We created Catalyst™ in 2019 to provide evidence-based acupuncture and alternative medicine to Boise, Idaho, and the greater Treasure Valley community. 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, and to see you thrive and be the happiest, healthiest version of yourself.
Acupuncturist, Owner and Co-Founder 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. This revelation and her lifelong passion for medicine eventually led Sonya to pursue a career in 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 to help them find their integral strength and hope for healing. Her goal as a practitioner is to help and empower every patient to harness their own healing force and advocate for their deepest needs.
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. Somatic care has been a principal force in Chinese Medicine, and Sonya honors and celebrates the depth of the mind-body connection with the tools she was given from her education. Sonya helps create a safe space for each person to reconnect with their being and physical self for better understanding and tenderness through difficult times. She hopes to highlight the powers of integrated health care with acupuncture, herbs, nutritional counseling, seasonal lifestyle advice, and gentle guidance.
University of Denver, Bachelor Degree in Psychology 2009
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, 2017
Acupuncture Relief Project, Nepal, 2018
Acupuncturist, Nurse and Co-founder of Catalyst™
PLEASE NOTE :
STEPHANIE IS NOT CURRENTLY SEEING PATIENTS
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 understand their own bodies better 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 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
Dr. Tan Pain Management Technique
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 and undergone two major surgeries, one that put a screw in his wrist and another that put nine screws and a metal plate on his collarbone. He has experienced joint dislocations and instability, concussions, and several other soft-tissue injuries. In his early twenties, he dealt with a compromised immune system from candida overgrowth and all the complications that it brings. All these different afflictions have allowed him 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 to 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.”