Who We Are
We are Monica Walters, LAc, MSOM and Alan Worf, LMT, RYT: a husband and wife team passionate about health and wellness. With over a decade of practice experience, we combine acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine and yoga therapy to set our patients on a healing path.
Monica holds an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, a Masters from Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College Berkeley, and acupuncture licenses in the states of Oregon and Montana. She works from a patient-centered, multi-system approach that draws upon Traditional Chinese Medicine and Functional Medicine to create a truly integrative system of care. In the evaluation of each patient's health, she considers quantitative markers such as lab work and imaging, as well as genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors.
Monica has embraced a focus on women's health, pregnancy, children and teens. Her online courses on Chinese Medicine and holistic pregnancy care are due out this winter.
Monica uses a Japanese style needle technique. Most patients say she is by far the most gentle acupuncturist they have worked with. She also employs effective, needle-free technologies such as Acu-graphing, micro current and laser, enabling sensitive patients and children to have a wholly positive and pain free experience.
A perennial student of the body and mind, Alan came to study massage therapy after more than a decade of practicing and teaching yoga. With its common focus on relaxation, release, and balance of the body’s tissues, massage was a natural next step in Alan’s healing toolkit. After some informal massage training in India and Thailand, he was inspired to return home and become certified. His first formal 750 hour training at Sacred Roots Massage school in Missoula was only the tip of the iceberg, providing a solid foundation for continued exploration of a powerful and timeless art.
Alan is fascinated by the variety of different kinds of touch within the scope of massage therapy. He has studied intense therapies like deep tissue and Thai massage, gentle therapies like Swedish, and Ayurvedic massage, and very subtle therapies like cranio‐sacral, reiki, and lymphatic massage. Alan has found that each kind of touch can be just as effective as any other when used in the right time and place. Rather than practicing a specific modality, he is dedicated to deciphering which kinds of touch suit each unique person he works with. In a session with Alan, you can expect an intuitive, expansive, rhythmic, and gentle touch that allows for your body’s needs. Alan also uses stretching, breathwork, deep pressure and subtle coaxing to leave you feeling balanced, free, and refreshed.