Lisa Abernathy, Lauren Becker and Ashlee Dixon

Licensed Acupuncturists, Diplomates of Oriental Medicine, Master's of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine


Lisa Abernathy, Lauren Becker and Ashlee Dixon received their Master’s Degrees in Chinese Medicine from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville, NC.  They are nationally certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed to practice in South Carolina.

Rooted in the teachings of Classical Chinese Medicine, their education consisted of 4 years of rigorous study, including a 2-year, 800-hour internship.  Components of this curriculum included acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition and food therapy, tui na massage, and Qi Gong.  The program emphasized a strong foundation in Western medicine in order to provide the best patient care. In their practice, Lisa, Lauren and Ashlee integrate knowledge of Chinese and Western medicine and make referrals to other practitioners for specialized or additional care, as needed.

All three have studied under Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th generation Daoist priest and a leader in bringing Classical Chinese Medicine to the West.  In their practices, they utilize Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Five Meridian System (Primary, Luo, Eight Extraordinary, Sinew and Divergent meridians), Five Element acupuncture, and the NADA addictions protocol.  These methods provide an array of tools with which they can best meet patients' needs.

Lauren grew up outside of Washington DC, and received her BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Maryland.  Interested in ethnomusicology and music preservation, she worked for the Smithsonian Institution before moving to Portland, OR, to continue her work in the music business. Inspired by Portland’s progressive health care environment and her own experiences with Chinese medicine, a desire to help people with acupuncture brought Lauren back to the east coast and into graduate school. She has successfully used acupuncture to support her own health beginning in her teens, and has since been dedicated to the medicine.

In her practice, Lauren uses an integrative and patient-centered treatment approach to health care. Along with Lisa, she continues to study with Jeffrey Yuen and attends various continuing education courses to expand her knowledge of the medicine. Personal interests include the application of acupuncture to treat sports injuries and to help rehabilitate athletes. Lauren is excited to contribute to acupuncture's growing presence in the medical world and bring the spirit of Classical Chinese medicine to Charleston, SC! 

Lisa'focus is on raising self-awareness, educating patients and encouraging healing on both a physical and emotional level.  In addition to her graduate courses, Lisa has studied the use of acupuncture for psychoemotional wellbeing with Jeffrey Yuen and Lori Dechar, founder of Alchemical (or psychological) Acupuncture.

Before pursuing her career in Chinese Medicine, Lisa studied Psychology and Literature at Appalachian State University.  After college, she worked with seniors with Alzheimer's, a homeless shelter and a theatre company. When she eventually tried acupuncture and experienced the sense of well-being it induces, she realized she had found her calling, an opportunity to merge her interests in psychology, art and poetry in a way that invites true healing for people.

Having been raised in an Air Force family, Lisa spent much of her childhood and adolescent years living in Charleston.  She is pleased to return to the Lowcountry to share her passion for health and Chinese Medicine.

Ashlee has been a part of the healing arts community for over 12 years as an acupuncturist, massage therapist and yoga teacher.  Ashlee was drawn to Classical Chinese Medicine because it is a system that treats the root of a problem.  She enjoys helping people become more comfortable in their bodies and aware that they have the capability to heal.   Ashlee explains, "I like to meet people where they are at.  People will heal when they are ready, and I would like to support that process."  Ashlee has experienced a number of avenues of healing, but it wasn't until she started regular acupuncture treatments during her time in Lake Tahoe that she recognized the power of Chinese Medicine, which dramatically shifted many aspects of her health.  This solidified her decision to pursue the study of Chinese Medicine. 

Ashlee completed her massage trainings in Boulder, Colorado and Chiang Mai, Thailand.  Her massages are meditative, balancing, intuitive, and nurturing with a rhythmic flow to create a full body connection.  Throughout these years, she became dedicated to her personal yoga practice in addition to completing two yoga teacher trainings in California and India. Most recently, she has become involved in the growing field of AcroYoga.  

Ashlee, who grew up in South Georgia, is passionate about returning to the South after years of traveling and experiencing different cultures. She is looking forward to offering her strengths in acupuncture, massage and yoga at Blue Heron Acupuncture and Apothecary, established by her fellow Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts alumni. 


"For the past 5 years I have had a reoccurring neck and upper back injury. Each time I injure myself I search desperately for a remedy which typically has included chiropractic or physical therapy. However, this time I tried acupuncture through Blue Heron and was amazed. Usually I am in pain for 5 or 6 weeks before experiencing relief - with acupuncture my relief was almost immediate and after 24 hours there was no sharp pain.  Lauren was welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable. I went into the appointment skeptical but open, and left confident and comfortable with full range of motion of my neck."

"I have received several treatments from Lauren at Blue Heron Acupuncture and Apothecary. During each session, not only has she been extremely kind and professional, she also offers follow up treatments, such as cupping and massages, to the very helpful and stress relieving acupuncture. I have made it a point to continue going as often as I can, and I highly recommend Blue Heron."

"Lauren, we've been through a lot, you and I, since I arrived from Seattle last year. I truly was skeptical that I could find the same Acupuncture/TCM care here as I had in Seattle... But I was wrong. You have done more for me in the year I have been under your care than those in Seattle did for me over a two-year span. I never leave your office without  marked improvement and the overall progress with my serious eye issues has been remarkableYou are warm, gentle, kind and always know just what to do to make me feel better. After this last treatment, I slept great! 8 hours straight. No dreams, no in-out sleep, nothing. Just hard, solid sleep! I had the best night's sleep I've had in a long time! Thank you! Thank you! Blue Heron is definitely MY HAPPY PLACE!" 

"I consider acupuncture a beautiful form of art and an investment in managing my own health. Lisa Abernathy is a skilled acupuncturist, and her knowledge and, furthermore, her creativity shine while she provides me care through gentle neck massage, needling, and suggesting oils, tinctures, and herbal blends which are appropriate for my care. She is professional and detail-oriented in her approach to understanding my needs and my daily environment, and how acupuncture treatment can best serve me. Her patience and kindness are a good fit for her chosen field. The best aspects of having Lisa provide my acupuncture treatments are that I know I can trust her when I share pieces of my life with her, and also, I have total confidence in her abilities. Saying “She rocks!” pretty much sums it up!"

"Lisa’s been wonderful at taking the time to understand my body so she could create an effective acupuncture and herbal treatment plan. She first treated me with acupuncture to help my digestive system and skin, and I experienced tremendous improvement after the one session! I’ve continued taking herbal tea extracts to sustain my health improvements, and I really appreciate how Lisa’s let me try herbal tea extracts in different formats (tincture, powder, and pill) and combinations to find what works best for me. I’m also thankful for how she’s consistently followed up with me to see how I’m doing and determine whether any adjustments are needed."