Abundant Healing

Meet Our Practitioners

Christina LaCroix - Acupuncture

Christina LaCroix earned her BA in Kinesiology from Western State College in 2001. Then went on to receive her Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in January of 2007. This 4 year program consists of 3,272 required educational hours and 960 + hours of clinic. She was certified as a Diplomat in Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in 2007, including certification in Clean Needle Technique and Chinese Herbology. During Christina's 4 year graduate program she traveled to China and studied with highly esteemed Dr. Liu Lihong and Master Wang Qingyu.

Christina's techniques includes: Acupuncture (TCM, Japanese, Allergy, and TAN), Herbology, Moxibustion, Tuina, Acupressure, Cupping, Gua Sha, Auriculotherapy, QiGong, Dietary and Lifestyle Recommendations.

She has helped with a variety of different health issues include Anxiety/Depression, Stress, Hypertension, Hypotension, Sinusitis, Asthma, Allergies, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Digestive Problems, Sports Injuries, Weight Loss, Low back Pain, Body Pain, Menopause, Infertility, Premenstrual Syndrome, Menstrual Cramps, Irregular Periods, Headaches including Migraines, Arthritis just to name a few.

Christina is a licensed acupuncturist in Colorado.

Rachel Farinelli - Apothecary

Rachel Farinelli runs the one-woman show for her "rootsy" business, Affinitas Apothecary. Rachel can be found Monday through Friday from 2pm to 6pm in the Apothecary chopping roots and herbs, or possibly blending the formulas for her tinctures, ointments, teas and oils. Come spring and all the way through fall, she enjoys wandering the foothills and the mountains, wild crafting local herbs, or tending to her herbs sustainably grown around town.

Rachel's passion for healing through herbs stems back to her early childhood, during which a seed was planted and grew as she increasingly sought to feed her curiosity by helping heal her own ailments. Via books, discussion groups, mentors, and self-discovery, Rachel learned the basics of farming and herbs in verdant places from Northern California to Italy. In California she attended The California School of Herbal Studies where she further developed through formal training with many amazing herbalists like world renown David Hoffmann and Gail Julian, artisan medicine makers, Karen Aguiar and Terri Jensen, master herbal gardener Leslie Gardener, as well as the botanist and wild crafting mentor, Autumn Summers.

Within the wonderful community of Fort Collins, Rachel has found a blessed home full of friends and family. She chooses to share her craft here, where you can find her herbs at local markets and at the nook of the Abundant Wellness Center. She also blends person-specific formulas for local practitioners. With the coming spring's new growth, Rachel will be teaching classes and giving guided walks, extending her knowledge to people who are interested in empowering themselves through greater understanding of plant medicine, in turn, allowing them to more confidently take health into their own hands. She believes this is part of our birthright, and everyone should have the opportunity to know how to soothe a sore stomach or a hacking cough.

Dr. Tyler Gatteau D.C. - Chiropractic, Massage, Stretching, and Rehab Exercises

Dr. Tyler Gatteau has been committed to health and happiness for as long as he can remember. A native of Fort Collins, Colorado, Dr. Gatteau earned his Bachelor's of Arts Degree from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. After spending time in the US Marine Corps soon after, he switched gears and decided to serve his community through alternative health and medicine. He obtained his Doctor of Chiropractic degree through Life West Chiropractic College in Hayward, California. At Life Chiropractic College West, Dr. Gatteau was awarded the "Clinical Excellence Award", a prestigious and difficult award only offered to a select two per year. His desire to connect with and heal patients is an easily detectable trait. Soon after graduating as a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2007, and before opening his own practice, Dr. Gatteau worked as the Clinic Outreach Director for his Alma Mater to help spread his passion about Chiropractic to his local community and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dr. Gatteau moved to his native Fort Collins, CO with his wife and daughter in the Fall of 2008. Now with 2 daughters, he and his wife, Hillary, an Exercise Physiologist and personal trainer, have since opened The Human Health Place, with a desire to offer their extensive knowledge around physiology and human anatomy to their neighboring communities. They work daily with groups of all ages, including student athletes and patients with chronic pain. They look forward to serving you and your health needs.

Charles W. Howard - Fitness and Wellness

Charles W. Howard is a dedicated Fitness and Wellness Expert. Influenced by Water and Team Sports from his youth while growing up in sunny South Florida his experience in exercise emerged and continued while serving his country in the U.S. Army as a Military Police and Protective Service Agent. In his military career he was charged as a Non-Commissioned Officer to create, perform and supervise intense physical training regiments for soldiers in preparation for combat readiness and to achieve tough Army Physical Fitness Standards. While Serving his time in military service he deployed and worked in theaters from Thailand, Philippines, Bosnia, Europe, South Pacific and stateside. Honorably discharged in 2003 he immediately enrolled and joined the ranks of distinguished graduates of the Fitness Institute International School of Exercise Science in Boca Raton, Fl. The International School, "Fitness Institute," boasts an upper graduate curriculum with studies from Exercise Science, Fitness Testing, Kinesiology, Strength & Conditioning, Nutritional Counseling & Weight Management, and Post-Rehabilitation. Charles is also Certified with the accredited National Strength and Conditioning Association and The National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Co-Founder/Owner of Full Spectrum Fitness he continues his wellness and fitness saga with an approach to new progressive training techniques that keep in accordance with the laws of thermodynamics and is influenced in such rooted traditions as Yoga, Indigenous herbal study & remedies, and spiritual practices such as meditation and accumulation of vital energies. Services Include a wide variety of applications from mentoring and guiding the weekend fitness warrior, Meditation Techniques, Methods in Body Building, Strength & Conditioning, Nutritional Counseling, Sports Specific/Functional Training, Adventure Excursions, Aerobic Conditioning and specializing in Injury Rehabilitation

