About Kate Blalack

Kate Blalack Boulder, ColoradoKatrina Blalack is a nationally certified practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in Boulder, CO. She has a special interest in treating women and families, including acupuncture for fertility, menstrual problems, pregnancy, postpartum, and pediatrics.

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Education and Experience

Kate received her B.A. from Brown University in Providence, RI. Following her passion for learning about all systems of human health care, Kate began her medical training as a Wilderness EMT as a teenager. In her early 20s, she spent several years traveling, studying and teaching the culture and healing traditions of India, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, and China. During this time, she spent time in clinics for leprosy in India, and with both traditional healers and in modern hospitals in Nepal, India, Bhutan and Tibet. Back in the U.S., she worked in Surgery, Endoscopy and Cancer Care at Boulder Community Hospital before going on to receive her Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, CO.

Advanced Training and Current Practice

Kate regularly returns to China to follow senior doctors and advance her studies. In 2007, she completed 3 months of advanced training in China, focusing on Chinese herbology and the treatment of dermatology, autoimmune disease and women’s health in private clinics with senior doctors Fang Xian-Shu of Chengdu University of Chinese Medicine and Wu Bo-Ping of Zhejiang Traditional Chinese Medicine University. She also studies acupuncture and moxibustion, classical Chinese medical texts and Chinese herbology at Zhejiang Traditional Chinese Medicine University and Zhejiang Provincial Hospital in Hangzhou, China. In 2011, she visited herb farms and processing facilities in China’s “medicine capitol,” Anguo (Hebei province), to delve more deeply into understanding the cultivation and processing of Chinese herbs, herbal dietary therapy, the history herbal medicine in China, and the modern technology which allows herbal medicines grown fresh on farms across the ocean to benefit her patients in Boulder. Kate’s experience and ongoing training in China continue to profoundly deepen her perspective on, understanding, and practice of Chinese Medicine.

Kate participates in ongoing mentorship studies with Chip Chace in Boulder, CO, with a focus on osteopathic palpatory diagnosis techniques, treatment planning and herbal prescribing. She studied facial rejuvenation acupuncture with Virginia Doran, and has participated in advanced palpatory diagnosis and acupuncture trainings with Dan Bensky, Koei Kuwahara, Jason Robertson, and Matt Callison. She also helped to organize and participated in advanced classical herbal medicine trainings with world-renowned lecturers and practitioners Arnaud Versluys, Dan Bensky, and Craig Mitchell.

In pursuing her commitment to the study of Chinese language and to bring much needed translations to the West, Kate has worked for the Beijing based People’s Medical Publishing House (人民卫生出版社) as an editor and translator of the Materia Medica Study Guide and Acupuncture and Moxibustion for Stroke Rehabilitation.

Kate currently practices acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at Chautauqua Health Care in Boulder, Colorado. This integrative clinic offers patients the convenience of a complete on-site herbal pharmacy, nutritional supplements, food allergy testing, massage, cranial sacral and visceral manipulation, Rolfing, and more. Her most recent project has been the implementation of the Community Acupuncture Clinic at the mama’hood Boulder, a sliding scale acupuncture clinic to support women and families.

Kate has a special interest in women’s health, especially the transitions of adolescence, fertility planning, pre- and post-partum care and menopause, as well as internal medicine. Along with acupuncture and Chinese herbs, Kate has a strong interest in dietary therapy, including traditional Chinese dietary therapy and whole foods based nutrition. She is committed to treating the whole person, making sure to understand the goals and challenges of each individual. Kate’s patients appreciate her skill as well as her gentle nature.

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