Our Team



“My goal is to identify the problem or pattern in your body and help you take steps to alleviating the imbalance in your system.”

What is your field of treatment?
I am a licensed Acupuncturist and nationally certified in Herbology. I graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, New Mexico and have been practicing for 17 years. My experience is wide and varied and I have worked with special needs children, worked with The 49er’s and San Diego Chargers in preseason training to keep them at their best; worked in addiction and rehab programs; and held an advanced internship in Beijing.

I read the body through Traditional Chinese Medicine, using palpation and observation of movement, movement restrictions and postural alignment. I use acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, gwa sha, moxa, massage, herbal therapy, cleanses, nutrition & nutritional supplements as well as deep breathing and visualization techniques.

Describe your personal approach. Simply?
I listen to you. I identify the imbalance, correct the problem and provide steps to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The journey that has gotten you into the treatment room is crucial to understanding why you are there. Often, illness or injury surround other life events that are crucial to treatment in Chinese Medicine. I treat the whole person not just the symptoms.

What led to you founding Indigo Dragon?
Ashley & I were working for a closing chiropractic center when we decided to spread our wings and open our own center. The moment I walked through the gate I knew we had our spot. I called Ashley immediately and said, “Get over here! I think we have our Indigo Dragon!” It was not our intention to open a wellness center… We were chosen to do so. We have never looked back and have proceeded to lovingly build a place of refuge for San Diego. It’s not only the high caliber of practitioners in the Indigo Dragon family: the location is a healing oasis in itself.



“Indigo is the color of the throat chakra and the Dragon is a symbol of power and strength. These two combine as the center’s philosophy to help people find their true voice and optimal path.”

What is your field of treatment?
I am a licensed acupuncturist and have been practicing for over 12 years. My goal is to treat the area of discomfort while looking at the whole person in order to get to the root of the real issues. When I feel it is beneficial to the treatment, I combine acupuncture with hands-on care through the use of sound vibration (Acutonics), Cranio-sacral, Cupping, and Qi Gong therapy. I provide a safe and nurturing space for the patient to completely relax and drift into the parasympathetic nervous system, allowing a moment for mindfulness and presence to open the doors to healing.

Tell us about your experience working in this field…
I attended the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies – a school specializing in Western herbal medicine – from 1996-1999. My passion for natural medicine then led me to Bastyr University in Seattle where I earned a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I spent my final semester abroad in China practicing at Integrative Hospitals in both Shanghai and Nanjing. At Bastyr I had the opportunity to work in a variety of clinics specializing in pain management, women’s health, chronic fatigue, immunodeficiency, hospice care, and addiction recovery. After graduating I apprenticed with one of my professors at his thriving West Seattle based practice for 2 years. This apprenticeship was a vital piece to becoming the acupuncturist I am today.

I furthered my specialization in drug and alcohol detoxification and rehabilitation support with an internship at the Lincoln Recovery Center in New York City where I became certified in the NADA Five Needle Auricular protocol – a technique now practiced worldwide in the treatment of addictions and trauma recovery.

How did Indigo Dragon come to life?
Soon after I moved to Southern California I met my incredible business partner and friend, Jennifer Seine. We were drawn to this beautiful location in Leucadia and knew we could create a healing oasis that would resonate with both of our approaches to health. Eight years later and we are blessed with how many people’s lives we have had the opportunity to touch.



The energy movements that happen with acupuncture needles have allowed me to understand that humans have a very unique and dynamic interaction with the universe.”

What is your field of treatment? I work primarily with Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Herbal medicine, nutritional and lifestyle guidance, and aromatherapy and essential oils. I attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where I had the unique opportunity to study Internal Medicine at the Traditional Chinese Medicine Research and Science Hospital in Chengdu China and Tibet, Acupuncture without Borders healing community trauma (Colorado), San Diego Children’s Hospital Cancer and Pain Centers, and the UCSD RIMAC center for athletes.  I have been practicing since 2006.

