Johanna has loving parents; a most wonderful mother who teaches in the Waldorf School and a talented father who is a landscape architect. She has two very dear sisters. She is a Shining Mountain Waldorf School graduate and is grateful for her education there. She was born in Germany, and grew up in rural New Hampshire, again in Germany, then in Boulder Colorado. She spent half a year in Argentina during high school learning Spanish, went to college in Colorado Springs at Colorado College, studied Chinese medicine in California at Pine Street Clinic and in China. She opened her own practice in California in 2009 and moved it to Colorado in 2013. Johanna is married to Bob Granger and has an amazing three year old son Canyon and a very dear labradoodle name Scout. She loves being married to her coffee roasting, nutritionist, adventure therapist, Mighty Warrior Husband. Being a mother is a truly fulfilling, awesome experience, and Johanna just loves that boy.
Johanna graduated from Colorado College in Colorado springs in 2004 with a BA and a double major in Biology and Asian Studies. She graduated magna cum laude with honors in Asian Studies. In preparation to study Chinese medicine Johanna majored in biology to be able to understand the basis of Western medicine and be able to analyze research. She majored in Asian Studies to become proficient in Chinese language and understand Chinese culture and art.
Johanna, Bob and Canyon
I am tremendously grateful to my many teachers, patients, friends and family members who have touched my life, helped me learn and grow, and supported me with an extraordinary spirit of generosity! Huge gratitude to my husband Bob and son Canyon - you are very loved. Special thanks to my family for always being there, to Mark Hochwender for inspiration and persistent support of my work in Chinese medicine, to the Zheng family for all the opportunities of learning in China, to Michael McCulloch for his generosity, kindness and wisdom in guiding my study of Chinese medicine, to Michael Broffman for sharing his insight and vision in creating an amazing clinic true to the spirit of Classical Chinese medicine, to all the Pine Street family for their care and working together to creating a place of healing, and to Sri Gary for his spiritual guidance.
Johanna is dedicated to living a healthy, balanced and joyful life. She believes how we live is really the essence of Chinese medicine, with less emphasis on the techniques of acupuncture or herbology. Being an example is important to her. She enjoys her Chinese medicine practice tremendously, prioritizes time with her family, enjoys hiking, backpacking, yoga, cooking yummy healthy meals, getting good sleep and rest, painting, growing veggies and tending flowers, playing some music (cello), taking a vacation, and her dedicated spiritual practice.
Study in China
Johanna went to live in China for one year to deepen her studies in Chinese medicine, art and language. She lived with the Zheng family who took care of her like a daughter and connected her with other teachers. The family helped build language skills which she would need because all classes were in Chinese. She advanced her studies in Chinese medicine by observing acupuncture as practiced in the city hospitals with Dr Chen, as well as observing how the president of FuJian university of Chinese Medicine saw patients and wrote out herbal prescriptions. She learned about Chinese herbology in the local herb shops. She had private lessons with professor Lin on Chinese literature and poetry. In the early mornings she learned Tai Chi in the park. As mentioned above Johanna studied Chinese painting as well. She also traveled extensively through China with her sister, visiting sacred mountains and monasteries, important historical cities, and the amazing and diverse landscapes of China. Johanna wrote a blog during her year in China and you can visit it here: http://johannatravels.blogspot.com/
CLASSICAL CHINESE MEDICINE FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN
JOHANNA ALTGELT GRANGER LICENSED ACUPUNCTURIST AND HERBALIST
Pine Street Clinic, San Anselmo CA
Study of Chinese Art
Johanna attended Waldorf schools since kindergarten, where the education is very artistically inspired and aesthetically oriented, giving her a good foundation to work from. At Colorado College Johanna studied Chinese Calligraphy with Harrison Tu, and put on an art show of her work in 2004. In 2005 while living in China she undertook a year-long study of Chinese painting with internationally and nationally recognized artists Zheng Bai Zhong and Lin Zi Ben, in their home studios.
