Alpine Wellness Center


Good health is our business!





Oriental Herbal Medicine

Gwa Sha



Trigger Point Needling

Dry Needling

Electrical Stimulation


Cold Laser Therapy


Vitamins & Supplements


Acupoint Injection Therapy







Director of Alpine Wellness Center, Kris Justesen, O.M.D. (Oriental Medical Doctor), L.Ac. (Licensed Acupuncturist), Dipl. Ac., is a National Commission for Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (N.C.C.A.O.M.) certified Acupuncture Practitioner, who has been in practice since 1986. She received acupuncture training at San Francisco College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, followed by a doctorate (Oriental Medical Doctor) at International Institute of Oriental Medicine, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and advanced training in China.  She is licensed to practice acupuncture in Utah and California.

Acupuncture, Oriental Herbal Medicine, Vitamins & Nutritional Supplements, and Sports Medicine are offered at Alpine Wellness Center. Injury, pain management, stress, headache, asthma, migraines, auto-immune disease, neck/back pain, and more treated.

Acupuncture, Oriental Herbal Medicine, Vitamins & Nutritional Supplements, and Sports Medicine are offered at Alpine Wellness Center. Injury, pain management, stress, headache, asthma, migraines, auto-immune disease, neck/back pain, and more treated.

Acupuncture and Herbal Consultations by Kris Justesen are available by appointment.

Phone: 801-263-9380

Patient Treatment Hours

Monday and Tuesday Afternoon & Evening
Wednesday and Thursday Morning

Located in the Fort Union, Cottonwood Heights Area



Acupuncture is Effective for:

Allergies / Asthma
Anxiety / Depression
Arthritis / Joint Problems
Back / Neck Pain and Stiffness
Bursitis / Tendonitis
Constipation / Diarrhea / Colitis
Colds / Flu Prevention & Treatment
Multiple Sclerosis
Headache / Migraine
Addictive Disorders
Automobile / Accident Injuries
Gastro-Intestinal Pain
Health Maintenance
Shoulder Pain
Tennis Elbow
Sprains / Strains
Post Operative Pain
Smoking Cessation
Fatigue / Low Energy
Facial Paralysis
Whiplash Syndrome
Sports Injuries
Knee / Ankle / Foot Pain
Gynecological Problems
And More...



Visit us at one of our Satellite Offices

Orangeville, Emery County
Phone: 801-263-9380

Southeastern Integrative Healing Arts Center
(be sure to say you are making an appointment with Dr. Kris)
Phone: 425-650-9501
790 N. Cedar Hills Drive
Price, Utah 84501


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NAP: Neighborly Acupuncture Program

NAP works for individuals interested in improving Wellness, Health Maintenance, Treatment for a Health Problem or Challenge while saving money for quality acupuncture.

Learn More

Interested in knowing more about Acupuncture. 
Here are some articles and programs that might interest you.

Chronic Pain (USA Today)
Judy Foreman
Acupuncture "is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and is therefore a reasonable referral option," concluded the researchers. It is, they said, "more than a placebo."
Read more

IN THE NEWS:  Chinese Medicine Goes Under the Microscope
By Shirley S Wang
There's growing acceptance that herbal medicines could be effective for medical conditions, but the scientific evidence to vault such a treatment into an approved drug is often lacking.  As Shirley Wang explains on Lunch Break, researchers are making progress on a cancer treatment based on a common herbal combination in Chinese Medicine. 
To read the full article click here.


AAMA Policy on Dry-Needling

Marshall H. Sager, DO, FAAMA; Rey Ximenes, MD, FAAMA

 The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA) is the premier North American organization of physician acupuncturists. The AAMA is committed to insuring public health and safety by ensuring that all persons practicing any type of medicine, including acupuncture, are properly trained and educated.

It is imperative that courts and medical bodies maintain and preserve strict standards of education and training in acupuncture before any person undertakes inserting a needle into a patient. An ill-trained practitioner could, as a result of lack of education or ignorance, cause substantial medical injury.

Acupuncture, like Western Medicine is a complex subject. It cannot be mastered in a weekend or in a month. All AAMA members in addition to four (4) years of medical school (MD or DO), must have 300 hours of didactic and clinical acupuncture education and training. A non-physician must have in excess of 2,000 hours of clinical and didactic education and training before they can become certified to treat patients in most states.

Dry needling is the use of solid needles (contrasted with the use of hollow hypodermic needles that are used for injections) to treat muscle pain by stimulating and breaking muscular knots and bands. Unlike trigger point injections used for the same purpose, no anesthetics are used in dry needling. There is controversy regarding the definition of dry needling. Licensed medical physicians and licensed acupuncturists consider dry needling as Western Style Acupuncture or Trigger Point Acupuncture whereby the insertion sites are determined by tender painful areas and tight muscles. These sites may be treated alone or in combination with known acupuncture points. Other practitioners take the position that dry needling is different from acupuncture in that it is not a holistic procedure and does not use meridians or other Eastern medicine paradigms to determine the insertion sites.

Dry needling is an invasive procedure. Needle length can range up to 4 inches in order to reach the affected muscles. The patient can develop painful bruises after the procedure and adverse sequelae may include hematoma, pneumothorax, nerve injury, vascular injury and infection. Post procedure analgesic medications may be necessary (usually over the counter medications are sufficient).

There has been controversy in the United States as to who is qualified to practice dry needling. Since it is an invasive procedure using needles, many take the position that it should only be performed by licensed acupuncturists or licensed medical physicians (M.D. or D.O.). In Illinois, this sentiment was echoed by a decision to reverse legislation permitting physical therapists to perform dry needling. These and other practitioners were performing this procedure who are not trained nor do they otherwise routinely use needles in their practices.

The AAMA recognizes dry needling as an invasive procedure using acupuncture needles that has associated medical risks. Therefore, the AAMA maintains that this procedure should be performed only by practitioners with extensive training and familiarity with routine use of needles in their practice and who are duly licensed to perform these procedures, such as licensed medical physicians or licensed acupuncturists.

 December 9, 2014
Adopted unanimously
Board of Directors of AAMA


Copyright 2011 Kris Justesen (Alpine Wellness Center)