Dream Circles

Happy Valentine’s Day!

To spread the love and joy, I am bringing in 12 people who are interested in sharing in the sacred space of an ongoing Dream Circle (virtually for now so you can be anywhere in the country or world). This initial meeting will be next Saturday, February 20, virtually, from 4 to 5pm MST. Our first meeting will contain logistics, parameters and scheduling for what will work best for the group (weekly, every other week, monthly). The first part of our meetings will be a discussion of sleep and dreaming techniques, then the rest of the meeting will be a container for sacred sharing. There is much healing and energy in sharing our dreaming in sacred space.

The ongoing Dream Circle (afterthe initial planning meeting) will be membership based with the possibility of discussion groups between our meetings. Please join us if intrigued! I will begin more than one Dream Circle if there is enough interest.

The Circles will be capped at 12 participants each.


Or schedule here: https://acusimple.com/access/3842/#/appointments/ I look forward to seeing everyone!

Ku Shen

These young straplings will grow to be 5 foot bushes, so hopefully by the time I need the space and land it will be obvious!

Chinese Herbal Medicinal
Chinese Therapeutics: Clears Heat and Dries Dampness, Dispels Wind, Kills Parasites, and Relieves Itching, Promotes Urination
Not to be used in patients with Spleen and Stomach deficiency and cold.

Pharmacological Effects:

Antiarrythmic – especially if induced by excess adrenaline or aconite poisoning.

Cardiovascular – blood vessel dilatorImmunostimulant – increases WBC in mice studies

Antibiotic – against B.dysenteriae, E. coli, Bacillus proteus, beta-hemolytic strep, and S. aureus

Antiparasitic – against trichomonas

Respiratory – stimulates beta receptors

The root is used medicinally

Sweet Basil as a Medicinal Herb

I am enjoying my currently itty bitty medicinal herbal garden. I’m planting both Chinese and Western medicinal herbs in an indoor garden and am showcasing each as they sprout or are prepared into their medicinal forms.

Today’s herb is the well-known Sweet Basil, Ocimum basilicum L., Herba Ocimi, and Jiu Ceng Ta, Lou Le (Mandarin).

Both the leaf and the seed are used medicinally. Basil has many beneficial and medicinal qualities.

Traditional Chinese Medicinal Benefits Include:

Warms the Lungs, Promotes Expectoration, Resolves Phlegm and Relieves Cough

Opens the Sinuses and Relieves Congestion.

Descends Lung Qi, Opens Chest and Relieves Wheezing.

Warms and Harmonizes Stomach, Promotes Digestion and Relieves Abdominal Pain, Settles Stomach and Stops Vomiting.

Also: Tonifies Reproductive Qi, Harmonizes Menstruation and Relieves Impotence

Restores the Nerves, Relieves Fatigue and Depression, Rescues Collapse and Revives Consciousness.

Clears Damp-Cold, Reduces Infection and Antidotes Poison, Repels Insects.

Basil certainly has quite the repertoire of health benefits!

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Healthy Sleep Workshop, SACRED MOUNTAIN HERBAL BLEND, and more!

I continue to take appointments for Pharmacogenomics and Nutrigenomics: DNA testing and consulting for how your genetics can affect your medication use, nutrition, movement, stress-response and more.  I greatly appreciate your positive response to this exciting new offering and great way to learn much more about yourself and your health and optimize your medication and nutrition options.

I am offering a workshop (1 hr)  this coming Thursday, October 22, 6pm MST.  The topic is Healthy Sleep,  Join us for a bit of sleep history, information on commonly prescribed medications, and natural and integrative methods for getting the best regenerating sleep possible.  Workshop fee is $15.   I look forward to seeing you!  You can register and save your space in this virtual and live seminar here:  https://acusimple.com/access/3842/#/appointments/3842/list/121307/2020-10-22/  Once you’ve registered, I will send you a link to participate.

