Meet Lesley Johnsen, Doctor of Acupuncture

“Trust is the most critical factor in a successful relationship between a client and a health professional. You are the expert on yourself, and the most essential person when it comes to your health and well-being.”

Lesley Johnsen
Doctor of Acupuncture

My Experience

You deserve nothing less than the best. To provide you with the greatest professional skills, I am committed to my ongoing personal and professional development.

In 2009, I completed two Master’s Degrees at the TAI Sophia Institute in Maryland. I received my Doctorate in Acupuncture from Pacific College of Health and Science in 2020, and as a result have been asked to collaborate and/or edit several professional papers on the use of acupuncture in evidence-based clinical trials.  My training also includes completion of advanced programs in Psych-K and various trauma certification programs at the Arizona Trauma Institute.

I am deeply involved in the Nonviolent Communication community and aim to create a heart-centered connection with all of my clients.  To this end, I was recently accepted into the certification training program with Dr. Gabor Maté and the transformational work of Compassionate Inquiry®.

I began my acupuncture career in private practice, and for the past eleven years I have worked in various collaborative healthcare settings.  These settings encompass various addiction treatment centers, Banner Medical Center, and the Department of Integrative Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona.

My many years in healthcare have allowed me to develop what I believe to be the best approach to healing. I do this by focusing on five-element acupuncture, taking a trauma-informed approach to care, and incorporating wholeness into every healing session.

A patient receiving acupuncture treatment

What is a trauma-informed approach to care?

Simply stated, this refers to approaching clients with the open-mindedness and compassion that all patients deserve. It assumes an understanding of the physical, social, and emotional impact of trauma on the individual, recognizing this as the possible root cause of many physical, emotional and spiritual concerns.

My values as a practitioner

From my many years of learning and work experience, I combine a number of wisdom traditions including Five-Element Acupuncture – along with modern science and the philosophy of healing for the whole person, not just treating symptoms. I have gained insight into the importance of the emotional and spiritual root of dis-ease in all my treatment planning with clients.  Trust is the most critical factor in a successful relationship between a client and a health professional. You are the expert on yourself, and the most essential person when it comes to your health and well-being. I want my clients to be engaged in their healing journey and encourage them to ask me the tough questions, express concerns and provide me with their feedback.


What really matters to me?

I live in alignment with my values, especially when it comes to taking care of the environment. I believe each one of us can make a difference to our communities by contributing our gifts and talents for the benefit of everyone.

Compassionate Inquiry

What is Compassionate Inquiry?

“The purpose of Compassionate Inquiry is to drill down to the core stories people tell themselves – to get them to see what story they are telling themselves unconsciously; what those beliefs are, where they came from; and guide them to the possibility of letting go of those stories, or letting go of the hold those stories have on them.”

Dr. Gabor Maté

Our clients are our voice

“Since receiving acupuncture treatment I have noticed a general increase and balance of my internal energy. I am increasingly aware that this flow of energy assists me with decreasing my stress level and increases my ability to clarify the issues I may have brought with me to the treatment session. With this improved clarity and calm, which I gain from an acupuncture treatment, I have found that I am better able to manage my responsibilities as a parent, professional and life partner. In addition, I have an increase in physical energy that allows me to perform my general daily activities in a more effective, grounded manner.”
Holly G, 49
“I’m always amazed at my own transformation after my treatments with Lesley. The beauty and depth of acupuncture treatments coupled with Lesley’s expertise and therapeutic guidance is a gift; for me it’s the gift of life. I leave the office both physically and emotionally strengthened. Lesley has taught me how to accept myself and how to truly live with faith, courage, and commitment. I am forever thankful for Lesley’s kindness and friendship.”
Noa S, 28
“Since I began working with Lesley my life has improved dramatically. Thanks to her encouraging words, along with acupuncture, I feel much more balanced and capable of handling life’s stresses. I am calmer, less anxious, and enjoying everything so much more.”
Jennifer B, 34
“Thank you so much, Lesley, for the great session the other night. It totally eliminated the migraine and helped tremendously with the TMJ. I have had my nightguard adjusted and am feeling much better. I might reschedule the next appt.”
Joyce C, 50
“I have been in and out of acupuncture for the last few years and can tell you that Lesley is just great! She is professional, knowledgeable and truly works to help your body help itself.”
Debbie D, 41

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