Our hope is to support the health and wellbeing of our Charlotte community. We aim to treat not only the symptoms, but to treat the whole person by focusing on the root cause for imbalances in the body.
With thousands of years of documented practice, Chinese medicine is the second largest medical system in the world. It is a useful complementary therapy alongside many other medical treatments, as well as being able to provide effective stand-alone treatments for a variety of conditions. It is a gentle, safe system of medicine that has treated billions of people during the past 2500 years. With ancient wisdom blended together with modern clinical experience, Chinese medicine is a beautifully constructed antidote to many of the common ailments we face in the 21st Century.
Paula holds a Masters of Oriental Medicine with over 3400 hours of classroom and clinical training from Boulder’s Southwest Acupuncture College. During her formative education Paula sought out an internship with Boulder, Colorado’s only acupuncture practice dedicated specifically to women’s health, Well Woman Acupuncture.
Her gentle treatment style combined with a broad array of foundational training in multiple forms of East Asian and Maya medicine have prepared her to support many of the 21st Century ailments, including digestion imbalances, woman’s health, fertility support, and internal disorders. She has completed additional training in Arvigo® Maya Abdominal Massage, to support pelvic, reproductive and digestive health. She has sought additional training in this modality for supporting women throughout pregnancy and post-partum care. She has completed specialized training in Mai Zen® Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture therapy to offer a safe, natural, and effective treatment for natural facelifts, hyper-pigmentation, bells palsy, broken capillaries, acne and many other skin conditions. She completed yoga teacher training with the Yoga Shala school in Charlotte, NC. Paula is constantly expanding her knowledge and is forever a student when it comes to medicine and life. Her passions include creating medicinal products, cooking and her two beloved spaniels Oliver & Basil.
David holds a Masters of Acupuncture from Boulder’s Southwest Acupuncture College with over 2500 hours of classroom and clinical training in acupuncture and Tui Na therapy. As well, he holds a Certificate in Massage Therapy with over 800 hours of classroom and clinical training from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, which offers one of the most highly regarded and rigorous certifications of massage therapy in the western hemisphere. Having studied for over two years and with hundreds of hours of supervised clinical practice with one of China’s foremost experts in Tui Na therapy, Dr. Lu, Li of Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, David is recognized personally by Dr. Lu himself as holding a proficiency in Tui Na at the level of expertise expected of a doctor in any Chinese hospital. While his specialty is pain management, the system of Tui Na and acupuncture he practices are not limited to pain, but also includes many internal diseases, ranging from migraines to emotional concerns such as anxiety and sleep disturbances. He has additional training in Balance Method Acupuncture, a style that emphasizes treating away from the site of pain in order to treat more effectively. He is conversationally fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and in his free time he enjoys Ashtanga yoga, meditation and spending time outdoors.
Jessica Long has been an Aesthetician since 2007. She has practiced Aesthetics in places such as Forbes 5 star 5 diamond resort, The Broadmoor of Colorado, trained as a Chanel makeup artist, and has been an educator and director to other Aestheticians within the Charlotte area for 4 years. She lives within the Oakhurst community and is excited to provide aesthetic services to this vibrant neighborhood. With a passion for natural and long-term strategies for skin health, Jessica combines Ayurvedic techniques and can suggest lifestyle changes that directly impact how our skin looks and feels. Her holistic skin care services are offered with Eminence products, a natural beauty company based on clean and pure products with no harsh chemicals, colorants, fillers, or other unwanted and harmful additives that can damage skin. By combining the classic, tried and true skin care products with procedures such as microdermabrasion & hydrodermabrasion, microcurrent, red light therapy & natural peels, Jessica is able to provide a beauty treatment that can be customized to any individual's needs and preferences. Jessica loves watching her clients progress on their skin care journey as they find out what works for their particular skin, oftentimes after decades of searching for a routine and product line that can meet their goals safely and without harsh techniques such as chemical peels and botox. Particular emphasis in her training and experience lies within her hair removal techniques, which can be offered either with wax or threading techniques. Her biggest strength is the ability to create a well crafted brow, however her expertise ranges from head to toe, offering leg, arm, face, chest, back, and Brazilian hair removal treatments for smoothness in combination with soft and clear skin.
Dr. Tolpa holds a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northeast College of Health Sciences with over 4200 hours of clinical training. Her chiropractic treatment style utilizes a blend of manual adjustments, Active Release® and Graston® (IASTM) techniques to achieve pain free motion. She can alter her chiropractic style to suit a gentle or more powerful adjustment. Common areas she treats are the jaw, neck, low back, pelvis, and extremities for conditions such as headaches, carpal tunnel, epicondylitis, tendinitis, sprain/strain, and neuropathy. She also went on to specialize in Neurofunctional Acupuncture at McMaster Medical University under Dr. Elorriaga, MD with a focus on functional assessment, manual treatment of musculoskeletal problems, and sports injuries. This specialty in needling is exceptional for post-surgical recovery, ankle sprains, edema, concussions, and chronic pain in conjunction with chiropractic care. Dr. Tolpa has also worked closely with Pregnancy and Pediatrics as an ICPA Webster’s Certified provider; she is proficient in chiropractic adjustments for pregnant women, infants and children. Dr. Tolpa completed additional coursework in functional medicine to discover the root cause of illness and manage multifaceted chronic health issues. She has a special interest in digestive and hormonal health. Lab work, supplementation, and physical examination are utilized to create personalized treatments for every patient. Dr. Tolpa has an interest in mindfulness meditation work which led her to complete her yoga teacher training at La Casa Shambala in Koh Phangan, Thailand and went on further to earn her Reiki certification; a Japanese stress reduction and relaxation technique that promotes healing. In her spare time she is constantly learning new ways to expand her healing practices, training for half marathons, and hiking new trails.
Liz has a thriving interest in helping her clients meet their health goals. She’s an LMBT in NC and NY. She became a bodyworker after 20 years as a professional chef with a certificate in holistic nutrition and a certificate in western community herbalism. Using a holistic approach she attends to her clients health care goals beautifully interweaving her life experience and practical skills. She is experienced in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Prenatal, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofacial release, Shiatsu and Thai massage. She’s completed over 1150 hours of education in massage therapy and is excited to help you reach your health goals.
Meredith brings a wealth of experience to the treatment table. With an ASAD in Physical Therapist Assistant from CPCC and 20 years experience in acute and critical care rehabilitation including trauma and orthopaedics, she integrates a deep knowledge of structural bodywork with caring and compassionate touch to release deeply held tension and stress in the body. She has completed 500 hours of massage therapy training from the Atlanta School of Massage, as well as holding completion in all six core curriculum in Visceral Manipulation developed by Jean-Pierre Barral DO. With such extensive experience and training, she is able to help resolve her clients’ issues to a level that surpasses what is expected of therapeutic massage.