With passion for Wellness

Meet Brittany Onken,LAc, founder of Desert Springs Acupuncture 

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Brittany Onken is a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) in the state of Arizona with a Master's degree in Acupuncture from the first nationally certified Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture program in the state of Arizona, a certified participant in the International TCM Training Program of Acupuncture at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Chengdu, Sichuan, People's Republic of China. She is also a Nationally Board Certified Diplomate of Acupuncture, (NCCAOM) and is trained in NADA (acupuncture detox protocol).

Brittany is known in a clinical setting for her confidence, her ability to show compassion for many types of people while building a rapport instantly with those she encounters. Her warm spirit and upbeat manner is one of her great assets. She is a person of high integrity who applies her unique ability to relate to others in determining the best therapies to bring resolution to each persons problems. With this innate desire to help others and find resolution she represents a positive influence on those seeking guidance and inspires them to find their specific correct path toward healing.

Our belief is while embracing the design of Traditional Chinese Medicine and their approach to medicine with a more natural holistic approach, it is still important to understand the place for Western Medicine as well.

Brittany brings a truly dynamic approach to her healthcare business including her journey to study Chinese Medicine in its country of origin. In addition to her experience with mental emotional disorders and relating acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to them, she has worked for several years in the field of Chiropractic. During this time she was dedicated to learning healing techniques and the specialization of musculoskeletal disorders. These experiences helped bring further success applying that understanding to an acupuncture clinical setting. This well-rounded experience, immersion, and approach to healing assures those individuals that will visit the practice, with a variety of ailments, to a unique experience with an integrated healthcare approach towards healing.


The program of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture is proven effective over centuries of practice, dating back some 2,000 years ago. This medicine offers a unique approach to healthcare that many are not familiar with in our American/Western type culture of healthcare. This medicine truly takes the time to account for the whole individual including the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical state of the patient. This means there are many factors that are taken into consideration when interviewing a patient; extensive questioning and background information are all important details in formulating a diagnosis, along with various dietary suggestions and lifestyle management guidance. This is much unlike a Western/Allopathic visit to the doctor with a short time span of rushed questioning, little interaction and advice or guidance with solutions outside of pharmaceutical drug suggestions.


Our belief is while embracing the design of Traditional Chinese Medicine and their approach to medicine with a more natural holistic approach, it is still important to understand the place for Western Medicine as well. Allopathic Physicians have the most technologically advanced diagnostic procedures and equipment that can assist TCM practitioners with additional information and evidence for the patients with more advanced or serious conditions. TCM practitioners often advise patients to see a Western Physician or hospital when it is determined that our approach is not appropriate, or not adequate to address the totality of health needs of the patient.