Staff & Philosophy

We are a group of practitioners who love what we do - and it shows - by our dedication to our patients' healing with the highest professional standards through continual professional development in our quest to be better healers. For those we serve, it means the best individualized treatment, attention and care possible.

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The Natural Healing & Wellness Center Approach:

The way we care for our patients is based on individualization, integration and trust.


Individualization – 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.

Dr. Penny Wells, O.M.D., L.Ac.
Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM)
Master of Science in Acupuncture (MS, Acu)
Colorado State Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc)
Diplomate in Acupuncture (Dipl Ac) - National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)

A highly trained, well respected senior Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Dr. Penny Wells has been Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine since 1986. She received her Masters and Doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese herbal studies at SAMRA 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, her dedication to educating the public in this ancient healing art led her to found the American Institute of Oriental Medicine, a 4-year college of acupuncture and herbal studies; and creating curricula for acupuncture and chiropractic colleges in New York and California.

As a skilled practitioner, Dr. Wells adheres the core healing philosophy in leveraging 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.



Joelle Appel, L.Ac., R.N., B.S.N.
Colorado State Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc)
Registered Nurse – Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Master of Science in Acupuncture (MS, Acu)
Diplomate in Acupuncture (Dipl Ac) - National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Certified in the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) Protocol
Cosmetic Rejuvenation Acupuncture Certification
Clean Needle Technique 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:


Tui Na
Dietary and Lifestyle Recommendations


She is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine American Acupuncture Council; a member of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado; certified in the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association Protocol, Cosmetic Rejuvenation Acupuncture for the face and neck and Clean Needle Technique.

Joelle is also a licensed Registered Nurse, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the 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 facilitate 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.




Natural Healing & Wellness Center, LLC
Aurora, CO 80014



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