Robert Koagedal, BA, MSOM, L.Ac.
Licensed Acupuncturist is Board Certified to practice Chinese Medicine: acupuncture, botanical medicine, nutrition and acupressure.
*Licensed Acupuncturist in Arizona
*Nationally Board Certified in Chinese Medicine (NCCAOM)
*Masters of Science Degree from Southwest Acupuncture College (1999)
*National Clean Needle Technique Certification in Acupuncture
*Honors Graduate from San Francisco State University BA East/Asian Philosophy (1994)
Robert studied and treated patients in both Beijing and Shanghai, China specializing in TCM OBGYN. His practice emphasizes women’s health from menstrual disorders, infertility and pregnancy, to menopause. Using Chinese Medicine to enhance fertility outcomes, Robert helps those going through the process of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART), as well as women who want to get pregnant naturally.
He has taught professional seminars and graduate courses to students of Chinese Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He continues to deepen his understanding of the relationship between stress and infertility and teaches courses in deep relaxation and mindfulness meditation. Robert is passionate about supporting couples through the fertility process. Robert and his wife Mary are the proud parents of Ellis and Violet.
Throughout my life I have had a passion for skincare. It is one of the areas I find most fascinating, exciting and is continually evolving. While working at AcuHealth I saw the need for an integrative approach to skincare. I enrolled and graduated with honors at Penrose Academy, here in Scottsdale. I was awarded the opportunity to do an externship at North Valley Plastic Surgery and achieved ITECH certification (recognized internationally). Wanting to incorporate peels into my practice, I have also completed the advanced training through PCA Skin, at Linder Dermatology.
My focus is on utilizing one or more of the facial modalities to treat the surface layers of the epidermis including: European facial, pressure point facial massage, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, enzyme peels, and/or dermaplaning to achieve radiant skin. In keeping with an integrative approach we will incorporate facial acupuncture performed by our licensed acupuncturists in the office.
I think we cannot treat the skin without addressing our nutrition. When our skin is acting out it is often blamed on hormones, but there are many nutritional deficiencies that play a role. There has been a lot of current research that leads to the belief that we are what we eat and from the words of one doctor, “If you want to heal your skin you have to heal your gut.” I have been on a personal journey to change some of the food aggravators in my diet that greatly affected my skin. After eliminating gluten and excess sugar from my diet, I saw a drastic reduction in the amount of “hormonal” breakouts around my jawline and rash outbreaks on my arms. Part of my approach is to attain a good understanding of your nutritional health and how we can incorporate vital nutrients: minerals, vitamins, and essential fats into your diet. I think you will be amazed at how wonderful you will feel inside and out!
We live in a culture of wanting instant results especially with our skin. The deliverance of instant results can come from some pretty aggressive treatments of which I have not been immune to trying myself. Upon considering my first chemical peel I went to a reputable Doctor’s office and didn’t exactly end up with the results I had hoped for. A lesson to myself, always do your due diligence in investigating what you are putting on and in your skin. I knew nothing of chemical peels and the different depths at which they penetrate the layers of the epidermis. With this being said I blindly signed up for the most aggressive peel one can get without prepping my skin for the trauma I was about to cause it. Now this would not have happened to everyone, but I was the lucky or unlucky 5% that would get a bacterial infection, end up at the dermatologist and on antibiotics to clear up the infection. The only reason I think of it as a lucky situation at this moment in time is because it was one of the greatest learning lessons I could have experienced regarding my skin.
I was left with a lot of post inflammatory bumps and hyperpigmentation that needed treatment. It certainly was my good fortune to find an esthetician that was extremely knowledgeable and cautious with the product lines she used. She helped me through the ordeal of healing my skin and the emotional effects it had taken on me. My monthly visits became learning lessons in the art of skin care and the balance of genuinely caring for the client’s concerns. As my skin began to heal and glow I knew I had found the path I wanted to pursue and was deeply passionate about.