Tell us more about how you work. My acupuncture sessions may incorporate needling, cupping, guasha, moxa, estem, tui na massage. Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Herbs are made as individualized formulas and herbal consultations can be given without acupuncture if requested. With nutritional & lifestyle guidance, I guide the body through subtle nutritional changes.

I use Aromatherapy and Essential Oils oils from Floracopeia and Young Living, essential oil companies that support important global goals.

What else should we know about you? I work closely with mentors and partners Ashley Lanahan, and Jennifer Fritschy to understand the magic of empathy, intuition, clairvoyancy and energy movements and continue to grow as a student of energy fields each day.



“Almost any disease or syndrome can be treated or managed using traditional Chinese medicine, without any of the side effects typically encountered in Western medical settings.”

What conditions would you typically see children for in your practice?

Pediatric acupuncture and Chinese herbs treat a wide variety of children’s conditions including digestive disorders like colic, poor appetite, picky eating, diarrhea, constipation etc; lung problems including asthma, infections, colds, flu, recurrent ear infections etc; injuries and orthopedic disorders; behavioral problems including ADD/ADHD; genetic disorders including Tourrette’s Syndrome, Autism, Down’s Syndrome; and others including eye disorders, vision problems, bedwetting, nightmares, poor sleep, and headaches to name a few. The list is endless!

How are my kids going to deal with needles?!

Fortunately, that’s the easy part! We have ways to stimulate the acupuncture points that don’t require the use of needles. Kids happily sit and play with toys while points are stimulated, and they don’t even need to sit still. Parents can just sit and relax while we take care of everything. Herbs are very tasty, and most kids love taking them.”

Tell us more about the training you undertook to become a pediatric acupuncturist.

I graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2007 having spent many years studying directly under Alex Tiberi, widely considered to be the foremost expert on pediatric acupuncture and herbalism in the Western world. Part of this training included developing painless, needle-free alternatives to acupuncture, and safe, healthy, and tasty herbal formulas for a wide variety of conditions. David has also traveled extensively in Korea and China furthering his studies in pediatrics. Treatments also include advice on diet, immunizations, prognosis, and diagnosis.



“My purpose is to provide the highest quality holistic health care to help facilitate the body’s natural ability to heal itself. I am committed to helping people create optimal wellness and awareness in a supportive, harmonious, healing environment that honors each individual’s process.”

 Tell us about your work as a chiropractor? I practice holistic chiropractic care and lifestyle education for all ages (new born to seniors) and lifestyles. In 1997 I graduated from UCSD with a degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology with a minor in Psychology. I moved back to LA in 2000 to attend chiropractic school and returned in 2003 and started my practice at the Acacia Health Center in Solana Beach. In 2007 I co-founded the North County Integrative Health Center in Encinitas. In June of 2011 I joined forces with the team at Indigo Dragon Center for Health and Wellbeing.

The focus of my care is to optimize life and healing by creating balance within the spine and nervous system through chiropractic adjustments, basic holistic nutrition/supplementation recommendations, and lifestyle education/empowerment.

Do you have a particular philosophy within your practice? I have aligned myself with the best acupuncturists, bodyworkers, chiropractors, nutritionists, and trainers to best fit the needs of my clients. My philosophy is highly integrative and utilizes multiple natural healing methods to help my clients move towards their health and wellness goals.

Anything else you feel like sharing? Growing up I always had an interest in the human body and a desire to help people, and always knew that I was going to have a career in the “health” field. Once I finally discovered chiropractic, I immediately resonated with the traditional philosophy that the body has an innate power and wisdom to self-heal and self-regulate. This healing power is transmitted and controlled by an optimally functioning nervous system.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Lara Langdon

“I promote healing through specific hands-on release of structural restrictions that cause pain and dysfunctional patterns of movement. I promote independence through facilitation of strength, postural alignment, and education in corrective exercise and self-treatment.”

What is your academic training?

