Experienced Practitioners

In China, old doctors are revered because it is only through a lifetime of practice that one gains wisdom and experience.

Today in the west, many practitioners of Chinese medicine begin to treat patients right out of school, without the benefit of residency under skilled and experienced clinicians. Our clinic aims to change that trend.

Andrew and JulieAnn Nugent-Head have spent a combined 36 years in China studying directly under the last old doctors of Beijing.  Through this teacher – disciple training,  doctoral studies in the Chinese University system and residency in the hospitals of Beijing and Hangzhou, JulieAnn and Andrew have seen more patients, treatments and Chinese herbal prescriptions than most practitioners in the west will see in their lifetime. This unparalleled experience combined with fluency in written and spoken Chinese gives Andrew and JulieAnn the confidence to treat difficult disease and the tools to seek advice from the classic Chinese books directly.

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Andrew Nugent-Head, Practitioner of Oriental Medicine, MSOM, LAc 

Andrew Nugent-Head arrived in Taiwan in 1986 to study Chinese Medicine, martial arts and internal cultivation. He formally began studying Chinese medicine in 1989, founding the Association for Traditional Studies (ATS) to preserve China’s traditional knowledge. Andrew is a renowned Chinese medical practitioner, educator and martial artist, currently completing his medical doctorate in Zhejiang China.  Andrew teaches internationally and treats patients in Asheville, NC.

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JulieAnn Nugent-Head MD (China) PhD

JulieAnn completed a masters degree in Oriental medicine in the United States and a doctorate level medical degree at Zhejiang Chinese Medicine University in Hangzhou, China.

JulieAnn was fortunate to gain clinical experience under two of Beijing’s most famous traditional practitioners Dr Li Hongxiang (1924-2018) and Dr Chen Tongyun (1922 -), while working with the Association for Traditional Studies documentation project.  ATS’s not for profit work aimed at documenting, disseminating and preserving traditional Chinese arts, archived thousands of clinical herbal prescriptions and hundreds of hours of videos in the homes of Drs Li & Chen discussing classic Chinese medicine texts.

After living in China for eight and a half years,  the changing visa laws and cost of raising 3 children in China led JulieAnn and husband Andrew to return to the United States in 2014.   They now reside in Asheville, NC in the glorious blue ridge mountains.  JulieAnn teaches internationally, treats patients at the Alternative Clinic and oversees development of the Nugent-Head’s organic tea and herb farm.

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David Trevino Practitioner of Oriental Medicine, LAc

David is a native Spanish speaker, born and raised in Mexico City. With 16 years of clinical practice and 9 years teaching students, David’s extensive experience also includes working with Houston’s Brain Injury Rehab Center, Harvard’s Mind Body Medical Institute’s Cardiac Rehab program, and Anderson’s Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine program.

After implementing the tangible treatment strategies learned from Andrew Nugent-Head over the last six years, David experienced a number of his patients showing dramatic improvements. He is delighted to be working at the Alternative Clinic providing authentic and tangible Chinese medicine alongside Andrew and JulieAnn

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Liz Cross Practitioner of Oriental Medicine, LAc, MBT 10694

Liz’s focus on therapeutic bodywork began more than 15 years ago with a year long residential program. Practicing bodywork-therapy ever since, Liz’s experience working with athletes in Colorado, and guiding other therapists as a bodywork teacher created a high level of skill and confidence in her treatments.

Since moving to Asheville in 2011, Liz completed her master’s degree in Chinese medicine and is thrilled to join the practitioner team at the Alternative Clinic, offering therapeutic massage as well as Chinese medicine treatments. Liz also is part of the holistic medicine staff at a local mental health center.

Kristina Allred, Practitioner of Oriental Medicine, LAc

Kristina received her Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2009. She has practiced in Virginia, Arizona, Utah, and Idaho. Kristina gained invaluable experience with clinical internships at Santa Fe Women’s Health, Indian Health Services Hospital of New Mexico, St. Vincent Hospital and Parham Doctors Hospital U.S. Veteran’s Acupuncture program.

Kristina has enriched her practice with continuing education in herbal medicine and nutrition with Voyage Botanica, and IFNH (International Foundation for Nutrition and Health)  She served as a volunteer with the University of Arizona Cancer Center, and guest instructor in vibrational medicine at the University of Arizona Medical School in the Integrative Medicine rotation for residents. She taught Acupuncture point location for students at Lotus College of Integrated Medicine, as well as community health classes in Utah, Idaho, and Arizona.

She is excited to join the incredible practitioners at the Alternative Clinic where she can continue to develop her skills and practice in service to her community.

Daniel Gonzalez, Practitioner of Oriental Medicine, LAc

Daniel’s interest in the Chinese arts began at an early age, accompanying his father on treks through the streets of New York City to Chinatown. Amazing lunches, trips to martial arts schools, and double feature Kung Fu movies! Little did he know it would be the memories of Chinatown’s Chinese Medicine pharmacies that would lead him to study medicine.

Daniel graduated from the Atlantic School of Oriental Medicine in 2004 and began practicing at Comprehensive Addiction Rehabilitation & Education in West Palm Beach, Florida. As the Acupuncture Physician, Daniel provided treatments for patients suffering from drug and alcohol related afflictions.

Relocating to the mountains of western North Carolina, Daniel served as the Chairperson for the Ethics Committee, and participating member of the Acupuncture Association.

Although witnessing countless successes in private practice, Daniel felt that Chinese medicine had more to offer. Upon attending a seminar in 2014 presented by Andrew & JulieAnn Nugent-Head, he realized the path to the breath and scope of this medicine was finally accessible. Daniel thus completed all of the Association for Traditional Studies training programs, and is thrilled to be able to practice Chinese medicine  at the Alternative Clinic.

Please call us at 828-424-7415 if you have questions