Other news and offerings: I’ve created a light and energized Sacred Mountain Blend of detoxifying and adaptogenic herbs.  These formulations are very lightly dosed, energized through sound and light vibrations, as well as Reiki, and are designed to assist your energetic system adapt to the rapid shifts and changes in our world.  Sacred Mountain Blends will help consolidate your energy, ground you, and help you feel less frazzled, rest better, and feel more energized in general.  

To date, I’ve received great feedback from those who are trying the light blend.  Sacred Mountain Blend daytime formula also contains some tonic herbs, and the evening formula is less energizing and more harmonizing than the daytime formula.  
Price: Per 30 day bag of either formula (light and energized dosing):  $25.  For daytime and evening Sacred Mountain Blend (2 bags):  $40.  Delivered if in the Denver area, or they can be shipped for an additional fee.

I’m posting a link to my new Integrative Cardiac Rehabilitation meditation; https://lyonheartwellness.com/integrative-cardiac-rehabilitation-meditation.  More integrative meditations to come, including custom meditations tailored to your specific concerns.
The COVID19 Recovery meditation is available for free and widespread use for all of those who are experiencing either acute or long-term post-viral symptoms.  Please share with those who may be interested. https://lyonheartwellness.com/

I hope to “see” you on Thursday at the seminar.   Meanwhile, please have an amazing week and please let me know if and how I can be of service.

PharmacoGenomics and Nutrigenomics and You!

Greetings! It has been wonderful to carefully connect with those who are local and to return to safe acupuncture practice in the last couple of weeks. Thank you for your support in sharing my information in referral.

Today I’m sharing a bit more on Pharmacist and Integrative Wellness services I offer through LyonHeart Wellness.

Have you ever wondered how your genetics can be affecting your need for specific nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, and even your response or risk for adverse effects of pharmacological medications?

As part of my Lifestyle Modification and Medication Therapy Management services I now offer certified DNA testing (Nutrigenomics – NGx and Pharmacogenomics- PGx) and consultation with specific recommendations streamlined to your genetic results and overall lifestyle or medication goals.

What is Nutrigenomics (NGx)? The scientific study of the interaction of nutrition and genes, especially with regard to the prevention or treatment of disease. The NGx services through LyonHeart Wellness are integrated through Lifestyle Modification and Integrative Wellness appointments.

What is Pharmacogenomics (PGx)? The branch of genetics concerned with the way in which an individual’s genetic attributes affect the likely response to therapeutic pharmaceutical drugs. PGx services through LyonHeart Wellness are integrated through Medication Therapy Management for optimized drug therapy through precision medicine.

***Referrals to physicians, genetic counselors, nutritionists and other health care providers will be directed for all non-lifestyle modification, and non-medication-related genetic results.

How do I get tested and get the results and my individualized recommendations?
First, you schedule an initial consulting time with me to collect the sample via cheek swab. Together we will select which panel or panels are most appropriate for your specific questions and goals, and I will mail the sample to the lab for analysis. You will pay for the tests prior to my sending them to the lab. (Test kits are also available for drop-ship if you are not in the immediate area.)

The results are sent directly to LyonHeart Wellness when complete, usually within 2 weeks, and we will have a scheduled consultation to go over your results at which time I will provide analysis and specific recommendations based on your results and goals. Consultations are paid for at time of service, and can be completed in person, or via phone or video conference.

Find a few of the testing panels below (there are more).

Schedule Appointment with Stephanie:  SCHEDULE ONLINE
Schedule your DNA Panel(s) Selection and Sample Collection appointment (or other services) online or return an email and I make the appointment for you. I look forward to working with you!

An Update on Services through LyonHeart Wellness…

I sincerely hope this note finds you very well and healthy on all levels.  In these times with so many challenges and concerns, I offer the greatest energy, support, knowledge, coaching, and evidence-based integrative medical information through my services for all of us to navigate through the rapid changes.   I’ve recently returned to Colorado, in the West Denver area, after a several year journey on the Oregon Coast and am eager to reconnect and serve.

I am reaching out to update you on the services I have available both locally, safely, in-person, and virtually, via telephone or video, to those who are at a distance or local wishing to remain distanced.