I have over twenty years of clinical and academic experience in orthopedic, neuromuscular, and rehabilitative physical therapy. I am an APTA credentialed clinical instructor and board certified orthopedic specialist (recently Emeritus status). I earned my clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the Massachussetts General Hospital in Boston, with a special interest in teaching anatomy. I have been an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSD School of Medicine since 2008, where I have enjoyed teaching medical students in the human anatomy dissection lab. I am currently teaching at the University of St. Augustine Doctor of Physical Therapy program in anatomy, myofascial release, and musculoskeletal imaging courses. I am a member of the APTA (Orthopedic Section) and American Association of Anatomists, and I am deeply invested in my own continuing education as both a clinician and an academic. I am extremely passionate about overall wellness of an individual and in working with a dedicated “team” who can address healing on all fronts. I feel incredibly blessed to be part of the Indigo Dragon Team.

How do you address the TMJ dysfunction?

The TMJ is a unique joint that has the capacity to change shape over time and is equipped with a fibrocartilagenous disc that can heal and restructure itself. Therefore, while many suffer with pain and dysfunction, I believe the joint and surrounding supportive muscles are capable of great healing with the right approach which considers postural alignment, parafunctional behaviors, and in particular the cervical spine in its “balancing act” with the temporomandibular joint.

What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial release is a very specific hands-on technique that identifies and releases restrictions in the connective tissues (fascia) that may be causing pain and hindering normal patterns of movement. Trauma, such as a fall, whiplash, inflammation, sports injury, surgery, repetitive stress injury, C-section, or simply habitual poor posture and faulty set up of work stations have cumulative effects on our bodies, resulting in a “drag” on our entire three-dimensional being. Anatomically, because our fascia is densely woven through and around every muscle fiber, bone, nerve, blood vessel, and internal organ, the fascial system is the single most important and determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and perform daily activities without pain.

How is Myofascial Release different from massage?

Myofascial release treatment is performed directly on the skin without oils, creams, or instruments so I am able to accurately detect these “planes” of fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount and direction of sustained pressure to release this “drag” and restore healthy tissue pliability.



I believe Massage to be a holistic approach to balancing the body, mind and spirit.”

How long have you been working as a massage therapist? I trained at Irene’s Myomassology Institute in Michigan.  I graduated in 2003 with over 1000 hours of massage education and have a range of work experience from a spa setting to working with acupuncturists and chiropractors.I have been working at Indigo Dragon since 2009.

Do you have a particular type of massage you specialize in? I actually have experience and training in a multitude of modalities, including reiki, reflexology, prenatal massage, Thai massage, Swedish massage, Sports massage, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone and more. The great thing about that is that I can incorporate various elements to provide my clients with a tailored, therapeutic treatment that is best for them.



I aim to improve postural alignment, influence circulation of blood flow, encourage lymph drainage, strip and release bundled connective tissue, and promote awareness of the energy field surrounding the human body and affecting health.”

What is your hands-on approach to improving clients’ wellbeing through bodywork?

I have been practicing bodywork and energy medicine for four years and I like to work with the human body through manipulative therapybreath work and energy medicine. I apply a blend of deep tissue, cupping, lomi-lomi, craniosacral and Thai massage. My bodywork is therapeutic, rehabilitative, and energetically grounding. For overall relief my clientele come weekly to release muscle tension, rehab joints, strengthen the immune system, improve circulation and lymph flow, detox blood, decrease anxiety, eliminate stress and reconnect to their spirit through breath and meditation. Most clients use this form of healing art as a ritual to stay centered in body, mind, and spirit.

You also offer Lifestyle Coaching. Tell us more about that… The lifestyle coaching I offer is aimed to help people cope, surrender and take action when fear or uncertainty show up. This form of personal development encourages clients to make high vibrational commitments and to help them in organizing their thoughts so they are able to consciously navigate more smoothly. Using the yogic philosophy of mind, body, and spirit I have created a six-week program personalized for each client. This healing art is offered over the phone in the comfort of your own space. Through universal listening I bring forth old paradigms, habitual responses, self-destructive beliefs and together we begin to refocus and make shift happen.



You offer a unique combination of the spa beauty experience with a holistic touch. Tell us more about this approach.

