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Meet Dr. Cathryn "Cat" Houdek, DACM, L.Ac.

Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist - California Board of Acupuncture

Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine - Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

Masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine - Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Clean Needle Technique Certified - Council of Colleges of Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine

Certified Kambo Practitioner - International Association of Kambo Practitioners

Certified Usui Reiki Master Teacher - Reiki Rose

Certified Healing Touch Levels 1 & 2 - Healing Touch Program

Bachelors in Sociology - University of Colorado

Additional Training in: Cosmetic Acupuncture, Microneedling & Nanoneedling, Classical Five Element Acupuncture, Shamanic Acupuncture, Orthopedic Acupuncture, Placenta Encapsulation

Dr. Cathryn "Cat" Houdek, DACM, L.Ac, is founder and owner of SovereignQi, serving La Mesa and the greater San Diego community. 
Dr. Cat utilizes the healing powers of Eastern medicine and Amazonian medicine to reconnect her patients with their innate health as sovereign beings. She specializes in Five Element style acupuncture - a style that is deeply rooted in the shamanic branch of Taoism. Her specialty lies in treating mental-emotional imbalances, chronic illness, reproductive health, and holistic facial rejuvenation. Her mission is to provide the tools and resources you need to thrive abundantly in mind, body, and spirit.
Dr. Cat began her journey with alternative medicine in 2013 when she was introduced to Reiki energy healing and received her first level certification in Reiki. From there, she pursued an education in massage therapy at the Hawaii School of Professional Massage, and later, in Chinese medicine at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Denver, where she began the Masters program in TCM. She went on to complete both her Masters and her Doctorate in Chinese Medicine at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. 
Dr. Cat is a California Board Certified acupuncturist, but her skillset does not stop there! She has also received her Reiki Master level certification and her Healing Touch Level 2 certification. In 2021, Dr. Cat was introduced to the healing properties of Kambo, and ultimately felt called to share it with others, leading her to attend the internationally recognized Kambo Pracitioner training program through the International Association of Kambo Practitioners. Dr. Cat is also trained in placenta encapsulation and offers this service to all expecting mothers. Additionally, she has undergone focused training in the areas of cosmetic acupuncture, microneedling, 5 element acupuncture, and orthopedic acupuncture.
Over the years, Dr. Cat has witnessed the power of natural healing within herself, her family, and her clients. Witnessing her sister suffer in health in the hands of Western medicine without the support of natural healing modalities, Dr. Cat was drawn to embark on a deeper path into these ancient and effective medicines so that she could be a better advocate for others to discover their true healing potential. 
Dr. Cat considers herself a medicine keeper, doing her part to maintain the rich culture and traditions of ancient medicines in a modern world. She is here to share the wisdom that has been passed onto her, and to continue to seek more knowledge to be shared with her clients. She firmly believes that the healing power of nature lies within each of us and that our health can be reclaimed by tapping into our innate healing power. It is through radical choice in our wellness journeys that we are able to optimize our inner life force, or qi (pronounced “chee”), to reach our highest health potentials.
In her free time, Dr. Cat enjoys hiking, baking, live music, and spending time at the beach with her friends.

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Any services offered by SovereignQi are not intended to medically diagnose or cure any disease. Always consult with your medical doctor. 
Services offered by SovereignQi are not a replacement for emergency services or urgent care. In the case of an emergency, please call 911.

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