Alternative Healing Network

3239 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116
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619-546-4806 – Office
619-546-5326 – Fax


Ryan Altman, L.Ac., Executive Director

Dr. Ryan Altman, L.Ac., Executive Director

Dr. Ryan Altman, DACM, L.Ac., HHP is the Founder and Executive Director of the Alternative Healing Network.  While studying Chinese Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Ryan created the San Diego Healing Arts Festival, a free community event that brings music and healing together, allowing a fun and accessible forum to teach the public about integrative health care. Later he worked to bring these healing techniques directly to the under-served communities who needed it the most. With the help of a growing team of volunteer practitioners and affiliations with Pacific College, and other local institutions of higher learning, he created a series of “Integrative Health Nights” at local community centers to offer free “integrative” health services to under-served communities. In June 2008, Ryan created Adams Avenue Integrative Health (AAIH). As a project of the Alternative Healing Network, AAIH is a community oriented integrative health center that operates on a sliding scale to make services available and affordable to everyone. The proceeds from AAIH go to support the free Integrative Health Nights and other programs of AltHealNet.Org. Additionally, Ryan is a graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He practices a combination of Classical Japanese acupuncture with Reiki, offering gentle, energetic treatments that follow meridian theory while using lighter gauge needles and a shallow insertion. This is good for anyone who may be a bit more needle sensitive. Ryan also incorporates “tui na“, a Chinese therapeutic massage technique, and “moxabustion” or heated herb therapy into many treatments, when ventilation allows.

Michelle Coltart, L.Ac.

Michelle Coltart, L.Ac.

Michelle Coltart, L.Ac. discovered the Chinese healing art of Acupuncture in the early 1990’s while working in the computer industry. After a co-worker suggested she get a treatment, she realized her true calling. She fell in love with this healing modality, instantly impressed by the effect it had on the health and wellbeing of herself and those she cares for.  She began her studies by attending seminars and reading every book she could find; a few years later she left the world of computing and returned to school to explore the wonders of this medicine in-depth.  Along the way, she has studied nutrition, herbology, postural analysis, and medical qi gong. Michelle’s passion for this medicine shows in her commitment to her patients. Her compassion, humor and gentle needle technique set people at ease.  She delights that those she treats are as amazed by the effect as she first was.

Leda DeRose, L.Ac

Leda DeRose, L.Ac. began her career in Massage Therapy in 2011.  She received her education at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where she earned an Associates of Science degree in Massage Therapy and Asian Body Work, and graduated with a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Now a Licensed Acupuncturist, Leda integrates Traditional Acupuncture, Herbology, and Asian Body Work to fit individual needs.  She is passionate about health, wellness, and practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine with compassion and a genuine connection. Leda is dedicated to lifelong learning, professional development, and personal growth. She believes in the principle of facilitating good health by promoting and restoring balance and integration of the body’s natural systems.

Dr. Maile Helgeson, DACM, L.Ac.

Dr. Maile Helgeson, DACM, L.Ac.

Dr. Maile grew up in Coronado, Ca just across the bay from San Diego. In 1999, she pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from University of California in Berkeley, and then in 2003, she attended the Santa Barbara City College Marine Diving Technology Program and returned to San Diego in 2004. After having both knees rehabilitated with consistent acupuncture treatments, she eventually found her way to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Specializing in orthopedic and sports medicine, she worked as an assistant for three years under the mentorship of Mark Kastner L.Ac and interned at USCD with the young atheletes. Maile enjoys riding her bike around University Heights, eating delicious and nutritious food, and practicing Chinese medicine. She is honored to be an assistant in your healing experience.

 Joe Hlebica, L.Ac.
Joseph W. Hlebica, L.Ac comes to us from his home in Northern California in the wake of the disastrous wildfires that forced him to evacuate his office last spring in 2017. He is very grateful to be here, and eager to contribute to the mission of Adams Avenue Integrative Health.
He is a graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with ten years experience in group and private practice. Following a year-long internship at Rady Children’s Hospital where he acquired specialized training and experience in the application of acupuncture to Pediatric Orthopedic Medicine, Joe traveled to China for further education and clinical observation at the Chengdu University if Traditional Chinese Medicine in Sichuan Province.
Prior to his entry into the Masters program at PCOM, Joe spent 11 years as a science journalist and writing instructor at UC San Diego.  As an undergraduate at the University of Oregon where he earned his Bachelors degree, Joe took an interest in Asian culture, studying Japanese language, literature, and history. He spent 12 years in Japan, during which he experienced acupuncture for the first time as a patient, which kindled his interest in eventually pursuing his own career as a practitioner. In addition to acu/moxa, Joe has specialized training in Meridian Therapy, shiatsu, and Myofascial Release Therapy.
Robin Persinger, L.Ac.

Dr. Robin Persinger, DACM, L.Ac.

Dr. Robin Persinger, DACM, L.Ac. Her first experience with alternative therapies was from her father as a child. He had, and still has to this day, a closet full of tinctures, teas, vitamins and a myriad of other old folk cures and modern natural marvels.  Inspired by the amazing healing powers of acupuncture and natural cures, she now has over 15 years of education and devotion and continues the pursuit for growth and knowledge in the field. Received her under-graduate education from Bastyr University in Seattle, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Natural Health Sciences, then her graduate degree at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. She has worked at several specialized satellite clinics including the Pacific Beach Homeless Clinic, the Seniors Clinic in downtown San Diego, and a HIV specific shift in Seattle Washington, and started her private practice in 2006.  She is a strong advocate of AAIH’s mission statement and is honored to be a part of the movement towards affordable healthcare and the continued integration and education of alternative therapies in the community.