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Monica Edlauer


Monica is the founder and lead practitioner at Boulder Family Acupuncture.  She has been living, studying, working and raising her family in Boulder, CO since 1996. She graduated from Naropa University in 2000 with a BA in Early Childhood Education and Contemplative Psychology (Health/Healing specialty), along with a minor in Traditional Eastern Arts. Through Naropa, she developed a foundation in the Japanese healing art of Jin Shin along with Five-Element theory and Plant Spirit Medicine. 

After attaining certification as an advanced practitioner of Jin Shin Tara, Monica attended Southwest Acupuncture College, earning her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degree in August 2007. This four-year program consisted of 3000 hours of education, including over 1000 hours of clinical practice.  

In 2019, Monica went back to school and obtained her BSN with honors from Regis University and is now dually employed as a Registered Nurse in Boulder County, where she gets to further engage in her passion for patient care.

Monica is certified as a Diplomate of Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). This includes certification in Clean Needle Technique and Injection Therapy. Monica’s training includes herbal medicine, moxabustion, electro stimulation, tui na, shiatsu, auriculotherapy, cupping, injection therapy, and Frequency Specific Microcurrent.  

Heather McCarthy


Heather has recently moved to Boulder from Honolulu, Hawaii where she attended the Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. After four years and over 1000 hours of clinical training, she received her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine. She is also certified as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine by the NCCAOM. 

In 2019, Heather studied in China attending clinic rounds in two different hospitals in ChengDu and Guangzhou. During her time in Hawaii, Heather studied under various teachers, two of whom became great mentors: a Hawaiian Lomi Healer, and an acupuncture/meditation teacher.

While in school, she interned for two years at her teacher’s community clinic where she underwent further in-depth training in pulse diagnosis, a skill she is very passionate about.

Her intention is to help patients overcome difficulties, live balanced lives and be pain-free. She is highly motivated to continue learning and growing as a holistic practitioner so she can best help her patients thrive in all areas of their lives.

When Heather is not in the clinic, she enjoys mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, meditation, yoga, painting, and playing piano. 

Eastern and Western herbs unite! An interview with Boulder Family Acupuncture by Boulder's very own WishGarden Herbs