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How I fell in
love with Oriental Medicine

Stephanie Ykema-Stunes, M.Om., Dipl.Ac., L.Ac., owns and operates Balance Acupuncture & Wellness Center. She has a passion for Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and her goal is to enrich the lives of her patients through holistic, patient-driven care.

Like most Acupuncturists, Stephanie came to the medicine in a round about way. After being in a car accident, she stumbled upon acupuncture as a treatment for her neck pain and fell in love. That love turned into a true passion and in 2013 she started Graduate School.

Her passion only grew when she learned the unlimited reach that acupuncture and Chinese Medicine has in treating a variety of aliments. She enjoys treating patients of all kinds and truly loves the challenge of a difficult case.

Stephanie holds a Master's degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University. The program consisted of more than 3,000 hours of training (including clinical work).  She graduated in August of 2016.

She also holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Massage Therapy from the Minnesota School of Business.  The program consisted of more than 750 hours of training in multiple modalities of massage as well as academic coursework.  She graduated in March of 2005.


  • Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM) (National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)

  • Licensed Acupuncturist in Minnesota (Minnesota Board of Medical Practice)

  • Clean Needle Technique (CNT) Certified (Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)

While doing clinical work at school, Stephanie had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings treating numerous types of patients and conditions.  She had the privilege of doing clinical rotations at: University Health Services (on campus clinic), Bloomington Natural Care Center (on campus clinic treating the public), Salvation Army Harbor Lights Center, Aliveness Project,  Journey Clinic (Pediatric Infusion) at the University of Minnesota and Pathways - A Healing Center.

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