I am a Master Esthetician & Health Holistic Practitioner with 7 years experience in the luxury spa industry and clinical environment. My approach to skincare and the body is holistic and I focus on the combination of mind, body, & soul. When mind, body, & soul work together the body harmoniously begins to shine its own beauty.

What does the future of the spa world look like to you?

The spa world is shifting from luxury to a deeper level of understanding one’s own body. The industry has shifted to referencing ancient traditions and understanding the values in them. The industry now combines the two for optimum wellness and luxury treatments now have a purpose. It is my expertise to offer treatments that are therapeutic from product application to modality. Every session has a purpose for the improvement of your overall health.



Mei Villalpando believes her clients come first and each session is tailored to the clients needs.  With over 15 years of experience and dedication, Mei provides a variety of massage styles suitable for your personal needs and preferences. Mei specializes in Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy massage, Deep Tissue, Sports, Tuina, and many others.  Mei is dedicated to service and the aim to customize any massage to her clients’ needs. Mei is passionate about the needs of others and wants to bring not only relaxation but healing to all her clients. She makes sure her clients are always happy and feeling better by the time they are done with their session.


JANNINE OBERG, The Heart Chakra Coach

“It is an honor to be your guide along your unique path to more love, happiness and wellbeing in your life! I help reveal and awaken your own inner wisdom to empower and align you with your authentic self. You actually already have all the answers! Our journey includes Body-Heart-Mind-Spirit Wellbeing tools and Heavenly guidance that best fits you, your goals and your passions!”

Tell us what you do here at Indigo Dragon?

I show talented, success-minded men and women how to boost their happiness and emotional wellbeing by clarifying challenges and clearing blocks in their personal and professional lives. I offer 60 and 90 minute consultations that we co-create to meet your needs and desires. I also offer short, empowering coaching calls in-between sessions.

What kinds of questions do you address in your coaching?

Together we uncover answers and guidance to these types of questions: Why is this crisis happening and when will it stop?! How can I turn my relationship(s) around? Is this career part of my path to personal success? Is this person in my life helping to open my heart? What can I do to better engage and support my child/teen? How can I stop creating the pattern of ‘striving, but never arriving’ that results from perfectionism? How can I talk with my boss/family member without it turning into an argument? How can I stop the negative self-talk and self-bullying? How can you help support me through making a change that would be good for me, but fear is making me question?

How does it work?

I teach you how to literally tap into your own inner wisdom, which I call the ‘The Inner Source of Outer Success’. Or we can schedule an Astrological Consultation to discover what the heavens have aligned for you and/or your family members. To find clarity for a challenge, we will craft a combination Coaching Session using tools from my wellness tool bag: EFT Tapping, Astrological Alignments, Guided Visualizations, Communication Techniques, and Emotional Wellbeing. Come join me in the beautiful garden of Indigo Dragon, and discover your inner wisdom and authentic self to live a heart-centered life!

Coaching Tools:

I have been serving clients as an Astrologer, Counselor, and Coach for over 25 years. I combine my professional education and experience in Conflict Resolution and Training (Master’s Degree), Wellness and Stress Management Coaching, Career Counseling (UCSD), Chakra and Meridian work through EFT Tapping, and a unique knowledge of Personality Archetypes. My innovative Wellbeing Coaching, Parenting Consultations, and Stellar Consultations provide clients with a memorable experience and a portfolio filled with individualized tools needed to achieve personal and professional success.





“After several years and hundreds of hospital births, my heart really yearned to assist women with homebirth where many women feel empowered by having a greater sense of control over how their child is brought into the world.”

Tell us about the path you took to end up in Encinitas as a midwife? I started my career as a midwife in the obstetrics department of a hospital in Paris in 1997. I am grateful for the experience that gave me as I worked with a wide variety of births including delivering twins, breech births and vaginal births after C-Section (VBAC). I also became highly skilled at suturing all degrees of vaginal and perineal tears, resuscitating premature and full-term newborns, and providing critical care required for post-partum newborns and mothers.

