Our Approach and Specialization
Debi Ireland and Charles Wear
At Touch of the East Acupuncture, we use a blend of acupuncture, dry needling, patented herbs, supplements, holistic nutrition, and lifestyle counseling to promote optimal physical and emotional health.
We work to advance the understanding and practice of Chinese Medicine within the Western medical context. Through continuing engagement in research and applied clinical practice, Touch of the East Acupuncture provides education, knowledge, treatment, and compassionate support to patients experiencing a variety of health conditions.
Our practitioners are trained in adjunctive therapies such as sports acupuncture, trigger, and motor point therapies (dry needling), cupping, electro-acupuncture, tui na, auriculotherapy, cold laser therapy, dietary and lifestyle counseling. We welcome patients navigating diverse health challenges, and we specialize in pain management and relief. We work to provide lasting relief by collaborating with our patients to find and treat “root” causes instead of merely treating the “branches” or symptoms of pain.
Affordability and Safety
Touch of the East Acupuncture offers accommodating pricing levels so that patients of diverse backgrounds can receive ongoing wellness and preventative care.
Our office complies with the rules and regulations required by the Colorado Department of Health including the proper cleaning and sterilization of needles and the sanitation of acupuncture offices. Only single-use, disposable, factory- sterilized needles are utilized.
Debi Ireland, Owner
Debi Ireland, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., HTPA
My patients often say, “the moment I walk into your office, I feel my stress go down because it’s so peaceful.” That is important to me. Each person matters to me. My time, care, and attention is just as important as my knowledge and skills. I strive to provide a space for healing that is also a safe place for patients to share their experiences, fears, frustrations, hopes and goals—and to be heard.
I received my Masters of Science in Acupuncture from Southwest Acupuncture College of Boulder in August 2011 (a 3-year program including 2,500 hours of education and 1,042 clinical practice hours), and I became certified as a Diplomate in Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in January 2012 (which includes certification in Clean Needle Technique).
Upon completing my internship in the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine in Harbin, China, I began practicing acupuncture in Fort Collins and Loveland, Colorado in 2012. This included: treating about a hundred patients each week at a community clinic for more than three years; completing the Apprenticeship in Sports Acupuncture in 2013, Healing Touch Apprenticeship, and Reiki Level 3 certification; and receiving continuing education for pain, sports injuries, prevention, and recovery for injuries. In 2015, I opened my private practice, Touch of the East Acupuncture.
I am a grandmother of two and mother of three from Maryland. I came to Colorado in 2007 to pursue a better quality of life for my family. Before coming to Colorado, I suffered from chronic physical and emotional pain for decades due to extreme hormone imbalances. When Western Medicine didn’t work, I discovered acupuncture and herbal medicine. Combining acupuncture and herbs was the only thing that helped me heal and manage pain when Western Medicine seemed to make things worse. Acupuncture ultimately helped me get my life back.
Years later, during an extremely stressful period in my life, when I was “burning the candle at both ends,” my body began to communicate with me intensely, saying, “whoa, stop!” I experienced severe digestive issues and was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease. I I turned to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and it helped me through my health crisis, once again. TCM continues to help me maintain my health, along with some Western Medicine and other natural modalities. This experience reinforced my faith in TCM, and it fueled my motivation to become an experienced practitioner, someone with the knowledge and skills to offer this same support to others.
We are so conditioned to believe that treatments must yield immediate results to be effective, but I’ve learned that true healing happens gradually. Enjoying the things we love in life often requires patience and commitment to doing things differently. I learned that healing is not just the management of illness, but a journey of self-discovery and growth.
With the help of TCM, I’m able to enjoy a life I love that includes riding tandem with my husband, painting, and taking photos while soaking up the beautiful outdoors. From the beach to the mountains, my love of travel has inspired me and my husband to convert a van into a mobile living space so we can explore the country. My two biggest joys in life: spending time with my family and helping people live healthy lives.
After my service in the military, I suffered chronic back pain and anxiety and I struggled to re-integrate with civilian society. Western Medicine was not bringing me the relief I needed. I knew that I was not alone. I knew many other veterans who also experienced pain, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other issues keeping them from living a full and happy life. I wanted to do something to help myself, as well as my brother and sisters.
I knew veterans that were not getting proper care from the VA and other Western Care facilities. Meanwhile, I knew a lot of people who said they were getting results with acupuncture. So when I found out the VA would support my education in Chinese Medicine, I jumped at the opportunity.
Since graduating from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, CO in 2020 with two Master’s Degrees (including over 3,000 didactic training and 1,200 clinical training hours), I’ve helped hundreds of patients heal, overcome blocks, and reach their highest potential.
I am honored that I am also treating veterans at Healing Warriors, a nonprofit clinic that provides non-narcotic therapy to service members and their families for pain, PTSD, and sleep.
To this day, I find relief for my back and shoulder pain and mental health through acupuncture in ways that physical therapy and drugs have never helped. I feel honored to be in this position of compassionate service and guidance to those who are on their own path to wellness. I strive to ensure that my patients feel heard, understood and trust that the highest quality care is a priority. I hope to help my patients become the best version of themselves – physically, mentally and spiritually.
I enjoy spending time with my teenage son and we are avid Lego collectors, as well as, video gamers. Together we also travel, camp, hike and take advantage of all the Colorado outdoors has to offer.
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What Patients are Saying
“…I was able to get back to the activities I enjoy without pain.”
“I was able to heal faster and get back to my normal life!”