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About the Practitioner: Jean Twomey

Greetings! Profession head and shoulders photo of JeanI am a Licensed Acupuncturist, and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine with an emphasis in nutrition. I am amazed and grateful to be a practitioner of this gentle and powerful medicine. 

I understand how much our health issues can affect our quality of life, and the importance of finding solutions to these challenges. Problem solving is a clinic forte!

I am a summa cum laude graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University three-year masters program in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice, and a certified Diplomate (Dipl.O.M.) by our national certification commission, the NCCAOM.

I've had a few other careers before finding this passion. I was an officer in the US Air Force, serving 20 combined years active and reserve duty as a C-5 pilot/aircraft commander and a staff officer Photo of Jean in front of C-5 galaxyat the Pentagon, and also worked crunching numbers and programming computers as an Engineering Consultant. I am a 1992 graduate of the US Air Force Academy, majoring in Operations Research and Economics, and have a Masters of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.  I began studying alternative medicine in starting in 1999 order to overcome my own health challenges. 

I truly believe that illness can be a great teacher, a spark to ignite a personal transformation. My own health challenges have motivated me to search deeply--these have led to participation in workshops throughout the USA at places such as the Esalen Institute, Omega Institute, the Himalayan Institute, the Chi Nei Tsang Institute, the San Francisco School of massage, the Creation Center--studying energy work, physical modalities, and mental and emotional approaches to healing. This deep dive has also included personal transformational workshops and a meditation practice, to recognize and access the wisdom and answers within.

My husband and I are native Minnesotans, and made Aitkin our home in 2016. I enjoy being a mom, cooking, hiking, tickling the piano keys, spending time with family, and playing a mean game of Scrabble. 

Your unique health care situation is important to me. I am happy to answer any questions you may have regarding how acupuncture, nutrition, and Traditional Chinese medicine might benefit you.

About the Support Staff: Ria Vanessa Santos

Ria is a MedVA certified medical virtual assistant newly dedicated to Aitkin Acupuncture, with an extensive history in medicine. She is a registered pharmacist, previously working in one of the premier hospitals in the Philippines. There she advanced to section manager, and was also the appointed hospital pharmacist to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. Prior to her career in pharmacy she worked as a medical transcriptionist.

Ria has a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. She has developed a strong interest in nutrition, and also worked as a team member for a nutritional supplement company. There she marketed and educated people on how the supplements could benefit their body.

Ria is a wife and a mother to two wonderful boys, currently residing near the capital city of Manila. She loves to sing, dance, cook, and spend quality time with her family. She will be happy to assist you.

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