I am also deeply passionate about trying to cook healthy, nutritious meals for my family that are gluten free, nourishing traditions based, and paleo friendly (so I am bound to share many recipes with you). I have two quickly growing children Ellis and Violet (whom have both helped to put some wrinkles on my face). To stay balanced I love to do Yoga and hike the various mountain ranges around Arizona, with our pup Willow.
Jan Katzen-Luchenta AMI CFP – Preconception Nutritionist
As a nutritional therapist, researcher, author, and scientific writer, Jan has conducted extensive investigation into the unique and collaborative roles of nutrients as they impact human development through conception, infancy, and childhood. Jan has studied nutrition and health under the guidance of renowned professor Michael Crawford, Director of the Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition at the London Metropolitan University. She interned with Nim Barnes, founder of Foresight Preconceptual Care (Bognor Regis, England) and is the Foresight U.S. Program Director.
Jan specializes in providing highly informative and individualized eating plans for couples planning for pregnancy. She has published numerous articles and books on nutrition with a focus on preconceptional health, brain and child development, and foods that support attention and learning.
Jan serves on the advisory committee of the Mother and Child Foundation (U.K.) whose goal is to promote the physical and mental health of future generations. She is also dedicated to charities that support the nutritional status of mothers and children in impoverished areas struggling with HIV/AIDS and she provides nutritional education to organizations involved in ready-to-eat food programs and world health.
A word (or two) from Jan:
“A well-fed cell functions as nature intended. Nourishment at a cellular level with the focus on eating “now” for healthy conception, fetal, and child development is paramount for couples planning for pregnancy. I employ a science-based, straightforward and down-to-earth approach to educate and partner with Moms and Dads-to- be to identify and determine appropriate macro and micronutrient ratios and plan menus of minimally-processed nutrient dense foods to support conception and healthy embryonic development. I provides the best of both worlds; nutritional education and the clinically demonstrated power of nutrients in whole foods that support natural and assisted conception.”
Who Benefits From Individualized Preconception Nutritional Guidance?
Couples trying to conceive – Fatty acid imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, oxidative stress, and high glycemic diets are hallmarks of reproductive failure. An individualized eating plan supports sperm and ovum maturation, fertilization and early cell division.
- Pregnant and nursing mothers – Returning to a natural diet of minimally processed foods prior to conception increases energy and supports the nutrient-specific demands of each gestational trimester. Together, we will compile a priority list of foods to balance your nutrient intake. Our goal – profound shifts in physical and emotional well being for both mother and baby throughout pregnancy and nursing.
- Developing fetuses and nursing infants – No one is more vulnerable to inadequate nutrition than a developing fetus or nursing baby. Improved nutritional status for the preconceived and unborn child lowers the child’s risk of allergy, the effects of gestational diabetes, low birth weight, and subsequent health and neuro-developmental disorders. A mother’s nutritional habits influence weaning foods and therefore, the future health and intelligence of her newborn.
Lisa Swanson L.Ac.
Lisa Swanson has been in the field of natural medicine for over 15 years. After taking the most vigorous and competitive exams in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine the California Acupuncture Board licensed her as soon as she graduated from the Acupuncture Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, CA with a Masters of Science degree in Chinese Medicine. Prior to opening a private practice and running retreats she worked with patients at the California Pacific Medical Center in Stroke Recovery, the Kuan Yin Healing Arts HIV and Hepatitis C Clinic, the HAART Methodone Addiction Clinic, Lifelong Medical Clinics in Berkeley and Oakland treating low income families with a variety of internal medicine issues, and the Charlotte Maxwell Cancer clinic. From this diverse background and advanced education and training in The Balance Method she is able to treat any disease or concern comprehensively.
Lisa enjoys working with patients from the holistic perspective Chinese Medicine lends itself to, and often incorporates use of essential oils, and nutritional muscle testing. Last year she underwent advanced training for pregnancy, labor preparation, and postpartum care which is of special interest to her. Additionally, in 2008 Lisa studied facial acupuncture techniques and was recognized by San Diego Fox 5 news in 2012. That interview can been seen on her website: www.lisaswansonlac.com She also teaches Kundalini Yoga and completed her yogic trainings at Yoga Phoenix in AZ and at Ananda in Grass Valley, CA.