Alyssa - Nutrition

Hello and Good Day to each and every one of you! My name is Alyssa, and I graduated from Colorado State University in the Honors Program with a B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition with a concentration in Health & Exercise Science. I completed my honors thesis in the realm of exercise, and the majority of my research and senior capstone project was in the field of preventative and natural nutrition. I spent a semester studying abroad at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia during the spring of 2007. I learned a variety of new, diverse ideas and perspectives about health and nutrition during my time living abroad. This led me to continue seeking various nourishing traditions from all over the world that I continue to add and incorporate into my own nutritional and health practices.

I grew up on a small family organic farm in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. It was my time living here in which I developed a strong passion at an early age for nourishing the mind, body and spirit through nutrition. I view the food we put into our bodies as part of the relationship we have with the earth; it produces the natural foods we harvest, then prepare and eat. These in turn will nurture our bodies with the essential nutrients it needs and craves, as well as sustain and engage our mind and spirit with healthy thoughts and feelings about ourselves and the world around us.

Cooking has always been a passion of mine! I have always spent the majority of my free time creating my own nutritional, yet flavorful and appetizing recipes. I also enjoy practicing cooking new recipes then sharing with family and friends; one could say I like to view my kitchen as if it were my own little cafe :) However, I do recognize it can be intimidating and/or a challenge to gather ingredients and cook oneself a meal, especially in the midst of a busy schedule. I can help break these barriers by introducing quick and easy methods for preparing snacks and meals, as well as providing advice for successful and more sustainable grocery shopping!

Nutrition goes hand in hand with physical fitness and exercise. Together, they keep us functioning properly while continuously sustaining our mind, body and spirit. It is important to move as much as we can for not only physical health, but to engage mental clarity and promote positive moods. I have been a group fitness instructor for a little over 2 years, and it is very rewarding to help others strive to be healthy through fitness, especially when they leave class with a smile of accomplishment knowing they are doing beneficial things for their bodies while elevating their moods and stimulating their minds.

I love helping others in any way that I can with the knowledge and skills I've acquired throughout my life, education and both scientific & personal research. I feel I have a lot to offer to people who are not only looking for advice in their eating habits, but for improving their overall health, as well. I view nutrition as a preventative measure for many of the diseases and cancers we are seeing today; therefore, it is vital to nourish our bodies with the nutrient-rich foods that will also benefit the health of our future. It's never too late to start; nutrition heals and nutrition sustains.

Erika Olsen - Rolfing

Erika Olsen graduated from the Rolf Institute of Boulder, CO in April 2003. She completed her TRT Therapy training March 2008, and Rossiter training January 2009. In her practice she works with a wide variety of goals and issues, including (but not limited to)

  • postural conditions: poor posture, hyperlordosis, kyphosis, scoliosis
  • chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, neck pain, joint restrictions, and chronic tension
  • headaches; stress or tension
  • syndromes; sciatica, carpal tunnel, and thoracic-outlet
  • stress
  • limited range of motion or flexibility
  • poor coordination
  • after-effects of old physical and emotional trauma
  • occupational injuries such as repetitive stress issues (RSI) or back problems
  • car or any other type of accidents
  • management of discomforts due to chronic conditions such as auto immune disease
  • to improve quality of life and feel years younger
  • to improve athletic performance from yoga to football, to frisbee golf

She has long been intrigued by the human body and it's adaptability, and doesn't believe discomfort is a natural state. She finds it a shame that our culture has come to accept pain as a fact of life, or an inevitable effect of aging.

Abundant Healing- Legal

Kirk Waible and Jeff Schwartz are experienced trial attorneys who have represented thousands of Colorado citizens accused of felonies, misdemeanors and traffic offenses. They have successfully defended their clients’ constitutional rights in district and appellate courts. Their legal services include petitioning the courts to seal their clients’ arrest and conviction records for drug and other offenses. In addition to helping people accused by the state, Kirk and Jeff also consult individuals and businesses seeking clarification on the ever changing landscape of medical marijuana law. Abundant Healing hosts a monthly “law night” where Kirk and Jeff present and discuss legal issues exclusively with Abundant Healing’s patients. Please contact Abundant Healing for this month’s schedule. VIsit their web site here: http://www.schwartzandwaiblelaw.com/index2.html