Meet the Doctor

  • Dr.
    J. K. Kuan
    DC, LAc
    Clinical Director

    Dr. J. K. Kuan was born and raised in a country where Chinese medicine has been deep rooted in the culture and lifestyle. Since childhood, he had witnessed his family members using Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for healing and wellness. Later in life, after years of being active in playing sports and practicing martial arts, he personally benefited from Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Chiropractic treatment for shoulder, knee pain and sciatica, which inspired him to become a licensed Acupuncturist and Chiropractic Physician. 

    Dr. Kuan graduated with honors from Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS) with a Doctor’s degree in Chiropractic and a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. There he received the Outstanding Service Award for his individual contributions to the college, made the Dean’s List, and was recognized by the California State Assembly for his steadfast commitment to the community and outstanding leadership in Traditional Asian Medicine and Health Sciences. 

    Dr. Kuan is deeply passionate about his work in alternative medicine, and joyfully shares his knowledge and skills with his colleagues and community. Dr. Kuan began his Acupuncture and Chiropractic career in San Diego and Santa Monica, California where he was working with a seasoned Chiropractor. From there he brought together many of the concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine with modern Acupuncture and Chiropractic techniques for excellent healing and wellness. Since then, he has continued to build his reputation as a practitioner who is passionate about healing and providing care to those that find themselves in physical or emotional distress. 

    After years of practice in California, Dr. Kuan pursued the opportunity to bring his clinical experience and healing techniques to the East Coast so that he could provide care to those in need. Dr. J. K. Kuan is National Board Certified (NCCAOM) (NBCE) and a Licensed Chiropractic Physician and Acupuncturist in the State of New Jersey, New York and California. Currently he is also teaching at Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine. 

    With years of clinical experience, Dr. Kuan has helped many people with conditions such as infertility, insomnia, allergy, migraine/headache, emotional disorder(anxiety, depression, bipolar), hypertension, smoking or drug addiction, obesity, PMS, pain syndrome (joint pain, tendonitis, LBP), I.B.S., etc. 

    In his spare time, Dr. Kuan enjoys playing tennis, basketball, playing guitar, singing, hiking, ballroom dance, traveling, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga and meditation.  

  • Douglas Chin, LAc

    After graduating from the State University of NY at Buffalo State, Doug spent the next 5 years at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX as a cancer research assistant supporting new techniques with the intentions of aiding Gulf War Syndrome veterans.  In 2007, he received his professional diploma from a graduate-level acupuncture program at The Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine, New Jersey’s first school of acupuncture and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).  His interest in the health and well-being of all his clients has resulted in an optimal patient experience through uncompromised care. 

    Doug lives in Somerset with his wife and 3 children.  He volunteers at the Mid-Jersey Chinese School and he is on their board of directors.  He is also the vice president of the Chinese American Cultural Association.  With his free time, he golfs, plays basketball and enjoys skiing with his family.

  • Jamie Kong, LAc

    Cheuk Hiu Kong (Jamie), received her Masters
    in Science in Acupuncture from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City.  She has a Bachelor's degree in business management from Rutgers University in New Jersey.  After years of working in the business field, she found herself interested in the field of oriental medicine, and decided to follow in
    her great grandpa's footsteps to become a doctor in oriental medicine.  

  • Cindy Loniewski
    Office Manager

    Cindy graduated from Northeastern University in 2000 with a degree in Communications. For several years, she worked as a sales assistant and event planner for radio stations in the NY/NJ metro area. When she is not working, Cindy is very busy with her high-spirited, 4 year old son. She continues to enjoy trips to the Jersey Shore and spending time with her family.

  • Jessica Cheng
    Administrative Coordinator

    Jessica is a recent graduate from College of Staten Island with the degree in Sociology. She is deeply interested in studying society. It is in her interest to understand both what motivates and shapes our social interactions, divisions and cultures. Jessica’s purpose and passion is to contribute to everyone’s well-being.

  • Artemisa Nagy
    Massage Therapist

    Temisa has always had a love for helping people and was heavily influenced by her mother, Cathy Nagy, who has worked as a nurse in many different roles through the years. Inspired by the healing nature of her mother, Temisa decided to pursue Laboratory work through Brookdale Community College where she earned a certificate in Phlebotomy in 2007. She immediately joined Bayshore Community Hospital where she gained a firm knowledge in both patient and medical care.

