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Asheville Community Acupuncture

(828) 777-8804
378 Haywood Road

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Cat Finks, L.Ac. · Todd Walker, L.Ac. · Jess Mund, L.Ac. · Allison Mahoney, L.Ac.

Our Practitioners

The health care practitioners at Asheville Community Acupuncture are Cat Finks, Todd Walker, Jess Mund, and Robin Hansen. Read more about them below:


Cat Finks, L.Ac., is a licensed acupuncturist and is certified by NCCAOM in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology. Cat is also trained in Western clinical herbology.

After graduating from Warren Wilson College in 1990, Cat began her formal studies at the California School of Herbal Studies in 1994, receiving certificates in Foundations and Therapeutics of Herbal Medicine. In 1995 she participated in a clinical internship with Tierona Low Dog, M.D., at the New Mexico Institute of Herbal Studies and completed the program as a Certified Clinical Herbalist.

Cat received her Master of Oriental Medicine degree from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine (I.I.C.M.)  in Santa Fe, N.M., in 1999. This program included an internship in the hospital of Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, in Chengdu, China.

After establishing Community Acupuncture in 2000, Cat practiced with the Chinese Acupuncture and Herbology Clinic in Asheville from 2001 until 2006, when she resumed Community Acupuncture. In 2007, Community Acupuncture was renamed Asheville Community Acupuncture. Cat taught Chinese Herbal Medicine at Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts from 2004 to 2009. She left to devote more time to playing music.

ToddTodd Walker, L. Ac., is is a NC licensed and nationally board certified (NCCAOM) Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist. Todd received his Master's from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville, NC. Todd once heard vocation described as, "When the heart's calling wakes up to the world's great need". Providing affordable care to our community on a sliding-scale has given Todd the perfect opportunity to answer a great need of our world, accessibility to health care. This encourages better treatment follow-through, leading to greater relief and restored balance in body, mind and spirit. And by receiving acupuncture in a shared space, health is a collective journey rather than a solitary one.

Todd upholds the belief that good medicine supports the conditions for health to thrive. He particularly enjoys treating acute and chronic pain, stress (anxiety and depression), respiratory, and digestive challenges. Fueled by passion for the role of whole foods in healing, Todd offers guidance and classes in these subjects. Todd has taught Qi Gong and meditation workshops, based on the teachings of Jeffrey Yuen, world renowned teacher of Oriental Medicine and 88th generation Daoist priest with whom Todd Studied for four years. Todd is highly influenced by his primary teachers, Susan Johnson (a pupil of the great Miram Lee and teacher of the methods of Master Tung Ching Chang, a revered acupuncturist from Taiwan), and the Global Balance method of acupuncture as taught by Richard Teh-Fu Tan.

Todd holds a B.A. in English from the University of New Hampshire, and a diploma from the Outdoor Leadership Program/ Greenfield Community College in Massachusetts. Todd worked extensively with at-risk youth for nearly nine years in the field of wilderness therapy. He supported their emergence from self-defeating behaviors and identities to more self-assured, caring and responsible young adults.

Todd lives in Black Mountain with his wife, Katie, daughters, Clare, Lillian and Jade, and the other man of the house, his shepherd-husky, Oakley. Todd's role as husband, father and small business owner has deepened his connections to many friends, families, and businesses throughout our mountain towns. Todd is intent on upholding green business principles and strives to support local sustainable business. Todd is grateful to offer "medicine for the people".

Jess MundJess Mund, L.Ac., is a NC licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. She earned her Master’s at Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville. Jess is nationally board certified (NCCAOM) in Oriental Medicine. She has been practicing at Asheville Community Acupuncture since 2009.

Jess grew up in Baltimore. She received her B.A. from Bowdoin College in Maine. Prior to relocating to Asheville in 2005, she spent five years living on an ecovillage and organic farming commune in Missouri. Jess thrives on broadening her knowledge around living an environmentally sustainable lifestyle and alternative medicine.

She moved to Asheville to study Chinese medicine in order to better serve her family and community. She is passionate about herbal medicine, both eastern and western, and hopes to foster cooperation in the community to cultivate more herbs locally and responsibly.

RobinRobin Hansen, L.Ac., is a Nationally Certified and North Carolina Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist. She completed her Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine at Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville, North Carolina.

In her private practice, Robin meets each patient with an open heart and observant mind. She provides integrative, customized treatments suited to each individual patient and their current presentation. She enjoys working with new and return clientele to treat a wide variety of issues. Robin is honored to facilitate and hold space for patients in their healing process.

Asheville Community Acupuncture · (828) 777-8804 · 378 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC