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Alice Adams, RN-retired, M.Ac., L.Ac. Dr. Y. Clare Zhang, PhD, MAcOM, LAc Heidi Branlund M.AC., L.AC., 2019 expected D.OM.
Loren M. Starks L.Ac.

Massage Therapists

Karian, LMT

Karian LMT, joined our team straight out of massage school and quickly became one of our most popular therapists (her clients describe her massages as "fabulous"). As part of her basic massage education, she also became a certified chiropractic assistant. Karian has a strong belief that maintaining health and wellness is a deeply personal adventure in which each individual can thrive. She approaches massage as a health practice to achieve a valuable quality of life. Karian can work with people experiencing muscle soreness, joint discomfort, and scar tissue restrictions (which helps to regain functionality in movement). Karian has completed a lot of continuing education: Connective Tissue Release Techniques for Head & Neck, a Managing Migraines class, a series on Releasing Nerve Entrapment, our Advanced Deep Tissue Massage class, and finally, Intro to Reflexology! In January of 2018, she completed Erik Dalton's Advanced Myoskeletal Techniques course to qualify her as a Posture and Pain Specialist. Karian is a Master Level therapist and is now available full-time Saturdays-Wednesdays at our Country Club Rd and NW-Oracle Rd offices. Click here to request an appointment.

Nate, NMT, LMT

Nate, LMT joined our team in July of 2019. He is originally from Ohio and has recently relocated to the Tucson area. Nate elected to do advanced training during his basic massage program and therefore at graduation, he became a certified massage therapist as well as a certified Neuromuscular therapist. He has recently completed our training program, The Art & Science of Deep Specific Massage. Nate is happy when he can help people relieve their pain and get back to enjoying life. He is available full-time and is an Experienced Level therapist. Click here to request an appointment.

Sara, LMT

Sara LMT, graduated in 2004. Massage therapy allows her to blend her spirit of community service with her interest in helping others heal. Sara has been studying with a Shaman for over 15 years. She has found the experience to be a tremendous asset to her work. In addition to being a Reiki Master, Sara is trained in Sacred Lomi, Cranio-Sacral therapy, Deep Tissue/Injury Recovery massage, and Shamanic Healing. In 2009, Sara added Chi Nei Tsang (Chinese Vital Organ Therapy) to her list of treatments provided. Chi Nei Tsang is very effective for many conditions, including digestion issues, reproductive problems, and low back pain. Whether you need help with muscle injuries, headaches, pain management, or exploring how to be more connected with your spirit, Sara can help. She works full-time Wednesday - Sunday at our Country Club Rd. location. She is a Master Level therapist. Click here to request an appointment.

Kevin, LMT

Kevin LMT has been doing clinical and rehabilitative bodywork full-time since 2011 and recently transplanted himself from Seattle. His unique style is at once focused and gentle, incorporating muscle-specific techniques into the broader "moving myofascial" approach of Trager work. Two of his tag lines are "Massage doesn't have to hurt!" and "Bodywork for all bodies and identities." The Trager Approach (rare in Tucson) is painless but profoundly deep and effective, especially useful for anyone injured or in chronic pain, emphasizing passive movements and self-care. Kevin's other science-based specialties include scar tissue release, Thai massage, and jaw work. He also has considerable experience working with the LGBTQ+ communities. Kevin is a Master Level therapist. Click here to request an appointment.

Mary, LMT

Mary LMT graduated from a program providing a total of 1000 hours. During her interview process, I found her massage to be very connected with a solid, firm to deep pressure and she has an excellent grasp of anatomy with strong palpatory skills! I am very excited to have her on our team. She has completed a variety of our internal training classes including body wraps, mud mask and our signature Ultimate Deep Tissue massage. She is an Experienced Level therapist. Click here to request an appointment.

Jesse, LMT

Jesse, LMT, graduated from massage school in 2004. He has a long history with sports massage, focused injury work and of course, general relaxation. Jesse has helped a lot of our clients who have back injuries, whiplash, headaches, as well as athletes doing pre and post-event treatments. Our own Sara LMT calls Jesse the "King of Myofascial Release". He joined the PS team in November of 2017. He is a Master Level therapist. Click here to request an appointment.