In 1999 I moved to Florida and completed the pre-licensure program and the NARM Board exam to become an LM (licensed midwife) and CPM (Certified Professional Midwife) in the State of Florida. For four years I provided both home and birthing center services at a busy Tampa birth center (Labor of Love). I was able to bring my unique experience and skills to hundreds of women who chose to give birth at home or in a birth center.

In April of 2003 I moved to Encinitas, California, became a Licensed Midwife through the Medical Board of California, and have been providing both homebirth and doula-monitrice services throughout San Diego County since that time.

What is the most important aspect of childbirth for you? I believe the most important gift I can offer is to help guide women through a natural birth process, whether it is at a hospital or home.

You have two children. What was your personal birthing experience? Liam was born at home in Encinitas in 2003, with the help of Bonnie Marsh and Layla was born also at home in Encinitas in 2011, with the help of La Shel Montgomery. Both experiences were a powerful confirmation of my faith in women and their families and in women’s power to birth naturally.



Midwifery is more than a course study…more than a learned art…more than a holistic practice. It is an honor and a privilege to sit by a laboring woman’s side and watch the mysterious wonder of life unfold. Birth can profoundly transform and renew a woman, strengthen her faith in herself, and deepen her identity.”

What brought you to the field of midwifery? I have been a Certified Nurse Midwife since 2003 and a registered nurse since 1998. I realized at a young age that I had a passion for working with women, infants and families. After earning an RN degree, I invested six years as a labor and delivery, postpartum, and NICU nurse at many local San Diego hospitals. As a certified nurse-midwife, I have attended and/or delivered over 1000 babies in a variety of settings from hospital and birth centers to homes. I am recognized and licensed by both the California Board of Registered Nursing and the American College of Nurse Midwives.

Tell us more about your work. I have had many opportunities to work with a variety of pregnancy and birth related issues including VBAC’s, twins and gestational diabetic mothers. I am highly skilled in administering IV’s and suturing all degrees of perineal tears that sometimes occur during birth. My philosophy is one of “non-interference and personal empowerment through informed choice.”

What is your philosophy? I believe that every woman deserves the birth of her dreams and I am determined to help make that happen for any one who chooses my services, whether it be in a home or hospital. Birth is a natural physiological event and not a medical emergency. I believe that an educated woman who is allowed to choose her birth setting and is supported in her choices will always have the most positive outcome.

Holistic Coach

Marie Cote

“Holistic coaching is a powerful form of life coaching that approaches every aspect of a person’s life – body, mind, and spirit – in relation to the whole. It can help you discover your true essence and purpose to create unlimited peace and begin your transformation.

Tell us about how you came into Holistic Coaching….

From the time that I was a child, I always felt called to coaching and helping others. This later led me to pursue my B.A. in Human Development with an emphasis in Counseling.  I continued my calling as a personnel coach via the Human Resources field at several successful corporations. I also furthered my studies and became certified as a Holistic Coach.  My life looked very successful on the outside, but on the inside I was suffering from depression and anxiety daily.  With a burning desire to live differently, I began my spiritual search that has lasted many years.  I can finally now say the search is over, but the journey is only beginning. I have discovered that life can be lived without suffering no matter what the circumstances may be. I found that freedom lies within each of us when we start to question our thoughts and beliefs and find out the real truth that has been lying dormant within each of us all along.

Beyond my academic and spiritual studies, my life experiences are what I value most in my evolution as a Holistic Coach. I whole-heartedly believe that you cannot teach what you do not embody and what you do not believe for yourself personally. I work with her clients to help them discover their own freedom from suffering so that they may enjoy their lives to the fullest!

What can a client expect from working with you…. 

With each appointment we work together to discover freedom from suffering in all areas of your life. Specifically, I specialize in the areas of anxiety, depression, boredom, stress, lack of motivation, relationship issues, parenting struggles, body and health concerns and more. We will question thoughts and beliefs that are dominating your mind and that are blocking you from living the life you are desiring. We will explore new perceptions and simple tools to help shift your life into one of joy and peace. Each appointment is a special time where space will be held for you and you will be heard. Freedom awaits you!

