Community Acupuncture Studio opened its doors in the fall of 2008. Since then, and with enormous help from our patients and from our community, we have given tens of thousands of acupuncture treatments, and gone through millions of acupuncture needles in the quest to make this medicine more affordable and accessible to ordinary people of ordinary means. We thank the community for their support, and their help spreading the word via word of mouth, which happens to be our most common answer to how people found out about us. It is our sincerest desire that these treatments have helped ease some of your suffering, made the stress of your daily life easier to handle, or simply given you the opportunity to have a restful acu-nap during your lunch break. Whatever it is that ails you, we are here to try and help.
Gianna Prill (McManus) is a licensed acupuncturist who graduated from Bastyr University in 2008, with a Masters of Science in Acupuncture. Originally from the Northeast, she fell in love with the mountains and wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. Patients love her calm demeanor and compassionate care. 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 Friday.
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 Sunday through Thursday.
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 practitioner, 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. Audrey practices in Olympia Tuesday through Saturday.
Robin Ewing greets patients at the front desk and on the phone as our Receptionist and Office Assistant. She prides herself on helping to make everyone feel welcome, while also supporting 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. She also teaches ceramics to students of all levels at the Olympia Senior Center.
Melode Brewer is also a welcoming Receptionist and Office Assistant. She loves the model and mission of the clinic and is happy to help to make everyones experience here as enjoyable and as helpful as she can. Besides being a friendly face at CAS, Melode is well versed in adaptive yoga. She is a dedicated practitioner that began sharing the teachings in 2000. In her time away from CAS you may find her leading yoga sessions, or assisting folks with stress management. She appreciates exploring nature, arts, and the human experience.
CAS is a proud member and supporter of the POCA co-op.