Cynthia, LMT

Cynthia, LMT has an Associate in Arts degree and has worked as an herbalist. Her massage training included trigger point therapy, myofascial release, prenatal massage, and hydrotherapy. She has helped many of our clients with a variety of different ailments. Cynthia is an Experienced Level therapist. Click here to request an appointment.

Orlando, LMT

Orlando, LMT Graduated from massage school in Chicago in 2004 and has spent his career working in a hospital and chiropractic practice performing corrective soft tissue therapy. His continuing education has a strong focus on myofascial release and structural integration. This is not to say that he cannot perform a great relaxing massage as well, but if you have an injury or need corrective work then consider a session with Orlando. He is a Master Level therapist and works part-time at our Country Club Rd office. He is available Thursday afternoons and Monday & Fridays by appointment request. Click here to request an appointment.

Laura, LMT

Laura, LMT is a hard worker and has been diligently taking advantage of our in house mentoring and feedback sessions. We appreciate her dedication to learning! She has completed deep tissue and bio-touch training this year. Laura is an Experienced Level therapist. Click here to request an appointment.

Claudia, LMT

Claudia, LMT has been a practicing massage therapist since 2000. She is originally from Germany where while she pursued a career as an engineer she discovered her passion for bodywork and movement. Claudia's style is very integrative and deeply connected. She is mindful and present with each client and draws from various modalities to create a massage treatment blends energy work styles, cranio-sacral holds and bio-touch to help the body process the deeper touch of classic Swedish based massage and/or Myofascial Release. She also utilizes Manual Lymphatic Drainage of the face and neck to help allergy symptoms or infections. She recently completed continuing education to help those going through the grieving process. Client feedback includes: " Claudia relieved my shoulder pain." "Amazing massage will go back." Claudia, although she qualifies for the Master Level, is an Experienced Level therapist and works part-time, primarily at our Country Club Rd. and NW -Oracle Rd offices. Click here to request an appointment.

Energy Work, Somatic Bodywork and More

Donna Papetti, B.S., C.Ht., Ace Certified Personal Trainer and Shamanic Healing

Donna combines the spiritual with the physical in ways others can't. She is an exceptional healer as well as the quintessential physical trainer. And she is a wonderful human being to boot! Shelly H.
Donna works with Peaceful Spirit through our Healthy Living Makeover Programs utilizing her many years of experience and broad training to help people make lasting change.
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Nancy Smith Pharm.D., Reiki Master

Nancy's "regular day job" for over twenty years has been Doctor of Pharmacy. She has worked in a variety of settings from hospitals and case working to managing full pharmacies. However, she has always been driven to really want to help people in a way that could be more long-lasting and meaningful. This passion led her to study energy work to help people find true balance. She is a Reiki Master for many years and now and works with humans, horses, and dogs. With Nancy's background in allopathic medicine, she understands what it takes to make the shift to taking back the reins on your health so you are empowered to get truly better. My experience with her Reiki session during the interview process was deeply profound. By far, the best Reiki experience I have ever received. Nancy has a true gift! Nancy works mostly at our NW-Oracle Rd office. Click here to request an appointment.

Gina Keegan, M.S., Somatic Bodywork and Life Coach

Gina holds a Masters Degree in Psychology and has been a body-worker for many, many years. Gina has recently relocated here to Tucson and joined the PS group to practice Somatic Experiencing bodywork to help people recover from the traumas of life. Gina is extremely calm, connected and present in her approach. Every client must feel safe and at ease, she shared with me. Her hypnotic voice carried me through a guided meditation experience that left me deeply relaxed and feeling very balanced. In the future, Gina will also be offering small group sessions and watch for her class series coming in the spring of 2019. Gina practices at our Country Club Rd and NW-Oracle Rd locations. Click here to request an appointment.

Brent Gunderson M.C., L.PC., C.Ht.

I am a behavioral health therapist with an eclectic approach of hypnotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), person-centered therapy (PCT), and Gestalt therapy. Anyone of us can change. We can transform our lives. We are capable of much more than what we imagine most often. I, as a behavioral health therapist, am not your cure. Your personal mental, emotional, and spiritual power, which are all interrelated, cure you. I am here to encourage, to teach, and to applaud your success. I share my insight and expertise to expedite your recovery. I assist and direct clients to improve self-esteem. I encourage them to use their imaginations most effectively. We can overcome depression. We can overcome anxiety. We can overcome addiction. We can overcome the pitfalls of anger. We can overcome obsessive-compulsive behaviors. We can overcome feelings of inferiority and insecurity. We truly can live up to our highest potential. It's all about empowerment. Click here to request an appointment.

