Leon McKay, MATOM, LAc
Leon Mckay is a nationally certified acupuncturist with more than 10 years experience. He received his Masters of Acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine from the acclaimed Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine in 1999. During his rigorous training, he studied under influential practitioners such as Dr. Shu Rong Zhu MD/OMD, former head of Gynecology at Shanghai Hospital, Jeffrey Yuen, Terry Oleson, Bob Flaws and Dr. Henry Han. Leon completed his certifications under California’s strict guidelines of more than 3,300 hours of training including extensive instruction in Western medicine to complement TCM.
In 1999, Leon moved to Wilmington, N.C. to start his own practice and bring these healing methods to his home state. He quickly began educating others as co-host of the “Healthy Alternatives Radio Show” which ran for 7 years.
Leon incorporates the Balance and Cross Body Methods together with Motor Point Technique and newly developed auricular techniques for pain and orthopedic issues. He has special interest and expertise in formulating herbal remedies and is well-trained in drug and herbal interactions. He has acquired a wide array of Chinese herbal medicinals, creating a pharmacy equipped to treat even complex cases.
To complement his work as an acupuncturist, Leon aquired his second degree Reiki certification and studied Lohan Hands and medical Qi Gong, and Tai Chi for Arthritis. He has certification in the treatment of Hepatitis C with Chinese Medicine and is one of the few N.C. practitioners trained in Battlefield Acupuncture.
Email Leon: Leon@MckayHealingArts.com
Debra Collins BS, LMBT #3900, CHt
Debra Collins began her professional career as a teacher in the NC school system. Her vision to honor individual differences—students and faculty, resulted in Teacher of the Year awards in three schools. After thirteen years of teaching students with learning differences in the public schools, she was invited to move her efforts to the mental health arena to develop the coordinated, collaborative system of care for infants at risk for atypical development. She was then recruited to create and direct a nonprofit organization to support students with learning differences, their parents and teachers.
In 2003, Debra began a holistic healthcare career as a state licensed and nationally certified, massage and bodywork therapist, joining acupuncturist, Leon McKay, as co-owner of McKay Healing Arts. At that time she also began the study of craniosacral therapy with the Upledger Institute and attained her master level Reiki designation in the Usui tradition.
Debra is a Certified Hypnotherapist through the National Guild of Hypnotherapists (2008), and the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (2010). She utilizes her knowledge of the human energy system, the innate wisdom of the human body, and the power of the mind and human spirit in all of her work.
Pam King LMBT #4182
Pamela Sue King, LMBT #4182, is a graduate of the Baltimore School of Massage and has been practicing for more than 20 years. Pam’s massage experience includes thirteen years in the Washington, D.C. area where she provided seated massage at the Federal Energy Regulatory Agency and sports massage for the Junior National Racewalking Team. This experience led her to her own World Title, holding the Time/Distance record for three years. It was also during this time that Pam had the opportunity to work with two Olympic hopefuls; one who did go on to participate in the Sidney Games.
Pam’s desire for warmer climes and coastal living brought her to Wilmington in 2003 where she has served as a Teacher Assistant in Sports Massage and a Clinic Supervisor for students training in massage therapy. She has experience in spa settings and in private practice. Her work integrates Swedish, Deep Tissue, Structural Acupressure and Myofascial Release.
C. Daer Reid, L.Ac.
- Graduate of Appalachian State University with a Concentration in Personnel Administration
- Specialized training in Neuromuscular, deep tissue & trigger point work from the founder of Denver School of Massage Therapy after completing basic massage course work from Coastal Carolina Institute
- Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado. Received Diploma of Acupuncture from NCCAOM & Licensed to practice Acupuncture by the State of NC in 2001.
For the past ten years, Daerr has worked with a number of health conditions including but not limited to acute & chronic pain issues, headaches, IBS, anxiety, insomnia, adjunctive therapy to dealing with side effects of chemotherapy, & maintaining over all well being. Along the way, Daerr discovered she had a great love in assisting women with fertility. She has spent the majority of her continuing education studying fertility and GYN.
Daerr has worked hard to establish good working relationships with physicians to provide complementary care. She has referral networks with Reproductive Endocrinologists, Sports Medicine Rehab and Spinal Specialists, Neurosurgeons, LSW & Psychologists, Chiropractors along with several Primary Care Physicians.
She has taken this vision of an integrative Care Model to work on both the state and national level in hopes of one day achieving a more holistic medical approach that is accessible to all. Daerr currently severs as Political Officer for The North Carolina Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She also serves on the national level as a Representative on the Council on State Associations.
Daerr has a sincere desire to see acupuncture covered by all insurance companies so that it is more accessible in hospitals, integrative medical practices, mental health facilities, VA clinics and all active military bases.
FAVORITE QUOTE: “Never give up on what you want to do. The person with the big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts”
I am a teacher and a healer with a deep and abiding belief in the creativity, wholeness and resourcefulness of people. My life work has involved work with people in all walks of life as a teacher, administrator and educational consultant in inner city, suburban and rural settings. As part of that experience, I co-created the Teacher Leadership Consortium program that successfully trained and mentored over 200 teachers, encouraging thousands of students to engage in meaningful and authentic learning experiences.
Curiosity about authentic, meaningful and engaging ways of learning has led me to new ventures, bringing innovation and creativity to my current work in Energy Coaching. I have been working with peoples’ energy for the past eight years and hold the following certifications:
- Eden Energy Medicine Clinical Practitioner & Teacher
- Life Coaching by the Coaches Training Institute and Accreditation from International Coach Federation
- Feng Shui
These powerful tools allow my clients to transform their lives. Together we explore where they want to make changes in their mental, spiritual, physical and emotional well-being, and create a unique path for getting to that place. I work with people who are having challenges with anxiety, stress, pain, lack of direction, feeling stuck, and PTSD, among others.
Teaching is very much a part of who I am. My Ph.D. focused on how we learn and ways teachers adapt to the changing needs of their students. I’m delighted to teach Eden Energy Medicine classes about which I’m most passionate – from introductory through first year of certification.
I created Choiceful Living to serve as catalyst for people who want something different in their lives. By working with their energies we explore their own unique body, mind, heart and spirit and guide them in creating a life abundant in fulfillment and joy. Mix this energy work with powerful insight and wisdom, add a touch of playfulness and you create some very choiceful living. You might say that my clients’ perspectives on living get re-energized!
One of my favorite quotes is from Oscar Wilde: “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken”. I want to meet you and help you learn how to live life as your very best self!