L.Ac, Dipl. Ac. & CH
While in college I studied science with the intention of applying
to Chiropractic college. It was during this time that I took
a course in massage therapy, which led me in the direction of
studying massage further. In 1993, I received a massage therapy
certification from the Garden State Center for Holistic Health.
In 1994, I moved to Asheville, where I worked at the Chinese
Acupuncture Clinic as an assistant to the practitioners while I
built my massage practice. I was truly inspired by the results
I saw as an assistant and decided to study Chinese Medicine.
I completed a one-year tutorial with Cissy Majebe before transferring
to the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe,
NM. I graduated with a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine
in 1999 following the completion of an internship at Chengdu University
of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Chengdu, China. During my clinical
internship experience, I developed a special interest in working
with urological and prostate conditions, which continues to influence
my practice today.
I have practiced at the Chinese Acupuncture and Herbology Clinic
since 2000 and also worked at the Hendersonville clinic from 2000
until 2005. My experience as the Administrative Director of Daoist
Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts, since 2003, has allowed
me to share my enthusiasm for my work with students and the public.
As a practitioner I emphasize self-care. I educate my patients
on how lifestyle choices influence health, and encourage them to
use Chinese Medicine personal cultivation techniques to maintain
M.ed., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)
I received a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education degree
in 1969 from UNC at Greensboro and began my teaching carrier in
elementary schools. After teaching for 10 years, I went back to
school, in 1979, to obtain a Masters Degree in Early Childhood
Education from Western Carolina University. I then taught and served
as head of lower school at a private school.After three months
of working in private education I decided to try some new work
experiences. This led me to working with Cissy Majebe as a receptionist
and administrative assistant at her acupuncture clinic. I worked
at the Chinese Acupuncture Clinic in a variety of positions until
I left for acupuncture school in 1997, after having completed a
one year tutorial with Cissy Majebe.
I completed my Masters in Oriental Medicine at the International
Institute of Chinese Medicine in 1999. My clinical internship
included seeing patients in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM.
Upon completing my degree in Oriental Medicine I returned to Asheville
and began working as a practitioner at the Chinese Acupuncture
Clinic. Since helping to establish Daoist Traditions College of
Chinese Medical Arts in 2003, I have taught Herbology, Qi Gong
and operated as the Financial Director. I regularly travel nationally
and internationally to continue studying the spiritual and emotional
aspects of healing. In 2000, I began serving patients at our Waynesville
satellite clinic. I currently see patients at both our Asheville
and Waynesville locations. I enjoy working with all conditions
but am especially interested in working with Multiple Sclerosis,
mental/emotional imbalances, and women's conditions.
M.S., L.Ac. Dipl. Ac. & CH (NCCAOM)
When I started college it was with the intent of studying medicine
in graduate school. It was while studying chemistry at Warren Wilson
College and exploring different medical modalities that I discovered
Chinese Medicine. I was attracted to it because of its antiquity
and sophistication in the practice of herbal medicine, diet, meditation,
and martial arts. I decided to move to Seattle to study Chinese
Medicine at Bastyr University.
I received a Masters of Science in Acupuncture from Bastyr in
2000. That same year, I traveled to Seoul, Korea to do a clinical
internship. After receiving my Washington State acupuncture license
in 2000, I began working at an integrated clinic in Seattle. During
that time I also provided acupuncture with a teenage outreach program.
It was in 2004, that my wife and I decided to move with our then
3 year-old son to Asheville and extend our family. In 2005, my
daughter was born.
I was invited to join the Chinese Acupuncture Clinic in 2006.
Since then, I have been serving both the Asheville and Hendersonville
communities. I am currently teaching acupuncture micro-systems,
pediatrics and herbal medicine at Daoist Traditions. I am experienced
with working with diverse conditions and especially enjoy working
with children, pain, and fertility.
L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. & CH (NCCAOM)
My interest in Chinese Medicine was an outgrowth of a life long
interest in Asian philosophy and culture. I first read Jane English's
translation of the Tao Te Ching with my Judo class in the eighth
grade. In 1993 after completing a Bachelors of Science degree and
a teaching certificate at the University of Colorado, I took a
leave of absence from my teaching job and went to acupuncture school.
I graduated from Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine
in 1996. After graduation I traveled to Asia and returned to practice
in Boulder, Colorado from 1997-2004.
