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Education and Training


Candace Burnikel is a Doctor of  Acupuncture with a specialization in Herbal Medicine.  She is a Board Certified Diplomat of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine through the NCCAOM. She is an East Asian Medical Provider for the State of Washington and Licensed Acupuncturist in Washington and Texas.  She earned her Masters degree in Acupuncture from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Seattle, Washington in 2002.  Dr. Burnikel completed extensive (over 800 hours) of intern and externship during her clinical training including specialized work with Geriatrics, Youth, and in Drug and Alcohol Detox settings.  She has received post graduate training in the Richard Tan Advanced Balance Method, Mary Elizabeth Facial Rejuvenation and Cosmic Contenance, Mei Zen Facial Acupuncture, Facial Diagnosis with Lillian Bridges, Esoteric Acupuncture with Mikio Sankey, Treatment of Leaky Gut Syndrome with Jake Fratkin, Full Spectrum Immune Reactions for Seasonal Allergies and Gluten Intolerance with Will and Marlene Merritt, and additional training in treating Adrenal Fatigue, Orthopedic Disorders, Signs of Nutrient Deficiencies, Morphogenic Field Technique, Wholistic Nutrition, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, TCM research in  vascular health, Detoxification and Traditional Chinese Medicine for the eyes 


Dr. Burnikel has owned and operated her private practice Dancing Turtle Acupuncture for the past 19 years.  Her focus is on the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of health challenges.  She brings a gentle technique, a sensitive approach and a  down to earth genuineness to patient care.  She especially enjoys working with adolescents and with those difficult cases not helped by other modalities. Since moving to Texas, Dr. Burnikel has completed certification in Applied Clinical Nutrition through Texas Chiropractic College and completed her Doctoral degree at AOMA graduate school of Integrative Medicine. 

Born in Idaho, Candace loves the outdoors, gardening, camping, floating the river and spending time with her husband, her Chinese pug and her cat LuLu. 

Education and Degrees:

AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine Doctor of Acupuncture, Austin, TX

A.C.N Applied Clinical Nutritionist, Texas Chiropractic College

M.Ac - Masters in Acupuncture, Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Seattle, WA

B.S.- Psychology and Secondary Education,University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho


Board Certified NCCAOM Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine

Licensed Acupuncturist, East Asian Medical Provider

Honors and Activities:

Teaching Assistant; Bastyr University

Phillip B. Swain, Excellence in Teaching Award

A+ Educator, 2001 Award

Alternatives to Violence, Domestic Violence Responder


Washington East Asian Medicine Association

Texas Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine


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