Hi. I’m Erin Kenning and I am a licensed acupuncturist and functional medicine practitioner in New Orleans. I have a fascination for health and the human body and for deep transformational work. I moved back to New Orleans after years of being away and started Nola Family Acupuncture with the intention of helping people here lead healthier, happier lives. My hope in doing so is that people can then stay out of the medical system and go on to thrive in their life and share their unique gifts with the world.
I do this with a bag of ever expanding tools, currently consisting mostly of: acupuncture, functional medicine, herbal therapies, clinical nutrition, and diet & lifestyle modifications. I consider myself blessed to do what I do and am continually amazed by the powerful and profound effects of Chinese medicine!
My Certification / Training:
- Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from The Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.
- Board certified diplomate in Oriental Medicine by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).
- Advanced training in NAET (Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique), Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture for anti aging, and 5 Element acupuncture for emotional and spiritual healing.
- Trained in functional medicine and certified in “The Kalish Method” as taught by Dr Dan Kalish.
- Currently involved in an advanced mentorship program with Michael Gaeta, a nationally recognized educator, clinical nutritionist, and acupuncturist.
- Also currently in an advanced training program to become a Feminine Power Coach and Facilitator as taught by Claire Zammit.
My Relevant Experience:
- Since 2005, I’ve been working with patients to help them overcome physical and emotional suffering.
- I feel fortunate that my primary training was in eastern medicine. It taught me to always look at the body from a holistic perspective; to find and treat the root cause of the condition; and to address the subtle, energies in the body that influence what’s showing up on the surface.
- I feel like I found the best of both worlds after learning functional medicine and adding functional labs to my eastern medicine foundation.
- I enjoy combining several modalities for the best results- including acupuncture, herbal therapies, whole food supplements, and dietary and lifestyle modifications.
- After years of observing some people heal while others seem to have barriers to healing… I recognized the need to address the underlying limiting beliefs that get in the way of health and happiness. I found that in the Feminine Power coaching and am excited to incorporate it into my practice.
My Passion For the Medicine:
- I’ve had a lifelong passion for learning about health and the human body. Just after kindergarten, I started suffering with debilitating migraines and remember lying in a dark room with an ice pack on my head, knowing that one day I’d be some kind of doctor that helped people. Growing up, I spent a lot of time in and out of the medical system and after many medications with side effects and minimal to no relief, I grew disenchanted with western medicine. This fueled my fascination with physiology and what makes the body go from being well to sick to well again. I studied every complementary and holistic therapy I could get my hands on and couldn’t understand why more people didn’t use it as their first line of defense.
- Right out of acupuncture school, I started attracting people with chronic, complex health conditions. “You attract what you can handle and help they say.” I believe the depth and extent of my experience and suffering provided me with perspective and insight that I am so grateful for. I’ve now been practicing for 11 yrs and after the math, that’s tens of thousands (55,000) of treatments. I worked at a multi-disciplinary clinic in Portland with 25 holistic practitioners where we collaborated on patients behalf. It really opened my eyes to different perspectives and modalities and I bring all of that to the table.
My Vision For the Future:
- My vision of the future is for people to take good care of themselves, starting with the basics of whole food nutrition, exercise, and meditation/ prayer. For them to really learn to listen to what their bodies are telling them. To ask “why?” with symptoms. And to use therapies that support the natural healing process instead of those that interfere or cause harm.
- In doing so, I believe: 1) that people would be able to stay out of the medical system; 2) they would feel good- mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually and; 3) they would then be the best version of themselves- able to share their unique gifts with the world- thereby making it a better place.