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!
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.
Hi my name is Jamie! I am a newcomer to North Carolina and have been graciously welcomed by the Infinity family. I am a native New Yorker where I attended NY College for Health Professions, and earned my Masters degree in Acupuncture.
My journey to Eastern medicine was fueled by my daughter’s long-term struggle with chronic pain. It was Western medicines’ utter failure to diagnose and treat my daughter that led me to Chinese medicine. I knew there had to be some alternative to surgery, or a lifetime of prescription medication. I was desperate to find a more natural and holistic approach. Chinese medicine’s use of tiny needles to harness the body’s own power and energy to heal itself was our answer.
I have been fortunate to study different styles of Chinese medicine including Korean, Japanese, and traditional Chinese. I have incorporated this knowledge to develop a very gentle style of practice. I believe even the most needle phobic patient can relax and benefit from the incredible healing acupuncture can provide.
I am certified in facial rejuvenation, which includes facial acupuncture, cupping, and guasha. I would love to share this restorative treatment that can relax your body and bring a remarkable glow to your skin. Please feel free to contact me to discuss how facial acupuncture can help diminish fine lines and wrinkles, and improve the quality of your skin. Regardless of you’re past skin concerns, facial acupuncture and cupping are extremely effective to bring out the very best you to enjoy, and rejoice in.
Assistant Office Manager
Hello there! My name is Katie and you’ll find me at the office, doing whatever it takes to get things done.
My passions in life are working with others and helping people young to old. Here at Relax! and Infinity, it is wonderful to be able to support our therapists, meet and talk with others, and help them choose a service that will improve their well being, mind, body, and soul.
Hello! My name is Bella and I work mainly at our Relax! Massage Therapy office. The environment I work in is one filled with incredibly passionate and caring individuals. I am extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to be a part of the Relax! and Infinity team. My passions include drawing, painting, ceramics, and anything involving creating art in general. I also love to make my own candles, soaps, and jewelry. I love helping people and also working with children specifically, which has lead me to the choice of ultimately pursuing a career in either primary or secondary fine arts education. I always look forward to being able to meet new clients and see our return ones, and being able to see them leave relaxed and refreshed or in less pain. Give us a call and let us help you decide what service would be the most beneficial to your health and overall well-being!
I became a part of the Infinity – Relax office staff just a bit ago and I feel as though I’ve found a new family to enjoy and care for, along with the wonderful clients I’ve met here.
I was an OR nurse for too many years, and it’s said that old OR nurses don’t die, they just go to Central Supply! Having left nursing, I had too many loose ends, so I found something to fill a few hours of each day, and in many ways, I’m happier and richer for the opportunities I’ve found here.
Over the past 30+ years I’ve had many Border Collies in my home. They have been a big part of my life, and I have the son and daughter and g’son of my first beautiful blue merle, Bo’son. Among them they’ve got 3 blue eyes! I’ve been very lucky to have 3 generations of the same sweet guy I first brought into my home during the early 80’s, when i knew very little about how “wolfish” and driven Border Collies can be. Bo taught me so many things, they are truly the smartest canines and not only herding dogs, but also awesome companions!!
Hi! My name is Audri, and I am eager to greet you the next time you visit us for your next massage! My workplace offers a calm, serene environment for not only your enjoyment, but mine as well. I am so lucky and grateful to be given the opportunity to care for people at such an early age. My hobbies include drawing, surfing, listening to music and spending time with my dog and family. I’m currently in the pursuit of becoming a veterinarian, with high hopes of specializing in exotic animals. Right now, all my efforts and concentration is directed towards my job, and ultimately allow you to leave my workplace feeling refreshed, relaxed, and even pain free. I’m excited to see you again for an appointment or greet you the first time I see you!
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!