Our PractitionersIt takes a village and we at PRH aim to provide you not only with excellent care but to make sure you are matched with practitioners and treatments that work well with you and your schedule. We realize that not every body is the same. Ask us to match you with the right practitioner, feel free to go from one to another at anytime and talk to us about your goals and preferences. Let us know how we can help you get the most out of your time at PRH.
How did you get into acupuncture?Growing up as an athlete, I was interested in healthcare and biomedicine for most of my life. I pursued other interests towards a degree in Library and Information Systems, but found the work lifestyle to be unsustainable. I studied yoga and Vipassana meditation around the same time I began receiving acupuncture treatments, and the result was a huge shift in my life. Acupuncture has changed my relationship to my body and my emotions: anxiety, fear, love and trust. I know that if I’d had access to acupuncture earlier in my life, many of my struggles could have been easier. I wanted to help make that ease available to other peoples’ lives.
What do you specialize in?I’m trained in three styles of acupuncture including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM stlye), Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM and trigger point therapy), and Kiiko Matsumoto style. I love integrating styles and discovering what resonates depending on the person I’m treating. The most gratifying work is holding space for patients who want to grow and heal in whatever direction feels right to them.
What are your passions and hobbies?I love language, communication and documentation through letter-writing and photography. I love movement and have been known to get competitive about running, gymnastics, skiing, and climbing. My goal is to stay active and focus on the elements of kinesthesia, camaraderie and learning. I love digging in the dirt. There is no satisfaction like composting, planting, pruning and gardening of all kinds.
What are the top three things you do in your life to maintain your health?Spending time outside in nature is so important, especially near water. Resting an adequate amount; and finally, honestly, safely expressing a range of emotions.
How did you get into acupuncture and massage?I come from generations of humble, helping and healing professions – ministers, social workers, nurses, organic farmers and holistic healers as well as many athletes. I followed in the tradition. At Montana State University I studied social work and psychology and competed as a runner at the NCAA collegiate level. Between my studies and the intensity of athletic training and competition I felt imbalanced despite my excellent physical health. Something was missing. I found yoga and meditation, and it was life changing. There was no turning back. It brought me such physical, emotional and spiritual balance. Amazing. After graduating and practicing social work throughout rural Montana for several years (and also starting a coffeehouse and having twin daughters), I moved to San Francisco, where my yoga practice evolved into teaching by completing two consecutive teacher training programs. I have been leading classes, and workshops ever since. The complementary nature of acupuncture, Chinese meridians and yoga steered me to graduate studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine, first at American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, then finally landing and finishing at Five Branches University in San Jose. During same time I completed my Asian Bodywork and Massage schooling (and somewhere in all of that was blessed with two more children). Everything is coming full circle as I have found my way here, where my studies began. I am so happy to have moved back to Montana. I am thankful to be able to live and work in this paradise we all call home.
What do you specialize in?I have treated many conditions with acupuncture and herbs: emotional and mental health; acute/chronic injuries; chronic internal diseases such as cancer, IBS, autoimmune and inflammatory conditions; common physiological issues related to the aging process; weight loss, insomnia, gender-specific health issues as well as common viral and bacterial illnesses and overall health and general well being. My Asian Bodywork and Massage specialization has primarily been acupressure and tuina session, which go hand in hand with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. More recently I have added Thai massage to my practice and it feels quite natural and complementary with yoga and Chinese Medicine. I infuse nutritional, lifestyle, and yoga suggestions as appropriate within sessions.
What Are Your Passions and Hobbies?I love the mountains, can’t get enough of them: running trails, identifying wildflowers, the colors, the fresh air, the thunderstorms, every sense awakened. But then that’s why we all live here right? I love rituals – morning cup of coffee, daily asana and meditation, a glass of good red wine in the evening. These practices calm me and keep me grounded in the present. I deeply care for other beings, both humans and animals, and have a soft spot for the underprivileged and underrepresented. I guess that’s what drew me to social work in the first place so many years ago. We are all in this together. I love my family – my husband and my four children. Sharing all of the above with them brings me the greatest joy.
What are the top 3 things you do to maintain your health?