For Johanna,the essence of health through Chinese medicine is in how we live. Our lives are all so very unique. Each person is completely individual. One persons balance is not the next persons. Yet the elements of a healthy, balanced life in Chinese medicine are quite universal. Correlations are drawn between life themes and our physical organs in Classical Chinese medicine. For example, having an inspired vision for your life, being surrounded by loving, nurturing and supportive relationships, feeling love, joy, and contentment are important elements of life, that relate to the heart in Chinese medicine. Feeling grounded, connected to the earth, eating healthy foods, establishing and maintaining healthy daily rhythms and routines, and holding healthy boundaries are themes that relate to the spleen. Having a healthy financial life, giving and receiving, simplicity, letting go and breathing in Chinese medicine are themes of the lungs. Staying hydrated, rest, sleep, relaxation, connection with your purpose, your creativity, your ability to reflect, find insight and a bigger viewpoint, are connected with the Kidney. Manifesting your plans, growing in the areas you are not strong, living a clean life, and physically being in movement daily are related to the liver. To simplify these themes down to just the physical elements, we need relationships, we need good food, we need to breathe clean air, we need to stay hydrated and get good sleep, and we need movement more than we need acupuncture or herbs. By reading the pulses, diagnosis of organ health can be easily made and a great deal of insight can be gained. We each have strengths and weaknesses and Chinese medicine is excellent for identifying, correcting and preventing imbalances. Johanna seeks to inspire her patients to seek health within their daily lives.
Life is not always so pretty and often we need more assistance than improving life choices. While taking an active role in health is an important goal, often patients need more support. The tools of Chinese medicine can be used when life and health have gone awry, and at times are more effective at treating a condition than changes in life style. Acupuncture, herbs, cupping and supplements are the treatments she provides. Johanna has helped people on a very wide spectrum. She has helped first time mothers conceive after years of trying. She has induced labor and supported mothers during the birthing process. She has helped newborns recover from their first cough, helped children ease their allergies and skin rashes, and recover from daily migraines. She has helped adults with pain relief, digestive problems, sleeping problems, recovery from Lyme disease, stroke, menstrual problems, PCOS, menopause, enlarged prostate and more. She has helped people through their cancer journey both as it unfolds and sometimes ends. She has helped elderly patients experiencing dementia, heart disease, lack of energy and she has cared for the dying and been there in the moment of death. Each of her clients has opened new perspectives on life and has helped her grow as a person and practitioner. Certainly there is suffering in life and support in that is important.
What sets Johanna apart from other acupuncturists in the Boulder area?
Mist and incense at New Years at the temple of Mount Gu Shan outside Fuzhou
Johanna backpacking Colorado
Johanna and Canyon
JOHANNA'S APPROACH TO CHINESE MEDICINE
Johanna, Bob and their labradoodle Scout
Study of Chinese Medicine
The art of Chinese medicine is best learned from clinical, hands on life experience, thus Johanna chose an apprenticeship based training. She studied with Michael McCulloch LAc MPH PHD, whose very intelligent and also very kind way of practicing Chinese medicine has been a tremendous inspiration and influence for Johanna. As Michael specializes in oncology, Johanna naturally gathered experience in that field. Her study was within the Pine Street Clinic in San Anselmo CA, one of the few clinics that offers classical Chinese medicine training. The program is formally known as the California Acupuncture Tutorial and allows a student to study in the hands on environment of a clinic, complimented by classes in schools as a path to obtaining an acupuncture license. While studying at Pine Street Clinic, Johanna was involved in research projects with the Pine Street Foundation. Projects included training dogs to detect cancer by smell, and writing a series of articles on the use of antioxidants with Chemotherapy. To learn more about Pine Street Clinic and all the interesting research happening at Pine Street foundation click on the links to the right.
Chinese medicine has always gone through changes and integrated new ideas and different perspectives on health. In the 20th century, Chinese medicine changed again – this time it was simplified and many health perspectives were eliminated from the textbooks and the medicine became more formulaic. This is what is commonly taught in schools both in China and the US. Johanna was more interested in the classical approaches to medicine with all the rich and various viewpoints. Johanna is very grateful to be part of a lineage of practitioners that goes back to a doctor from Taiwan and is connected with the texts of the Nan Jing - the classic of difficult questions.
Certifications and Degrees
California and Colorado state licensure
L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist certified by the California Acupuncture Board
Dipl. Ac&CH, Diplomate of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology certified by the National Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
CCNT, Certified Clean Needle Technique by the Council and Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
BA, Bachelor Degree in Biology and Asian Studies, Colorado College