For those who are local, I offer a Concierge Mobile Acupuncture (or Colorpuncture) services where I come to your residence or workplace for your treatment.  COVID19 Screening will be in place and all paperwork and most of each intake will be completed by phone or video the day prior in order to minimize close contact.  During the in-person portion of your appointment, I will wear a mask, and use gloves during your treatment, per the guidelines for acupuncture practice.  Outside of the West Denver Metro area, and still in Colorado, there is an additional travel fee.  If two or more of your immediate household members are treated in the same visit, then the travel fee is waived, and if within the West Metro Denver area, there is a small discount for all treatments for multiples.

Those of you who are local and wish to remain physically distant, and for those who are not local, even in other states, I have a variety of services available, including some exciting new offerings.

I am available for via telehealth, video conference and telephone for the following services:

Traditional Chinese Medicine Opportunities:

Self-care Acupressure Intake and Instruction, may include diagrams of points specific for your chief complaint.

Chinese Herbal Intake and Prescription Formulation – herbs are additional charge and can be delivered, if local, or mailed, if not.  Herb-drug interaction checks will be done for those who are taking pharmaceuticals, or even other herbs.

Integrative Pharmacist Services:

Medication Therapy Management (MTM) – Comprehensive and targeted medication reviews to help increase patient knowledge of medications, optimize therapy, increase adherence to medication regimens, reduce polypharmacy, and spot potential dangerous interactions amongst medications, supplements, disease states, and food.  MTM can also be directed toward prescription medication de-prescribing, or taper, of opioids, benzodiazepines, and other medications, always in collaboration with the prescriber(s).

Integrative Wellness Consults – Optimize your wellness through evidence-based integrative practices, including nutrition, activity, stress reduction, botanical, supplemental recommendations, and referrals based on your individual circumstances and health concern and possible current medication regimen.  Recommendations will be shared with your healthcare providers at your request.  This involves thorough intake, including all medications, supplements, emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of your life, implementing your individual health goals and interest and willingness to engage in integrative therapies to optimize wellbeing.

Pharmacist Quick Questions** for those burning pharmacist questions.  I will research the evidence on a drug, herb, food, supplement, and illness, including interactions and other specific medication, herbal or supplement information that is not related to specific patient information.

**If your questions are more involved and personal, Medication Therapy Management or the Integrative Wellness Consult will be more appropriate services.

Lifestyle Modification Coaching – There is no time like the present to begin that path to being the healthiest you that you can be!  I will be your partner in facilitating the development of a personalized workable plan with regular follow-up supportive appointments for a period of time.  There are discounts for these grouped pre-paid packages of appointments.  Reduce, or possibly eliminate, the need for prescription medications, in weight loss, diabetes control, hypertension, anxiety, stress reduction, depression, better sleep and others.  These programs are tailored to each patient, and can include group education and support in common areas such as nutrition, movement training, mindfulness training, stress reduction, good sleep hygiene and more.

Pharmacogenomic and Nutrigenomic Testing and Interpretation of Your Results – Discover how your genetics affect your potential responses to medications, nutrition, activity, stress, and devise a plan (in collaboration with your provider for medication results) for further streamlining your nutrition, movement, and other fitness goals.  Access to DNA testing, and result communication and consultation with providers and patients to help streamline recommendations for optimized wellness.

Other Services:

FullScript Apothecary for high quality recommended supplements.  There is no additional fee for pharmacist questions and recommendations on products through FullScript ordering.

Online Scheduling for Services or contact me at Consult@LyonHeartWellness.com if the service you are seeking is not listed in the schedule.

Distance Reiki Treatments and Training for Students – often even more powerful than local hands on healing

Satori Coaching – a 16 week individualized and one-on-one  journey diving 4 weeks into each area of your life:  Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual.  Includes a book and DVD.   Includes weekly 45 minute meetings via telehealth for facilitation.

Other Coaching Services Uniquely Designed for and with You

Individualized AcuMeditations and PharMeditations – either “live” via video conference, or recorded for your ongoing personal use.

