Lars & Maki Nielsen
Lars Nielsen, L.Ac., Dipl. OM. is nationally certified in acupuncture and herbal medicine. He has been a student of Tai Chi and Qigong for the past 25 years. Lars earned his Masters of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.
He is certified and licensed by the California Acupuncture Board and holds certifications from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology and Oriental Medicine.
Maki Tanaka, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. specializes in the gentle techniques of Japanese style acupuncture and and moxibustion. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She also has a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Tulane University. Maki is certified and licensed by the California Acupuncture Board and by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
Rachael Ogden, L.Ac., Dipl. OM.
Rachael is licensed by the California Acupuncture Board. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She studied at both the San Diego and New York campuses. She has a passion for the profession and is committed to helping people achieve health through acupuncture. Her interest in Chinese Medicine began after a study abroad trip to China, amazed by the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments being conducted at the Beijing Sport University. Before becoming an acupuncturist Rachael earned her Bachelors degree in Clinical Exercise Science and worked as a personal trainer. She still maintains a passion for fitness and helping other achieve their goals.
Brittney Petchell, Licensed Massage Therapist
Born and raised in Escondido, Brittney Petchell has always had a passion for helping others. Brittney graduated from the Massage Therapy Program at Kaplan College in 2013 and has been helping others in her community reduce pain with massage ever since. She specializes in deep tissue massage but also has significant experience with other techniques such as Swedish massage, Trigger Point therapy and therapeutic stretching.
Brittney is an animal lover that enjoys hiking, our beautiful beaches, music and family. Schedule an appointment with Brittney today to enjoy a custom therapeutic massage!
Kathleen Macken, Licensed Massage Therapist
Kathleen Macken graduated from Kauai Community College Massage Therapy Program in 2012. She offers a combination of modalities in each session, including Lomi Lomi, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, and Thai stretching, depending on the needs of the client. She loves being able to bring a bit of relief and relaxation to each person she works on and enjoys being a small part in someone’s healing journey.
When she is not working, you can find her working towards her black belt in martial arts, taking her two kids to their various extra curricular activities, at the beach, fundraising for PRISMS (Parents and Researchers Interested in Smith-Magenis Syndrome), snuggling with her dog, or on a date at the comedy club, with her husband.
"I have been going to Harmony on and off for years with varying ailments, from back pain to knee to shoulder. The treatments have ALWAYS been really helpful. I would recommend them whole heartedly"
- Customer since August 2012
"Whenever I have acupuncture, I am always so grateful for the relief it brings for my back pain. I give credit to the competent therapists that give their clients treatment with care and consideration."
- Customer since August 2015
" I have always been super terrified to try acupuncture because I HATE needles but gave it a try and Lars was great. Really made me feel relaxed and not nervous about it and I already can see improvement in my injuries even after my first visit. Highly recommend!"
- Customer since March 2018
"I always love coming to Harmony Wellness. The staff is very courteous and knowledgeable. I’ve been coming for several years and have never failed to get results. There is no quick fix when it comes to health. I feel that here, I am addressing my body as a whole and the results are seen over time."
- Customer since August 2017
"I am always in good hands with Lars. I suffered with Plantar Fasciitis and after 12-15 treatments my pain was completely gone. I still see Lars for maintenance treatments, and overall well-being. Karen is is amazing! Her massages restore, refresh and detoxify every time. The receptionists are welcoming and professional. You won't be disappointed!"
- Customer since September 2016
"I feel so fortunate to have found a team of professionals that truly care about your well-being. They provide me with pain relief every week or so and the beauty is that it is an holistic approach- mind, body, spirit."
- Customer since August 2015
Our mission is to provide affordable, low cost acupuncture and massage to North San Diego County.
We are located on the corner of Juniper and 3rd Ave in Escondido, California.
*Community acupuncture treatments are $50 for the first appointment. This includes the initial consultation fee. Additional community acupuncture treatments are $40. Please call for private acupuncture pricing. Prices subject to change without notice. 01/2021