Meet Our Team

Kathleen Krivak M.Ac Lic. Ac.
Kirsten Allen Acupuncturist/Founder of Blue Lotus Needham
Kirsten Allen M.Ac Lic. Ac.



Kathleen Krivak is a licensed acupuncturist, energy healer and shamanic practitioner with 20 years of experience. Kathleen earned her Master’s degree with honors at the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now Maryland University of Integrated Health) in 1994. Thereafter, Kathleen worked as a teacher and clinical supervisor at the school’s student clinic.  She also supervised acupuncture students as well as treated patients with HIV and AIDS at the Sign of Jonah Clinic in Washington, DC.

Continuing to deepen her healing techniques, Kathleen studied shamanism with Eliot Cowan and Tom Cowan, learning to heal with plant spirits and the spirits of the Celtic Isles. She also studied channeled healing in Jonathan Goldman’s three year Healer’s Path program and  mentored for three years with energy healer, the Reverend Sue Greer.


Kathleen also loves to practice yoga and over the years has explored Iyengar, Vinassaya, and Swaroopa styles of yogic practice.


Committed to spiritual practice, Kathleen has studied several different traditions of Buddhist meditation for 26 years, and has been influenced by teachers such as Tenzin Wangal Rinpoche, Sharon Salzberg, and Tara Brach.


She is a gifted healer of great compassion who is highly respected by both her colleagues and clients. 


Kirsten Allen graduated with honors from Wellesley College and received her Master’s degree in Acupuncture from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now Maryland University of Integrated Health) in 2001. She carries National Board Certification in Acupuncture from the NCCAOM and is licensed by the Board of Medicine in MA.


Kirsten has been in private practice for the last thirteen years, studying with some of the most respected teachers in the field of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, including Jeffrey Yuen, Dr. Richard Tan, Kiiko Matsumoto and most recently completing Lonny Jarrett’s two year advanced clinical class on the Inner Traditions of Chinese Medicine.  


Kirsten has been a practitioner of several styles of Qi Gong and Tai Qi Quan for 15 years, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation practitioner, and a practitioner of Iyengar Yoga.


She also holds a deep love and appreciation for music and literature from her past teaching and performance background that continues to be a creative source informing her healing work.


Kirsten effortlessly weaves together these strands of

experience and training to bring inspiration and enthusiasm to

the process of healing and personal evolution.

Michelle Masse LMT

Michelle Masse is a light worker and massage therapist. She passed the MBLEX exam after receiving massage training at the Salter School. She continued her education with training in multiple techniques including shamanic healing, energy healing, Integrated Energy Therapy, oncology massage and Cranial Sacral Therapy. Michelle uses these techniques to help clients clear blocks, find balance, relax the body and quiet the mind. 

Nell Saab Massage Therapist at Blue Lotus Needham
Kerri Smith LMT

Kerri graduated from Cortiva Institute of Boston in 2009 and is a professional member of American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). She is trained in Swedish massage, Deep Tissue massage, Hot Stone massage, and Prenatal massage.  Her approach to massage is to increase relaxation in order to achieve healing. At the end of the massage, clients feel whole, relaxed, and energized.  Kerri views massage as a wonderful alternative to traditional medicine because it allows the mind and body to heal, promoting mental and physical wellbeing.


Anne graduated with a BS from Boston University and a BS in Nursing from Northeastern University. In addition to being a registered nurse, she is a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach, a Positive Psychology Life Coach, an Environmental Toxin Expert, and Certified Gentle Sleep Coach. She is also just finishing a program in Functional Nutrition.


Anne looks for the root causes of a large range of symptoms including poor digestion, poor sleep, low energy, hormone imbalance, headaches, mood swings, weight loss resistance, autoimmune conditions, skin sensitivities or issues, menses and menopausal symptoms, anxiety and depression and more.  Anne will explore your nutrition, lifestyle and environment and create a plan building on your individualized personal strengths to create lasting change and regain health.

Ariel Ayaviri

Ariel Ayaviri is a Reiki Master and Crystal Healer.  He has been practicing Reiki for seven years along with deepening his knowledge of the healing properties of many crystals.  Ariel likes to combine Reiki and Crystal Healing into a beautiful, gentle and effective way of healing that he finds opens many doors for his clients.  His intuitive sessions relieve stress and bring calm and peace to his clients.


In addition, his meditation practice grounds him for his healing work and his use of Tarot Cards brings new possibilities and ideas for his clients, ultimately creating more change for them.  And always, Ariel brings great kindness and compassion to his healing sessions as well as a depth of intuitive knowledge.