Heather Stacy, L.Ac.
I’ve always wanted to help others by becoming a doctor. It was during my third year in my undergraduate career that everything changed. I had shadowed a doctor for a day and saw the number of pharmaceuticals they were prescribing. Shortly after that, my grandfather was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. He was given 18 months to live if he did the chemotherapy and radiation. He had decided to pursue every alternative treatment available to improve his quality of life, and it was at that point that I knew I needed to look for a career in alternative medicine. I went to naturopathic medical school for almost a year and discovered acupuncture. I had developed terrible anxiety during my time there that led to hour-long panic attacks, insomnia, feeling my heart racing in my chest, and even kept me from going to events with my friends.
Acupuncture was the only thing that helped the anxiety to the point where I wasn’t having panic attacks anymore and was back to enjoying my life. It was also one of the only things that helped with the crippling back pain I had been experiencing for over 9 years. The pain was getting so bad that I couldn’t dance or even cook dinner without having to lay down to let my back release. I was only able to get a few hours of relief with chiropractic care and regular massages.
Acupuncture helped me go days without the intense pain. I was able to dance again! I was hooked!
Heather Stacy, L.Ac.
Heather always wanted to help others by becoming a doctor.
I found the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and signed up for the Master of Acupuncture program. My grandfather passed away just before I graduated after battling the cancer for almost 6 years.He had tried acupuncture once and said that it helped the pain he had been experiencing when the cancer settled in his spine.
I had made a pain tincture with Chinese herbs that he said helped the pain as well. He was able to cut back on the morphine a bit for a few weeks before the pain increased towards the end.Acupuncture could have helped control the nausea from the chemo/radiation so he could eat more than a few bites of food a day. Acupuncture could have also strengthened his immune system so he wouldn’t have caught pneumonia and ended up in the hospital on Christmas.
I had not been able to help him during his last few months of suffering, but my hope is to help others who are going through tough times like he was.
During my 2 ½ years at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I spent 525 hours in the clinic working with experienced supervisors. We were taught how to treat many ailments, including nausea, digestion, insomnia, pain, headaches, and many others. I am certified in Cranio-Sacral Therapy and Reiki.
I use these in combination with the acupuncture to further help the body to heal itself. I have been able to help a patient reduce her diverticulitis symptoms after a flare-up. I’ve helped many patients with their neck, shoulder, back, and neuropathy pain. My passion grows every time I am able to help another person.
I’m confident that I’m on the right track each time a patient feels better because of how I treated them.While I was in school, I frequented the student clinic and was able to get help for my back pain, digestion issues, and sleeping issues. I learned several different treatment techniques from all my teachers.
My mission is to teach others about the alternative ways to Western medicine. So often we get patients who say they have “tried everything out there and this is the last hope.” Chinese medicine works as preventative medicine as well as for acute situations. My hope is to educate others so that we are their first stop, not their last.