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Our Mission


We created Catalyst with the goal of providing evidence-based acupuncture and alternative medicine to Boise, Idaho and the greater Treasure Valley community. Healthcare is about you. Catalyst provides individualized care to address your health concerns. We want to be a part of your healing journey, to be a catalyst for change in your life, to see you thrive and be the happiest, healthiest version of yourself.


Are you ready to live a happy, healthy and pain-free life?


Sonya Wool

Acupuncturist and Co-Owner of Catalyst

Sonya grew up in a family of physicians, and as a result, her experiences of health and healing began in childhood. After experiencing a particularly turbulent time in her life, she found realignment and strength through Acupuncture and Chinese herbs. It is these experiences and firsthand knowledge of Chinese medicine that eventually led her to focus on integrated care. This revelation and her lifelong passion for medicine eventually led Sonya to pursue a career in the Acupuncture. Sonya works with clients to help heal the body and alter the mindset that people find themselves in when they are not thriving. The feeling of defeat following an illness or an injury can be a particularly powerful one, and she firmly believes that the key to healing is to find a balance that best suits the needs and capabilities of each individual patient. Her goal as a practitioner is to help and empower every patient so that they can harness their own healing force.


Sonya will help patients find the root cause of their symptoms and give them the tools they need to finish their journey back to a healthy body and mind. She hopes to highlight the powers of integrated health care with acupuncture, herbs, nutritional counseling, and consistency.


  • University of Denver, Bachelor Degree in Psychology 2009 

  • Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, 2017

Volunteer Work:

  • Acupuncture Relief Project, Nepal, 2018

Continuing Education:​

  • Orthopedics

  • Women's Health

  • Dermatology




Acupuncturist, Nurse and Co-Owner of Catalyst

Stephanie grew up with an innate passion and interest in health and healing.  She first discovered acupuncture after the death of a close family member. She was able to use acupuncture to help the grieving process and continued to seek acupuncture treatments for a variety of her own health concerns after that experience. Stephanie believes that healthcare should be about the patient and that the best healing happens when patients are involved in their own care. Stephanie wants to empower her patients to better understand their own bodies and find strength in the body’s innate power to heal itself.


Outside of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Stephanie is also a nurse working in family practice. She uses her knowledge of western medicine to help tie together care so patients understand what’s happening in their bodies from diverse perspectives.


As an Idaho native, Stephanie enjoys being in the beautiful Idaho mountains skiing or hiking with her dog, Huckleberry. She’s also enjoys cooking and gardening. She gets very excited talking about the connections between soil health and human health. 


  • University of Denver, Bachelor of Science in Biology, 2010

  • Southwest Acupuncture College, Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, 2015

  • University of Colorado, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2018

  • George Washington University, Master of Science in Nursing, Graduation 2023

Continuing Education:

  • Dr. Tan Pain Management Technique

  • Functional Medicine


Gavin Kastner

200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, Licensed Massage Therapist, CranioSacral Therapy

Gavin is no stranger to injury and the healing process; he has broken many bones, undergone two major surgeries, one that put a screw in his wrist and another the put nine screws and a metal plate on his collarbone. He has experienced joint dislocations and instability, had concussions, and a number of other soft tissue injuries. In his early twenties, he dealt with a compromised immune system from candida overgrowth and all the complications that that brings. All these different afflictions have given him the opportunity to become closely acquainted with the healing process, and to experience the healing power of therapeutic touch, and of self-care.

Gavin studied at Apollo College and has been a certified massage therapist since 2009.  He has continued his training in bodywork with the Upledger Institute in CranioSacral therapy. He finished a year-long intuitive clairvoyant training in 2013.  He uses this intuition to tune in to his clients so that he can more effectively offer them what they need.


Gavin Kastner has been practicing yoga and meditation since 2005 and is a 200-hour registered yoga instructor through the Hailey Yoga Center.


  • Apollo College, Certified Massage Therapist, 2009

  • Upledger Institute, Certified CranioSacral Therapy

  • Hailey Yoga Center, 200-hour Registered Yoga Instructor

"Bodywork, meditation, and yoga, helped me heal from an array of injuries and surgeries. They have helped me get through mental health challenges. These therapies are an indispensable part of my life. My goal as a teacher and massage therapist is to help people deeply relax, get in touch with their bodies, and become more balanced and centered.”


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4477 Emerald StreetSuite A-150

Boise, ID 83706

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