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.
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.
Kyla Bates, Dipl.OM, L.Ac
Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist
After having experienced amazing miracles personally from acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Kyla knew it was her calling and began the journey. Her joy lies in sharing her love of this medicine with others so they too can live an abundant life. Kyla graduated from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine with a Master’s of Science in Chinese Medicine. She is a certified diplomat of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine(NCCAOM) and is a licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist in the state of Colorado.
Kyla specializes in women’s health, hormone disorders, and digestion. Prior to becoming an acupuncturist, Kyla studied holistic nutrition and enjoys sharing her knowledge and love of nutrition therapy with others. She has an extensive background working with fertility patients as well as treating patients in IVF clinics. Kyla believes that the beauty of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture lies in its simplicity to gently guide us back to trusting our bodies’ healing capabilities. She sees amazing results with mental-emotional issues such as depression and anxiety as well as overall stress reduction. Her mission as a practitioner of Chinese Medicine is to educate, empower and inspire her patients to not only be free of symptoms but to live a happy and joyful life.
Kyla loves to be in the sunshine, hiking, practicing yoga, Kundalini Meditation, music, dancing, cultivating her creativity and connecting with friends. Kyla is an active member in many women’s and spiritual based groups in the community and loves to share her experience and assist others on their life path.
Gabriella Rivera, L.Ac
Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist
Gabriella has a Masters of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California where she studied acupuncture and Chinese herbology. She is also a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Colorado and is nationally certified as an acupuncturist by NCCAOM.
Gabriella specializes in fertility, pain management, digestive disorders and mental health. Her internship and clinical experiences include working with the Veterans Clinic at Five Branches University assisting with pain management, stress and PTSD conditions, The Five Branches Community Clinic and The Mental Health Client Network (MHCAN) which is a valuable peer-community service, which helps adults with mental illness live without crisis
Gabriella is also a Kundalini Yoga instructor and a Certified Holistic Health Counselor accredited by The American Association of Drugless Practitioners and a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, an affiliate of Columbia University in New York City.
In her spare time Gabriella loves walking as a form a physical, mental and social practice and way of life. She has a passion for travel, photography and film, and cooking with family and friends.
Marie Loverde, M.S. (TOM), L.Ac
Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist
Marie is a licensed acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist and board certified Oriental medical practitioner. She is a graduate from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego where she earned a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM).
During this time she completed clinical rotations at Rady’s Children’s Hospital and assisted Christine Adamo at California Cancer Center for Research and Excellence (cCare). She has been working in complementary medicine for the last eight years and understands the therapeutic importance of individualized heath care. As a general practitioner of Chinese Medicine, she treats a wide variety of conditions with a special interest in women’s health, digestive complaints and cancer care.
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.
Janet Casson -Receptionist
Janet Casson plays many roles including musician, storyteller, yogi and advocate of acupuncture. Her favorite role is that of teacher, which she has played since long before she was old enough to have a career as one. She has used her skills as an educator to teach drama, music, and yoga to students of all ages. Hailing from the Heartland, specifically central Iowa, Janet has called many places home, including Minneapolis and the Big Apple. She now resides within sight of the Rockies, and there's no place she'd rather be! In addition to serving the clients and staff at Pin & Tonic, Janet runs a music program for infants and toddlers called Rocky Mountain Aardvarks. It rocks!
Playful, joyful, thoughtful living = healthy living! Live it up.
Jessie Shaw -Receptionist
Jessie is a Denver native and is a graduate from The University of Denver. She has her Bachelor Degrees in English and Sociology. After working many years in retail, she has recently changed life paths and is attending The Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine to get her Masters in Acupuncture. She has been interested in alternative medicine and other healing arts since she was 11 when she started receiving acupuncture for allergies.
Rhiana Westlund, Certified Reflexologist, Holistic Health Practitioner, RYT
Rhiana first encountered acupuncture nearly a decade ago, when western medicine offered no relief for female issues that had troubled her for years. What she found was true healing with dedicated acupuncture treatments, herbs, and following the principles of traditional Chinese Medicine. Her experience sowed rich seeds for further pursuit in mind, body, and soul practices. 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 in balance, providing a rich awareness for others to also live in harmony.
In 2010, Rhiana received a degree in Holistic Health and Reflexology from Red Rocks Community College. She is also a certified Yoga teacher, offering a weekly donation-based class at Pin and Tonic. She is an active Denver Urban Garden community gardener and advocate of 20 second hugs. Community driven, intuitively compassionate and a natural healer, Rhiana feels most alive when she is in service of others. Rhiana lives in Observatory Park with her husband Ben and adorable dog Sofia. They spend their time building relationships, volunteering to provide youth with art-related activities, in nature, in the kitchen, travelling and dancing as if no is watching.
Daron, Certified Massage Therapist
After graduating from the Arizona School of Massage Therapy in 2008 Daron moved to Vail, CO and began his career in massage therapy and bodywork. During his time in Vail Daron worked in many capacities including leadership in opening an award winning wellness spa, working with professional athletes and entertainers who frequent Vail for training and competitions as well as maintaining a regular local clientele who he supported in health, wellness and fitness goals. Daron is dedicated to a holistic lifestyle and he combines many modalities and techniques in his sessions with clients. He is skilled in many deep tissue techniques including sports, injury, surgery recovering, and trigger point massage modalities, he also has a certification in Contemporary Cupping Method which combines both traditional and modern cupping techniques from around the world. Daron calls on his massage education, years of experience, and deep understanding of yoga theory to personalize massage therapy sessions for each individual, assisting clients in finding balance for the mind/body-system as a whole and leaving clients feeling truly cared for on all levels. Daron’s passion for healing and caring for his clients shines through in his work and is apparent in each and every massage therapy treatment.