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Leela Longson, L.Ac.

Leela grew up outside the Twin Cities in Minnesota, and remembers as a young person facing anxiety and depression. She hit a turning point in her life when at age 33 she got a kidney infection that landed her in the hospital.  Weakened from that, the regular yoga she had been doing proved too much for her knees and they started to hurt – so much so that she could no longer bike or hike, cross her ankles or climb stairs without pain.

Feeling desperate, she went to her first acupuncture treatment and remembers after several treatments the relief of simply being able to cross her ankles without knee pain!  What she didn’t anticipate was that regular acupuncture and herbs would also make her feel a lot better on the inside as well.  This inspiration started her on the path to becoming a healer herself.

As an acupuncturist, she knows how powerful both physical and emotional relief can be. She knows how painful it can be to want more for yourself and not know what you can’t see. Her commitment is to help you open doors that have been closed due to pain – whether it’s simply to go back to the things you love, or to feel more free!

Leela completed a 4-year master’s program in Acupuncture and Chinese herbs in 2009. After graduation, she volunteered treating people in rural Nepal for six weeks, often treating difficult digestive cases, stroke rehabilitation, pain, asthma, and diabetes.  She has completed intensive training in Five Element acupuncture, including work with David Ford, David Berkshire, Judy Worsley, and a 2-year intensive post-grad program with Niki Bilton.

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