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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.

Yoga Teachers

Anatoliy Zayenchenko (Tony), LMT

With over 20 years experience, Anatoliy has developed a unique style of bodywork that utilizes a combination of Myofascial Release, Sports Massage, and Deep Tissue work. His focus is the treatment and prevention of acute and chronic pain due to injury, postural distortion and athletic training. He has a passion for empowering his clients with the knowledge of why they are experiencing pain and how they can take an active role in its elimination as well as prevention. Anatoliy's clients include professional triathletes, people who suffer from chronic pain, computer users with poor posture, and more generally people who are interested in maintaining healthy lifestyles. His goal is to use his skills in Massage Therapy to help people free themselves of pain so that they may enjoy their lives to the fullest.

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Massage Theapists

Sara Lambert, LMT; RPP; Reiki I & II; Certified Herbalist

Sara is an integrative massage therapist whose inspiration draws upon her desire to support and individual’s capacity to wake up to their innate connection to themselves and nature. The intention of an integrative massage session is to facilitate a unique experience of deep transformative relaxation with the therapeutic release of restrictions caused by the unprocessed body memories of repetitive stress and tension that have solidified as patterns of structural dysfunction in the musculoskeletal system of the body. This is achieved by interdependent pressures and rhythms of both deep and light touch that may be complemented by assisted stretching and gentle movement of the joints.


A holistic perspective that combines traditional and folk philosophies/techniques of eastern, western, and indigenous cultures with modern scientific research. Her training in Swedish, deep tissue, neuromuscular, kinesiology/sport, hydro-thermal therapy, Aromatherapy, Polarity therapy, Reiki, Energetic Herbalism, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, and her study of animistic belief systems, yogic philosophy, and esoteric wisdom traditions during the last 8 + years of licensed massage practice, intuitively synergize to aid in the individual’s self-integration process of harmonizing the inner with the outer aspects of the whole being.


When inner balance is regulated and maintained, over time the body’s stress response becomes more resilient against outside triggers. This could range from unavoidable daily hassles to experiences of intense, excessive, or traumatic stress. All walks of life both young and old from athletes to expecting mothers, to first responders or veterans, can benefit from Sara’s person-centered approach to integrative massage therapy.

Energy Healing

Kristen Peterson

Kristen is a certified Usui Reiki Practitioner and is passionate about Social Justice and Energy Healing. She deeply believes in the transformative power of energy work and that it has the ability to heal on a soul level that traditional therapies may not touch upon. She says, “We often overlook and become out of touch with the somatic experience of life. Reiki can bring you back to your somatic self, and ground you in the present moment.” Kristen’s sessions may involve hands-on or hands-off techniques or a combination to clear any energy blockages. She may use crystals, sound bowls, and oils during the session. Kristen is Trauma-informed in her practices. In addition to working as a Reiki Practitioner, she is also studying for a Masters degree in Social Work.


Pooja Mahtani

Pooja Mahtani is the Founder of Akasha Codes, LLC and possesses a diverse range of skills and expertise. Pooja is a Master Reiki Healer, Psychic-Medium, Akashic Records Practitioner & Teacher, Soul Activator, Life Coach, and Intuitive Energy Healer. Her unwavering dedication lies in assisting individuals in unlocking their true potential and leading fulfilling lives.

Driven by her deep passion for serving others, Pooja is committed to being a guiding light for souls who are seeking to enhance their lives in profound and meaningful ways. With her intuitive abilities and vast knowledge, she strives to help her clients tap into their inner wisdom and achieve personal transformation. Pooja firmly believes in the power of the mind-body-spirit connection and uses her expertise to create a holistic approach to healing and growth.


Whether you are in search of spiritual guidance, energy healing, or guidance in life or business matters, Pooja welcomes you with open arms. She looks forward to the opportunity to work with you, empowering you to reach your highest potential and live a life that is aligned with your soul's purpose.


Laura Viale, CFNC

Laura is a Functional Nutrition Counselor and an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach specializing in women's health. After spending 20 years working in the wellness industry and overcoming some of her own symptoms related to hormones, gut health, adrenal health, and more in her early 40s, she is passionate about teaching women how to how to use the science of Functional Nutrition and the wisdom of Ayurveda honor their bodies, trust in their own wisdom, and Thrive so they can create an active, healthy life they love.


Laura has been in love with all things wellness since starting Massage Therapy school in 2001.
With over 20 years in the wellness industry, Laura has studied various forms of Massage Therapy, Ayurveda, Functional Nutrition, and more recently specialized functional tests that enhance her work in balancing the body.
Laura has worked with hundreds of women over the last 2 decades and she never tires of witnessing how resilient our bodies are, the healing power of food, and the accuracy of our intuition as a guide back to health.

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