Hello one and all! Just letting you know there has been an issue with my office phone which has been resolved. I am finally receiving messages again and I am STILL IN PRACTICE!

So sorry for the difficulty in connecting for a bit. I look forward to hearing from you soon!


“I am a healer. I have known it for some time. Birth in the United States ensured acceptance of Western scientific modalities of medicine as the norm, so it seemed a natural step to enter nursing school; a healer searching for a home. Thirteen years in the nursing field, with many professional and personal experiences behind me, I now open new eyes facing East, and it is my patients who have pointed me in this direction. An increasing number of my patients ask, “What ELSE is there? What MORE could we do?”. They are discovering Western medicine treats but does not always heal in the true Gestalt sense of each individual person’s need.

As Oriental Medicine becomes increasingly accepted in the West, I see future health care practices embracing a more global approach to healing. Even modern Health Maintenance Organizations, or HMOs, are beginning to recognize the benefit, however fiscally based that motivation may be, of encouraging wellness before disease intervention is ever required. I believe this is a very exciting period of emergence for Chinese Medicine as an adjunctive therapy in the West.

These are important considerations for me as I consider a career change of this nature. Still, there is something else far deeper and more fundamental in the way Traditional Chinese Medicine resonates for me. It touches the listening, intuitive and empathic heart within me, showing me a vision of holistic healing on every manifest and subtle level.

I was asked to write a similar essay for admittance to nursing school. The only phrase, trite while sincere, I remember from the essay said, “I want to be a  nurse so I can help people at their most needy.” Nursing has been a wonderful starting place, and I hope to bring the essence of that compassionate profession forward into a new realm as a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

I am deeply dedicated to embracing my commitment to TCM and believe I will bring a wealth of experience, knowledge, skill, right intention, and joyful energy into my work in a way I have previously only dreamed of. Thank you for this opportunity to expand my repertoire of healing talents as I touch those in need in a whole new way.”

(And I feel I was truly correct in choosing this profession, in which all my dreams came true!)


Colorado Therapies 2Yes it is true! My new business location, beginning August 1st, is with Colorado Therapies, located in the beautiful Gunbarrel neighborhood, at 5412 Idylwild Trail, Suite 101, Boulder, CO 80301. I am delighted to be opening a fresh new office with wonderful healers working together. Please plan on checking me out soon! Phone number will still be the same: 303-449-2001.


Even though acupuncturists in Colorado are not allowed to do acupuncture on animals, some vets have been properly trained. It was a really amazing experience to see a horse being treated with needles. He became ultimately relaxed!





Treatment for Pets :

“I could not have made it through the IVF process without the help of Deborah. Although preparing for my cycles was a very stressful and difficult time, I always looked forward to my appointments with Deborah, knowing that she would help me renew a sense of calm, well being and hope. Because of Deborah’s prior experience as a registered nurse and IVF coordinator at Conceptions, she is by far the most qualified acupuncturist in Boulder/Denver area that is able to compliment assisted reproductive technologies with acupuncture. Her vast knowledge of the entire process was invaluable to me. ” ~ A (Mother of Twins)

Note from my patient’s mama to her compatriots of motherhood at Boulder Area Moms group:


If you have an infant (or child, adult) with digestive difficulty or nursing issues, you will want to give my acupuncturist a call. She was a fertility nurse and is a lactation specialist and of course an acupuncturist. She made an incredible difference in (baby) R. He’s sleeping better, nursing better and his belly is shockingly better after one session. Additionally, his belly button hernia has decreased dramatically. she is the kindest most loving woman I know. Her name is Deborah Harris Skelton. She’s on FB. Can’t say enough about her. She helped me get pregnant and now has supported me every step of the way!”

No words will totally express my deepest gratitude for the opportunity to help patients of any age to feel better and live their precious life to the fullest. Thank you soooooooo very much.

Herbal medicine is the use of plants and other materials from nature to treat disease and promote health.

Chinese Herbal Formula

Virtually every culture in history has had some form of herbal medicine.  The first archeological evidence for herbal medicine goes back 60,000 years to a Neanderthal burial site in a cave in what is currently Northern Iraq.   Knowledge of plants has been integral for the survival of humankind.  Awareness of poisonous plants to avoid has obviously been necessary for our survival.  But the discovery of plants beneficial for not only humans but the animals in their care has been a long and valuable tradition.  A written collection of healing herbs and natural substances is called a Materia Medica.  There are thousands of  listings of natural healing allies including those listed in the Chinese Materia Medica.

Twin Cranes Newborn Hats

Being trained as a nurse, I was taught that because the scalp is such a relatively large patch of skin, newborns lose heat easily. So in the medical realm, newborns with hats has always been a staple, especially if babes are born prematurely. But times they are a-changing, and many moms do not see hats as important. There may also be some suggestion that leaving the hat on a baby while sleeping alone may be somewhat of a risk.

For many years, it has been a precious creation of mine to present my hand knitted baby hats to pregnant acupuncture patients getting close to delivering.They have always enjoyed choosing the right color for girl, boy or unknown gender on the way. It makes my heart sing to make these hats, but I do understand it may be placed on baby’s head for a photo shoot, then be put in a drawer during real life.

But that’s okay. It is the intention, the gratitude, as well as the wonderful time I spend on them, which count the most.

Following is a post on Cafe Mom, a really fun and balanced website for parents (and grandparents!). Here is a segment of this post which helps to decide about the use of hats for newborns:

“Indoors, a hat is not strictly necessary,” says Hannah Chow, MD, a pediatrician at Loyola University Health System, adding that the best temperatures for babies indoors are between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

Outdoors, there are a couple factors to consider: heat loss through the head, and protecting your baby’s head from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. “I’d probably say under 55 degrees consider a hat for warmth, over 75 for sun protection,” says Dr. Chow. But between these extremes, baby can probably go hatless.

When in doubt, just use your best judgment. “If you are cold, the baby is probably cold and needs a hat,” says Dr. Burns. Also keep an eye on the baby if he gets fussy or his face is flush, since it could mean that he is too hot.

Bottom line: Don’t automatically stick a hat on your baby without considering the season, temperature, and whether you’ll be exposed to sun or not. If you decide after all this to skip the hat, don’t let anyone make you doubt your decision. ~ Judy Dutton


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