- Exercise daily – alternating running and yoga
- Eat well and supplement mindfully
How did you get into massage?Donna first discovered the power of massage when she was out on a date with a local Chiropractor, and she offered to massage his hands – he accepted and fell asleep in the middle of a busy restaurant! When he woke up, he asked: “have you ever considered becoming a massage therapist?” He allowed Donna to practice on him, and said he could coach her through some techniques. That was the start to what has now been a 19-year journey for Donna! She practiced on friends and neighbors to see if others thought this would be a good fit, and everyone said “yes, go to Massage School.” First, she wanted to really test if massage was her path. Donna went to Heartwood for a 100-hour intensive training to find out: YES this was it – Massage Therapy was her path! Second, Donna wanted to find a mentor and a curriculum and to become certified. She attended Myotherapy Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah for a 523 hours certificate. Her mentor, a local Massage Therapist, helped her through the certification and to start her Massage Therapy practice. Next, she spent five years working part-time for a physical therapist while she built her private practice. Donna learned Myofascial Release techniques, movement therapies, Qua Shaw, and hot/cold therapy while working with him.
What do you specialize in?Donna specializes in integrative and intuitive massage. By listening to her clients’ voice and body, she customizes and integrates 9 techniques to bring the best therapeutic relaxation to each body. Techniques include: Swedish, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular, CranioSacral, Positional Release, Reflexology, Deep Tissue, Pre-natal (pregnancy) and ‘Cancer Care Massage.’
What Are Your Hobbies?Donna is passionate about living in Bozeman – her ‘longest standing love affair is Montana.’ Being outdoors, the Bozeman community, and living a healthy lifestyle has brought so much love and healing to Donna. Her hobbies include cooking, walking, hiking, cross country skiing, bicycling, kayaking, reading, studying massage and health-related subjects, meditation, yoga, and spending time with her friends and family.
How did you get into massage?I decided that I wanted to do bodywork in 2014 after a long stint battling chronic illness. I became bed ridden for a year starting in 2011 and was told I had a month to live in 2012. I was introduced to alternative medicine after many failed attempts to get better through traditional methods. Since I had nothing to lose I tried all therapies and treatments suggested to me. That started my 3 year healing journey. One of my therapies was visceral massage. I loved the work and when I started feeling like myself again, I knew healing bodywork was what I wanted to do when I got well. So I did and I love it!
What do you specialize in?I specialize in Myofascial Release. However, I never use only one modality in a session. I love using a combination of modalities during bodywork sessions to assist my clients in achieving their wellness goals. My integrated approach to bodywork offers clients a truly unique experience and each session is customized to their specific needs.
What Are Your Passions and Hobbies?I am extremely passionate about assisting others on their healing journey and learning new modalities. My favorite hobbies are drawing, making my own skin hydrating oil mixes, caring for my plants, and playing Dead Nation (possibly the best top down game ever!).
How did you get into massage?Steele was impacted and inspired by her massage teachers in Billings who were shifting peoples lives for the better, along with her own life, through therapeutic movement practice and massage therapy. Her belief in this life’s work is that if anything is sacred the human body is sacred and we are the architect of our own healing. Her interest in the human body and how it operates began as a kid growing up in Montana playing soccer. After high school she became interested in Yoga and after several years of her own practice, she wanted to share this gift with others. In 2015 she completed a 200 hour training and began teaching classes at several gyms and studios. The next phase of her movement interest led her to work as an assistant at a physical therapy clinic, where she was able to witness first hand how to use movement to increase the health and vitality of people. She wanted to explore this understanding on a deeper level and went back to school to become a massage therapist. She truly and wholeheartedly enjoys being able to provide others with the healing power that is physical touch, along with helping people regain a sense of awareness within their bodies. She doesn’t even see this as a “job” she enjoys it so much!
What do you specialize in?Steele specializes in MFR (Myofascial Release). MFR is a holistic, whole body, hands on technique that lengthens the body’s fascia to allow for more movement and agility.
What are the Top 3 things you do to maintain your health?The top three ways that Steele likes to stay healthy are mindful movement, walks in nature and consistent meditation!