Impact Healing was founded in 2012 out of passion for people and medicine. What was then a one woman operation, has now grown into a family-owned wellness clinic with the ultimate goal of treating the body as a whole and not solely your ailments.
Acupuncture works to make sure that the entire body functions together as a single unit by addressing all your needs, not only focusing on what hurts.
With the help of acupuncture, cupping, and nutritional therapy we can alleviate your immediate pain, give you back your energy, and give you the tools to make a positive and healthy lifestyle.
Sasha May. M.S., L.Ac, Founder
Medicine has been my calling since I was five years old. The childhood desire to “make people feel better,” remained in my mind and heart throughout the years, carefully nurtured by my family. My mother, a gifted Western medical doctor, and my father, a brilliant scientist with a Ph.D. in Physics, always encouraged me to follow my dream to practice medicine. In pursuit of that dream, I enrolled in the medical school in my home town of Odessa, Ukraine. However, as the political situation in the Soviet Union deteriorated, my training was interrupted by my family’s decision to immigrate to the United States.
In the U.S. I had to learn the new language and the new way of life, as well as figure out how to support my family before I could realize my dream of becoming a doctor. Sometimes, life has a tendency to detract us from what we consider our true path, and in some sense, that is what happened to me. I built a successful career as a Real Estate broker, and soon after my daughter’s birth I received a degree in Finance from the University of Colorado, which helped me become a financial planner. Although I established a profitable practice as a financial planner, something was still missing from my life. In a way, my job consisted of tending to the financial well-being of my clients, but that just wasn’t the same as tending to people’s health.
When my daughter was five years old, she was diagnosed with a walking disorder. As traditional western pediatricians and neurologists couldn’t provide any tangible long-term solutions, I started searching for answers on my own. That was how I first discovered Yoga, which in turn lead me to the discovery of Oriental Medicine, and with it, a whole new philosophy of the holistic approach to human health. As my daughter’s condition was improving with the help of acupuncture and herbal medicine, my life and my understanding of medicine were fundamentally transformed. Edward Khokhlov, a talented doctor of oriental medicine who successfully treated my daughter and my entire family, introduced me to acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Following in his footsteps, I enrolled in the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and at last became a licensed practitioner of Oriental Medicine myself. Since then I never looked back. It took me many years and many winding roads to realize my dream, and I am grateful to my wonderful husband, family, and my teachers for their patient support along the way. To be able to finally practice healing is a blessing and a great responsibility, and I am honored to do it with all my heart, body, and soul. For me, there is no higher calling in life and no greater satisfaction than to bring and see the positive changes in my patients’ lives and health.
By having a multidimensional East/West practice, and working closely with Dr. Elena Chebanova, M.D. (a respected physician with 30 years of clinical experience) in the same office, we are able to diagnose our patients from two different perspectives, and thus provide the best treatment options and deliver desired results faster than what is possible via a single medical approach. By looking from two different perspectives, we are able to think “outside the box” and get to the root of your heath problems and provide minimally invasive solutions to a wide range of complicated medical issues.
Michelle May, Practice Manager
My name is Michelle May and I am the office manager for Impact Healing (and Sasha’s daughter). My first introduction to Acupuncture was at the age of eight. At that time, I had seen every podiatrist and physical therapist in the front range area for my severe calf pain caused by my toe walking. Each visit I was recommended surgery to lengthen a portion of the Achilles tendon which has its own set of risks and was the least favorable option. My mother had been recommended acupuncture as a sort of last resort option (what else did we have to lose?) and to our surprise, within five to ten treatments my leg pain greatly subsided and I was walking more flat-footed than ever before. The treatments brought back functionality back to my legs, feet, toes, and daily life with no more midnight disturbances from searing leg pain. Being so young, I didn’t have as much of an appreciation for acupuncture as I do now. Having watched my mother’s journey in opening the clinic and treating a variety of illnesses, it has inspired me to follow suit and I am currently studying for my master’s degree in Acupuncture at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. When I am not in the clinic or classroom, you can find me on road trips traveling with my partner and dog.
Mary Grace Catalan, Front Desk/ Administrative
My name is Mary Grace Catalan and I am the virtual assistant for Impact Healing. My role is the Administrative Assistant and I am most known for my optimistic charm and smile. Although I am physically in the Philippines, I assist Sasha & Michelle in the day to day operations of our clinic including taking inquiries, phone calls, scheduling, and greeting the patients as they check-in for their treatments. I believe the key to a successful office is Mindfulness. When I am not working, I spend my time doing community service in my home town such as clean-up drives, blood drives, medical missions, and feeding programs. I believe in taking every opportunity to do good for everyone around me and to not harm either the doer or the benefactor. My husband, two sons, and I love to travel and play outdoor games such as badminton, volleyball, and table tennis. I look forward to seeing you in the clinic!
James Camacho, Licensed Massage Therapist
In the 1990s, I embarked on an adventure on the island of Guam (US territory in the south Pacific). When my oldest son was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia (a disease in which the body ceases making new blood cells), I was devastated. My life was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with a disease that causes exhaustion and makes him more susceptible to infections and uncontrolled bleeding. We traveled around for treatment and finally settled in Denver, Colorado, where my son's life was saved by two bone marrow transplants. It also introduced me to a world of healing by touching that I had never known existed.
I graduated from the Denver School of Massage Therapy in 2010 and began practicing massage therapy. Without realizing it, I was already releasing positive energy and restoring balance to everyone I encountered. I gravitated towards eastern modalities like acupressure, cranial-sacral, and reflexology. I discovered that it didn't matter where it originated from as long as It can benefit the patients. I can tailor the massage to meet the needs and demands of each person through touch. Receiving amazing reviews on how different people feel after only one treatment is incredibly rewarding. So rather than reverting to prescription medications or procedures, I enjoy educating people about the holistic approach to healing that nature provides.