Allen D. Cline L.Ac.

Allen D. Cline began his studies of alternative medicine in 1982 with Polarity and Craniosacral therapy when he attended the Polarity Wellness Center of Cambridge. During this time he began studies in Ayurvedic and Tibetan Medicine with Vasant Lad and Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. He also studied color and sound therapy with Dr. Peter Guy Manners and John Beaulieu. He graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1985 where he received training in a variety of traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean treatment styles as well as Kanpo Yaku herbal Medicine.

From 1987 through 1991 he attended, practiced and was certified by the National Chinese Academy of Traditional Medicine at Xiyuan Hospital in Beijing, Beijing Medical University’s 3rd Clinical Hospital and Suzhou City’s Traditional Chinese Medical Hospital. During this time he concurrently studied and practiced Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Qigong and Tui-Na therapies with private teachers and in various hospitals in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tokyo and Kyoto.

Since 1991 he has been in private practice in Austin. Texas. He was a primary instructor at the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin from 1993 to 2002. In 1994 he founded and opened Turtle Dragon Herb & Tea Co. and Health Services where he is still in group practice. He has been a Diplomate of Acupuncture and licensed in the State of Texas since 1995. He is our senior Acupuncturist and resident Tea Fanatic.

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James S. Phillips MSOM, L.Ac. CCH

James S. Phillips started his education in Chinese medicine in 1994 in Kunming city in the province of the Southern Cloud-Yunnan, China. While completing his BA in contemporary (post-cultural revolutionary) Chinese literature he attended clinical rotations for two years at Kunming city hospital.  In 1997 he continued his studies in Chinese Herbology in Taibei, Taiwan.

He has been on the faculty at the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine since 2000 teaching classes for students that help them to synthesize both the theory and practice of Chinese medicine into the greater landscape of our modern healthcare system, as well as training them in the manual methods and techniques they will need to be successful healthcare providers.

He uses a comprehensive set of modern and traditional diagnostic tools and systems theories to identify the causes of a wide range of unbalanced (disease) states, from simple issues such as colds/flu and allergies to complex multi-systems level diseases. He is widely read and uses a broad range of tools in treatment so as to provide the most efficient, cost effective care.  Treatment plans are always collaborative, and referrals are recommended as is necessary to insure the most efficient wellness options.

James is a Diplomate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, is licensed in the state of Texas (AC00777) and is completing his doctorate (DAOM) in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine.  He is co-owner of the Turtle Dragon and is in active full-time practice.

You may contact Dr. Phillips directly at, phone consults are available by appointment – 512-452-1410 ext. 24

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Karen Greathouse MSOM, L.Ac.

Karen Greathouse was born in Houston, Texas but was raised in Mexico City, Mexico.  In 1988 Karen moved to Austin, Texas to attend St. Edwards University where she received her Bachelor of Arts.  Later she earned her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Academy of Oriental Medicine(AOMA) in Austin. During her last year in acupuncture school, she did an internship with Dr. Peirong Wu, a master herbalist from Beijing, to study Chinese herbal formulations in a clinical setting.  Her post-graduate work focused on Traditional Japanese Acupuncture styles.  She studied Dr. Yoshio Manaka’s techniques with Junko Ida and Stephen Birch in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Hari style acupuncture with Koei Kuwahara from Boston.
Karen has been teaching and supervising student clinics at AOMA since 2000.  She has had a private practice in Austin for almost 15 years.


Sarah Bass MSOM, L.Ac.

Sarah Bass has worked at Turtle Dragon since 2011.  Working as a clinical assistant to James and Allen has provided her with a rich complement to her education in functional and integrative medicine.

Sarah offers integrated treatments practicing palpation style acupuncture, asian bodywork and advanced herbal medicine as well as teaching healthy lifestyle principles in nutrition, physical and mental health.

Her goal is to provide tangible lifestyle guidance to foster patient empowerment. She is an avid road cyclist and yoga enthusiast and often demonstrates correct alignment and strength principles in the treatment room.

She specializes in treating pain patterns due to various etiologies, structural problems, digestive issues and allergies. Sarah received a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin. She is licensed by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners and board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

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April Chang MSOM, L.Ac., RMT

April Chang first came to the United States from her native Taiwan to further her education.  After receiving an MBA from University of Massachusetts in 1991, she moved to Texas to pursue her interest in the healing arts. She studied massage therapy at Austin School of Massage Therapy and Lauterstein-Conway Massage School from 1993-1994, and she has been a registered massage
therapist since 1993. She then graduated from AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas where she studied acupuncture therapy and Chinese herbal medicine in 2001. She obtained her Texas state license to practice acupuncture and Chinese medicine in 2002. She then completed her advanced certification in Complete Decongestive Lymph Drainage and Compression Therapy from the prestigious Vodder School in 2004.  April specializes in acupuncture for cancer patients, as well as for pain and various chronic issues.  She has worked in internal medicine clinics and cancer clinics for over 10 years. She is highly experienced in the use of Complete Decongestive, Lymph Drainage and Compression Therapy. She has been a contracted lymphedema therapist for Hospice Austin since 2008.

April practices medical massage, acupressure, reflexology, myofascial release, deep tissue, hot stone massage, and craniosacral therapy. April has a natural talent and passion for health and
healing.  Working with you to restore the balance of body, spirit and mind is her passion. You can contact April directly at



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