Whole Human PLLC is a quality provider of all-natural, drug-free medicine in southwest Austin, Texas. We are all about acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and energy medicine. Whole Human specializes in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and injury recovery, gynecological dysfunction, emotional problems, and in spiritual development.
About the Practitioner
Cat Calhoun, MAcOM, Dipl.OM, L.Ac.
I am Cat Calhoun. I am a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Texas (# AC01317), a nationally certified Chinese herbalist, a certified Usui Reiki Master and Teacher, and an energy healer. I am currently trained in several styles of acupuncture: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Esoteric Acupuncture, and Master Tung Acupuncture.
How I got into acupuncture
I have always been fascinated by the body and how it works. When I was getting my undergrad degree, I worked in an Emergency Department as a clerk, then as a technician. Even after leaving that job when I finished college, I was always the go-to person for information about personal health in my workplaces. I was the one who would research the medication you were on, organize a tai chi class, find pressure points to help with your headache, and explain what your blood work reports meant.
I was a computer geek before I went back for my Master’s degree in acupuncture and herbal medicine, but I knew it wasn’t really the right fit for me. Comfortable with the salary and with the people I worked with, I put off changing careers for a very long time. That’s when the car wrecks started. I stopped counting after the 14th time, but in each incident, I would be sitting still at a stoplight and someone would ram my rear bumper at a high rate of speed. My neck and my back got pretty messed up. I did what all of us do after a car wreck: I checked in with my doc who put me on pain meds and muscle relaxers. That tore up my stomach and made me ridiculously dopey, so I started going to a chiropractor, Dr. Mary Beth Meier, after the first few wrecks. She performed miracles and got me back to good in short order. After wreck number 9, however, she suggested we combine chiropractic with acupuncture from a licensed acupuncture practitioner. That was an amazing combination and I healed quickly. The acupuncturist I went to helped with my gynecological problems, and even improved my mood and temperament! My anxiety began to vanish and my sleep became sound.
In 2005, I found out my job, which I thought I loved, was being automated. No longer would I be allowed to walk around the division I worked for to check out what was going on with people and what I could do to help them. I was expected to sit at my desk, wait for trouble tickets to roll in, and fix them remotely. I realized I didn’t love my job; I loved people and making their lives better. I began to search for my next career and realized it was going to be in health care. It took me two years to settle on acupuncture and Oriental medicine, but once I began to read about it, I knew it was where I was supposed to be.
I began to search for my next career and realized it was going to be in health care. It took me two years to settle on acupuncture and Oriental medicine, but once I began to read about it, I knew it was where I was supposed to be. Once the decision was made, the car wrecks stopped. Sometimes it takes a two-by-four to knock the message into my head, but eventually I get it! I can tell you, I’ve definitely learned to listen better since then!
What I do and why I do it
My over-arching goal as a person and as a healthcare provider is to relieve suffering and pain, to help you find that peaceful place inside where everything relaxes, and to bring understanding and empowerment to you in your experience of healthcare. I treat a large array of physical and emotional problems, but I do specialize and attract patients in the following areas:
- Musculo-skeletal pain
Reduction and relief from muscular and bone pain, which includes back aches, sore and arthritic knees and hips, frozen and tight shoulders, neck pain, spinal pain, etc.
- Sports medicine
Enhancement of sports performance as well as promoting faster and healthier injury recovery from soft tissue injuries and broken bones.
- Gynecological difficulties
Regulation of periods, reduction of PMS, relief from menopausal symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances.
- Emotional challenges
Lifting the cloud of stress, anxiousness, depressive moods, many forms of insomnia, post-traumatic stress, and feeling overwhelmed by life.
- Spiritual healing
Sometimes problems don’t have an obvious physical cause. If you feel like your problems don’t fit neatly into the usual boxes on a medical intake form, I can help with that. Some examples might be needing a change in life direction, help in finding your path, energetic blockages and barriers that you can’t seem to make it through, feeling as if you are under attack, grief from unresolved issues with loved ones, etc.
My publications, certifications, and other street cred
- Master’s of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, 2011
- Recipient of Herbal Excellence Award for Excellence in Herbal Medicine Education, AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, 2010
- Licensed Acupuncture and Internal Herbal Medicine Practitioner, Texas Medical Board/Board of Acupuncture Examiners, 2011-Present
- Nationally certified practitioner of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), 2011-Present
- Clean Needle Certified, Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM), 2008-Present.
- Certified Esoteric Acupuncture Practitioner, Dr. Mikio Sankey, 2013.
- Certified Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, 2011
- Featured writer on the AOMA blog
- Owner, editor, author of CatsTCMNotes.com, 2008 to Present
- Acupuncture Presenter and Acupuncturist at Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, 2012
- Adjunct Faculty at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, 2012-2013
- Alternative Medicine Reporter for The Examiner
Check out her publications here.
- CatsNotes Blog author
- Esoteric Acupuncture Austin author, 2013 to Present