About Us

Bajda Welty, MS, EAMP, LMP

Licensed Acupuncturist & Certified Chinese Herbalist

Bajda Welty, MS, LAc is a licensed acupuncturist and pronounced a Diplomat of Acupuncture by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). She studied at Bastyr University from 1997 to 2002 completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Health Sciences, Master’s of Science in Acupuncture as well as a Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Biography

I am a Washington native. I grew up on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands and attended high school on Bainbridge Island. Since then I have made my home in Seattle.

The small rural community I grew up in exposed me to natural medicine at a young age. “Alternative and complimentary” medicine was the predominant modality. A close family friend and long time acupuncturist was my inspiration in pursuing acupuncture as my profession. The human body and health care has always been my main interest and I new I wanted to become involved in a holistic approach to healthcare. This has made acupuncture a perfect career for me.

I began my college education at University of Washington thinking that I would pursue a career as a Physical therapist or something along those lines. After a year and a half I realized I wasn’t learning what I wanted to be and most importantly, I wasn’t learning how I could help others. Looking at the body from the Western perspective felt empty, it wasn’t a complete picture for me. So, I learned of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program at Bastyr and decided that my start in the health sciences would become my prerequisite work for the Acupuncture program.

Along the way I had my first daughter who learned all the meridians and points in utero, and after I graduated had my second daughter. I have always been drawn to women’s health issues but my own experience with pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum sparked me to look further into this particular area of Chinese Medicine. Although this is my main area of interest, I see a wide range of different cases in my practice. I have a strong commitment to my patients and it is my goal to provide the highest quality of care possible.

Please feel free to contact Bajda with any questions you may have about your health, how acupuncture can treat a particular condition or Traditional Chinese Medicine in general.

Bajda Welty MS, EAMP, LMP
Acupuncturist, Owner/President Fire Dragon Acupuncture

Jillian Rifkind, LAc, EAMP

Licensed Acupuncturist

Jillian is an acupuncturist, East Asian body worker, and herbalist, who received her Master’s degree from the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (SIOM) in 2013. Prior to her East Asian Medical studies, she began cultivating her skill and compassion as a mental health worker, providing support for adults staying at a twenty-four hour crisis house in California.  Witnessing the program’s need for psychiatric medications in order to stabilize clients, Jillian hoped to expand the tools available to her through Chinese medicine. She volunteered working for the healthy lunches program at Standing Against Global Exploitation (SAGE Project) in San Francisco and discovered the power of detoxification acupuncture, which uses ear points to harmonize the organs, stimulates endorphins to relieve pain, and nourishes the system.

Jillian specializes in nutritional therapy using traditional foods and supplements, healing musculoskeletal pain through meridian balancing and gentle movements, and improving mental health and vitality. During her years at SIOM, Jillian had the pleasure of working closely with instructors who specialized in techniques of osteopathic palpation. By becoming aware of subtle pulls of the body, the practitioner can find the channels and points that will release blockages and restore flow. Jillian believes that the body has a way of informing us of exactly what it needs, and learns something new with every patient. Her style utilizes palpation of acupuncture channels and cranial rhythms to find the most effective treatment with acupuncture and bodywork. Jillian continued her education to study with Ursula Popp in Seattle, where she completed an initial course in Cranial-sacral therapy, as well as Visceral Organ palpation and diagnosis. She finds the use of Shiatsu massage, Tui-Na, and cupping, to be helpful for gentle unwinding the body.

Jillian spent a portion of her education working with instructors at the Taoist Studies Institute, learning Chansigong, or “silk-reeling Qi gong.” She describes the practice as a series of gentle and subtle movements that help to open qi flow, unblock the acupuncture channels, and restore energy. She hopes to impart upon her patients the ability to move in the direction of ease, implementing subtle adjustments in movement and lifestyle, which will improve their overall health. Jillian enjoys living on the peninsula in all of its natural beauty. She spends her free time going to see bluegrass and other live music shows, hiking, trail running, camping trip, gardening, and relaxing with her two cats.

Jillian Rifkind, EAMP, LAc
Acupuncturist, East Asian Bodyworker

Helen Foley, LMP

Massage Therapist

With over ten years of experience, Helen successfully incorporates a number of styles of therapeutic massage into her work including Swedish massage, Deep Tissue and Integrative Massage. She infuses Thai Massage, Orthopedic Massage, Reflexology, and Zen Shiatsu into her treatments. Helen has a passion for helping people through massage.  Through teamwork with clients, she has seen firsthand how massage improves health and one’s quality of life by relieving pain and stress and helping the body to reset itself after years of repetitive behaviors.  Helen has helped a wide range of clients including pregnant and postpartum women, children, the elderly, athletes, hospice patients and “regular” folks looking to change their body mechanics, restore health and rejuvenate themselves.

Helen is a 2004 graduate of the Boulder College of Massage Therapy. She is certified in Pre-natal and Postpartum Massage and taught at the Cortiva Institute School of Massage Therapy. Helen is a member of ABMP (Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals) and a provider for Premera, Regence, Aetna, First Choice Health, and Cigna.  Helen and family live on Bainbridge Island, and enjoy exploring the Olympic Peninsula in their free time. **Helen is not currently taking new clients 

Helen Foley Clineschmidt, LMP
Massage Therapist

Alice Hunting

Office Manager- Insurance Billing and Scheduling

Alice is happy to work with a skilled and gracious team of healers at Fire Dragon Acupuncture. She does her best to support Fire Dragon patients and practitioners in meeting their scheduling needs and navigating the complexities of insurance billing. Most importantly, she keeps the mint bowl full at all times!  

Alice Hunting
Office Manager