Meet the Team Behind
East Acupuncture Wellness Boutique

Whole Health Empowerment through honest goods and holistic services

Our Story...

Although we started manifesting  EAWB in April of 2020 (yup right at the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic) it really started way before that.

We feel that EAWB has always been a halo of inspiration and love all around us.  When Covid hit, as in many families, it affected our lives quite a bit. One of the positives for us is that in being forced to slow down, we were able to organize our creativity and birth our business baby! 

Ashley has been practicing Acupuncture for over 10 years and has been in a variety of practices. She owned and operated Alchemy Tearoom and Acupuncture and after much soul searching  she yearned  to create her dream practice, one that not only esthetically was beautiful and healing, but energetically provided for her patients in the way she knew it could. 

Marlene had been in  the service Industry for over 15 years and in the last fours years was the General Manager of Native Kitchen and Social Pub right until its closing due to Covid. Marlene yearned to have a place of her own, where she could nurture her exemplary customer service skills and her business savviness. 

Ashley and Marlene put their hearts and experience together to create EAWB. 

Thank you for being part of our journey. We are so grateful <3 

Meet Our Talented Tribe

Marlene Mechanic- Facilities Manager + Owner 

Marlene Mechanic was born in Asheville and remains dedicated to causes beyond her service industry pursuits. She is an advocate for the LGBTQ community and works closely with local non-profits and organization. In her free time, Marlene enjoys traveling, experiencing new cultures and cuisines, and painting with oils and encaustics.


Ashley Kuper, L.Ac 

Acupuncturist + Herbalist  

Ashley Kuper L.Ac., focuses on fertility/women’s health, acute and chronic pain, digestive disorders, psycho-emotional issues, preventative medicine, Cosmetic Acupuncture and overall health maintenance and stress relief.


Janette Engelbrecht

Acupuncturist + Herbalist 

Dr. Janette Engelbrecht, LA.c. is proud to offer Chinese Medicine services with an integrative approach. Her focus is on helping others to embody a healthy lifestyle in an effort to keep dis-ease and imbalance at bay. The treatments she offers range from a symptomatic style for things like pain or allergies, to a systemic/holistic style for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of internal diseases. Janette graduated from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in May 2019 with dual Masters and Doctorate degrees. 

Dr. Engelbrecht has a strong background in Western cancer care and specializes in oncology. In addition to oncology and pain, Janette focuses on digestion, nutrition, stress, sleep, women’s health & fertility, palliative care, and hospice care.

Janette is an avid hiker and spends her free time with her pack of senior dogs and her husband enjoying the mountains of Western North Carolina.


Nicole Ruffolo

Acupuncturist + Herbalist 

Through my personal and professional experience, I have found there is a true connection between how we experience life’s ebbs and flows, and the way those shifts manifest in the body. Much of my work as a Chinese Medicine practitioner is centered around addressing the root of these symptoms and guiding clients to look deeper into and get to know themselves on a more intimate level. Through facilitating the innate healing capacity and self-empowerment, the body and mind will gradually rebalance itself and get to a fully integrated place. 

During a session, I am listening to the words you say and also what your body is communicating to me. We forget sometimes that while the Earth moves through her seasonal shifts, so do we. I strive to create a space in which my clients feel comfortable restoring and growing, while we tune into and collaboratively work through whatever life cycle they are in. 

Some of my specialties include women’s reproductive health, facial rejuvenation, stress/anxiety, depression, acute and chronic pain management, digestive distress, fatigue, headaches, and insomnia.


What Our Patients Have to Say

“EAWB is awesome!!!! They are knowledgeable, professional, and caring. She truly knows her craft and has done wonders for me with her acupuncture. She listens to me and my body and has helped me with ongoing pain from accident injuries and scoliosis. She also has helped me with everyday aches and pains, anxiety and depression, and sicknesses. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for an acupuncturist.”

- JM

“EAWB has helped me resolve my health issues (when no other health practitioner has been able to). She has a deep knowledge of Chinese Medicine and radiating warmth, and I always leave her treatment room feeling better than I thought possible!”

- MA

“EAWB practitioners are  very knowledgeable and have a wonderful bedside manner. They have helped me with on going sciatica, energy and digestion issues. This is the most relaxing atmosphere to be in! I easily am able to take a nap and unwind in a professional and spa like environment!”

- CG

“I have been going to EAWB for 2 years now, first for cosmetic acupuncture and now for general wellness. They are  wonderful! I have had acupuncture and cupping for various aches and pains and always get relief.”

- JB

“Ashley and her team are  excellent, assiduous, and thoughtful practitioners. They are  always welcoming, kind, and listen carefully but unobtrusively, diagnosing and acting quickly but accurately. I truly feel comfortable when coming to acupuncture with them and can fully relax while in treatment, allowing it to work. I successfully conceived once I started acupuncture with them, despite being told that I needed IVF to do so, and my plantar fasciitis is finally gone! I highly recommend their work.”

- CD


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