The year was 2008, the place was Olympia; on a quiet street off a busy street, the Community Acupuncture Studio opened its doors, and in its first week treated just 12 people. Since then, and with enormous help from our patients and from our community, we have gone through tons of cotton balls, and we've given tens of thousands of acupuncture treatments.
Tacoma residents have been asking for affordable acupuncture options for years. With phone calls on a weekly basis from folks in the Tacoma area inquiring about nearby affordable acupuncture options, we've decided to do something about it. In August, 2013 we opened a second location in downtown Tacoma. We are thrilled that they no longer have to drive to Seattle or Olympia to get the care they're seeking for a price they can afford.
Gianna Prill (McManus) is a licensed acupuncturist who graduated from Bastyr University with a Masters of Science in Acupuncture. Originally from the Northeast, she fell in love with the mountains and wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. In 2008 almost immediately after finishing school, she took root in Olympia and opened the doors to CAS. When she's not working at the clinic, you might find her mountain biking in Capitol Forest, snowboarding in the mountains or enjoying a movie at the Theater downtown. Gianna practices in Olympia Monday through Saturday.
Shannon Leingang is a licensed acupuncturist who graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) with her Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Shannon was exposed to acupuncture from a young age as her mother is also an acupuncturist. She has always held a passion for helping others and realized that acupuncture would be an excellent avenue to pursue that passion. She comes to us having worked for a chiropractor’s office, with a lot of experience in pain relief and sports medicine. She was looking for a way to make this medicine more accessible and affordable when she discovered community acupuncture. Native to the area, she has enjoyed many summers hiking, fishing, swimming, and many winters skiing and sledding. In her free time, Shannon enjoys spending time with family and friends. Shannon practices in Tacoma Sun-Wed, and is in Olympia Thursday and Friday afternoons.
Audrey Barrett is a licensed acupuncturist who graduated from Bastyr University with a Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Upon graduation, she moved to Colorado and opened up a community acupuncture clinic. She later established a program for free acupuncture for US Veterans and their families, and one for migrant workers. Recently she decided to relocate from Spokane to Olympia to be closer to her family. She believes that we are made to heal and that there is always healing available with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. After nearly 10 years as a practionier, her passion for this medicine only continues to grow. When Audrey isn’t working , you might find her in a yoga class, spending time in nature, or in a kitchen exploring the wonder of whole foods.
Robin Ewing is the Receptionist and Office Assistant in Olympia. She greets patients in the office and on the phone, helping to make them feel welcome, while also helping the acupuncturists with administrative tasks so that they can focus their energies on treating patients. Robin is fascinated by the mind-body connection and how our thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs can affect our biological functioning. She holds a B.A. in Studio Arts from Evergreen State College. When she’s not at CAS, Robin likes to spend time in her art studio creating clay and glass sculptures, which explore the intersection of technology and human evolution and how memories are stored in our bodies.
CAS is a proud member and supporter of the POCA co-op.v