Acupuncture requires a 3 year Masters Degree in Chinese Medicine. Students undergo a rigorous curriculum of eastern and western medicine, taking classes that cover topics such as anatomy and physiology, the endocrine system, women and men’s health, Chinese medical pathology, pathophysiology, needling technique, etc.

Each student also attends several internships to further their clinical knowledge of the medicine. In the Twin Cities, internships exist at locations such as AAAOM, Northwestern Health Sciences, Human Performance Center, University of Minnesota Masonic Childrens Hospital, Regions Hospital, Abbot, Courage Kenny, Phillsbury House and Salvation Army.

Our Acupuncturists

Melinda Spike, LAc, COMT, CHC  
Acupuncturist & Holistic Health Coach

Melinda graduated from the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with a Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Clinical internships were at AAAOM and Fairview University Hospital.

Melinda has over 20 years of experience in Western Medicine and still maintains certificates in ophthalmic technology and holistic health coaching. Specialties include depression and anxiety, fibromyalgia, insomnia, migraines, sports injuries, and wellness.

Care is given to support acupuncture treatments with dietary, herbal, and lifestyle recommendations to promote healing and maintain wellness.

In The Office: 
Tuesday 10:00am to 6:00pm 
Thursday 2:00pm to 7:00pm


Rachel Kristyniak, L.Ac., MOM, Dipl. Ac.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbalist

Rachel was born and raised in Arden Hills, MN. She now lives in St.Paul with her husband, Chris and their Shih-tzu, Stewie. She graduated with her Masters in Chinese Medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University, where she trained with former VAMT practitioner, Laconia Koerner. She held several internships in the Twin Cities including Regions Hospital, the U of M Masonic Children’s Hospital, Pillsbury House, Cerenity Senior Care Center and The Salvation Army.

Rachel found Chinese Medicine on a journey to understand and tend to her own anxiety and depression and developed a passion for treating people with similar conditions. She also enjoys treating pain, digestive issues and stress.

Her approach to patient care is vast. You may find yourself prescribed a Brene Brown book, a lacrosse ball, bone broth or quiet meditation. Rachel is excited to meet you and become your partner on your own healing journey.

In The Office:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday