Dr. Monique Larson graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM), with her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) after completing her Master Degree of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM). She is licensed in Colorado and California. She is certified by the California Acupuncture Board and designated a Diplomate in Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Monique also obtained her 1,000 hour Holistic Health Practitioner certification from PCOM.
While attending her Master’s Monique had the opportunity to apprentice with well renowned Japanese Acupuncturist Nobu Asano for three years. She learned a more in depth relationship of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine through the relationship and treatment of the Autonomic Nervous System and other systematic approaches. While interning at the PCOM, she participated in an array of internships, including San Diego Hospice, UCSD Cancer Center, Rady Children’s Hospital and the San Diego Homeless Shelter. Following graduation Monique continued her studies in Gersfeld, Germany with Dr. Von Rosen at his Medical Clinic, Schlosspark-Klinik. Her studies consisted of rounds of a variety of therapies including; injection therapy, homeopathic treatments, acupuncture, allergy testing, nutrition and others. The treatments are based on three important systems; small intestine, connective tissue and lymphatic system and the application of naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and other applied kinesiology treatments to treat disease.
While Monique enjoys treating a wide range of conditions, she has a particular interest in treating autoimmune, endocrine disorders and gastrointestinal disorders along with various types of injuries, chronic pain and all aspects of women’s health; menstrual, hormonal, fertility and labor induction. Though she is a native of Washington State, she has learned that home is where her heart is and her heart is enriched daily by her amazing family, friends and people she has met on her journey in life. She feels that Fort Collins, Colorado is a perfect place for her husband and her to call home. She is excited to enjoy living a healthy, fun and active lifestyle in Fort Collins. She believes that by promoting wellness through preventive health, people can live their potential lives. Her mission is to provide quality, knowledgeable, effective care to help you on your path to achieving and sustaining optimal health.
DAOM, Licensed Acupuncturist (CO # 1992, CA #14212)
Dr. Dayna Larson DAOM, L.Ac., earned his Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) after completing his Master Degree of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in San Diego. He is a Colorado and California state board licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist and designated a Diplomate in Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). He received a certificate in Tui Na (Chinese body work and physical therapy) from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. There he studied and completed rounds at the University’s affiliated Yue Yan Hospital in Shanghai, China. Dayna also completed internships at San Diego Downtown Senior Clinic, Rady Children’s Hospital, UCSD Cancer Clinic (successfully treating patients’ adverse side effects) , and UCSD RIMAC Center for Sports Medicine (treating NCAA athletes). In 2012 Dayna became a faculty member at PCOM where he taught Tui Na classes for 2 years.
Dayna continued his post-graduate studies in Gersfeld, Germany where he had the opportunity to study alongside Dr. Jurgen Freiherr Von Rosen in his world-renowned natural holistic medical clinic, Schlosspark-Klinik. There his studies involved learning how to treat chronic diseases using a variety of natural therapies including; homeopathy, injection therapy, allergy testing, blood oxygen therapy, applied kinesiology, acupuncture and nutrition. He also personally treated many patients there using Acupuncture and Tui Na.
Dayna is known for his ability to treat chronic pain, orthopedic and musculoskeletal injuries. He also has a wealth of knowledge and experience treating the most complex health issues including; men’s health conditions, IBS, colitis, diabetes, chronic migraines, fibromyalgia, parkinson’s disease, allergies, complications from cancer treatments, neuropathy, women’s health and many others. His devotion and passion for Chinese Medicine is transferred to his patients through effective and caring treatments.
Dayna is so thankful to his parents who exposed him to this ancient healing art at the young age of 8 years old which turned into a lifelong passion. Dayna and his wife Monique are the owners of Traditional Chinese Medical Clinic and are thankful to call Fort Collins their home.
DAOM, Licensed Acupuncturist (CO #2001, CA)
Lindsay Herrera Kaplan, MSAOM, LAc, obtained her Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine after completing her Bachelors of Science in Herbal Sciences from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington. She is designated as a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is a licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist in the state of Colorado. Lindsay earned her Certificate of Massage at Brenneke School of Massage in Seattle, Washington and is a licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Colorado.
During her month-long externship in Shanghai, China she completed Chinese herbal clinical rounds in internal medicine and gynecology at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) shadowing world renowned TCM medical doctors. Lindsay additionally completed advanced preceptorships at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia learning Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM) and pain management techniques, at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center in the Chronic Fatigue department, at Evergreen Outpatient (Methadone) Drug Treatment Facility providing acupuncture detox treatments, and in private practice at Acupuncture Bliss shadowing women’s health and maternity cases, including labor preparation.
Lindsay spent her first year of practice as a team member at The Spine Center in East Lansing, Michigan and established the clinic’s first acupuncture and massage therapy departments. She practiced alongside neurosurgeons, physicians, physiatrists, and physical therapists. During this time she also served as Treasurer for the Michigan Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAAOM).
Lindsay’s passion is to help others and give back to her community, both locally and globally. During a seven month adventure in Central America she offered three, free, self-directed acupuncture clinics in rural communities of Costa Rica and Nicaragua. After being so positively received, Lindsay started a non-profit organization called Global Natural Health Alliance (GNHA) based upon these experiences. Additionally, she provided free acupuncture treatments through Acupuncturists Without Borders to the first responders and victims of the High Park Fire in Fort Collins, CO and following the Aurora Theater shooting in Aurora, CO.
With over a decade of post-graduate clinical experience Lindsay has supplemented her strong foundation in TCM with additional trainings in highly effective and efficient acupuncture and diagnostic techniques. She studied with world renowned, Dr. Richard Teh Fu Tan learning distal acupuncture methods and is skilled in Master Tung’s lineage of acupuncture including his profound, yet gentle bleeding techniques. She commonly uses these techniques for effectively treating all types of pain. Lindsay practices Advanced Medical Pulse Diagnosis (MPD) with incredible accuracy and utilizes this tool with all internal medical issues. She is skilled at detecting shock and trauma in the pulse and enjoys treating it accordingly. As her interest in the field of Cardiology grows she continues studies in this area and sees direct connections between fatigue, anxiety, and sleep disorders and cardiovascular imbalances, all treatable with the use of internal botanical medicine formulations.
Lindsay owned and operated Achieving Health Clinic in Fort Collins, CO successfully for nine years. During that time she learned a lot about running a natural health clinic while maintaining a busy acupuncture practice. Although she is incredibly proud of what she built and grateful for the experiences this brought her, she looks forward to continuing the Fort Collins adventure alongside her new teammates at the TCM Clinic offering the same great care in a new location.
Licensed Acupuncturist, (CO)
Tristan McCoy is from western Colorado and has always been interested in plants and herbs. While working at Rainbow Grocery (later Wild Oats) in Denver, he was fortunate to practice western herbalism with many of the customers. After hearing how effective acupuncture was with some of the customers, he decided to study this ancient medicine and integrate herbalism with acupuncture.
Tristan has been a licensed acupuncturist and practicing herbalist since graduating from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1995. Having an interest in Japanese acupuncture, Tristan interned with and assisted Jake Fratkin, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, from 1995 to 2000, learning Japanese acupuncture and assisting clients. In 2008 he graduated from nursing school and is a registered nurse. The study of nursing has immensely helped Tristan with understanding patients’ medical diagnoses and medications.
In 2014 Tristan graduated with a Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College. Since 1995, he has been certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbalism by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Tristan uses a variety of acupuncture styles including Japanese meridian therapy and Chinese acupuncture. He also integrates cupping, Chinese and Western herbs, and other traditional modalities to promote the healing process.
In addition to treating pain, Tristan specializes in immune, digestive, and menstrual disorders.
Working closely with clients, he develops herbal formulas effective for their conditions. He has found that taking herbs daily is an important aspect of treatment that encourages clients to take an active role in their care. He also enjoys teaching clients dietary practices that assist them on their healing path.
Licensed Acupuncturist (CO)
Erin Compton MAOM, L.Ac. earned her Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She is designated as a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist in the state of Colorado. As a dedicated professional of the healthcare field, she is always looking to expand her knowledge and is currently in pursuit of her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Health and Science, based in San Diego, California, which she plans to complete in the summer of 2022.
During her clinical internship, Erin gained experience treating a wide variety of conditions using a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, Shiatsu, and auxiliary techniques such as gua sha, cupping therapy, and moxibustion. She is passionate about nutrition and utilizes both Chinese medicine and biomedical nutrition approaches in many of her treatment plans. Though she enjoys working on a wide range of health concerns, her areas of interest include mental and emotional health, autoimmune conditions, gastrointestinal disorders, women’s health, and cardiovascular disease.
In watching the struggles her friends and family members have experienced while navigating their health, Erin recognizes the importance of having an advocate who will be there to walk alongside you on your wellness journey. She prioritizes a patient-centered approach and believes that the body holds the innate ability to heal itself when given the opportunity to do so. It is her mission to help her patients actualize this potential within themselves through an integration of traditional and modern medicine practices. In addition to providing individualized treatments, she strives to help them better understand their role in achieving these goals through education and lifestyle coaching.