Board of Directors

Carolyn Reuben, LAc,

Carolyn Reuben is a Licensed Acupuncturist, NADA Registered Trainer, book author, journalist, health educator, and consultant.



In1999 Carolyn was given the Harold Cole Annual Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Prevention and Treatment by the Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board.



Carolyn graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1968 in sociology, worked as a social worker for Alameda County and then as a production assistant for an educational television series in Israel before studying motion pictures and television at UCLA and working in media in Los Angeles. In 1979 she entered SAMRA University of Health Sciences in Los Angeles to pursue a new career in Chinese medicine. After receiving her state license as an acupuncturist in 1983 Carolyn studied for three months at the Nanjing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and for another six weeks at Dongzhiman Hospital, Beijing, before opening her own private practice in acupuncture in Los Angeles and then Sacramento.



From 1981-1991 Carolyn was the voice of alternative medicine in Los Angeles as health columnist for the L.A. Weekly newspaper. She is also the coauthor of Essential Supplements for Women (with Joan Priestley, MD)(Perigee, 1988 and Thorsons, 1991) and author of The Healthy Baby Book: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Birth Defects and Other Long-Term Medical Problems Before, During, and After Pregnancy (Jeremy Tarcher/Perigee, 1992); Antioxidants: Your Complete Guide (Prima, 1995); and Cleansing the Body, Mind and Spirit (Berkley, 1998).



Carolyn began using acupuncture for addiction treatment in substance abuse treatment programs in 1992 and in 1994 helped establish Community Addiction Recovery Association (CARA), a Sacramento nonprofit organization which used a wide variety of pharmaceutical-free treatments for addictive and mood disorders.


CARA had contracts providing acupuncture other services to the Sacramento County Probation Department Drug Court, Kaiser Permanente's Chemical Dependency Recovery Program, and numerous private treatment facilities.


Carolyn was a cofounder and is currently President of the Board of the Alliance for Addiction Solutions (, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using acupuncture, nutrition, exercise, and other mind-body integration techniques to repair the brains of people with addictive and mental health disorders.


In addition to lecturing at state and national conferences, Carolyn is the author of magazine articles on the use of pharmaceutical-free treatments for addiction recovery, provides acupuncturists, physicians, and addiction and mental health professionals nationwide the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) 5-Point Ear Protocol Training, and serves as a consultant to help develop nutrition and acupuncture programs in private and public treatment facilities.




Board President 

Carolyn Reuben, LAc, RT

Carmichael, CA 95608


Christine Engen

Chris Engen is a Nutrition Consultant (NC), certified by Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts. She is a Certified Recovery Nutrition Coach, (CRNC 1) trained to practice Amino Acid Therapy, which addresses the physical component of addiction and mental health recovery. She is also Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition (BCHN™)


Chris started her online wellness business, Nutrition for Recovery, Inc, after identifying the immense need for nutrition education in addiction recovery programs. She helps people identify and correct the neurotransmitter and nutrient imbalances that drive substance abuse and other addictions. She sees each person as a biochemically unique individual, with different needs and goals to achieve desired wellness of Mind, Body and Spirit.  She works with individual clients from across the US and Internationally via Zoom meetings. She is also the creator of the Whole New You Program, an online group elimination diet program designed to discover food intolerances and sensitivities. 


Chris works as a Nutritional Therapy contractor at a 6-bed residential treatment facility, Alhambra Valley Retreat, in Martinez, CA. She is seeing incredible results from implementing nutritional therapy in the form of amino acid supplementation and nutrition education with the clients in treatment, in addition to close collaboration with the program chef to help him design a pro-recovery daily diet for residents. She also consults with physicians on her clients’ behalf to ensure the treatment is holistically complete. Alhambra Valley Retreat receives referrals from Kaiser, a major health maintenance organization (HMO). Chris is thrilled to be part of paving the way for integration between conventional and holistic addiction treatment.  


Chris is an active participant in Julia Ross’s Roundtable Sessions for amino acid therapy consulting education, Christina Veselek’s Group Consultation classes, and is also completing the Advanced Training for CRNC2 through the Academy of Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition. She has been a member of the Alliance for Addiction Solutions Board of Directors since August, 2019. She lives in Alamo, CA with her 3 children and 2 dogs and loves meeting people in the East Bay Area in person who are similarly passionate about biochemical restoration of the addicted brain through nutrient therapy.


Debbie Nelson,

CEO Metanoia Guide

Holistic Addiction Recovery 
Sedona, AZ 602-910-7128

Jean M Muldoon, RN


Registered Nurse for over 40 years, working in all areas of Nursing. Currently working in Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment on Maui. 

Director of Nursing

(808) 870-9087

Jen Bruce

Jennifer's personal journey through 18 years of addiction, chronic health issues and almost nine years in recovery has provided her with the insight, compassion and experience needed to understand what it takes to overcome the seemingly impossible. Jennifer considers addiction to be one of life’s greatest gifts because it provides an opportunity for the experiencer to grow into the best version of themselves and  live a life that is rich and deeply meaningful. Jennifer believes addiction is a catalyst for personal transformation.


Jennifer uses a three tiered approach to addiction recovery, addressing the mind, body and spirit. Jennifer dives deeply into the use of functional nutrition and lifestyle medicine as the foundation for healing her clients from the inside out. Her modalities range from therapeutic nutritional protocols, lab testing, transformational recovery coaching, yoga and meditation, as well as referrals from a wide range of resources to meet her clients’ individual needs. Each recovery journey is client driven and is as unique as their finger print. Jennifer enjoys the freedom coaching allows for her to address each individual’s unique requirements to heal, rather than meeting industry driven one-size-fits-all ideals.


Jennifer has sought out the best instruction in the world in everything she believes to be essential for quality recovery and holds advanced certifications in functional medicine nutrition, nutrition for addiction and mental health, therapeutic culinary arts and recipe development, transformational recovery coaching, as well as ongoing yogic studies in Rishikesh, India. In addition to Jennifer’s professional certifications, she has deep experience and knowledge of 12 step recovery for those clients wishing to integrate a new or existing 12 step program into their holistic recovery plan. Jennifer recognizes the whole recovery spectrum, and works with clients who are in pre-sobriety, early recovery as well as long term recovery, addressing the different challenges commonly experienced at different stages of recovery.


Over the years, through one-on-one and group settings, Jennifer has had the opportunity to serve hundreds of people who’s life’s have been effected by addiction and other traumatic experiences.


Jennifer is the mother of one young daughter and lives on the redwood coast of northern California. She enjoys yoga, cooking, working, learning and going on adventures in far away lands... 


Joan Priestley

Joan Priestley, M.D. attended medical school at the University of Michigan.  Her holistic medical practice focused on natural treatments for HIV and other infectious diseases.  Dr. Priestley was the Executive Director of the Alliance for Addiction Solutions in 2013-2014.   She co-authored Essential Supplements for Women: What Every Woman Should Know About Vitamins, Minerals, Enzymes and Amino Acids ((Perigee, 1988 and Thorsons, 1991) (with Carolyn Reuben, L.Ac.)


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