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Our Team: Our Team

Lara Koljonen L. Ac. BS

Lara Koljonen has been practicing acupuncture since 2008. She started her journey working closely with a chiropractor in the downtown San Diego area. In 2009 Lara founded her own integrative healing center called Herbin Acupuncture & Wellness. Up until 2020 she owned and managed her own nine room that included multiple practitioners with an array of healing modalities. In 2006, Lara’s passion for breast health and prevention inspired her to develop Essentially Pink’s S.E.X.Y - steps for breast health a protocol for breast health. Lara’s journey with health and breast health awareness led her into being an active host of wellness events that infused acupuncture education with art, music, and fashion. In 2011, Lara was awarded a $10K grant to run a pilot breast health research study. Lara now utilizes her passion and experiences with the breath health community to advocate for women in her current role as Board Member on the Medical Advisory Board in partnership with In 2023 she plans to integrate that research data into another pilot study comparing live blood cell images from the pre-and post-protocols. Lara is trained in muscle testing and offers her expertise to her all of her clients. You can find Lara both in the downtown San Diego area and Julian, California -- where she continues her practice one day a week by appointment only.


Dr. Lori Mueller

Dr. Lori's diverse life experiences include an accomplished educational background and varied professional accomplishments. After traveling extensively, Dr. Lori immersed herself in academia receiving her B.S. degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Continuing her studies at WSU, she earned her MBA, while teaching Marketing Management courses at her alma mater. She completed her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) at the renowned Pacific School of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in San Diego. She has owned and operated 4 acupuncture clinics and served as physician in the UCSD Integrative Medicine Department. She is a consultant, and has owned and operated several successful companies including an innovative online business which provided integrative health care practitioners with effective marketing and other business tools. Dr. Lori served as a Regional Director for the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) Task Force Committee and was invited to participate in National Institute of Health research studies. Dr. Lori has also served as the treasurer of California State Oriental Medical Association (CSOMA). Dr. Lori is currently focused on her main passion of providing hands-on therapeutic treatments and is accepting new patients at her relaxing office. She accepts many types of insurance coverage and can work with you to create a safe, effective, affordable treatment plan. "I believe that health is a manifestation of balance, both within the body itself and between the body and the external environment. When the body is internally balanced and in harmony with the external environment, energy flows smoothly throughout to nourish all organs and tissues. By adjusting and stimulating the flow of energy through acupuncture, we stimulate the body's natural healing ability to maintain health and protect against disease. In Chinese medicine, each person is viewed uniquely. Even those patients who come in for treatment for problems that look the same symptomatically or from a western diagnostic perspective, the underlying reason why disease occurs in each person differs from one to the other, therefore treatment has to be tailored to the unique needs of each patient." - Dr Lori

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