about bodhi

Kyrsten reistad

Kyrsten was born and raised in Encino, California and attended Emperors College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Santa Monica. After completing her Masters degree, in 2002, she moved to Montana, got married and had three children. She opened her practice in 2002 with the intent to help people find an alternative to their healthcare.

Her approach to achieving this is by empowering her patients to heal themselves by teaching them lifestyle changes through acupuncture, nutrition, exercise, aromatherapy, and supporting them both physically and spiritually. Her intention is to teach her patients to be their “biggest advocates” when it comes to healing themselves.

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Ayutthaya Buddha Head in Tree Roots, Buddhist temple Wat Mahatha

the bodhi tree

The Bodhi Tree, also known as Bo, “peepal tree”, “Araḷi mara” or “arasa maram” is a large and ancient sacred fig tree located in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India, under which Siddhartha Gautama, the spiritual teacher who became known as the Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment or Bodhi. In religious iconography, the Bodhi Tree is recognizable by its heart-shaped leaves, which are usually prominently displayed.

Read more on Wikipedia.


What is Acupuncture?

Bodhi Tree Wellness has made a commitment in treating its clients with the finest alternative healthcare available. Unlike contemporary medicine, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine treats the root of all illness and is less toxic to the body. It creates a calming effect on the central nervous system allowing the body to heal with less side effects. This ancient wisdom has been healing people for centuries and can be the answer to what your healthcare needs have been looking for. 

Young woman getting acupuncture treatment in therapy room

What to Expect

Your first visit will last about 90 min. Once you’ve completing the patient intake, we will discuss present concerns, complete a medical history and examination, including traditional tongue and pulse exam, and come up with a course for treatment.

Your first visit will last about 90 min. After completing the intake, we will discuss the number of treatments and how often – which will depend on the condition(s) present and the progress seen after each session. Acute conditions usually take 5-10 treatments with a commitment of weekly sessions. For more chronic and severe issues, longer treatments are required.

Sensations that may be experienced during treatment are individually based. Depending on a patient’s sensitivity, sensations such as a feeling of heaviness, itching, burning, tingling, and electrical impulse may occur at the place of insertion. These sensations will typically last a few seconds and dissipate. If at any time you encounter discomfort, please notify me and I will make adjustments accordingly.

Out of consideration for other patients, our cancellation policy requires a minimum of 24 hours notice, with the exception of a medical or family emergency. Not providing 24-hour notice, not showing, or being more than 20 minutes late obligates Bodhi Tree to charge your account at the standard fee. Your compliance allows me to better serve you and other patients. Thank you for understanding.

Payment is due at the time of service. We can bill insurance companies if your insurance company covers Acupuncture. Know that not all insurance policies cover my services. We can work with Blue Cross Blue Shield Montana, AETNA, and Pacific Source.

Patients who are more than 20 minutes late will be charged the standard fee unless there is an emergency.

We do not offer refunds.

Close up view of woman holding a needle in an acupuncture therapy

healing begins here

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