Contact Marie for your first free 15 minute consultation


Joyce Magner

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Leah Gordon

“My practice is special not only because of the tools I have to use, but how I choose to use them.”

What is your field of treatment?

I am trained as a primary care provider as well as a specialist in integrative medicine. This allows me to cast a large net over my patients’ overall health pictures and through in depth medical and lifestyle intakes, physical exams, and specialized lab testing, I am able to go deeper into the root cause of their health issues. I am trained to speak and integrate many different medical and healing languages and can synthesize it to provide unique and individualized treatment plans that are a blend of many different modalities. My top tools of choice are homeopathy, herbal medicine, targeted nutritional therapy, and lifestyle interventions.

What are your areas of focus?

I don’t treat “diseases” per se, but the types of patients who come to see me are often struggling with hormonal imbalances resulting in menstrual irregularities, infertility, hot flashes, fatigue, or an inability to lose weight. I have a deep understanding of the thyroid and how our body’s hormonal systems are interconnected with our brains and our digestive tracts. Many of my patients have digestive concerns and this is often the root cause of many other issues in the body, often directly correlated to autoimmune processes. I would love to be able to catch autoimmune imbalances such as Hashimotos thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, and Irritable Bowel Disease before they become full blown conditions that can be debilitating for many people, especially women. A vast majority of my patients suffer from anxiety and depression, and homeopathy is one of the most powerful tools I utilize to treat these conditions. My deep passion though, is pregnancy preparation, preconception, and fertility care. We can have such a powerful impact at this time in a woman’s life on the epigenetics of our future children, and if we are able to have healthier women and men prior to conception, it will have a ripple effect on the health of our entire tribe, hence the name: Tribe Medicine.

Tell us more about how you work.

We all have a story. I see healing as a process that starts with hearing your unique journey, peeling back the layers, identifying imbalances, creating an environment for health, and holding space for it all to unfold. We are what we eat, we are what we think, we are partly our genetics, partly our traumas, we have brains and intestines and hormones and hearts. We respond to energy, we respond to our tribe, everything is connected, and it’s all important. We are the products of our lives and of our stories. To ignore one aspect is to ignore a part of ourselves. My specialty is seeing you as a whole and putting the pieces together rather than segmenting you into an organ or a disease. I don’t treat diseases, I treat people.
As a doctor and a human, I respect and honor each journey and each life, because we all deserve to be heard and we all deserve to be well. We all have a story and a reason for wanting health. I would love to hear yours.

Contact Leah for your first free 15 minute phone consultation here: Free Phone Consultation

I had the most relaxing experience possible at Indigo Dragon. Charlene Goodman was my therapist and she is so loving and kind, not to mention a very skillful practitioner. I saw Charlene about a week before a very stressful event and after her treatment, all the stress was released and didn’t return! Charlene worked with me to pinpoint the areas that held the most tension and worked through each one. She devoted special attention to spots she was able to pinpoint that needed more work. I will be a lifelong client of Indigo Dragon and am so happy they are part of my neighborhood and such awesome contributors to the community of Leucadia!

Kellie Shay Hinze
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I met Karleigh at Indigo Dragon when I needed body work/massage after an intense car accident. When she introduced herself, her energy was so bright and welcoming that I immediately knew I was in the right place. Throughout my recovery, my body always felt totally replenished after a session. Having fully recovered now, I still am on a regular schedule because it simply improves my life! Her practice utilizes several different techniques and she is excellent at understanding what your body (and your soul) needs. The cupping therapy has been really great for me. I definitely recommend scheduling a session with Karleigh!

Jeran Van Alfen
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This gorgeous sanctuary has provided me with the best support I have ever received. I have worked with Amy, Ashley, and Jen on numerous occasions and their work has helped me heal. I was struggling with candida, anxiety, and acne. With the help of herbs and acupuncture my stagnation became fluid, my blood and skin healed and I am less anxious. Acupuncture is based on Chinese medicine. I often ask what everything means and how it works and they educate me while I’m on the table. I love knowing how my body functions and the way natural medicine works. Thankful for this space.

Karleigh Goggins
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