Clinical Experience & Credentials
Michelle Thelen, L.Ac. MSTOM (Master of Science in Oriental Medicine) received her training at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, which included over 3,500 hours of comprehensive Chinese medicine and allopathic medicine. This training included both Western and East Asian anatomy and physiology, differentiation of diseases in both Biomedicine and East Asian Medicine paradigms, and case management in a holistic and complimentary medicine model. The program included an intensive herbal medicine component as well.
She is board-certified by the NCCAOM and is state-licensed by the N.C. Acupuncture Licensing Board. She is also in-network with United HealthCare.
She is a skilled practitioner of many East Asian Medicine therapies including acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, ear acupuncture, Tan-style Balance Method Acupuncture, internal and external herbal medicine, moxa heat therapy, cupping, tui na, and Traditional Chinese dietetics. She has a special interest in gastrointestinal health and believes that balancing gut health is a central component to many health issues, including pain, allergies, stress, and more.
She has experience treating difficult health issues such as IBS, peripheral neuropathy, migraine, Lyme Disease, and endocrine dysfunction.
In addition to private practice, Michelle also works with patients suffering from orofacial pain or jaw dysfunction at the UNC Dental Faculty Practice; location is at UNC Chapel Hill on Manning Drive.
Thyroid and Endocrine Disorders… using a combination of acupuncture, nutritional advice, and herbal medicines. Lab testing is performed when indicated by ZRT Labs.
Cosmetic/Facial Rejuvenation… certified Mei Zen practitioner providing fine, small and gentle facial needling to reduce fine lines, rejuvenate the skin, and beautify the complexion. More than just skin deep, many facial points cross over to help improve sleep, reduce pain and restore function.
Orofacial pain specialist… expertise with trigeminal neuralgia, TMJ, and other problems affecting the face, head, and neck. Release cervical spine with gentle rocking massage and orthopedic massage to reinforce treatments. Lectured for UNC residents and dental students.