About Us


Ancient Remedies in the modern era

With our world’s constant push for progress and technological advancement, it may seem strange that Oriental or Eastern Medicine is still practiced all over the world. This millennia-old technique persists for one reason: it works.

“How can I ever thank you—I had Achilles tendonitis for over a year and couldn’t even take a walk. You took the pain away and gave me back my life!”— Trish Payne

“My blood pressure is now under control with regular visits with Carmela. I feel good and look forward to my treatment times. I didn't know needles were so relaxing!“— Mary F.

“Carmela’s treatments help me deal with stress and anxiety, sleeplessness, sugar cravings, and any other concerns that creep up for me from week to week…Her experience and listening skills are without parallel, and she has helped me immensely when no one else could!” — Kate

Practitioners of Oriental Medicine seek to treat the underlying causes of chronic ailments rather than the symptoms.

Our specialists follow a simple but effective strategy of holistic health care, viewing the body as a whole, working with clients to keep their body’s systems in balance.


Meet Our Team


Carmela Mager, L. Ac.

I have over 30 years of practice with many different kinds of patients. My methods of working with patients combine unique complementary approaches designed to set the course for whole body healing. I am trained and certified in: Chinese medicine herbology, Facial rejuvenation, Women's health, Acupuncture orthopedic, and Alexander Technique.

I specialize in:

  • Pain of all kinds: back, neck, headache, stomach ache, arthritis and joint pain.

  • Allergies: environmental allergies, food allergies, skin allergies, and seasonal allergies

  • Women's health: menopause, infertility, regulation of menstrual cycle

  • Emotional issues: stress, anxiety, depression

  • Cancer: balancing the immune system, side effects of chemo and radiation, pain from surgery, supporting the body in the journey towards healing

  • Insomnia and sleep issues

  • Facial rejuvenation

  • Scar tissue: healing and complications related to scar tissue

  • NADA protocol for trauma treatments


Cholena Erickson, L.AC., O.M.D.

I am passionate about helping others to achieve overall well-being in mind, body and spirit. I utilize the ancient healing system of Chinese Medicine to help patients experience a new vitality in their lives. I received my Doctor of Oriental Medicine degree in l986 from Southwest Acupuncture College in Sante Fe, New Mexico, and received my certification in Biological Medicine in 2002

I specialize in:

  • Emotional issues: anxiety, depression

  • Fatigue

  • Chronic Pain: chronic headaches, joint pain

  • Women’s health: menstrual disorders, infertility, menopause

  • Digestive Problems


As part of The Acupuncture Healing Center, I focus on holistic healing and pure ingredients from nature. I provide facials and skin treatments using high quality, organic ingredients and non-invasive, gentle methods to naturally bring vitality back into your skin. I studied to be an esthetician at the Chapel Hill Aveda Institute and am licensed by the State Board of North Carolina.

I specialize in:

  • Facial massage: including upper shoulders and neck massage

  • Saline microdermabrasion (Jet Clear)

  • Extractions

  • Deep-cleansing

  • Steaming

  • Masks



Shena enjoys working with the therapeutic aspects of massage and specializes in a combination of trigger point, deep tissue, and myofacial techniques. She believes that our physical and emotional systems are deeply intertwined and honors this connection by intentionally creating space geared towards each individual's specific needs and goals. Shena is also passionate about weight training and clean eating.

I specialize in:

  • Chronic neck/back pain

  • Rotator injuries and rehabilitation

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Tendonitis

  • Auto injury trauma

  • Work related pain and discomfort

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Lyme disease

  • Mental illness