Master’s Degree – Traditional Chinese Medicine
**Licensed Acupuncturist – Ohio Medical Board**
Marikate completed a Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Health and Science in San Diego, California, studying acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, and tui na massage, along with tai chi and qi gong. This four-year program also included extensive science education and integrative medicine study, including pharmacology and drug/herb interactions, pathophysiology and red flags, lab test interpretation, and clinical research design and literacy. She is a licensed acupuncturist with the Ohio Medical Board and a Diplomate of Acupuncture with the NCCA(o)M.
In addition to her work at Stella Luna, Marikate has a clinic in Oberlin, treating a variety of health conditions in both private and group settings. She regularly treats many types of pain, acute and chronic, neuropathy, people recovering from strokes, injuries, and surgery, anxiety and depression, chronic illness, including long COVID, and fertility and hormonal optimization for all genders, including side effects of HRT, IVF prep, and prenatal care. She has taken additional courses in public health, social justice, disability studies, and trauma-informed care and is conscious of the context created by environmental, socioeconomic, and structural factors on the health and healing of individuals.
She has a special interest in and lived experience with complex chronic illness, and is very knowledgeable about conditions such as ME/CFS, connective tissue disorders including Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, POTS and dysautonomia, and has been studying methylation cycle nutrigenomics and functional medicine for 15 years. Just for fun, she also performs cosmetic microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, for anti-aging, acne and scar reduction, and hair regrowth.
Acupuncture: Initial Consult with Treatment
Our practitioner offers a free phone consultation if needed. At the initial appointment you can expect to go through your paperwork, relevant history and answer any questions you may have. The practitioner will provide education on the benefits and history of acupuncture.
Our practitioner is skilled in many different modalities and treatments based in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Each session is unique and may include a combination of acupuncture, electro acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion (moxa), herbal, dietary or lifestyle recommendations. Individual acupuncture is great for complex chronic conditions, or just having the luxury of a private individual treatment and the ability to ask more complex questions.
Tele-Med Consult – $15
Community Acupuncture Appointment – $45
If this is your first-time receiving acupuncture treatment with us you will need to have an initial tele-med consultation with our practitioner prior to booking your group acupuncture service. This is a community setting acupuncture experience. The benefits of participating in group acupuncture is that you will receive a more accessible price point that falls more in line with the co-pay range, but you are receiving individualized treatment. You also receive the communal healing qi. Group setting is great for managing one or two relatively simple chief complaints or chronic conditions after a full evaluation (individual appointment).
Short-term and long-term studies.
Anxiety – Acupuncture can be used to support regulation of stress hormones by taking your body out of the fight/flight into parasympathetic response of rest and digest, which is when your body can do it’s most effective healing. It can stimulate the vagus nerve to mitigate the physiological signs of stress and anxiety.
Smoking Cessation/Substance Withdrawal – Similar to the mechanism for treatment of anxiety, acupuncture can support a treatment plan by keeping a client comfortable by reducing withdrawal symptoms and may help to correct the underlying imbalances that may have led to these less supportive coping skills in the first place.
Hormonal/Fertility – to regulate the Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal Axis (HPA Axis) and assist in hormone production and metabolism. The practitioner will address gut function and health, qi and blood stagnation, and increase circulation to the reproductive organs. It can also help with egg quality, sperm count and motility. This can also be helpful for Trans persons by supporting the side effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).
Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Acupuncture:
Dry Needling/Orthopedic Acupuncture – when working on the musculoskeletal system for things like sports injuries or pain, the practitioner will insert a needle into the most active part of the muscle belly until there is a fasciculation which will reset a tight and shortened muscle to its’ proper length.
Tendonitis – acupuncture helps the collogen fibers by regenerating the collagen fibers in a way that is more orderly and flexible than scar tissue and increases blood and qi circulation to activate the body’s own healing response.
Electroacupuncture/Electrical Stimulation – This is used for pain management, neurological issues and can help with nerve regeneration. Clients who’ve experienced cerebral vascular incidents (i.e. stroke), traumatic brain injury (TBI), facial paralysis, drop foot, diabetic neuropathy, etc., have been shown to benefit from this treatment. Similar to a TENS unit the practitioner will use a small tool that emits a frequency that stimulate the needles and induces muscle contractions, the release of endorphins and pain-relieving neurotransmitters and endogenous opiates. This stimulates the nerves and increases blood and qi circulation to activate the body’s own healing response.
Asian Bodywork/Myofascial Therapies
Bodywork Session – 30 minutes for $50
Gua Sha – Also known as Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, Gua Sha uses a handheld instrument to scrape areas of tension and pain by breaking up adhesions and fascia, reducing trigger points in muscles, increasing circulation to speed up the removal of stagnant blood, metabolic waste, and toxins from the tissue. Gua Sha can also help with lymphatic flow, like cupping.
Fire Cupping – The traditional form of cupping, fire cupping is done by using a flame to burn the oxygen out of a glass cup creating a vacuum and placing the cup onto the skin. The difference with cupping is that it is negative pressure (vacuum) and can help to decompress the tissue and relief the pressure of nerves. Cupping also stimulates spinal nerves leading to relaxation and can also break up chest congestion and relax the cough reflex support the alleviation of cough symptoms.
Cosmetic Micro-Needling/Collagen Induction Therapy –
4 Pack for – $1200
Individual sessions after a full treatment – $250
This is an evidence-based treatment for scar reduction and improving the skin’s natural healing process. Utilizes an oscillating pen device with 12 tiny needles to create channels into the deeper layers of the skin to stimulate your own collagen and elastin production and increase product absorption. This can treat scarring, including post-surgical or acne scars, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and hair regrowth. This treatment also includes LED red light therapy.
17951 Jefferson Park Road
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130