matthew has treated a wide variety of medical conditions ranging from infertility, acute and chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, common cold and flu, insomnia, post-stroke paralysis, depression, lyme disease, AIDS, and asthma. He found the best part of practicing acupuncture is his interactions with patients and the results from his treatments.
He has lived many places, but Denver is where his heart is happiest and chose to settle down here. His father grew up in Denver and he has a large extended family living here. In his free time he enjoys being in nature, dancing, meditating and participating in various contemplative practices. Listening to the rain and watching things blow in the wind have been recent pleasures he's indulged in.
Zoë Rodriguez - BFA, LMT
Originally from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Zoë has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Having been practicing bodywork therapies since 1998, Zoe is a licensed massage professional and is certified by the Rolf® Institute as a Rolfing® practitioner. She completed her undergraduate studies in Massage Therapy at the MTTI-WellSpring™ in Kansas City, Missouri and has studied Lomi Lomi, Reiki and Cranial Sacral massage.
Zoe's well-practiced technique in Rolfing®, an intensely healing bodywork therapy, is unmatched. Zoë incorporates energetically guided mind/body healing techniques into her treatments. This combination of diverse training and intuitive guidance gives her the freedom to adjust and design a therapeutic massage, unique to your body's needs.
Jenner Lindblad - Office Manager
Jenner is the office manager at Pin & Tonic. She has a film degree from the Art Institute of Denver and began her career designing graphics for NBC. After graduation she traveled to Honduras to shoot footage for an orphanage in need of a promotional video. She also has an extensive background in working with non-profit companies and recently fulfilled her dream of founding a film festival, Spoken Word Cinema.After spending most of her career in the corporate world Jenner has decided to pursue her passion for topics related to personal growth and holistic healing. A long-time yoga practitioner she was inspired to get her teaching license and now enjoys teaching Kundalini Yoga on a regular basis. Jenner became fascinated with Chinese medicine after experiencing the life-changing benefits of acupuncture and herbs. In her free time Jenner and her husband enjoy the Denver art scene and camping in the mountains with their dog Zoe.
RhianaRhiana lives in Observatory Park with her fiancée Ben. An aspiring urban farmer, Rhiana loves to spend her time in the garden. She first experienced holistic medicine over 10 years ago. Rhiana found healing through acupuncture when conventional medicine offered no relief. A certified reflexologist and yoga teacher, she is fascinated with Holistic Health and strives to live a life of awareness and balance. An Aunt to 15 niece’s and nephew’s, “Rhi-Rhi”, feels immense joy when caring and playing with children. Community driven and intuitively compassionate, Rhiana feels most alive when she is in service.
Jennifer Bell - RMT
Jennifer moved to Denver in the 1970s where she attended high school and met and married her husband. After a long career as a legal assistant and raising two children, Jennifer followed her passion and desire to help people by enrolling in massage school. Having been introduced to massage in the 1980s, she had experienced firsthand the many benefits of body work. Jennifer graduated from Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado in 2010, where she received extensive training in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy and Hot Stone Massage.
After practicing for a couple of years, a desire to learn more led Jennifer back to Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado to receive advanced training. She is presently studying Joint Mobilization and Myofascial Release, and looks forward to learning much more as her training continues.
When she's not at work Jennifer enjoys being active, hiking, gardening, reading or relaxing with friends and family.
Lauren Padia - Intern
Lauren joined Pin and Tonic this January as an intern from Metropolitan State University. She is currently finishing up her last semester studying Integrative Therapeutic Practice and plans on furthering her education in alternative medicine. Acupuncture was first introduced to her in 2012 as a form of relief from migraine headaches; she has since shared this knowledge with others and would like to offer the same help one day.Outside of school Lauren can be found teaching yoga around Denver studios, hot yoga and vinyasa style classes. She has found teaching yoga to be a great compliment to her degree and the path she would like to continue to follow. On the weekends she loves to spend time with her significant other Ben and their two dogs Moose and Marley. Just as most Colorado folks do, she loves the outdoors and getting out on the trails for a good hike or run. This year brings new adventures and milestones for her with graduation awaiting and new goals to achieve. Hopefully the year of the horse will bring her good fortune.