My passion resides in connecting with people and building relationships through traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).  As a care-giver, I treat each client as a wealth of information in which I am eager to learn from.  I feel healing begins through this mutual connection to another person.  While listening and observing, my goal is to establish a unique diagnosis and treatment platform to optimize effectiveness for each individual's needs.

My journey to TCM began while attending nursing school in 1999.  That year, I was involved in a serious car accident that redirected my focus of study.  During my return to health, I experienced both physical and emotional healing through complementary medicine.  This monumental experience shifted my approach to care for others.

With a focus in women’s health and pre & post-natal care, I enjoy working with individuals of all stages of life.  I earned my degree in TCM from the prestigious Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in Nelson, B.C.  In addition, I practiced TCM in Beijing, China in 2005.  I am NCCAOM certified and licensed by the state of Montana to practice acupuncture.  I am also an active member of the Montana Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAAOM).

I am dedicated to service on a deeply personal level.  This dedication to health and vitality established a relationship with “Acupuncturists Without Borders” where in April 2013, I traveled to Nepal and provided acupuncture care to trafficked women, orphaned children and men.

​In a typical treatment, I often combine acupuncture with tuning fork therapy (acutonics) and mindfulness meditation.  Herbal remedies are recommended as needed and play an important role in maintaining efficiency of the healing process.  Traditional techniques including moxibustion, cupping and gua sha are utilized as well.   I feel it is imperative to inform and inspire each person to participate in their health.



Melissa Pfannenstiel

Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified Doula