Acupuncture and Wellness Center
Kathren Bunt, Dipl., Ac., L.Ac, M.S.


     Kathren Bunt is a Nationally Certified (NCCAOM) Licensed Acupuncturist in Indiana and Ohio.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the American Institute of Alternative Medicine in Columbus, Ohio.  She has a Masters in Education from Indiana University and periodically teaches and conducts seminars. She has been involved in health and wellness since 1984.
    Kathren's background is diverse.  She has studied energy medicine for years starting with Conrad Satala's seminars and exploring Therapeutic Touch by Deloris Kreiger.  She has learned Cranial Sacral, Body Talk, Touch for Health, Energetic Life Balancing, Nutrition by Bernard Jenson, Isha Yoga, Surya Kriya, Upa Yoga and taken seminars by Deepak Chopra.  She has taken advanced acupuncture classes in many areas.  She studied at the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center/Integrative Medicine Services in New York, NY and is trained to treat pain and symptoms management of cancer. She is constantly exploring the mind-body-spirit-emotion connection.  Her expertise is in energy work while doing acupuncture.  She has additional specialization in Facial Rejuvenation (to decrease the fine lines and wrinkles on the face).


American Institute of Alternative Medicine, Columbus, Ohio

Pofessional Master's level program, Nov. 2007 Summa Cum Laude graduate

 as an Acupuncturist

Indiana University, Fort Wayne, IN
    Masters of Education, 1982
    Bachelors of Science in Education, 1978

    Deepak Chopra's 21 day meditation,  Fall 2013
    Isha Yoga Inner Engineering, 10/2013
   Surya Kriya Yoga, 04/2013
     Upa Yoga, 03/2013
     Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Integrative Medicine Services in New 
       York, NY, completed the course: Acupuncture for the Cancer Patient, 06/2009
    Acupuncture/Massage for Facial Rejuvenation w/Virginia Doran, 01/2008
    Acupuncture Facial Training w/Wen Zhang, Fall 2006
    Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Renewal w/Mary Wakefield, 10/2006
    Isha Yoga Workshops, 2005
    Honduras, Copan - Dream Quest Expeditions 2002
    Body Talk - 7 modules, Sarasota, FL, 03/2001 and 09/2001
    Trinity School of Natural Health, Doctor of Naturopathy program 10/1997
    Upledger Institute, Inc. - Cranial Sacral Therapy Level 1, 05/1996
    Zahourek System, Inc - Maniken lessons, 03/1994
    Touch for Health Intensives at Energetic Life Balancing Institute, 09/1993
    Nutrition for Optimum Health by Bernard Jensen, 09/1988
    Conrad Satala Seminars - 1984 to present

Grote Chiropractic, Decatur, IN - Acupuncturist 02/2008 to 02/2009
Dr. James Ruckel, Fort Wayne, IN - Acupuncturist  02/2009 to 04/2010

Acupuncture and Wellness Center, Fort Wayne, IN - Started this company 01/2008 to present

Licensed Acupuncturist in Indiana and Ohio, December 2007
Indiana Real Estate License
Indiana Teachers License K-6

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Is your Acupuncturist licensed or certified?
What is Acupuncture and how does it work?
Will it hurt?
How long does it take?
How many treatments will I need?
Are the needles safe?
What conditions does Acupuncture treat?
Do I have to believe in Acupuncture for it to work?


Is your Acupuncturist licensed or Certified?
Check the National Acupuncture website at:

Not all Acupuncturists are the same. Many times, chiropractors, doctors, physician's assistants or physical therapists may say, "yes, I do acupuncture." Please check to see if they are nationally certified. There is a big difference.

Licensed Acupuncturists (LAC, DIP LA) whose education is in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine receive 80% of their training in this field and have extensive clinical training. Schooling averages 3-4 years besides the required undergrad 2-4 years.
Questions to ask:
  • How many patients did they treat in a clinical acupuncture setting before national licensure?
  • Did they take the 5 NCCAOM exams to prove competency?
  • Did they go to a nationally accredited school of acupuncture?
  • Are they a Medical Acupuncturist vs a NCCAOM Acupuncturist?


What is Acupuncture and how does it work?

Acupuncture is a form of treatment used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is based on the principle that there are energetic pathways (meridians) throughout the body that influence associated internal organs and structures. Energy from the pathways (called Qi) surface at various points on the body known as acupuncture points. Each of these points has certain conditions that they treat and these points serve as a channel or route to deeper circulatory channels within the body. When the energetic pathway (Qi) in the meridian is blocked, you get pain, discomfort or less functioning body systems. Acupuncture serves to unblock the pathway so the Qi is flowing freely in the meridians.    


Will it hurt?
We at Acupuncture and Wellness Center understand that many people have a fear of needles. The needles that we use are very different from the hypodermics used in the medical profession. They are much smaller and very fine. They are about the size of 3 pieces of hair. They are one-time-use stainless steel disposable needles. Upon insertion you may feel nothing or a slight tingling, numbness, warmth or pressure. Acupuncture is very relaxing as it signals to the brain to make endorphins which are the pleasure pleasing hormones. Many of the patients get so relaxed they fall asleep.

How long does it take?
The exam takes one hour. During this time it involves:
  • Inspection/observation 
  • Auscultation (listening) and olfaction (smelling)
  • Inquiring (asking)
  • Palpation
The treatment takes one hour. The needles are usually inserted for 30 minutes but it could be more or less depending on age, condition, vitality, how long you have had the condition, etc.                                                                                               (top)

How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments you will need for your condition will vary from another person. This depends on how long you have had the condition, your health, your age, your diet, how much you exercise, etc. Generally people feel better in 4-6 treatments. Some people need twelve or more treatments based on the severity of their condition and other factors. Are you a quick healer? Does your body take a while to heal when you get sick? After the exam and a couple of treatments, we have a better idea of how long it would take your body to come back into balance.  (top)

Are the needles safe?
Yes, the needles are safe. They are presterilized and one-time-use needles that are disposed after their one-time-use. They are individually wrapped for safety and are FDA approved.                                                                                                     (top)

What conditions does Acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as effective in treating these conditions:

Anxiety, allergies, arthritis, attention deficit disorder, back pain, bed wetting (enuresis), blood pressure, cancer symptom management (nausea, vomit, pain, diarrhea, fatigue, etc), carpal tunnel syndrome, circulation, chronic fatigue, colds, colitis, constipation, cough, dental pain, depression, diarrhea, digestive trouble, dizziness, dysentery, emotional problems, eye problems, facial palsy/tics, facial rejuvenation, fatigue, fertility, fibromyalgia, headache, hemorrhoids, incontinence, indigestion, infertility, insomnia, IBS, menopause, menstrual irregularities, migraine, morning sickness, nausea, nervousness, osteoarthritis, pain, prostate problems, rhinitis, sciatica, seasonal affective disorder, shoulder pain, sinusitis, sleep disturbance, smoking cessation, sore throat, sports injuries, stress, tennis elbow, tooth pain, trigeminal neuralgia, urinary tract infections, vomiting and wrist pain.

Do I have to believe in Acupuncture for it to work?
No, acupuncture has been used successfully for dogs, cats, and horses. These animals are impartial to a positive or negative outlook on the experience that helps them get better. However, a positive belief in anything is always beneficial.     (top)



I had been looking for a qualified acupuncturist for many years. I am so grateful that I found Ms. Bunt. She has been able to help with some of my medical problems. The doctors had been giving me medicine but it was not helping me very much. I will continue to visit Ms. Bunt for years to come.
E. W.


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