About the Jiva Team
As practitioners, we have worked with thousands of people seeking healing. As women, we have sought our own healing. Through the years, we have seen and tried most modalities, fads, and ideas.
But it was the healing that we experienced, both personally and clinically, as we sank deeper into the theory and practice of Eastern medicine that inspired and healed us. It truly transformed us--physically, mentally and emotionally--and this is what brought us together to create JIVA.
Maile, L.Ac. (need last name and credentials)
I’m an acupuncturist, herbalist, educator, and absolute believer that healing is always possible. My life is creating and running a private Chinese medicine practice (Stillpoint Healing Center), with over 500 clients, developing a online community to teach and lead seasonal cleansing (Jiva), raising my daughter, spending quality time with my husband, and living a mountain town lifestyle (five pairs of skis anyone??).
I am utterly dedicated to the practice of Chinese medicine, Eastern medicine, or as many people are now calling it, World Medicine. As my experience as a practitioner grows, I am finding that the range of people and the conditions for which they are seeking help is expanding. Many people are using Eastern medicine to stay healthy by coming in for treatment at regular intervals. Some come in for an issue that developed suddenly and needs to be addressed immediately. Still others are seeking help for quite serious and complicated conditions that require deep contemplation on my part and collaboration with other practitioners. I welcome them all.
My daily life now revolves around the lessons of Eastern medicine. What I eat (seasonally, warm cooked food), how I sleep (left side for my heart, right for my liver), my morning routine (tongue scrape, oil pull, wash my eyes), what time of day to nap (1pm - 3pm), to the time I go to bed (lights out at 10pm). I take herbal medicine daily. I practice meditation. I consult the I Ching. I cleanse every spring and every fall. I have felt and lived the change that this medicine and these practices can make, and so I personally and professionally know how these practices can change your life and your health.
From these clinical experiences, my continuing education, and my personal experience with Eastern medicine, I learn new things each day and expand my ideas about health, healing, and living a full and complete life. My commitment is to bring you the very best of what I’m living and learning so that you can fulfill your potential.
I created Stillpoint Healing Center to provide effective and compassionate health care. With a foundation of treating the whole person and not just the symptoms, I provide individual attention and personalized treatments to initiate healing, restore balance and create radiant health.
People ask me how I got into Chinese medicine. I believe that it found me. Once I experienced Chinese medicine there was no going back. I decided to leave the vague ideas I had about law school behind and choose the path that led me to become a practitioner.
My own serious healing journey began after I broke my leg skiing my sophomore year in college. After surgery and physical therapy I was still experiencing a lot of pain, stiffness, weakness, and lack of range-of-motion. This led me to seek more help and I discovered therapeutic massage and yoga. I went on to study yoga informally and massage formally. I graduated from the Brenneke School of Massage in 2000.
I achieved wonderful healing results, but was still experiencing health issues that yoga and massage were not helping – severe seasonal allergies. This led me to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). I started receiving acupuncture and taking herbal medicine. By the time I entered acupuncture school in 2005 I had received over a hundred acupuncture treatments. I had also tried and experienced many, many, many different healing modalities. But I was smitten with Chinese medicine and I found that I was choosing acupuncture and herbal medicine to treat any condition that came up – allergies, headaches, pain, colds, digestive problems, stress, and even emotions.
With the help of my husband I decided to study TCM. It was incredibly challenging, but I discovered a true passion. I created Stillpoint Healing Center in 2008 as a place to nourish the body and create healing using a foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
I earned my Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in December 2007. This three-year accelerated program consists of 2,850 hours of education including 795 hours of clinical practice. The National Certification Commission certified me as a Diplomate in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in March of 2008. This includes certification in Clean Needle Technique and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
My training includes adjunctive therapies such as moxibustion, tui na (medical massage), acupressure, cupping, auriculotherapy, electro-stimulation, facial rejuvenation, and dietary and lifestyle recommendations.
I am a member of the Acupuncture Association of Utah. I am a licensed acupuncturist in Utah, and I have held a Utah license in massage therapy. None of these licenses, certifications, or registrations has ever been suspended or revoked.
I have also completed the 1,000 hour Expanded Professional Massage Licensing Program from the Brenneke School of Massage in Seattle, WA in 2000. While I was a massage therapist I worked with the elderly in a retirement convent, the orthopedic ward of a hospital, with people with chronic disease, during pregnancy, and with amateur and professional athletes. In 2002 I served as the team massage therapist for the Gary Fisher/Subaru Professional Mountain Bike team and traveled with the team all over the US, Canada, and Europe.
Lesha Krantz Nelson, OTR/L, CST, RYT
I am a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist with a special focus and education in Craniosacral Therapy that began in 2010 after my first craniosacral therapy session. After many personal craniosacral therapy sessions and taking numerous classes from the Upledger Institute I became a certified Craniosacral Therapist in 2014. I have a passion working with pregnancy, newborns and children and have taken classes and trainings specifically focused on working with that particular group. I specialize working with clients with birth trauma, breastfeeding issues, and neurological disorders. In addition I work with adults who seek services for traumatic brain injury, headaches, TMJ disorders, and general health and healing that is unresolved.
I have a strong belief in holistic medicine that started at a young age. The importance of listening to the body as the primary avenue of healing was reinforced when I became very sick after returning home from a trip to India in 2013. The "traditional" medical world was unable to help me heal or provide a diagnosis. It took a full year to recover, but the process led me on a journey to realizing health is different for everyone and the body knows what it needs to heal if you are willing to listen. My recovery also led me to the studies of Ayurvedic Medicine, Yoga asana, and meditation. I became a Kalari Movement teacher in 2014, a registered Yoga teacher in 2015, and I continue to study Ayurveda with Dr. Ladd, Kyle Roberts, Balaram Chandra Das, and through my own personal practice. Jiva provides a way for me to integrate all aspects of health and healing besides my Craniosacral Therapy and Occupational Therapy techniques. I enjoy spending my free time mountain biking, skiing, practicing yoga and kalari, meditating, and hanging out with my husband and my dog.