Dresden Holden, MAOM, L.Ac.

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  • Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist
  • Masters of Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese and Integrative Medicine // AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine //  Austin, TX

Native to Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, my life has been a meandering path that has taken me far and wide. I am happy to be here and using the tools I have gathered along the way.

I have always been a contemplative person which has led to years of poetry writing and journaling, a degree in environmental literature, yoga teacher trainings, vipasana retreats and a couple years living at Mount Madonna Center, a yoga community in the southern Santa Cruz mountains.

The study of yoga led to self-directed study of Ayurveda that continues to this day with research into works by Dr. Vasant Lad and Dr. Douillard. It was at a silent weekend retreat at Mount Madonna Center where I met Vanessa Stone and began volunteering with the Amala Foundation at the Austin Global Youth Peace Summit. I eventually moved to Austin to continue studying energywork with Vanessa Stone. This work is steeped in the study of energetic anatomy and practices include hands-on energetic bodywork, self inquiry and contemplative art and writing.

With this foundation I went on to pursue a graduate degree in Traditional Chinese and Integrative Medicine at AOMA Graduate School for Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas. Advanced studies were in orthopedics, fertility, and acupuncture for recovery as an Acudetox specialist. It was here I found an avenue for my personal interest in combining disordered eating/body dysmorphia recovery with alternative therapies to facilitate lasting healing and balance. 

Informed from my herbal and acupuncture practice, energetic bodywork studies and personal healing journey is Dresden Body + Wellness, a curated line of natural skincare products. Potent simplicity with an affinity for the subtle, these products are pure skin and soul food meant to balance and restore the skin barrier. Nontoxic ingredients are meticulously sourced to optimize quality while reducing environmental footprint.


Resulting from my range of studies is a unique treatment style that often weaves acupuncture with energywork and bodywork. This creates a genuine and intentional space for deep rest and opens the door for profound healing. 

I enjoy working with one patient per hour to provide attention to detail and care for the environment created in the treatment room.

Current specialties include women's health, fertility, orthopedics, sports medicine, stress and general wellness. Current modalities offered include acupuncture, energywork, cupping, Red LED/Infrared therapy and bodywork. 


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