Alternative Healing Network

3239 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116
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619-546-4806 – Office
619-546-5326 – Fax
info@althealnet.org

Clinicians

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, Concorde Career College, IPSB, and UCSD – School of Medicine, he created a series of “Integrative Health Nights” at local community centers to offer free “integrative” health services to the under-served community. 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.

Michael Cohen, L.Ac. is a graduate from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California.
Michael’s desire to become an acupuncturist began after three of his loved ones became ill with
cancer. At the time, he was working in finance for a fortune 500 company and decided to make a
shift from helping people with their money to helping people with their health.
The decision to choose acupuncture over western medicine arose from his desire to find an
alternative for people to feel without resorting to the normalcy of taking medications or
immediately getting surgery. Through careful research and first-hand experience Michael found
and chose acupuncture.

Michael’s hope is to share the knowledge of a 3,000-year- old medicine with his patients by
helping with any health condition they have big or small. Areas of specialty include:
– Chronic or Acute Pain
– Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
– Injuries
– Sports Performance

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.

 

Dr. Maile Helgeson, DACM, L.Ac.

Dr. Maile Helgeson, DACM, L.Ac. 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.

Robin Persinger, L.Ac.

Robin Persinger, L.Ac.

Robin Persinger, 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.

Cindy Sullivan, L.Ac.

Cindy Sullivan, L.Ac.

Cindy Sullivan, L.Ac. is a licensed Acupuncturist by the State of California Acupuncture Board.  She earned her B. A. in Psychology at San Diego State University.  She worked at Central Mental Health in North Park and at MISO – a national drug rehabilitation facility located at Miramar Naval Base.   An adventure through South East Asia inspired her passion in Eastern Philosophies and shifted her views on health care.  She earned her M. S.  in Traditional Chinese Medicine from The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, here in San Diego.  Her graduate study experience includes treating patients at San Diego Hospice, The Homeless Senior Clinic and Rachael’s House.   She was also fortunate enough to participate in Chengdu University’s International TCM Training Program at a hospital in Chengdu, Sichuan, China.

Originally from Northern California, Cindy has lived in San Diego for over 20 years.  She still marvels in the everyday medical practices in Chengdu.  She is very grateful for all of her teachers who shared their art with her.  Cindy feels very fortunate to be part of this community and to help others create health and wellness in their lives.