Holistic Wellness in Austin, TX

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Paula Bruno, Ph.D., L.Ac.

Paula Bruno, Ph.D., L.Ac. is a nationally board certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine as designated by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in the state of Texas (Lic. #AC01865).  She underwent significant clinical internship under the direction of renowned traumatic injury specialist, Dr. Yongxin Fan, and is accredited by the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia as a traditional Chinese bodywork therapist.  Dr. Paula is also an accomplished aesthetic treatment practitioner, having completed the Mei Zen protocol training with Dr. Martha Lucas followed by further training and clinical internship under the guidance of Dr. Qianzhi (Jamie) Wu.

Dr. Paula’s specialties as a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner include general preventative care for all persons; wellness protocols for musicians and other performing artists; gut health, weight control, and healthy body image support; dermatology and aesthetic acupuncture services; men’s health; and dedicated Ehlers-Danlos syndrome management support.

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A little background: I spent my formative years either in graduate school or in academia but I also have extensive experience in fitness/wellness.  Growing up in Santa Barbara, California meant that I spent my life at either the beach or at the gym.  While pursuing my doctorate in Hispanic literature, I worked in the weight room at Indiana University and was an elected representative on the student health/wellness advisory committee. During school breaks, I’d often go with my best friend to her family’s home in Chicago.  While there, I would sigh over the library of my bestie’s dad (a retired orthopedic surgeon) and say, “If I had two lives to live, I’d be an orthopedic doctor.”

When the time came to leave academia after a successful career teaching Spanish literature and culture, I knew just what I wanted to do.  I LOVE anatomy–especially muscles and bones–and could not be more excited about my second career in traditional Chinese medicine.  I prolonged my misspent youth by returning to graduate school for a master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine  with the goal of becoming a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist.  While still in school, I founded Two Hearts Wellness and sustained a traditional Chinese bodywork (or tui na) and health coaching practice during that period.  As an acupuncturist and herbalist today, I continue to integrate bodywork therapies into my treatment strategy.  Given my background as a professor and my identity as a lifelong scholar-teacher, it will be no surprise for you to learn that I support my patients so that they can become critical thinkers and active participants in their own health and wellness.

My true passion is working with people who expect a lot from themselves and who want the very best in their holistic healthcare practitioner.  I am at my own absolute best when I’m required to think and strategize and be creative.  Everyone’s health situation is unique and I will meet you right where you are and then work with you to get you to where you want to go.

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2hw.v2I have a scholar’s love of writing so there is  lot to discover on this web site.  Do feel free to look around, and please enjoy!

You can follow my blog, stay posted via Instagram, connect on Facebook and Twitter, or contact me here to set up an appointment for fitness/wellness and health coaching services.  If you are interested in acupuncture, herbal consultation, and/or Asian bodywork therapy, click the link below to book an appointment online.

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Note: Two Hearts Wellness services are available by appointment in South Austin on Monday afternoons at 2919 Manchaca Rd., Ste. 101 in Austin, TX 78704 (located inside Heather Gordon Spa and Wellness).  On Monday until 12:00 p.m. and all day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, Two Hearts services are offered in North Austin at 4131 Spicewood Springs Rd Ste N8, Austin, TX 78759.  Health coaching appointments are available at other times and do not require in-person visits.

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I love traditional Chinese medicine and want you to feel the same way too!

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