Jade Star Acupuncture – Jennifer Parks, L.Ac., M.A.c.O.M.

Jennifer graduated from the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2011 with a master’s in Oriental Medicine. She completed the full program including Tui Na certification, herbal program and acupuncture studies.

After health issues with family members had resolved, Jennifer started back to college in 2007 to attain a Bachelor of Science degree, with the goal of beginning a pharmaceutical sales career. While in school, she began researching the pharmaceutical field and realized that this career choice was not something she could do in good conscience. At this point Jennifer asked God for help to show her what career she should follow. When she visited the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine she knew that she had found her answer. And so her journey has begun. Jennifer feels blessed and ever so thankful to have found Chinese medicine and to live her life healing others.

Jennifer is co-owner of Jade Star Acupuncture and specializes in Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture. She was drawn to this specialty because it allows people to do a cosmetic procedure that is healing from the inside out. Not only do patients’ faces look younger, but they feel better too!


Tucson Acupuncture Clinic — Cheri Brown, L.Ac.

Once upon a time I was a long distance runner. I ran about ten miles a day. After years of doing this, I developed a lot of problems with my right foot. My foot experienced more surgeries than a person could count. Still I continued to run Sabino Canyon three times a week, coming home to ice my foot and take pain pills in order to sleep at night. One day I went to my doctor to get a refill for my pain meds and to get my cortisone shot. He said to me, “have you ever thought about trying acupuncture?” I said, “at this point I am willing to try anything”. The pain was making it difficult for me to sleep at night. He referred me to an acupuncturist(who was a nurse working for him at one time). I went for my first treatment… the results were amazing!! After three treatments I was pain free– no more pain meds were needed.

Then about ten years later I went to Montana in the winter time to help my mother. While I was there the excruciating pain reappeared. I thought, ‘what did I do last time the pain was this bad? Oh, I had Acupuncture.’ There just happened to be an Acupuncturist in Great Falls, Montana. I started seeing him once a week and the pain disappeared. Also, my whole life I had a lot of problems with asthma. I was taking about two medications a day and using an inhaler. I just hating taking all that stuff, it made me feel horrible, but it made it so I could breathe. I mentioned to the acupuncturist about my asthma and he said that he would be able to help with that also. He prescribed Chinese herbs and did Acupuncture. It was amazing!! No more medications– no more inhalers!! I have not used an inhaler since 2002. I was thinking….. this Acupuncture stuff is incredible!!!

At that point in time, I was recently divorced and wanted to do something different with my life. After much soul searching, I decided that I wanted to become an Acupuncturist so that I could help people the way that I had been helped.

In my practice, I like to help people, to make them feel better, to improve their quality of life. Helping to eliminate migraine headaches is one of my favorite aspects of my practice. I am passionate about integrating cranio-sacral therapy work with acupuncture. Stress relief is a big part of what I do, along with working with fibromyalgia patients to improve their quality of life.

Below you can get a sense of my training and credentials; I bring an advanced combination of therapies to my practice, including:

— Craniosacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute;
— Studied Lymph Drainage Therapy through the Upledger Institute;
— TuiNa Chinese massage therapy through the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; and,
— Acutonics Practitioner through the Kairos Institute.

I have also studied with some of the leading authorities on Chinese medicine, including Dr. Jeffrey Yuen and micro-light therapy with Dr. Darren Starwynn.

I completed my Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

I am licensed in Arizona to practice acupuncture under State License #0549



Health Be With You — Aeimee Diaz

My name is Aeimee Diaz, I study and practice traditional Chinese medicine, which encompasses acupuncture, tuina (bodywork), food therapy (nutrition), herbs, qigong, taichi, and meditation. I am certified and insured as a tuina practitioner, finishing my Chinese herbal program at Arizona School of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (ASAOM) in Tucson, and working on getting my acupuncture license.

I have worked at six different clinics as a Chinese medicine practitioner and/or a certified colon hydrotherapist. I have been trained and studied tuina, qigong, and martial art under North Amercian Tang Shou Tao Association (NATSTA) providing a strong core in the methodology of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I have had extensive training in supplements and worked as a manager or on the sales team for over 15 years.

My background comes from a solid foundation from my parents both being healers. My mother was a medical homeopathic doctor, specializing in iridology, herbs, food therapy, hydrotherapy, massage, and other indigenous treatments. My mother studied and translated for Dr. Bernard Jensen, a pronounced iridoligist, colon hydrotherapist, author, and nutritionist. Both parents studied with Mikio Kushi, a pioneer of Macrobiotics in the West. My father inspired by my mother has written a book in Spanish on Alternative Medicine, studied in Mexico acupuncture and biomagnetic therapy working as a clinician, and having great success in very challenging cases such as lupus, cancer, fibromyalgia, and other auto-immune diseases. My mother owned a health food store in East Los Angeles for 5 years in the 1980’s, where I saw the dynamics of business, health, food, and community interplay.

