Our Team

Our Team

Founder/ Acupuncture & Functional Medicine


“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 Functional Medicine Specialist with over 20+ years of experience. 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.

Describe your personal approach. Simply?
On your first visit, I will diagnose you through the eyes of Chinese medicine and discuss the potential for Functional Medicine to further understand your unique presentation. I take a holistic approach while focusing on specific areas of concern. Your treatment will be tailored uniquely for you. I begin by listening to you and begin to create an intricate web that connects life events, injuries, illness, emotions, diet and more to create your individual treatment plan. Oftentimes I give lifestyle recommendations and things you can do in between appointments to get further faster. Don’t be surprised if you leave feeling better than when you arrived.

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.

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Ashley Lanahan, L.Ac

“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.

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“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.



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.



“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.

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Reiki Sound & Vibrational Healing

Joyce Magner

“My goal is to bring you to a relaxing, serene state as I share Reiki’s hands on healing while blending other forms of energy work to help soothe your nervous system and remove the dis-ease to bring healing to your mind, body and spirit.”

My personal life experiences have led me to work in the social service field with those with a wide range of disabilities. For over 25 years, I have helped people to realize ways to live full productive lives by seeing the possibilities not the disabilities. I am an advocate and help provide a voice for those that need to be heard. For over a decade I have provided spiritual counseling as a member of American Association of Christian Counselors. It is working with people with developmental disabilities and my own health
issues that led me to research, study and finally practicing energy work.

As a Holistic Healing Arts Practitioner and Usui Reiki Master Teacher I also practice Healing Touch and incorporate aromatherapy, essential oils, sound healing, meditation and mindfulness techniques and spiritual counseling as I create a treatment based on each individual’s needs.

I offer my clients a space to find relaxation, serenity, new-found insights, and healing for their mind, body and spirit. I also encourage my clients to be empowered in their life and do things that bring that sense of peace, relaxation, self-love, and connection they experience during their treatment into their everyday lives (like taking walks in nature, starting a meditation practice, working on releasing and forgiving, or maybe taking a Reiki course so they can learn to do self-treatments and share the love of Reiki with others.

Sound & Vibrational Healing, Aromatherapy
Reduce and Relax with the Healing Arts of Reiki

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Dr. of Physical Therapy Frequency-Specific Microcurrent

Lara Langdon

With over 20 years in the wellness industry, Dr. Lara Langdon combines her extensive clinical and academic background to create a unique East meets West approach to her patient care. With her passion for cutting-edge technologies, Lara offers a diverse range of solutions for patients “who have tried everything” without success. Integrating the body’s bioelectrical pathways, Lara approaches pain, disease, and suffering of the physical body by integrating physical, mental, and emotional states as a gateway into true and more permanent healing.

Naturopathic Doctor

Caileen Vermilyea

“Healing is within you.”

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Bio-Rolfing, Structural Integration, CranioSacral therapy, Pilates

Justin Farrell

Justin offers deep bodywork, utilizing a range of touch technique and functional movement to create long lasting change in the body. He incorporates Rolfing Structural Integration, CranioSacral therapy and Pilates to treat clients looking to manage pain (both acute and chronic), increase strength and flexibility and improve posture, balance and alignment.

What is Rolfing?


Rolfing Structural Integration 60 minutes $160


Therapy 60 minutes $140


-Pilates/movement therapy 60 minutes $125 with Justin Farrell

Rolfing, CranioSacral & Pilates – with Justin Farrell

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Divine Oneness Healer Life & Energy Coach

Cecila Mortimer

My passion is to guide people to their inner truth and to live their life from their highest purpose. I often work with people who sense a deeper calling and purpose for this lifetime. People that are in the middle of a big change or seek to find new beginnings, better relationships and strengthen their spiritual abilities and inner awareness.

I am an intuitive energy healer and coach from Sweden and I am working with groups and individual sessions. As a teacher of The Divine Oneness Healing academy method I help students embody their own healing gifts.

In my sessions I work on clearing and transforming negative and stuck energy and to dissolve old patterns that are no longer serving. I offer my clients to strengthen their boundaries and deepen their intuition. We work on healing and clearing the chakra system, the light bodies, the auric field and the connection to our higher self amongst many other things with the aim to empower clients to self love and to create the lives they want to lead.

Aesthetics & Massage

Charlene Goodman

Specialized modalities: Deep Tissue Sculpt, Relaxation, Heated Stones, Gua-Sha, Cranio-sacral, Lomi Lomi, Sports, Thai, and Reflexology.

Skin Care Holistic Specialist & Body Rituals.

Master Esthetician & Health Holistic Practitioner with over 20 years in the beauty industry including 10 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.

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.