Follow The Darkening of the Light:  A Girl Gone Rogue to support the unfolding story.

Two Options for Payment of Service Fees:  

  1. Pay-per-service. Payment is required at time of service.  No insurance is billed.  A superbill for acupuncture and pharmacist services can be supplied upon request for your submittal for insurance reimbursement.  I highly recommend checking with your insurance company prior to your first appointment to see what is covered and if they will reimburse via superbill. Payment is required at time of service.

    There are package options for Lifestyle Modification and Quick Questions.

  2. Concierge Membership  Service with a minimal (1 hour for patients and clients, or 4 hours for medical practices) monthly retainer ($150/month or $600/month) for my services which allows prioritized access to consult with me on Quick Questions and to information and products (including meditations and more) and resources I have made available at the website membership page. The monthly concierge service also includes access, for no additional fee, to any workshops offered during that month.

The retainer is equivalent to one hour of service time in a given month and can be applied to any of the above listed services applicable to your location.  Each service has a specific “hour equivalent” allotment, i.e. a mobile acupuncture treatment is billed at 0.75 hr (for 45 minutes).  All hours of service rendered over this 1 hour (or 4 hours for healthcare practices) monthly retainer, are tracked, documented and billed monthly by 15 minute increments, with payment due in full when billed.  I have further information available for concierge services for healthcare practices and what that entails.

Please let me know if you have any questions about my services or how I can assist you on your health journey.  I greatly look forward to collaborating with you in support of your greatest well-being!  If you are not currently in the market for these services, I greatly appreciate your passing along my information to those who may be.

In Greatest Health and Gratitude!


Inspired to Find and Try Recipes for Fermentation? I am.

Explore this Body of Wonder podcast on the fascinating topic of the microbiome the Sonnenbergs research team at Stanford.

Research is beginning to show the importance of having a flourishing microbiome and steps we can take to improve it, including some of the most recent information on how to use (and which) probiotics to use (or not).


And a recipe link for kimchi: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-easy-kimchi-at-home-189390%3famp=1

COVID Recovery Meditation


My Gift to You: Currently available for no charge.  Indulge in a relaxing meditation journey tapping into the body’s innate self-healing abilities using breathwork and guided imagery promoting a balanced immune response, deep calm, and healed tissues, organs with optimal function.  This meditation is suitable for both acute illness and ongoing symptoms.

If you’d like to support our effort, please consider supporting by purchasing a live meditation session with Stephanie, or any of our other pre-recorded meditations, or a personalized AcuMeditation or PharMeditation, or making a contribution below.

The soothing music for the COVID19 Recovery Meditation is provided by Howard Ostrow. Please enjoy more of Howard’s creations: Howard Ostrow’s Sound Cloud Station

We gratefully receive donations for this endeavor (see “Purchase Services” in the right column).

Sound for the COVID19 Recovery Meditation is provided by Howard Ostrow. Please enjoy more of Howard’s creations: Howard Ostrow’s Sound Cloud Station

We gratefully receive donations for this endeavor through the store in the right column, option is available in the list of Meditations.  Thank you!

COVID19 Exposure and Symptoms and Illness 2020

I flew to Tucson, AZ, on March 7, three airports and two airplanes, Eugene to San Francisco to Tucson for an Integrative Medicine Fellowship residential week with approximately 70 medical doctor fellows. We spent the residential week in relative proximity, in classrooms and at meals, and maintaining only a small amount of social distance as there was no real structure to social distancing mandates or anything at that time. This experience was just prior to any lockdown and our fellowship class was the last to be allowed to meet in person for our residential week. We had several MDs who were forbidden to attend due to their employers or travel bans already in place en route.

