Megumi Uppena, L.Ac., MAOM, ACN, Dipl. OM (NCCAOM), CEO
Megumi is originally from Tokyo, Japan. She started her education in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Academy of Culture & Health Sciences in Oakland, CA, and finished her education at Texas Health Sciences University in Austin, TX, receiving a master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2008. She learned NAET® in Buena Vista, CA from Dr. Devi Nambudripad, the original developer of NAET®, and became a NAET® practitioner in 2010. Shortly thereafter, to enhance clinical outcomes, she became certified in Applied Clinical Nutrition. Megumi is one of over 10,000 NAET® practitioners world-wide. She is also 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.
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
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.
Within 5 years after I moved to Austin, I developed a severe allergy to cedar. If you have a cedar allergy, you should know -- I was miserable and hopeless. My nose was completely blocked and incapacitating me -- I couldn’t breathe, think, eat, talk and sleep sufficiently without air coming in through my nose. I took Zyrtec, Benadryl, and Claritin but nothing worked. I did acupuncture and took some awful tasting Chinese herbal decoctions, but my nose was still completely blocked. It was embarrassing for me to see patients with a clogged nose. I felt defeated.
When I was in acupuncture school, I learned about NAET®, and I learned it can be used to eliminate allergies and more! It sounded too good to be true! Unfortunately, NAET® wasn’t taught in school. I could only learn it once obtaining my professional license. In 2010, I was able to get the permit to practice NAET® after learning it directly from Dr. Devi Nambudripad, the original developer of NAET®. Since I was brand new to it, my colleague helped me to practice, and treated me for my allergy to cedar. It was the moment of truth! At the 25th hour after an NAET® treatment with cedar, my nose opened! I was stunned. This experience gave me the clarity I needed to learn more about NAET® and use it in my practice to help so many people who suffer from allergies like me. NAET® now, of course, is a primary methodology I use to treat my patients and has helped many patients overcome their allergies by treating the root cause.