Staff & Philosophy
We are a group of practitioners who love what we do and it shows - through our dedication to our patients' healing, high standards of integrity and constant yearning to be better healers. This means you get the best treatment, attention and care possible.
The Natural Healing & Wellness
The way we care for our patients is based on
individualization, integration and trust.
Each person is unique and thus there are no “standard” sessions or treatment plans; we customize all care to the specific needs of the patient
Integration – We value the interconnection of mind/body/spirit, as well as the collaboration of the team to collectively recommend and oversee comprehensive, holistic treatment plans
Trust – Healing is truly a “we” event. We build strong relationships with each patient so they have a partner in healing.
Dr. Penny Wells, O.M.D., L.Ac.
A highly trained, well respected senior Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Dr. Penny Wells has been Board Certified by the National Commission for Certification of Acupuncturists since 1986. She received her M.S. and O.M.D. in acupuncture and Chinese herbal studies at S.A.M.R.A University of Oriental Medicine, Los Angeles, California.
She has also received many years of valuable training under the privileged preceptorship of two renowned Asian master practitioners as well as specialty training in acupuncture orthopedics and Korean Hand Therapy. Her training and over 30 years of experience place her among the top practitioners today.
Because of this, Dr. Wells was hand-picked to receive instruction in low level laser therapy (cold laser) under the tutelage of Lars Hode, a renowned developer and manufacturer of the finest lasers. She was also one of three acupuncturists selected to assist the Kaiser Permanente Pain Clinic in San Diego County in its successful pilot program to utilize acupuncture for severe and chronic pain relief.
An educator as well as practitioner, in her dedication to educating the public in this ancient healing art, she founded the American Institute of Oriental Medicine, a 4-year college of acupuncture and herbal studies, and has written curricula for acupuncture and chiropractic colleges in New York and California.
As a skilled practitioner, Dr. Wells leverages the power of acupuncture to restore health, prevent disease, and provide relief from chronic and acute conditions. Her deep belief and passion for her work enable groundbreaking results and tremendous success for her patients.
Dr. Wells has held Acupuncture licenses in California, Washington, and now Colorado. She recently moved to Denver to join her daughter and family and to enjoy the beauty and splendor of this amazing Rocky Mountain state. For the past few years she enjoyed practicing in Cherry Creek and Glendale, CO and 5 years ago opened her own integrated clinic, the Natural Healing Center, in Aurora, CO.
Kathie Miller CMT
Kathie is a certified massage therapist who graduated in 2005. She has over 10 years of hands on experience and enjoys her work very much.
She is trained in modalities such as deep tissue, reflexology, pre-natal, sports massage, myo-fascial, cranial-sacral, hot stone and rain drop therapy.
Kathy helps in a variety of unique ways by relieving all of your stress or helping you recover from injuries. She prides herself on giving you a unique personal massage for your own needs, and believes a therapist should work with your body and not against it. She brings harmony and peace to the massage table.
Experience for yourself Kathie’s deep relaxing style of body work.
•M.S.Acu. Master of Science in Acupuncture
•Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM - Nationally Certified)
•L.Ac. (Colorado State Licensed)
•Clean Needle Technique Certification
•Cosmetic Rejuvenation Acupuncture Certification
Joelle Appel is a Colorado State licensed and nationally certified acupuncturist. She earned a Masters degree from Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (CSTCM) This 2.5 year accelerated program included over 2,500 hours of classroom and clinical education. Joelle’s training includes adjunctive therapies such as moxibustion, tui na, acupressure, cupping, auriculotherapy, and dietary and lifestyle recommendations. She is certified in Clean Needle Technique, a member of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado, The American Acupncture Council and is certifiied in Cosmetic Rejuvenation Acupuncture for the face and neck.
Joelle is also a licensed Registered Nurse, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Wyoming. She practiced nursing, primarily in the Operating Room, for 24 years. During that time, Joelle worked in a wide variety of surgical situations ranging from open heart, trauma, neurosurgery, orthopedics, and vascular to hysterectomies, gallbladders, and cataracts. These experiences gave her insight into the vast array of lifesaving and life changing procedures that take place every day. They also led her to question what could be done to mend people before they become so broken and what could be done to build the immune system and facililtate the healing process pre and postoperatively. After being treated by an acupuncturist for a health problem that was not being addressed by her medical doctor, Joelle was inspired to change directions within healing professions and pursue Acupuncture. She is continually wowed by the power of acupuncture and honored to be a practitioner of this amazing medicine.
Joelle has many interests outside of acupuncture such as going on adventures with her family and friends, meeting with her book club, confronting serious house projects and the prospect of having enough time to rekindle her love of knitting.