On March 13 I flew home from Tucson through LAX to Eugene airport and drove home to the Southern Oregon Coast for three hours. I stopped at the Coos Bay Natural Grocers to check for zinc and vitamin C.  On the way, per suggestions through the fellowship, I stopped at the Coos Bay Natural Grocers to check for zinc and vitamin C. I was not able to find either, as they were sold out. I was able to obtain quercitin and freeze-dried stinging nettles. I already had on hand vitamin D3, melatonin and some homeopathic remedies for cold and flu on hand at home. During the fellowship I was eating the delicious nutritious food that was provided and was prophylactically taking Yin Qiao, a Chinese herbal remedy to help prevent infection and/or greatly reduce the symptoms if infection does take place. I knew I was susceptible. The only indication on the flights both to and from, that anything was amiss, was one person on EUG-TUC who was my seatmate wiped down EVERYTHING. I thought he was going to wipe me down. Maybe I ought to have been more cautious myself. There was only one mask being worn, and the planes were packed. On the way home a week later, the LAX-EUG flight was half-full, and still very few masks on faces.

I was unable to find zinc and vitamin C at Natural Grocers on my way home, as they were already sold out. But I was able to find freeze-dried stinging nettles, quercetin, DGL and a few other quarantine items.

On March 14 I went in early morning to do my pharmacist duties at the local hospital and to shop for two weeks for my self-imposed quarantine. Several of the Dr. fellows were required to do a 14 day quarantine as part of their return home as required by their employer, so I felt it prudent to follow suit, work from home and wait and see if any symptoms appeared.

That weekend, the 14th and 15th of March, I had what could have been slight chills and slight fever, but it was difficult to differentiate if it was solely a result being back on the chilly coast alternating with my regular hot flashes in addition to experiencing significant fatigue which could have been attributed to the intense fellowship week and travel recovery.  In addition, that weekend, my ears were extremely painful and felt very congested.  Around this time several of the MD fellows in the Integrative Medicine Program were beginning to report symptoms.

That Monday morning March 16, I awakened and I felt so much better. Well enough to consider going for a walk that afternoon when it was supposed to be a bit warmer on the coast without rain. When the time came, I bundled up, covering my ears, wearing a scarf, and put on my socks and shoes. I was still feeling pretty well, and I stepped outside the door and went down my two front steps. I immediately turned around and stepped back inside, as there was a slight chilly breeze, and I knew I was too vulnerable to be outside. I hunkered down inside some more.

Sure enough, I awakened the next morning with severe chills and fever, and a dry cough developing.  Plus, for the next few days, several times a day, I would spend a few minutes coughing up deep and copious phlegm, thankfully it was clear and or white, if profuse and felt as though it was coming from deep within my lungs.

The second morning and day of chills and fever, I awakened with a blister at the acupuncture point of Lung 11 on my thumb at the corner of the thumbnail.  I proceeded to puncture the blister and then bleed the point per my training in Chinese medicine. This was the first sign for myself that my body was fighting something completely different than it has before.  I continued to cough throughout the days with the intermittent phlegm incidents.

During this initial acute chills and fever and coughing period, the other prevailing symptom was my gooey eyes, which felt like conjunctivitis that I’ve had in the past. Throughout the illness in contrast to others’ reports of insomnia, I would sleep a solid nine hours every night. 

In those first few days of illness, aside from the blister on the acupuncture point, I had one other symptom that was quite alarming.  I was awakened from a deep sleep around 2am with intense severe and painful hiccups every 15 seconds. This lasted about 30 minutes.  That only happened that one time, but it was quite scary and almost prompted me to the emergency room.

By the end of the week on March 20, our hospital, my employer, had tests available to check for SARS-COV2. After I spoke with my supervisor she recommended coming in to get the test and she let the emergency room know that I would be driving up so they could be prepared. I was one of their first tests. I packed myself in the car and made the 7 minute drive, feverish, chilled and still coughing, and was tested first for for influenza A and B. I waited the 15 minutes for results, which were negative. Then I was tested for SARS-COV-2 as one of the first swabbed, which was sent off to Seattle and told me there would be a three day turnaround.  At this point I was handed 20 tablets of hydroxychloroquine and a Z-pack to begin taking immediately.  I did not take these medications, since I did not feel comfortable with it at the time, as the hospital’s pharmacist, and the lack of knowledge of the “prescribing” MD’s of my personal health history and potential increased risk for cardiac adverse side effects.

