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

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

Annie Worcester

Office Manager- Insurance Billing and Scheduling

Annie 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!