Diplomat in Acupuncture
Licensed Acupuncturist – Utah DOPL
Registered Yoga Teacher
Reiki Master Teacher
Certified Massage Therapist
I have spent the past ten years studying various aspects of traditional and alternative medicines. My primary focus of training and Masters of Science degree is in Traditional Oriental Medicine. My degree was earned from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine New York. I am board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). I am licensed to practice acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Qi gong, massage, and Asian body therapy in Utah.
Personal History and Education with Traditional Medicine Clinical
Born and raised in Sandy, Utah, I spent my childhood and teenage years doing the things most people do in this amazing area… camping, boating, and hiking. I knew early on what I wanted my focus to be. Upon my graduation from high school, I attended the Utah College of Massage Therapy in Salt Lake City from 2000-2001. I completed both the Professional and Clinical tracks. The program involved 1125 hours of training in over 20 bodywork modalities. These included an introduction to acupressure and the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In the student clinic, I participated in treating many people for various aches, pains, injuries, and stress-related conditions. At the University of Utah hospital, I attended to doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff, both educating them about the benefits of this therapy and providing massage.
Upon receiving my massage therapist license, I moved to Vail, Colorado. I worked in Vail at various day spa’s performing massage for 2 years. I began, at this time, to independently study different areas and types of alternative healing. These included aromatherapy, flower essences, astrology and yoga. I quickly realized that I wanted to expand my practice outside of the day spa realm and become formally educated in Asian clinical medicine. My decision to pursue a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine was heartily influenced by my massage education. The philosophy and science of Chinese medicine was emphasized and I really embraced it.
In the summer of 2005, I moved to New York City to continue my education. It was always a dream of mine to live in New York City because I had visited my aunt and her family a few times as a child and had fallen in love with the energy and diversity of the city.
Over the next 5 years, I studied at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. I immersed nearly every aspect of my daily life into the study and practice of Chinese Medicine. I completed extremely challenging academic courses and with almost 3,500 credit hours of theory and clinical practice to earn my Master’s of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The PCOM clinic, one of the busiest acupuncture centers in New York City and America, provided me with the amazing opportunity to gain clinical experience with the public. The modalities I learned in the clinical setting included acupuncture, herbal formulas prescription, cupping and moxibustion application, and tui na body work. My clinical experience also included an internship at St. John’s Riverside Hospital where I treated patients, referred to acupuncture from their medical doctor, from the facility’s in-patient substance abuse rehabilitation program.
While in school, I was employed in various fields related to Asian medicine. I worked for Pacific College as a teachers assistant and was self-employed as private tutor for students of all levels. I provided guidance and expertise to students specifically in the subjects of acupuncture point location, Chinese medicine theory, and herbal identification and theory.
Administratively, I worked as a manager in a Feng Shui store in 2005. In 2009 and 2010 I worked in Kamwo Herbal Pharmacy where I entered and developed new products for the on-line Chinese herbal pharmacy. In addition, I was employed as a massage therapist and receptionist at a yoga and holistic health center in 2008.
In 2007, midway through my academic career, I took a semester to travel to China. This wonderful experience deepened my practical experience with the medicine. During my 3 months abroad, I studied in two Traditional Chinese Medicine hospitals, Ji Nan Hospital for TCM in the city of Ji Nan and Dong Zhi Men Hospital for TCM in Bei Jing. While I was in the hospitals, I engaged in and observed hundreds of treatments, learned advanced techniques, and studied the application of external and internal therapies related to Chinese medicine.
As I entered my last year of school in New York City, I came to a time in my life where I was feeling stress. One of my teachers suggested that I receive an astrology reading from a friend of his. I decided to take my teacher’s advice and I met Geordie Numata, founder of Deer Spirit Reiki. Over the next year, I studied astrology and Reiki with Geordie as my teacher. He attuned me in all of the Reiki levels…level 1 through master teacher level. I also learned through this amazing teacher chakra and crystal healing, aura clearing, and even distant healing.
After five years studying Chinese Medicine and living in New York, I needed to rejuvenate my exhausted body and soul and nurture myself. Prior to returning home to Utah to start my life and career as a practitioner of Chinese medicine, I stayed in India to study and practice yoga. During the summer and fall of 2010, I completed my 500 hour yoga teacher training at Shri Kali Ashram in the gorgeous state of Goa, India. I learned the science and philosophic teachings of yoga including the postures, breathing techniques, meditation, chanting and prayer. I also studied Hindu, Buddhist, and Tantric teachings and philosophies. While staying at the ashram, I helped to develop and teach anatomy lectures and I administered acupuncture and herbal treatments to the other students.
I came home to Utah in the winter of 2010 after spending almost 10 years away. Soon, I began working at SLC Qi Community Acupuncture in downtown Salt Lake City as a licensed acupuncturist. I performed a diagnosis and treatment plan on almost 700 treatments. At SLC Qi, I treated up to 4 people per hour. It was a fast-paced environment that I thrived in.
I continue to independently study medicine and am focusing on owning and managing my business. Recently, I started my own small culinary herb garden at my home. I keep active with yoga, walking, and have recently learned how to swim and ride a bike. I try to maintain balance and a healthy lifestyle. When I do occasionally become under the weather, I treat myself with flower essences, aromatherapy, Chinese herbs, tea, and dietary therapy. I also receive acupuncture treatments.
Diplomat in Acupuncture
Licensed Acupuncturist – Utah DOPL
Reiki Master Teacher
Alethea Jones is a nationally accredited, Utah state licensed acupuncturist, with a Masters Degree of Oriental Medicine from AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas. Additionally, she has received training through interest and studies in Medical Qi-Gong and holds her Master Reiki certificate.
Originally from New England, my journey with natural therapies, herbalism, and energetic healing began in my teens when I questioned western medicine and sought other methods and options. I discovered yoga, herbalism, organic foods, and meditation; and found joy in sharing these new interests with family and friends.
I have been utilizing Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, herbology, and yoga as my main source of healthcare for 15 years. I have found these modalities to be greatly beneficial and clarifying to my own health challenges and concerns. Within this medicine I found personal empowerment and greater understanding of my bodies physical and emotional processes, it is this empowerment for which I like to support and build with those I work with today.
Over the past 20 years I have been an advocate toward the understanding of the ecological world in which we inhabit and our interactions with the world and its resources. Having attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, concentrating on Aquatic Ecology and a minor in Botany; I spent a decade teaching grade school levels and engaging the public in greater understanding of the local waterways and water bodies. It is through this interest upon which lays my desire to bridge the connection of the planetary body to the human body, and the health of each. Did you know that the human body is made of approximately 72% water, just as the earth is also made up of 72% water? I have found that such correlations are boundless.
The art of my craft carries the reverence toward this planetary-human connection. I often incorporate principals of 5 Element Theory and pulse diagnostics. Along with a patient’s chief complaint for treatment I regard the pulse as a launching point for treatment of the underlying tones and patterns our body carries. Through my own experiences with this medicine and pulse diagnostics I’ve gained an innate understanding to the movement of qi and blood within one’s body.
I enjoy nutritional counseling and have spent years integrating how the health of food selections both daily and seasonally often affect our most common ailments, including allergies and respiratory challenges, GI discomforts, skin conditions, and hormonal regulation. I enjoy gardening, wild crafting, making flower essences, tinctures, and infusions as a hobby. This passion and the identification of Utah’s native plant populations provide a great amount of outdoor time on my days off. I firmly believe in treatment of the self to sustain the ability to assist with the health management of family, friends, and clientele. Through acupuncture, diet and lifestyle choices, and herbal supplementation we can work together to rebalance your system.
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