Megumi Uppena, L.Ac., MAOM, ACN, Dipl. OM (NCCAOM), CEO
Originally from Tokyo, Japan, I embarked on a life-changing journey that led me to Madison, WI in 1997, and later to Austin, TX in 2005. However, in just five years in Texas, I developed a severe cedar allergy that left me unable to breathe, think, eat, speak, or sleep properly. I desperately sought relief through traditional allergy medications like Zyrtec, Benadryl, and Claritin, as well as alternative treatments like acupuncture and Chinese herbal decoctions, but nothing provided lasting relief. Witnessing patients with similar issues while feeling defeated myself was both embarrassing and disheartening.
My path to healing took a pivotal turn during my acupuncture studies when I discovered NAET® (Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination
Techniques). While not part of my formal education, I learned that NAET® held the promise of eliminating allergies and more. In 2010, after receiving direct training from Dr. Devi Nambudripad, NAET®'s developer, I obtained the permit to practice it. With the guidance of a colleague, I underwent NAET® treatment for my cedar allergy, and at the 25th hour, my nasal passages finally cleared. This transformative experience fueled my determination to explore NAET® further and incorporate it into my practice.
Today, NAET® stands as a cornerstone of my approach to patient care, allowing me to help numerous individuals overcome allergies at their root cause, just as I did. My journey from suffering to healing has empowered me to make a difference in the lives of others struggling with allergies, and I'm committed to bringing relief and clarity to those who, like me, have felt trapped by their allergies.
Degrees, credentials and licensure:
Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Texas Health and Sciences University, Austin, TX
Licensed by Texas Medical Board of Acupuncture Examiners (AC01080)
NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine
NAET® Practitioner, received the Advanced NAET® Training
One of 100 NAET® Global Autism Study providing practitioners. She firmly believes many children suffering from ASD (autism spectrum disorders) may be successfully treated with NAET® and gives pro bono treatments to those children enrolled in the NAET® Global Autism Study.
Applied Clinical Nutritionist (ACN)
Mike Uppena, COO
Mike is originally from Wisconsin. As Megumi's husband, he has always been involved with the clinic since the beginning, primarily in the background managing the business finances. In July of 2021 he retired from a 26-year career in healthcare information systems, primarily implementing and project managing Epic Systems medical software. He has worked and consulted with a long list of prestigious healthcare institutions throughout the country. Mike is now enjoying his "retirement" by helping Megumi daily at the clinic and is the chief operations officer.
Leslie Lee, Reiki Master
Native Texan, Leslie Lee, has over 20 years of experience working in the healthcare and wellness industry. She is a Reiki Master & Intuitive Practitioner who practices a variety of holistic modalities including Pranic Healing, Reflexology, and Reiki. She teaches workshops on all 3 levels of Reiki. Although her roots are in the south, she received her training on the east coast. She graduated from Virginia School of Massage in 2002 and attended various other educational facilities like Casey/Reilly School of Massage and the Hawaiian Temple Bodywork for continued training to strengthen her craft. Leslie uses her intuition and extensive training to help promote healing of the body, mind, and spirit from the inside out.