Meet The Staff

Jennifer Cruz is a primary care physician specializing in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Jennifers’ particular approach to achieving well-being for her patients combines advanced laboratory testing with Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat the root cause of any imbalance, not just the symptoms.

After completing her masters in Oriental Medicine at the Atlantic Institute, Jennifer interned in China working in hospitals across the country for four months. She is now enrolled at both Shanghai University and the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine for her clinical Doctrine and Research Ph.D.

Mrs. Cruz’s thirst for knowledge combined with our countries’ constantly evolving health care system, has fed her drive to continuing her education and refining her skills in administering holistic medicine. In 2014, Jennifer served as an apprentice at Whitfield Reeves in the department of advanced diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of Sports Injuries and Pain. In 2015, Jennifer then completed the advanced level training in Orthodox Tung Acupuncture, used for immediate relief of pain. In 2016, Jennifer became certified in disaster relief with Acupuncturist Without Borders.

Jennifer started her professional career in 2007 with a dual-license awarded to her by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and the State of Florida in massage therapy. Shortly thereafter, Mrs. Cruz left for Thailand where she studied for approximately two months after which she became licensed in three levels of Thai Massage and Reflexology. She then enrolled in an apprenticeship led by Tricia Baughman and in 2009 they combined their techniques to come up with a unique style of massage called TJ Advanced Massage Therapy.

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Tricia Baughman is a licensed Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor with 21 years of experience. She specializes in problems related to the neck, shoulder, back and sciatic issues.

Ms. Baughman has mastered the art of combining Deep tissue, Shiatsu, and Acupressure to produce a completely unique experience that yields highly beneficial results for her patients.

Tricia is also a proficient stretch therapist. “Stretch therapy is not stretching as you know it. This is a proven proprietary system of practitioner-assisted stretching. You can stretch back the years!”

Ms. Baughman’s years of dedication to her craft has given her the skills to get to the root of the problem.

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Tai Johnson is a licensed Acupuncture Physician with an extensive background in Chinese Herbal Medicine and Nutrition. Tai began her tertiary education with a massage therapy license and treated patients requiring manual therapy throughout her college career.

 

Tai has a bachelors degree in alternative medicine, as well as Health Science. She has since received her masters degree in Acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and has been a board certified Acupuncturist in the state of Florida since 2013. She looks forward to meeting with you and helping you find your happy, healthy balance.

 

 

 

 

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Amber Cruz has 4 years of extensive experience being a licensed massage therapist. She is currently continuing her education to become a physical therapist. Amber graduated from Florida College of Natural Health in 2013. She simultaneously trained under manual therapy experts Tricia Baughman and Jennifer Cruz in an effort  to further her knowledge, and be able to employ techniques which combine modalities for paramount healing effects.

Amber specializes in deep tissue, rehabilitative, shiatsu, & reflexology. She also has training in medical massage, stretch therapy & chi gong.

Along with the rest of our team, Amber is a firm believer that health & wellness is the key to longevity & well being. Amber is honored to help each individual get back to themselves here at Eastern Acupuncture & Wellness.

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Andrea Coletti is a deep tissue and Shiatsu specialist who graduated from Educating Hands School of Massage and has been working actively in the wellness industry for a number of years.

Our highly intuitive newcomer, Andrea is able to actively sense areas of tension in the body and utilize her acquired and unique skill set to alleviate these stress areas in her patients. Her work is an art of precision. She is a certified Reiki Master and is driven by the desire to help others heal and find balance within themselves.

 

 

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Meet our Office Manager Crystal Dando. Crystal is not only our office manager but she is also our patient advocate. This compassionate woman has made it her trademark to go above and beyond expectations to ensure patients’ needs are being met from the time they come in the door, call or email up until the time they leave. When it comes to insurance verification, Crystal has undoubtedly mastered the art. She knows how difficult it can be simply understanding medical insurance benefits let alone negotiating them. This is where Crystal truly shines as she completely fills the role of liason between insurance companies and our patients so that our patients have one less thing to worry about. She doesn’t rest until she knows that each and every patient is getting the maximum benefits out of their healthcare plan and has developed the uncanny ability to relay this often complicated insurance information into terms we all can appreciate. Like all of us here at Eastern Acupuncture & Wellness she likes getting to the root of the problem and is always willing to lend a helping hand.

Crystals journey began in 2009 as a medical assistant. Realizing she had a strong passion for the administrative side of things, she quickly decided to become a patient advocate.

Crystal has worked in the holistic medical field for over 6 years and in customer service for 10. With her knowledge, experience, and love for helping others, she looks forward to assisting you on your path to optimum wellbeing here at Eastern Acupuncture And Wellness.

A relatively new resident of Florida, Lorrae grew up between Westchester, New York and Kingston, Jamaica. At the age of 15, she left Jamaica on a full scholarship to complete her high school education at Kent School in Connecticut. She went on to Wesleyan University, also in Connecticut, where she studied American History with a concentration in Civil Rights and minoring in Film and Studio Art. After college, Lorrae moved back to New York where she worked with her uncle to open and operate what was to become an award-winning and highly sought after food and beverage establishment, just a few blocks from where she grew up. With the skills she acquired there, Lorrae went on to work with some of the most recognizable and prestigious nightlife and food & beverage outlets in NYC’s Chelsea and Meatpacking districts, after which she partnered to open her own restaurant in the East Village in 2013. Having spent many years in the hospitality arena, Lorrae set out to explore other passions of hers and so took time off to write her first book while attending esthetician school here in Florida. Now working on her second book, Lorrae has become a student of transcendental meditation and an enthusiast of holistic living and enhancing oneself from the inside out.


A relatively new resident of Florida, Lorrae grew up between Westchester, New York and Kingston, Jamaica. At the age of 15, she left Jamaica on a tennis/academic scholarship to complete her high school education at Kent School in Connecticut. She went on to Wesleyan University, also in Connecticut, where she studied American History with a concentration in Civil Rights and minoring in Film and Studio Art. After college, Lorrae moved back to New York where she worked with her uncle to open and operate what has become an award-winning establishment and a highly sought after the Caribbean inspired restaurant, just a few blocks from where she grew up. With the skills she acquired there, Lorrae went on to work with some of the most recognizable and prestigious nightlife and food & beverage establishments in NYC’s Chelsea and Meatpacking districts, after which she partnered to open her own restaurant in the East Village in 2013. Having spent many years in the hospitality arena, Lorrae set out to explore other passions of hers and so took time off to write her first book while attending esthetician school here in Florida. Now working on her second book, Lorrae has become a student of transcendental meditation and an enthusiast of holistic living and enhancing oneself from the inside out.


 

Santin Bjorklund is currently a student at Florida International University where he is seeking a degree in International Business. Santin has a wealth of information in regards to Information Technology and is appropriately the head of our in-house support team. This includes managing the website and making sure the high volume of patient documents are appropriately secured and organized among many other responsibilities. He also assists in the development of the patient software we utilize as well as facilitates in the streamlining of office protocols and systems.

 

 

 

 


 

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