Welcome To Infinity
Acupuncture Wilmington, NC
Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Therapy!
- Are you frustrated with health challenges that can’t be solved with western medicine and the only answer has been medications that just mask the symptoms?
- Are you dealing with chronic pain issues such as back pain, neck pain or knee pain?
- Are you frustrated with doctors who don’t spend time with you or understand what is truly wrong with you?
Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture
How Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Can Help…
- Chinese medicine is a proven system of medicine that has worked effectively for over 4,000 years and withstood the test of time.
- Chinese medicine focuses on treating the root cause of health issues not just temporarily relieving the symptoms
- Chinese medicine is the safest form of medical treatment and has the lowest malpractice rates
- Acupuncture has helped many patients avoid surgery by helping the body to heal itself
- Gretchen has earned a Masters of Acupuncture at the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine and was taught in the tradition of “The Father of Chinese Medicine in the West” Dr. Nguyen Van Nghi.
- Acupuncture balances and treats mind, body and spirit for whole healing.
My Promise to My Patients
- We will take the time to provide you with the care you and your body needs
- We will get to know you and your body’s needs
- We will do a comprehensive diagnosis and create the correct course of treatment and healing
- With over 15 years of combined experience as a master massage therapist and tuina expert, we will combine massage body work with the healing power of acupuncture to help you heal faster
- We will see you at your scheduled appointment time
- We will listen closely to what YOU and YOUR BODY is telling us so that we can respond with the appropriate treatment
Meet Our Staff!
Welcome! I’m Gretchen Rivas, owner of Infinity Acupuncture. I first received acupuncture 10 years ago for front hip pain that just wouldn’t go away and seemed to have no source. That healed and I went on…
Welcome! I’m Gretchen Rivas, owner of Infinity Acupuncture. I first received acupuncture 10 years ago for front hip pain that just wouldn’t go away and seemed to have no source. That healed and I went on living my life as a massage therapist, business owner of Relax! Massage Therapy and a part-time instructor at Miller Motte College. One of the classes I was asked to teach was Energetics. This included the basics of Chinese Medicine and other energy-based modalities. Of course, I had to learn the basics of Chinese Medicine in order to teach it and that was what really tweaked my interest in becoming an acupuncturist! The more massages I did, the more I realized, “If I knew how to do acupuncture, I could help people heal at an even deeper level.”
With over 6 years as a massage therapist, and a BS in Business from the University of South Carolina I enrolled in the Masters of Acupuncture Program at Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in Sugar Grove, NC. The program at Jung Tao is different from traditional acupuncture schools in that we learned the concepts of Chinese Medicine on a deeper level, studying in the lineage of one of the world’s great masters of acupuncture, Nguyen Van Nghi. Whereas the majority of schools of Chinese Medicine devote more time to herbal medicine we spent the entire four years going deeper and deeper into the science and art of Chinese Medicine; what does health look like from a Chinese Medicine perspective, how does a lack of health manifest and how do we use acupuncture to help the person return to health? Also at Jung Tao, we spent three years learning Yang style Tai Ji Chuan, according to Zheng Man Ching. After three years of intensive study, we spent a year in clinic, practicing on patients that drove from miles around to come to the clinic.
The beauty of it all is people got well! They would come in as train wrecks; physically, mentally and emotionally at the end of their ropes and they would return to health! People in pain could walk again, move again, have a life again! People that were depressed and anxious walked out feeling better and happier. Over and over I treated people who thought there was no hope for their situation and they left with hope in their soul and more spring in their step.
I practice acupuncture because I love seeing people get well and return to the health that has eluded them for years. It is one of the safest ways to heal; no drugs, no surgery, just a few needles, some moxa or cupping and amazing things begin to happen! So, come see me soon, the sooner the treatment the faster the healing! Can’t wait to help you be your best!
Jeff FoxWelcome! My name is Jeff Fox and my journey into acupuncture began after my wife suffered a debilitating injury. She developed a stressful thrombosis (blood clot) that went from the clavicle area …
Welcome! My name is Jeff Fox and my journey into acupuncture began after my wife suffered a debilitating injury. She developed a stressful thrombosis (blood clot) that went from the clavicle area to the mid forearm and was life threatening. The acupuncture doctor recognized the seriousness of problem and convinced the PA that a combination of Western and Eastern medicine would be the answer. So with blood thinners to break down the clot and acupuncture to prevent nerve damage, she was cured and avoided permanent nerve damage. Since then she has also been able to stop using her steroidal inhaler prescribed for her allergies.
