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.
Owner/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.
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.
Katie Stone, Dipl.OM, L.Ac
Katie graduated from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and studied acupuncture and Chinese herbology during her student tenure. Katie is nationally certified through the NCCAOM and holds licensure in the state of Colorado. Following her studies, Katie traveled extensively through Southeast Asia and has practiced acupuncture in Thailand, Cambodia, and Indonesia.
Katie holds a long standing passion for Women's Health and has experience as a labor and delivery doula. Katie believes her most satisfying work lies in helping women get pregnant, regulate menstrual cycles, alleviate painful periods, and eliminate hot flashes. Katie has worked as an IVF acupuncturist at various fertility clinics around Denver, and she enjoys providing emotional support for women who are going through the ART process. In addition to Women's Health, Katie also likes to help patients heal from digestive disorders and musculoskeletal pain.
When Katie isn't practicing acupuncture, she enjoys teaching meditation classes and is grateful to be involved with the Shambhala Meditation Center in Denver. She is an advocate for the LGBT community, and volunteers in local women's shelters. Katie loves to cook, play the ukelele, and ride her bicycle up and down mountains.
Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist
Cassandra Severns - Office Manager
Cassandra is the office manger at Pin & Tonic. She has a degree in Apparel and Merchandising and a minor in Business. After graduation she set her goals on creating one of a kind crochet and machine knit pieces and sharing her passion of handcrafts with the community.Cassandra has an adorable Rottweiler Blue-heeler mix pup, 9 chickens, and 2 gardens. She and her husband are urban farmers who love nature and the city and mixing the two together. In her free time she teaches one on one crochet and machine knitting classes, enjoys hiking, and working on house projects. Cassandra has been receiving holistic health care and acupuncture treatments since she was 4 year old. She has a passion for learning how to let your body heal itself and living a happy, healthily, active life style.
Rhiana Westlund - Certified Reflexologist & Receptionist
Rhiana had been driving past Pin and Tonic for a couple of years and was always inclined to learn more about the clinic’s community offerings. Loyal to her long-time acupuncturist, Rhiana did not make it into P&T until she was referred to apply for a part-time receptionist position. Rhiana had just moved to Observatory Park with her husband Ben, eager to work in an environment she was so passionate about, she jumped on the opportunity.
Rhiana first experienced acupuncture over 8 years ago, when western medicine offered no relief for female issues that had troubled her since childhood. What she found was true healing with dedicated acupuncture treatments, herbs, and following the principles of traditional Chinese Medicine. Her experience proved to sow rich seeds of interest for mind, body, and soul practices. Since then, Rhiana has pursued passions for yoga, tai chi, meditation, reflexology, whole foods, juicing, gardening, aromatherapy, gem and mineral healing, visualization and manifestation, and so much more. She is fascinated with holistic care and strives to live a life of awareness and balance.
Rhiana received her certification for Reflexology and Holistic Health in 2010 from Red Rocks Community College. She recently completed Buffy Barfoot’s yoga teacher training last winter. Rhiana continues to pursue studies in the field of Holistic Medicine. She is an active Denver Urban Garden community gardener, church nursery manager, nanny, and advocate of 20 second hugs. Community driven, intuitively compassionate and a natural healer, Rhiana feels most alive when she is in nature, playing with children, cooking delicious meals and dancing as if no one were watching.
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.