    This experience in the medical field sparked her interest in holistic healing and homeopathic remedies. The natural next step was the Massage Therapy and BodyWork program through The Institute for Therapeutic Massage where she became a licensed Massage Therapist in 2014.

    Temisa immediately fell in love with the gratification that this career offered. Bringing her clients relief from sore muscles and injuries, soothing chronic pain issues and allowing them to relax and de-stress has become a passion for her and a lifelong dream realized.

  • Carmela Ruggerio
    Yoga Instructor

    Carmela M. Ruggiero recently received her 200 hour yoga certification and Reiki level I certification in June of 2018. Carmela has always had a passion for health and well-being. Yoga and meditation found her when she was about 15 years old and her life has been changed ever since. She wishes to continue and advance her studies and is hopeful to obtain her 500 hour yoga certification in 2019. Carmela also loves to dance, meditate, cook (really good) vegan food, and spend time with her family, friends, and cat.

  • Poonam Badi
    Yoga Instructor

    Poonam is an RYT500 certified yoga instructor, who has experience in Teaching various styles of yoga which include Hata yoga, Vinyasa, Chair yoga/Therapeutic yoga, Pre-natal,  Kids yoga, Yoga cleansing techniques, and therapeutic massages. She has also attended Beginners and advanced meditation courses. Yoga has been a part of her life for over 7 years and her practice has helped her grow stronger, flexible and confident both on and off the mat.

    Her yoga teaching methodology involves a particular sequence of postures in which almost all the joints and muscles of the body are worked on with mindful and safe practice including Breathing exercises leaving the practitioner with refreshing mind and body.

    Her enormous interest in Teaching Yoga and learning meditation makes her explore this field further and improve her knowledge.

  • Dr. Nancie Celini
    Yoga Instructor

    Dr. Nancie Celini is an
    educator, researcher, 500-hour certified yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance and yoga therapist. Her extensive background as a clinical research and public health professional combined with her unique insights have helped people transform their health.  She has
    been inspired in her own practice by scientists, medical professionals and master teachers in healthcare and yoga but is most inspired by her students and
    seeing them grow, heal and feel better. 

    She is the founder of Just Breathe Yoga, a community-based program in NJ and developer of “Yoga for Change” a program to help professionals reimagine their work and connectedness to each other. Nancie has been a lifelong athlete and advocate for better health as a certified fitness trainer, martial artist and yoga teacher. She is co-developer of a unique continuing education program with her colleague in New York where they help yoga teachers cultivate new insights and skills across a wide range of topics. Nancie has a master’s degree and doctorate in public health. She brings a diverse knowledge base to help her students grow stronger and healthier through yoga combined with her passion for research and integrative medicine.

  • Susan Lewis
    Yoga Instructor

    Susan is a 225 hour trained yoga instructor, licensed massage therapist and Usui Reiki master. She has also been trained in yoga nidra, chair/senior and trauma sensitive yoga, as well as being currently enrolled in a 300 hour advanced teacher training. Susan also practices the Japanese martial arts of Aikido and Battodo.

  • Allison LaRochelle
    Yoga Instructor

    Allison LaRochelle came to yoga looking for answers, and over the course of her journey has received only one- no one is owed any. She came to yoga in 2014 full of anxiety and heartbreak, and yoga did not take away the pain or give her a means of escaping, but instead allowed her to sit- to abide- in all she was feeling. This helped her eradicate her fear of an unknown future. LaRochelle developed a passion for yoga and connected with the practice very similarly to how she connected with her musical practice. She loved the healing, rhythm, intimacy with one's self, the new medium of self expression, and the overall hope to harmonize the inner-self with all that is. In 2018, LaRochelle was able to participate in Bodhi Yoga Academy's Tinton Falls, NJ 200hr yoga teacher training program. As a result of completing this program, Allison LaRochelle is a CYT (Certified Yoga Teacher) 200. This training gave LaRochelle an in-depth education on safe asana (yoga posture) practices, yoga history, and yoga philosophy. She is passionate about sharing and incorporating all 8 limbs of yoga into her classes in order for her students to understand what yoga is all about and to honor the culture in which yoga comes from. Allison recognizes yoga as a lifelong practice and plans to continue pursuing more training and education.