Jen Laz

Jen has over two decades of experience in skincare. She’s studied under leaders in the field of skincare ad massage and continues to put the best of what she’s learned into her practice. As a holistic esthetician with a massage focus, she uses whole plant skincare, stones and essential oils to accentuate effective hands-on techniques for improving circulation, easing tension, calming inflammation, clearing and brightening skin. Her facials are each one of a kind, tailored to your needs through every season to help you and your skin feel beautiful and healthy.


Christine Cyr

I believe each one of us is capable of living healthy, vibrant lives when provided with a clean physical, spiritual and emotional environment, and I see massage as a powerful tool in achieving that. I received my certificate as a Massage Practitioner in 2011 and have been professionally massaging ever since. I specialize in Swedish and Prenatal while integrating various energy techniques such as Reiki, Soul Memory work, and energetic field clearing to help clear trauma patterns or energetic blockages in one’s physical/emotional/spiritual body. I look forward to working together with clients to empower them in their journey of wellness.


Kristen Cerna, L.Ac

“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.”
-Chinese proverb

Kristen Maurer

I am a licensed acupuncturist passionate about easing pain and accelerating healing, to get you back to doing the things you love most in life. I use acupuncture and herbal medicine to tap into the body’s innate ability to heal, and incorporate the complimentary modalies of cupping, tui na massage, guasha and moxa. Everyone is unique, and I personalize each treatment to meet the needs and comfort of each individual.
I earned my Doctorate (DACM) and Masters (MSTOM) degrees at Paci/c College of Health and Science in San Diego. During my 3,000 hours of didactic and clinical training I completed internships at the PCHS clinic with emphasis on women’s health and fertility, pain management, orthopedic disorders, and pediatrics. I also completed an externship at Integrative Health Nights, a nonprofit community clinic for underserved populations, and pursued additional training in treatment of orthopedic disorders, Japanese acupuncture, face reading, and sports tui na. My clinical interests include: orthopedics, sports injury, pain management (acute and chronic), sleep issues, women’s health and gastrointestinal disorders.
My interest in Chinese Medicine grew out of my study of yoga movement and breath work, and a desire to utilize natural medicine for my own healthcare. I learned that we can only be as healthy as our internal emotional environment and our external surroundings. I further explored this concept on a personal growth challenge as I backpacked from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail on a five month journey. During that time I learned more about myself, my needs as a human, the power of community, and the beauty of the world. I incorporate these learnings into my practice of Chinese Medicine with lifestyle guidance and exercises.


Kaylie Sanders

Kaylie offers expertise in light to medium pressure Swedish massage, Prenatal massage using prone cushions and deep tissue Ashiatsu where she uses both hands and feet to provide safe, effective treatment.

For clients who crave deep pressure without the direct, often painful, pressure of pointy elbows, Kaylie uses her feet as a soft but firm massage tool. It is slow, safe and deeply relaxing. Kaylie has been an Ashi therapist since 2013 and prefers this method of deep tissue massage for herself and clients.

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Holistic Personal Healing

Tsofia Bar-El

From the body point of view – every cell has a ‘brain’ and a ‘heart’. The body is incredibly wise ! it knows how to ‘contract’ in order to protect itself and it yearns to ‘expand’ so it can go back to its natural state. The mind and its perceptions is no different than the body, Its one and the same. Returning to expansion restores flow, health fulfillment and joy.

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Sound Healer

Julie Hablemann

Julie is certified in integrative sound healing and restorative yoga. She has completed courses in Compassionate Inquiry(Dr. Gabor Maté’) Sound Medicine (Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary) as well as additional course work based in neurology and somatics. Julie’s approach to sound healing focuses on the individual from mental, physical and spiritual aspects.

Through intention, gentle movement, breathing and various instruments, sessions access the body on a nonverbal and subconscious level. The sound and vibrations can deeply penetrate the mind/body due to the rate and depth sound travels through water and allows a natural and involuntary release of a multitude of blockages.

Medical research and centuries old sound medicine demonstrate that sound elicits cognitive, muscular, emotional, sleep among many benefits. It is a relaxing and refreshing practice to include for sustainable overall wellbeing.

Aesthetics & Massage

Misty Ray

Hello, I’m Misty! As a seasoned massage therapist and skincare expert, I’ve embarked on a 15-year journey devoted to the art of wellness. My enthusiasm for the transformative influence of touch and skincare has driven me to refine my skills, creating a sanctuary of relaxation and rejuvenation for my clients. Beyond mastering techniques, my commitment extends to cultivating a profound sense of well-being, ensuring that each individual feels genuinely cared for. With a wealth of experience, I effortlessly integrate expertise with a sincere passion for enhancing the way others look and feel.

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.

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