Meet Your Practitioner

Dr. Katie Shea is a licensed acupuncturist, board certified herbalist, and a registered nurse. She earned a Master's of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine from AOMA School of Integrative Medicine as well as a Doctorate of Acupuncture from Pacific College of Health and Science. In addition to her passion for traditional and alternative medical practices, Katie also spent six years working as a nurse in a hospital setting. She is motivated to collaborate with each patient to address physical, mental, or emotional imbalances in order to achieve personal health goals.

 

Katie’s interest in health and wellness started at a young age and only grew more powerful as she attended nursing school and began practicing as a nurse. Her experience in the emergency department and later cardiac electrophysiology enabled her to enhance her nursing skills and taught her the potential repercussions of disregarding the signals associated with an out-of-balance body. She noticed her own health decline while she was taking care of patient populations whose health conditions could have been less costly had they been addressed sooner, e.g., with a more prevention-based approach. These experiences motivated Katie to incorporate preventative measures and eventually to explore integrative medicine more deeply.

 

Katie moved to Austin in 2015 and has since built a network of adventure-loving health enthusiasts who never turn down an invitation to visit Barton Springs or Town Lake. She enjoys running, climbing, meditating, baking, reading, journaling, and finding delicious plant-based cuisine. Her goal is to improve access to preventative health services and empower others to take their health into their own hands. Katie believes that living a health-forward life can actually feel fun and lead to broadly-felt improvements to the way we interact with the world around us. 

 

In a session with Dr. Shea, one can expect to feel relaxed and at ease. Acupuncture is designed to promote balance by redirecting the flow of energy to the natural rhythm that is intrinsic to our self-healing bodies. Katie understands acupuncture to be a powerful healer, counteracting the negative effects modern lifestyles can exact on our sensitive yet resilient nervous systems. 

 

In addition to acupuncture, Katie provides other services, such as cupping, tuina (a form of massage), microneedling, Chinese herbal consultations, as well as lifestyle and nutritional counseling. Each session is tailored to the client’s constitution and individual needs in order to accomplish short- and long-term goals that address the root cause of dis-ease. This patient-informed approach can lead to lasting changes and an overall higher quality of life.

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