Meet Our Team
Our team is committed to bringing better health and wellness to the Lake Minnetonka. EastWest Acupuncture works closely with local physicians, clinics and hospitals to provide exceptional care.
L.Ac., M.Ac.O.M., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)
Founder and Owner
Nikki Vanecek is Nationally Board Certified in Acupuncture and licensed to practice in the state of Minnesota. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University.
In addition to her training and education in the United States, Nikki studied at Tianjin Medical University, a top ranked medical college, in Tianjin China. She completed intensive training in the areas of acute and chronic pain and neurological conditions such as headaches, migraines, neuropathy and stroke recovery.
Nikki grew up in the Lake Minnetonka area and became interested in practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) after struggling with severe shoulder pain for more than three years. After trying several unsuccessful types of treatments: physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments and steroid injections, Nikki final found relief with acupuncture. Her relief from pain was so complete and transformative Nikki became passionate about the study of acupuncture and herbal medicine.
Passionate about supporting the lake area community, Nikki uses her more than 10 years of clinical experience and knowledge to educate and inspire others to lead healthy, stress-free lives. Whether speaking to high school students, conducting cosponsored acupuncture seminars or collaborating with western medical professionals, Nikki strives to provide exceptional care.
Based on her personal experience and love for Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nikki’s mission is to help her patients live life to the fullest.
“A healthy body and peaceful mind will inspire you to live the life you want.”
M. Ac., DCM, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)
Kerry is Nationally Board Certified in Acupuncture. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a chemistry minor. She also holds Master of Acupuncture and Doctor of Chinese Medicine degrees from Northwestern Health Sciences University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Kerry has extensive clinical training in the treatment of women’s health conditions, fertility and pregnancy support, pain management, stress management, post-surgical support, athletic injuries and many other areas!
Kerry grew up in Waconia and spent a lot of time exploring around Lake Minnetonka. She became interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a teenager after receiving acupuncture and cupping from Nikki for severe back pain. After a few twists and turns in her college education and career, Kerry revisited that interest and decided to pursue a career helping people optimize their health and wellness through Chinese Medicine. In her free time she enjoys running, hiking, traveling with friends, cooking, paddle boarding and exploring the local parks with her yellow lab, Chloe.
Kerry’s favorite thing about Traditional Chinese Medicine is how highly personalized it is. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment approach for health conditions. Each individual person has their own unique needs. TCM evaluates each person holistically and treats so much more than just the symptoms.
Meet our clinic intern, Kayla! Kayla is currently a Registered Nurse working in an Emergency Department. Having a desire to leave her patients feeling better long term, she enrolled in the Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine program at Northwestern Health Sciences University.
Through the program Kayla has developed a desire for working with people in an environment that promotes long term, whole person healing. Kayla has a passion for treating mental health, sexual health disorders, trauma, dermatologic issues, general maintenance & geriatric health.
When she is not working or in class, Kayla enjoys back country camping, hiking, crafting, cooking, and traveling to National Parks with her husband. She also has a 3 year old Catahoula that she loves spending time and playing with.
Meet our clinic intern, Meaghan! Meaghan graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017. She will be graduating with her Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in August 2020. She has a special interest in treating symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression, and improving skin health and overall wellness.
When she’s not studying or at clinic, Meaghan loves live music, traveling, trying new recipes, and being active.
Having grown up in Excelsior, Meaghan is excited to help serve the community that raised her.
Here at the clinic, Meaghan offers cupping and bodywork on Wednesday afternoons!