I was a computer system administrator at the time and this was a life changing experience for my wife and me. I rethought about what I wanted to do with my life and I went back to school to become an acupuncturist. I attended Southwest Acupuncture College, one of the top ten colleges in the United States, for my 4 year program in Oriental Medicine. I received my “Diplomate of Oriental Medicine” in 2009 and moved to NC three years ago. I have been involved in the acupuncture community in WIlmington since I arrived and am now the current local representative for the North Carolina Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
I employ both Chinese and Japanese techniques in treatments. I treat a wide variety of ailments, primarily chronic conditions, including allergies, auto-immune diseases, menopause, neuro-muscular pain and insomnia. I may use a combination of acupuncture, herbs, Tui-Na (fascia and muscular manipulation) and nutritional counseling to facilitate a patient’s recovery.
Kelly KornegayHi, my name is Kelly. I work as the office manager over at the Infinity Acupuncture office. I am a Wilmington native who has lived in the Raleigh/Durham area for the past ten years. I am blessed to be able to come back homes.
Hi, my name is Kelly. I work as the office manager over at the Infinity Acupuncture office. I am a Wilmington native who has lived in the Raleigh/Durham area for the past ten years. I am blessed to be able to come back home to my roots. I am excited to work alongside such talented, passionate, and extraordinary acupuncturists and therapists who have dedicated their lives to the healing and wellness of others.
My passions include singing (I am a classically trained vocalist and love singing Blue Grass and Blues), literature, all animals and animal nutrition (I am a dog trainer, small animal care specialist, and worked for the Mars Petcare team for two years with pet specialty and premium foods as my specialty), office management (I was the office manager at Phoenix Tattoo Studio and Art Gallery in Raleigh, NC for four years and had the honor of working for some of the most amazing artists on the east coast and in the world), and the health and wellbeing, both physical and mental, of others. Come visit us at Relax! and Infinity and be well!
Woof Woof! My name is Fifel and I am the company mascot-greeter. You will usually see me come out into the lobby and say hello when you arrive. I am well behaved and started helping when I was a puppy.
Woof Woof! My name is Fifel and I am the company mascot-greeter. You will usually see me come out into the lobby and say hello when you arrive. People often wonder why I am so well behaved around people and it’s because I started helping when I was a puppy.
My mom used to have her massage office at our house and when I was a puppy she tried crate training at first. Well, that didn’t last for long, she couldn’t stand to hear me cry, even though I was on the other side of the house! So, she started bringing me into the massage room with her and I would crawl under the couch and go to sleep. Most people wouldn’t even remember I was in the room until the massage was over and I would crawl back out. Over time, I learned to greet the clients when they came in and with some I even got up on the table with them if they wanted me to.
I still do that today at the new office, greet people and help them feel comfortable about being here. I got my Therapy Dog Certification so I am certified to go visit people in other places too. If you need some extra comfort while you are here, just ask! I can help!
- Acupuncture is the use of tiny sterile needles that are inserted into specific points along the body to unblock the Qi where it may be stuck. Each point sends a specific message and when points are combined in a treatment they tell the body to do what it was designed to do, which is to heal itself.
Cupping is a technique that has been used in cultures around the globe for thousands of years. It is a wonderful way to safely pull toxins up out of the deeper layers of muscle tissue. Cupping technique is designed to pull toxic build up and muscle spasm from deeper tissues of the body to the surface of the skin.
- Nutrition plays a huge part in your health and the success of your acupuncture treatments. An often neglected part of health care in modern society, it is actually the key component in getting well and staying healthy. The old saying, “You are what you eat”, is never more true than today.
“Chinese medicine is a complete coherent, integral, interdependent and independent system of health care that must be understood within its own context, in whole, not in part, if it is to be mastered. It was born out of Daoist philosophy, which is at the heart of Chinese medicine and contains the original, guiding ideas that nurtured it into existence.”
~ Dr.Sean Marshall (Founder of Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine)