Ryan Altman, 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, Bellus Academy, 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 most treatments.
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.
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. 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.
Nikki E. Kelly L.Ac is a California licensed and National board certified acupuncturist and herbalist who specializes in the treatment of PTSD, emotional disorders, pain, insomnia and the reductionof stress and anxiety. She uses acupuncture, energy medicine, Chinese herbal medicine and moxibustion therapy to safely and effectively get patients back to health and balance. She takes a multidisciplinary approach in treatments and utilizes Japanese meridian therapy which is a gentle yet effective style of acupuncture. Nikki has been a certified Usui Reiki master/ teacher for over 20 years and incorporates Reiki into her treatments. Nikki also strongly believes in integrative medicine and will work closely with MDs, Chiropractors, naturopaths and other specialists to comprehensively treat and eliminate pain and dysfunction after injury or illness.
Nikki initially discovered the benefits of Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine 10 years ago after a back injury on the job as a firefighter. She was treated with acupuncture and Chinese herbs, and learned firsthand about the rapid pain relief and healing ability of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. After this positive experience, Nikki dedicated her learning and career to becoming a master of Chinese medicine and educating others about this remarkable medical system. One of her future goals is to educate the fire department on the many benefits of Chinese medicine in the treatment of PTSD in first responders.
She completed her Masters of Science in traditional Oriental Medicine at one of the top ranked Oriental medicine schools in the United States, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.