In my clinical practice I work with Chinese medicine, aromatherapy, colon hydrotherapy, iridology, herbs (East and West), food therapy (nutrition), supplements, tuina (Chinese medical massage), qigong, breath, taichi. I specialize on creating customized treatments per individual, each treatment being unique to the person, always seeking homeostasis of mind, body, and spirit.

My prior commitments have been as a health crusader conducting lectures on health and food, mentoring for a woman’s program (Women of Courage), a representative for the American Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Student Body as Vice President, Mtn. Region representative of the Development Task Force, and coordinated the silent auction at the Phoenix Conference. You can also hear me every other Sunday, on the radio as host for a talk show called “Random Affairs” on KQCK Live which is local and worldwide.



Liferoot Acupuncture — Kym Kleiman, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

Kym is a licensed acupuncturist who earned her Master’s degree from the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Kym combines her compassionate nature and excellent listening skills with a unique blend of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She formulates individual treatment plans for each patient using a combination of Acupuncture, Cupping, Guasha, Moxibustion, TuiNa, Chinese Herbal Formulas, Nutrition, Western Herbals, Homeopathy, and Stress Reduction Techniques.

Kym’s strong love and background in nutrition provides a high standard in health enhancement. She feels that her role as a healer is to help eliminate the suffering of the spirit as well as the physical manifestation of disease.



Feel Better Naturally — Michelle C. Larson, M.Ac.

As a Seattle native I grew up with a passion for health and healing. This lead me to Tucson in 1999 where I attended the Desert Institute of Healing Arts. After a very short time here in the desert I knew I was home.

There is nothing more beautiful than a brisk November morning in Tucson. I love to take my little dog Nailah out to Catalina State Park where we can explore the wide open spaces. It warms my heart to see her smile as she races the bunnies and chases lizards.

I am a certified massage therapist with a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and a Bachelor’s Degree in Holistic Health. I am licensed in the state of Arizona to practice both massage therapy and acupuncture. I am also nationally certified as a Labor Doula and Childbirth Educator.

As a faculty of the Cortiva Maternity and Infant Massage Program I have the opportunity to travel nationally teaching continuing education for professional massage therapists looking to deepen their understanding of massage for the childbearing year. I am also a faculty member at the Asian Institute of Medical Studies in Tucson, Arizona.

From December of 2001-November of 2005 I owned and operated Catalina Foothills Wellness Center located in Northwest Tucson. I sold the company in 2005 to allow myself more freedom to work one on one with patients.

Thank you for taking the time to explore your options for holistic healthcare in Tucson. There is a wonderful community of practitioners in Tucson each specializing in a unique area. I welcome you to contact me with further questions, it is important to me that you find what you’re looking for.




Kimon Wellness — Don Lightner, L.Ac.

Donald Kimon Lightner, L.Ac., has been in private practice for ten years in Tucson, Arizona. He graduated from the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine which he is now an instructor, clinic supervisor, as well as on staff as the Academic and Clinic Dean.

Don has been practicing meditation for over twenty years and became a monk in the Zen Buddhist tradition in 2001. Don is also a certified Urasenke – Tradition of Chado (Japanese tea ceremony) teacher. His background is in the martial arts and Asian arts which include ceramics, Chinese calligraphy and painting.




Desert Springs Acupuncture Clinic — Derek Williams, M.Ac.

Derek Williams found acupuncture as a way to get well after becoming extremely ill in 2001. Derek started out life as an underweight and sickly child. He started weight training at age 12 and at the same time, started on a good nutrition plan. This helped him gain muscle mass and become healthier, and improved his self esteem. He later competed in bodybuilding, powerlifting, karate, and wrestling.

After a series of stressful events, Derek became very ill in late 2001 with Environmental Illness. He suffered from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivity, multiple food allergies, and severe endocrine disruptions including Addison’s Disease.

After receiving disappointing results from western medicine, Derek turned to alternative medicine, including chiropractic, acupuncture, homeopathy, applied kinesiology, herbs, and western dietary supplements.

After a short period of time, he began to see dramatic improvements in his health. Derek was working as an accountant when he became ill, but he began researching alternative and conventional medicine when he developed Environmental Illness in 2001. Shortly afterwards, after experiencing dramatic improvements in his health, it was suggested to him by his health care provider that he should look into becoming involved in alternative medicine as a career.

After some thought, research, and prayer, Derek decided to become an acupuncturist.

In addition to training extensively in Applied Kinesiology, Derek attended Caldwell Community College in Hudson, NC, Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in August of 2008 with a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture.


Middle Path Acupuncture — Stephen Wolf, M.Ac.O.M., L.Ac.

Stephen is a Licensed Acupuncturist practicing in Tucson, Arizona. He graduated from the Arizona School of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (ASAOM) with a Masters in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (M.Ac.OM). He uses a combination of acupuncture techniques, herbal medicine, Tuina (Chinese bodywork), moxibustion, and other methods. He applies modern thinking to this ancient medicine to do everything possible for his patients.  He is also the Clinic Coordinator for ASAOM.  To learn more, visit