In 2004 l left Boulder and moved to North Carolina. Soon thereafter,
the president of my acupuncture college suggested that I contact
Dr. Cissy Majebe. After we met, I was offered a teaching position
at Daoist Traditions Acupuncture College. This led to me becoming
Director of the Clinical program at Daoist Traditions. I enthusiastically
joined the staff at the Chinese Acupuncture Clinic, in 2007, because
the clinic provides the best patient care I have seen anywhere
in the country.
I continue to teach both acupuncture and herbal medicine at Daoist
Traditions. I see patients in Hendersonville and Asheville. I continue
to practice martial arts and enjoy working with a wide variety
of patients at the Chinese Acupuncture Clinic. My specialty areas
include womens health and pain management.
Karen Litton, MSW
L.Ac., LMBT, Dipl. OM (NCCAOM)
In 1972 I received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University
of Texas and a Masters in Social Work from Hunter College, NYC
in 1981. I spent 10 years working with mentally handicapped, disordered
individuals and their families in the social services field. Wanting
a different approach to working with people I attended to the Florida
School of Massage where I received a massage license in 1986.
My husband and I then moved to Western North Carolina where I worked
at Nantahala Outdoor Center as well as established a massage practice
in the area.
My interest in Chinese Medicine began 20 years ago when I came
to the Asheville Chinese Acupuncture Clinic for treatment. Eventually
I realized that the pursuit of a Chinese Medical degree would let
me expand many of my skills and interests in health care: my awareness
of the emotional and spiritual aspects of health and healing, my
enjoyment of working with people, and my love of plants and Herbology.
I decided I wanted to attend Daoist Traditions School of Chinese
Medical Arts once it was established in Asheville. I received a
Masters Diploma of Oriental Medicine in May of 2008.
In the Fall of 2008 I was invited to join the Chinese Acupuncture
Clinic as part of its staff. I am excited to be working with such
a talented group of practitioners. Over the past 20 years of practicing
massage, structural integration, and yoga I have worked with many
athletes and their injuries, as well as many other conditions.
I currently see patients in Waynesville and Asheville. I continue
my studies in Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture with travels to NYC
to study with Jeffrey Yuen. I enjoy working with all aspects of
a patient's health, including foods, exercise, and personal cultivation
My interest in Chinese Medicine grew gradually. In some ways it seems that it grew even from the time I was born in Japan! I have always been interested in Oriental philosophy. Even though I then grew up on military installations, by the time I was in high school, I was enthralled with the poetry of Zen and the discourses of many eastern teachers. At the same time I was active in the sports of football and lacrosse. In college I went to Hobart in upstate N.Y. and studied psychology and sociology. I have worked in the field of mental retardation as a counselor, as well as headed the leadership program for American Youth Hostel which trained leaders who then led trips with teens all over the world.
I love the out of doors and have also spent time teaching cross-country skiing in Vermont, as well as working at the Nantahala Outdoor Center as head of their rafting program. My wife and I have lived in North Carolina for 26 years, where we have also shared a massage business working with athletes and their injuries, as well as “weekend warriors”.
After using acupuncture and the CAC as my primary health care for many years, I decided to attend acupuncture school at Daoist Traditions Acupuncture College in Asheville. It allowed me to combine many of my interests and ground them back in Oriental philosophy once again! Working now at the CAC, I currently see patients in Waynesville and Asheville. I enjoy working with a wide variety of patients. I appreciate how the spiritual, emotional, and physical aspects interweave in a person’s healing.
M. Cissy Majebe
OMD, M.S., L.Ac., DOM (NM), Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)
My first university degree was a Bachelor of Sociology from the
University of New Orleans. I then studied at the University of
Southern Mississippi where I received a Masters in Exercise Physiology
with an emphasis in cardiac rehabilitation. While working on a
Doctorate at the University of Virginia, I became interested in
a more holistic approach to health, which led me to acupuncture.
I graduated with a masters in acupuncture from the American College
of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe, NM. I continued my studies at
the International Institute of Chinese Medicine and was awarded
my OMD, Oriental Medicine Degree in l986.
Since that time, I have had two internships at Kyung Hee Hospital
in Seoul, South Korea and have completed four internships at various
hospitals in China.
I established the Chinese Acupuncture Clinic in l985 and am blessed
to be surrounded by a well trained and dedicated staff of practitioners.
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