Jill L. Kelly, LAc, MAc, DiplAc

*** Please note: Jill Kelly is ONLY scheduling VIRTUAL sessions at this time***

National Board Certified in Acupuncture (NCCAOM)

Loomis Digestive Health Specialist

Aromatic Medicine

Compassionate Inquiry

As an acupuncturist practicing in Hixson, TN, Jill Kelly, established Acupuncture Center in Chattanooga in 1994 after practicing with renowned Stephen Birch, LAc, PhD, and Junko Ida, LAc in Watertown, Massachusetts before returning to her hometown.  Jill has 30 years experience in Oriental Medicine and over 40 years of study in natural health.  She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; earned a Master’s Degree in Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture from New England School of Acupuncture, Boston, MA; holds an Advanced Diploma in Aromatic Medicine; founding member of Tennessee Acupuncture Council; instrumental in establishing acupuncture legislation in Tennessee; past Chairman of the Tennessee Advisory Committee for Acupuncture (2012-2017); Committee Member of the Tennessee Advisory Committee for Acupuncture (2002-2017); Consultant to Tennessee Medical Board on acupuncture since inception of acupuncture legislation in Tennessee (2000-present); achieved recognition for October 24th, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day, by the state of Tennessee and cities of Chattanooga and Dunlap; honoured for service as a member of the Loomis Institute Advisory Board (2010-2017) with continued service on the Board of Advisors of the Food Enzyme Institute, Madison, WI.  Jill is skilled in Wellness Coaching, Digestive Health, Aromatic Medicine, and Public Speaking.  After maintaining an active clinical practice for almost 30 years, presently she sees patients only virtually while continuing to study and learn from home and connect with family, friends, colleagues, and nature to keep her spiritual, mental, and physical skills honed. Using enzymes to support digestive health, along with proper nutrition to specifically support individual body systems, is one of her specialties. She completed both a year long intensive professional study of Compassionate Inquiry with Dr. Gabor Maté and Sat Dharam Kaur, ND (2020-2021) and additional advanced intensive studies in the Compassionate Inquiry Mentorship Program (2021-2022). Her interests in sex positive sexual health; disaster relief efforts; and how early childhood trauma affects physical disease and emotional disharmonies inspire her latest studies.



Mary Helen Robert, LAc

Mary Helen Robert, LAc is an acupuncturist, nationally certified by the NCCAOM and licensed by the state of Tennessee. She is a graduate of the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in Sugar Grove, NC. Mary Helen’s post graduate studies have focused on Kiiko Matsumoto Style (KMS) Japanese acupuncture and Compassionate Inquiry – a psychotherapeutic approach developed by Dr. Gabor Maté.

Mary Helen has a breadth of experience that stems from a life-long pursuit of holistic wellness and an innate fascination with human interaction. Her background in anthropology, psychology, and art combined with a studied understanding of the relationship of the mind/body connection lend a unique depth to her approach.  After many years of observing how our biography influences our biology Mary Helen committed to the life-long study of Chinese Medicine which at its root honors the whole person and observes human nature in relation to all of nature.

Mary Helen’s goal is to enable her patients to become active participants in their own health and wellbeing. She brings the gifts of insight and compassion to each treatment enhancing the healing experience and strengthening the innate healing power within each of us.


I have been practicing acupuncture for 10 years. I fell in love with Chinese medicine because its tenets echoed how I strive to live my life, both in philosophy and in action. I have personally found the combination of acupuncture, herbs, qigong (breathing and movement exercises), tuina (Chinese massage), and lifestyle adjustments have helped me to heal over and over again, from emotional trauma to physical sickness and injuries.

Education & Credentials

Bachelor of Arts, Davidson College

Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) with a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Classical Chinese Medicine, National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM)

License of Acupuncture, Tennessee

National Acupuncture Certification, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)


I have been fortunate to study with some of the most talented Classical Chinese Medicine practitioners in the world:

I apprenticed for many years in Neijing acupuncture techniques and philosophy with Edward Neal, MD.

I studied Chinese herbal formulas with an emphasis on Shanghan Lun and Jingui Yaolue under one of the foremost herbalists in the Western World, Heiner Fruehauf, Ph.D. and also under the late Dr. Zhang Jun.

I have worked extensively with Teamonk Po and Heiner Fruehauf in Asian tea arts, especially Chinese and Taiwanese pu-er and medicinal teas.


When not in the treatment room, I can be found attending my other passions: climbing rocks, drinking old tea, eating pie, cooking, working on various kitchen projects, and playing with my amazing puppy Ollie. 


Chris Williams, M. Dipl. Ac., LAc., is a graduate of the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in Sugar Grove, North Carolina.  He is Board Certified nationally through the NCCAOM and state licensed in Tennessee through the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners.  

Chris was introduced to Chinese medicine by an acupuncturist in his home state of Virginia, and he was immediately drawn by the practitioner’s ability to detect information from pulse and tongue diagnosis.  There were symptoms and personal tendencies discovered through these diagnostic methods that were not discussed during the initial intake.  A profound curiosity was formed immediately and over time, a strong relationship as well.  This intense curiosity combined with a desire for a new direction in life birthed an almost immediate realization that he needed to study this ancient medicine.  With some guidance from his acupuncturist, Chris found and enrolled at Jung Tao.

Jung Tao, whose curriculum is rooted in Taoism, is one of the few Classical Chinese Medicine schools in the United States.  From  day one, Chris was astonished by the complex interplay between the body and the environment – how cycles in nature can be transposed to the human physical body as well as the psyche.  He also admired the school’s focus of personal growth and self-development through Taijiquan and Taoist practices, so the students could develop the proper perspective to see and understand the interplay between people and their environment. His passion for Chinese Medicine has never waned, and he continues to study Chinese Medical theory and cultivate himself as a practitioner through Taijiquan.  

Chris’ goals in the clinic are to foster strong relationships with his patients, and empower them in a way that allows them to become more knowledgeable and informed about their own unique healing process.  He brings compassion and empathy into his treatment space, and intends for the patients in his care to be more aware and proactive in their health and wellbeing as this is vital for sustainability.  Chris seeks to use Chinese Medicine to reestablish the natural rhythms in the body, which helps his patients better react with themselves, others, and their environment on all levels – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.


Rachel Sims, LMT, LPN

Rachel is a licensed massage therapist in addition to being a full-time practicing nurse for over ten years.  She attended the Chattanooga Massage Institute to master this relaxation technique.  Rachel has been married to her husband Chris for 20 years and is the proud mother of two: Warren and Autumn.  Her philosophy is that therapeutic touch can help bring about healing, not only for the body, but for the mind and spirit as well.

Miranda Masters

Miranda Masters is a reiki practitioner of the Usui method. Attuned to and certified in reiki in 2019, Miranda also received certification in energy medicine at Chattanooga State Community College in 2021. 

Passionately interested in learning the effects of trusting intuition, understanding the wide range of emotions we experience as humans and hold within our bodies, and following the path of spiritual transformation drives Miranda to share her experience, knowledge, and training with others. 

Miranda first experienced the power and personal transformation of reiki in 2018 while in London and immediately became curious to explore how certification and knowledge of the practice could help her and others around her.