Holistic Wellness in Austin, TX

Credentials, Disclaimer, and Before our First Meeting

There are three elements to this page: information regarding credentials; a disclaimer; and information regarding what to do to save time before our first meeting.  Please scroll down to the bottom of the page for the information that you will want to access before our first meeting.


License & Credentials:

Licensed Acupuncturist (Texas Lic. #AC01865)

MAcOM: Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine: AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine (Austin, TX)

Dipl. O.M.: Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM



AOBTA-CP certified Asian bodywork therapist (Chinese-style tui na)

Certified cupping therapist

Certified health coach (specialty certifications: sports nutrition and behavior change)

Certified personal trainer

Certified yoga instructor (RYT-200)

Level II certified Reiki practitioner

Talks and Publications:

More Than Just Needles: Traditional Chinese Medicine in Support of Healthy Hands and Vibrant Musical Careers.” Butler School of Music, University of Texas at Austin.  Austin, TX. March 2019. (Invited talk)

–“The Five Pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine.”  Natural Awakenings Austin. October 2018.

–“Traditional Chinese Medicine Support for Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes: What to Try, What Can Help.” The Ehlers-Danlos Society (Austin Group).  Austin, TX. July 2018. (Talk)

–“Just One Tear.” The Rowling Library Magazine (Issue 15). March 2018.

–“Hotspot Known as Cultural Competency: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese Faculty, and Their Students in America.” Shanghai University Journal of Traditional Chinese Medical Culture. February 2016, pgs. 18-27. (Peer reviewed).

–“What is Tui Na?” Try Acupuncture! Magazine. Spring 2015.

Current holistic wellness experience:

–Private clients

–Red Cross tui na volunteer: Hurricane Harvey command center/Austin Convention center (2017)

–Field acupuncture at the Austin TX Spartan Race (2016 and 2017)

–Asian bodywork therapy volunteer: Hill Country Ride for HIV/AIDS (2016 and 2018)

–Yoga and meditation events leader at the Austin Mount Zion Church

–Group yoga for veterans and family classes at the Samaritan Center of Austin, TX


–Clinical intern at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine (Clinic hours: 1123; patients treated: 694)

–Considerable experience in strength training, including four years of employment as a strength training consultant at Indiana University

–Elected Representative: Advisory Board, Graduate Student Fitness/Wellness Issues. School of Health, Physical Ed, Recreation, Indiana University

Continuing Education:

Healing Community Trauma Training (Level I): Acupuncturists Without Borders seminar. Austin, TX (November 2019).

Acupuncture on Musculoskeletal Disorders – Soft Tissue Injuries: Acupuncture seminar taught by Dr. Yongxin Fan at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. Austin, TX (October 2019)

The Yellow Brick Road: A 4 part program for coaching clients in pain: ACE continuing education course (completed 8/16/19)

Behavior Change Specialist certification: ACE specialty certificate (completed 7/11/19)

 Fitness Nutrition Specialist certification: ACE specialty certificate (completed 6/13/17)

Acupuncture in the Medical Reserve Corps Training: Seminar led by Steve Shomo at AOMA (2016)

Sports Injury. Acupuncture seminar taught by Dr. Yongxin Fan at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. Austin, TX. (April 19-20, 2014; repeated in 2016)

CPR/AED certification. Westlake Firehouse/American Red Cross (March 2016 & 2018)

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Anti-Aging & Face Care: Seminar taught by Dr. Jamie Wu at AOMA (2015)

Cosmetic acupuncture training & certification (Mei Zen Face, Neck, and Abdominal Protocols): Seminar at AOMA taught by Martha Lucas (2015)

Yoga as Medicine. Two-day workshop taught by physician and medical editor of Yoga Journal, Timothy McCall, MD, at Yoga Yoga. Austin, TX (October 2014)

Building Resilience: Yoga for the Nervous System. Seminar.  AOMA: Community continuing education. Austin, TX (July 27, 2013)

Warriors at Ease, Module II: Advanced Teaching Skills for Addressing Combat-Related Issues. Week-long, hands-on training for yoga instructors of injured service members and veterans. Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY (Fall 2012)

Warriors at Ease, Module I: Fundamentals of Teaching Yoga & Meditation in Military Communities. Webinar (Fall 2012)

Yoga Warriors International teaching certification. Central Massachusetts Yoga. West Boylston, MA (Fall 2012)

Other (scholarly career):


Ph.D. Hispanic Literature. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

M.A. Hispanic Literature. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

M.A. Italian Literature. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

B.A. Comparative Literature and Italian. University of California, Santa Barbara, CA (With Honors)

Work experience:

University-level teaching of Spanish (literature, culture, and language) and Italian (primarily language). 1993-2011 (various institutions)



Paula Bruno, Ph.D., L.Ac., highly values education.  She strives to provide the best, the most comprehensive, and the safest traditional Chinese medicine (acupuncture, herbal, bodywork) and/or wellness strategies and protocols to her clients.  Please know that any information on this web site is for entertainment/educational purposes only.  Dr. Paula is experienced in the realm of fitness/wellness and her credentials are solid, but please know that she will offer suggestions for referrals to licensed medical care providers if warranted so as not to exceed her scope of practice when providing traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) or wellness education and support to patients or clients.  In addition, it is the client’s responsibility to obtain necessary medical clearances before beginning TCM treatment.

The information contained within this web site is not to be construed as medical advice.  It is for entertainment/educational purposes.

Note: For appointments, either in person or otherwise, there is a 24 hour cancellation policy.  No shows and same-day cancellations will be charged the full service rate.

Two Hearts Wellness does not accept paid advertising.


Before our First Meeting

Before our first meeting, there are a couple things to do so that we can begin right away and not spend our time together filling out paperwork.

1.  For at least three days (but ideally a week) before the first meeting, please keep a short daily record of your activities and food intake.  We will look at this during our first meeting.  This information will help us to help you decide if you might make some dietary changes (or maybe see a nutritionist if there are special needs).  It will help us to know what your day looks like so that we can design your program so that it fits into your schedule.  We can also make your program in direct response to what you do in your life; for instance, if you sit for long hours, we know just the stretching for you, while if you are up and down all day, there are other avenues that will suit you just right.  Your diary should give us a good idea about what your life is really like for this reason.  One-half page to one page at maximum with dietary intake and daily activities is perfectly sufficient for this purpose.

2. Your safety and health are our very first concern.  We highly recommend a doctor’s screening before beginning a wellness coaching program.  Except for in cases of weight loss, addiction, smoking cessation, alcoholism, or chronic pain, Texas law requires an evaluation of the condition in question by a physician within the past year before starting acupuncture as a treatment strategy.  With or without an MD’s screening, we request certain information (that will be kept private in accordance with HIPAA law) and the acknowledgment that you are giving informed consent to your treatment.  We will happily discuss Texas law regarding scope of practice, either before or during our first meeting, if you have any questions or concerns.


Client Intake Form – Asian bodywork therapy

Before your first appointment: Save time by downloading & filling out your intake form.

Note: Both of the intake forms contain useful information.  The first is for bodywork therapy and the second is general.  Please fill out both if you are coming for bodywork only (no acupuncture).  If you are coming for acupuncture, herbs, or health coaching, please fill out only the second set of forms.



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