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 M.Ac, Acupuncturist
My first introduction to Acupuncture was at the age of seven. 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 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. During the earlier days of the clinic I started out as the receptionist and worked my way towards office manager for several years. I enjoyed watching the way patients would come in and the way they would leave were so different and watching my mother’s journey in opening the clinic and treating a variety of illnesses inspired me to follow suit. In December of 2021, I graduated with my master’s degree in Acupuncture from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Denver. In March of 2022, I traveled to the countryside of Nepal to practice primary care & acupuncture for two months with the Acupuncture Relief Project. When I am not in the clinic, 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!
Margarita "Rita" Shleyfer, Patient Coordinator
Hello everyone! My name is Margarita, “Rita” for short and I am a Colorado native! I would describe myself as someone who is very passionate and open. I absolutely love learning about people’s backgrounds, cultures, and what shaped them into the person they are and what they want to become in the future. I come from a Russian background and I am so thankful for it because I can really connect with others and see more sides of a person. I believe that doing small meaningful things whether that’s being more active, or eating healthier, or even going on a walk or sleeping in creates a bigger meaningful impact in ones life! Like the quote “Big things come in small packages” that’s how I think and what I’ve done to learn that taking time to process and do things for oneself helps reach that end goal and expand into more goals to achieve. Acupuncture for me has helped me appreciate that taking care of your health is so important and should be someone’s #1 Priority. In my free time I love to dance, go on walks with my dog, and spend as much time as I can with my family including my beautiful niece!