Meanwhile, the chills and fever persisted as well as the severe fatigue. The test results came back negative the following Tuesday, however the physician who ordered the test and who saw me at the ER drive up indicated that there was a 40% false negative test and to treat this as if it is the COVID-19 due to my symptomology and to continue isolating away from the other inhabitants of the town (many elderly and retired folks) and my work. My nurse practitioner concurred.  

Eventually the chills/fever subsided as did the cough, slightly. The eye “goo” continued for the next 3 weeks and became my prevailing symptom even after the cough. Every time my symptoms seem to subside, I would begin to count the days of “symptom-free“, and inevitably beginning day 2 1/2, I would begin to feel chills and fever and then the coughing again. I was also beginning to experience severe anxiety, and resurging PTSD from the drowning incident from Summer 2019. I had spent the entire fall in shock and trauma, and finally receiving treatment and getting a grip on the PTSD and the anxiety and up until the COVID-19 illness was feeling far calmer and better. More on the river rafting event can be experienced at Darkening of the Light. The quarantine and isolation intensified to a frightening level and I was experiencing rolling bouts of depression, loss of connection with my loved ones which improved as we began daily Facebook Live meetings with my kids in Boston and central Oregon, as well as my mother in Colorado – these meetings continued nightly through mid-May. As I was able to return to work on a limited basis and end my quarantine by early April, by then the rest of the world was in lock down.

In the two months after “recovery”, I developed severe anxiety, heart palpitations and arrythmia, continued fatigue, plus severe neuropathy in both lower legs and feet.  These symptoms would roll through every 3-4 days, abating enough to pack and move back to Colorado at the beginning of May.  Just prior to leaving Oregon, the next small town inland obtained some non-FDA approved antibody tests. I hoped to confirm the diagnosis, and possibly help others by donating plasma, but the result was also negative, as it is possible I tested too soon.

By early June the arrythmia was severe enough for me to consider visiting urgent care, but at the time, with the move, I had no primary doctor, and was utilizing many of my “alternative” modalities to continue my healing, including self-acupuncture, Chinese herbs, the supplements plus C and Zinc once I could get hold of them, as well as intense ongoing meditation and guided imagery focused on the heart and lungs.  

As a result of the intense integrative work, in late May, I awakened one morning with my heart chakra buzzing in a good way, a healed way, and I haven’t experienced the palpitations and arythmic beating since then, much to my great relief.  While still in Bandon on the coast in early April after the heart begin doing its weird things, I had one scary afternoon that escalated into again almost going to the ER, but instead I laid down on my couch and my cat immediately jumped on my neck and chest areas and purred like crazy.  I immediately fell asleep, and a few minutes later, I woke up and felt like a new person with calm heart and abundant energy.  I’m not sure if that was “kitty cardioversion” or what? 

The leg and foot (and sometimes hands/fingers) neuropathy has taken a bit longer to heal, but the severity of it has greatly decreased since early June, and abates as long as I keep the inflammation down in my body through nutrition, supplements, acupuncture, mindfulness and meditation.  I am experiencing fewer and fewer flares as time goes by and have noted specific things that will definitely trigger, so am adjusting my life accordingly. If I overexert, I have to rest. When I first got to Colorado I could schedule one appointment a week, and after that appointment, e.g. the DMV for registration, I’d come home and sleep solid for 3 hours to recover. At this point, my energy is much better, though I cannot imagine, still, having enough energy to begin an acupuncture practice or stand and focus for 10-12 hours in a retail pharmacy setting.

I am grateful for this continued opportunity to write and heal in this personal pandemic pause. Finally I feel as though I have enough energy and can share my story with humanity and connect with others who are also recovering, and provide some support via my consulting practice and my personal experiences.

I offer this free meditation to those who are recovering from acute or ongoing infection, and plan to provide a platform for COVID19 group support.

COVID19 Recovery Meditation