Ashley Lanahan, MS, L.AC. Acupuncturist
Ashley Lanahan was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. It was her love of the outdoors and passion for helping people that moved her west to Colorado. Ashley attended the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies – a school specializing in Western herbal medicine. She also studied Natural Cookery and practiced as a whole foods personal chef for families with health and dietary requirements.Ashley’s passion for natural medicine continued as she moved further west to Washington State. It was at Bastyr University in Seattle where she earned a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She spent her final semester abroad in China practicing at Integrative Hospitals in both Shanghai and Nanjing.
It was at Bastyr where she had the opportunity to work in a variety of clinics specializing in pain management, women’s health, chronic fatigue, immunodeficiency, hospice care, and addiction recovery. She furthered her specialization in drug and alcohol detoxification and rehabilitation support with an internship at the Lincoln Recovery Center in New York City.It was in the South Bronx where she was certified in the NADA Five Needle Auricular protocol – a technique now practiced worldwide in the treatment of addictions and trauma recovery.
After moving to Southern California, she met her friend and future business partner Jennifer Seine. They combined their passions for natural medicine and founded the Indigo Dragon Center for Health & Wellbeing located in beautiful Encinitas. Indigo is the color of the throat chakra and the Dragon is a symbol of power and strength. These two combine as the centers philosophy to help people find their true voice and optimal path.In practice Ashley combines acupuncture with hands-on care through the use of sound vibration (Acutonics), Cranio-sacral, and Qi Gong therapy.
Her goal is to treat the area of discomfort while looking at the whole person in order to get to the root of the real issues. Ashley provides a safe and nurturing space for the patient to completely relax and drift into the parasympathetic nervous system, allowing a moment for mindfulness and presence to open the doors to healing.When not providing acupuncture and herbal services, she can be found surfing, hiking, golfing or spending quality time with her husband and two young children.