Patrick Thurman

As a licensed Counselor and board-certified Art Therapist, I’m committed to helping individuals explore their authentic self and create a healthy, satisfying life. The spectrum of my services covers addiction recovery, self-esteem, and overcoming anxiety and depression. My client centered-approach offers a relaxed but straight forward way to address and work through issues. I enjoy the rewards of working with men and focusing on the aging process, retirement and the search for meaning in the golden years. My early career as an Attorney provided me the opportunity to counsel families and their children as they worked through the legal system facing divorce or child custody issues. I have several years of experience working with substance abuse and behavioral addiction. As a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) , I’ve had successful progress with men and women with compulsive sexual behaviors.

Regardless of age, we all need guidance. There are times we could use new coping tools to get through the challenges at hand. It is my goal to help others help themselves to find and trust the wisdom of their inner voice and re-ignite their life with passion and joy . Click here to request an appointment.

Acupuncture Specialists

Alice Adams, M.Ac., L.Ac.

Alice Adams has profound experience in both Allopathic and Chinese medicine. She became a registered nurse in 1980 and has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1990. She is a graduate of the Masters Program in Acupuncture at the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, MD. Client feedback includes: " Alice was lovely. Very thorough and kind and also patient and genuinely caring. She was truly a god-send. The issue I came in for has not yet been resolved in one visit but I will be back to see if multiple sessions make a difference. Thank you, Alice, ~" "I am very satisfied with the personal service of the Peaceful Spirit staff. The acupuncturist, Alice Adams, is one of the best acupuncturists in Tucson. I highly recommend Peaceful Spirit ." Click here to request an appointment.

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Dr. Y. Clare Zhang, PhD, MAcOM, LAc.

Dr. Zhang has a Ph.D. degree in Physiology & Pharmacology, a Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, and is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist in Arizona. With a unique understanding of both Chinese medicine and modern bio-medicine, she uses an integrative approach to help her patients achieve optimal health. Click here to request an appointment.

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Loren M. Starks, L.Ac.

Like many of our practitioners, Loren came to acupuncture after exploring a number of other careers. An Arizona native, he is a US Army veteran who spent time doing a tour of duty in Germany. After earning an honorable discharge, he went on to get a degree in Gemology (a branch of mineralogy dealing with natural and artificial gemstones). Client feedback includes: " Because my acupuncturist did what he said he would do and fixed the tendinitis in my arm" "Treatment is working!". Click here to request an appointment.

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Heidi Branlund M.Ac., L.Ac., 2019 expected D.Om.

Heidi has been practicing Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine since 2002. While practicing in California, she developed a passion for working with patients suffering from migraines, headaches, allergies, and asthma. Additionally, she has a strong interest, and continuing education in fertility support, women’s and children’s health. Heidi graduated from Five Branches University in 2001. This program provided a broad training in acupuncture, herbs, Tui-Na, and dietetics. While in this program, she also served an internship in Yin-style Tui-na, a more subtle, energetic form of massage helpful for many structural issues and restoring the natural flow of Qi energy.

Heidi is pursuing her doctorate degree in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine with a focus on Integrative Medicine through Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and is a clinical supervisor at Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ASAOM). Completion date expected May 2019. Click here to request an appointment.

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Chiropractic Care

Roger Scheltens, Chiropractic Physician

Dr. Scheltens earned his doctorate degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA and his B.A. degree from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. Dr. Scheltens is well versed in many chiropractic techniques and is also licensed in physiotherapy. He has extensive post-graduate training in numerous therapies and most recently in the treatment of vertebral spine disc pain relief and rehabilitation. Dr. Scheltens' more than 30 years in practice give him a depth of experience in providing quality family chiropractic healthcare. Client feedback includes: " I felt listened to and the treatment was responsive to my needs" "I had a great adjustment that helped me be in less pain." Click here to request an appointment.

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