Our Acupuncture Practitioners

Our licensed acupuncturists are committed to helping you achieve optimal health and wellbeing.

At Merriam Park Acupuncture, we:

  • take time to understand you as a person
  • provide natural remedies to treat your mind, body and spirit
  • inspire, support and challenge you to make safe, effective life changes
  • help you cultivate personal power to feel your best
Dawn Pivec

Dawn Pivec

MAc, MA, LAc

Dawn Pivec, Owner

Dawn is the owner of Merriam Park Acupuncture. As of October 1, 2020, she is focusing solely on running the business and no longer treating clients.

Dawn started her career as an alcohol, drug addiction and mental health counselor. She worked for seven years treating men, women, and youth at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Pride Institute, and the Lino Lakes Correctional Facility. During that time, she also took a year-long backpacking trip through various parts of the world.

Dawn yearned for a holistic medicine approach that incorporates natural healing by encompassing the mind, body, and spirit. After completing her own healing journey, she decided that acupuncture was the best fit for her goal of healing others to achieve optimal health. The next step was pursuing a second master’s degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine.

Before owning Merriam Park Acupuncture, Dawn practiced acupuncture at Salvation Army, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, Fairview Hospital, Bloomington Natural Care Center, Pathways Health Crisis Resource Center, and Fertile Ground Natural Care.

When she’s not enmeshed in the endlessly awe-inspiring study of Traditional Chinese Medicine, you’ll find Dawn in the woods searching for mushrooms or wild food, listening to the birds and water, or identifying flowers, trees, and insects.

Kim Doyle

Kim Doyle

BA, MSOM, DiplAc, LAc

Kim Doyle, Acupuncturist

Kim’s approach to integrative medicine supports the whole self: mind, body, and spirit. Through her training and her own personal journey, she has seen how Traditional Chinese Medicine can give people a new lease on health and life.

Although she enjoys treating all conditions, Kim has special interest in neuropathy, sciatica, back pain, knee pain, Bell’s Palsy, stroke recovery, emotional imbalances such as anxiety and depression, trauma, insomnia, menopausal issues, chronic pain management, stress management, oncology support and fertility for same sex couples.

She has experience practicing in traditional clinics, hospital in-patient, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in-patient and out-patient, as well as community style clinics.

Prior to becoming a health professional, she was a computer programmer in the corporate world. Kim also spent more than a decade working overseas as a humanitarian aid worker in Afghanistan and Pakistan. These life experiences helped her see first-hand how stress and trauma affect health.

Kim is passionate about social justice issues and committed to her faith community. She finds pleasure and refreshment in almost anything outdoors: hanging in a hammock, biking, kayaking, camping, and walking her Goldendoodle dog, to name a few. In addition, yoga and meditation practices help her navigate her own life.

Adrienne Suess

Adrienne Suess

BA, MSOM, DiplAc, LAc

Adrienne Suess, Acupuncturist

Adrienne Suess was gifted with a car accident in 2014, because the day following the accident she got acupuncture for the first time. With the help of chiropractic care, acupuncture, and massage, Adrienne was feeling better than she did prior to the accident within two weeks. It was then that she fell especially in love with the benefits of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Adrienne is a firm believer in treating the root cause of an issue instead of masking symptoms.

She has had the opportunity to work with hundreds of individuals from many walks of life, ranging from professional athletes to kids undergoing bone marrow transplants to people recovering from traumatic brain injuries and strokes. She especially enjoys women’s health, infants and adolescent care, and specializes in headaches, pain management, digestive, and sleep disorders. 

In her free time, Adrienne enjoys spending time with her pets, helping people in her community, and relaxing at home. She is also a trained doula through DONA International and is working towards her certification.

Andrea Osvold

Andrea Osvold

MAc, DiplAc, LAc

Andrea Osvold, Acupuncturist

Andrea specializes in treating PMS, infertility, Fibroids, PCOS, Endometriosis, digestive disorders, neck pain, back pain, autoimmune diseases, sports injuries, depression, grief, addiction, trauma, eating disorders, and chronic pain.

Andrea became interested in alternative medicine in her early twenties and quickly fell in love with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has a passion for integrating ancient practices such as acupuncture and cupping with functional medicine to provide patients with a truly personalized care plan.

She has experience treating patients in a variety of clinical settings including in-patient hospital, community style, functional medicine and integrative health. Andrea uses a combination of acupuncture, cupping, electrostimulation and diet/lifestyle recommendations to structure a unique treatment plan for each one of her patients. She believes in supporting the body’s natural ability to heal with minimally invasive treatments and lifestyle changes.

When she isn’t treating patients, she enjoys listening to live music, being on the water, hiking and exploring state parks with her husband and two dogs.


Andrea Sullivan

Andrea Sullivan

Andrea Sullivan, Certified Massage Therapist 

Andrea Sullivan has been dedicated to healing Modalities and Qigong movement practices for over 20 years. She has been practicing massage for 19 years and for 9 years she was teaching massage students at Centerpoint School of Massage for 9 years before they permanently closed in 2020.

Andrea came from a family of natural health care providers, herbalists, midwives, and nurses. She was first introduced to massage from her great grandmother who was a nurse and learned early on the profound power of touch.

This inspired her educational pursuits in the US, England, China, and Thailand to certify in massage, Chinese Medicine 5 element theory, meditation, Chinese Abdominal Massage. In 2006 she became a Universal Healing Tao instructor and studied in Thailand with Sarina Stone and Grand Master Mantak to certify in Medical Qigong, Yin Yoga, and Thai Yoga Massage.

She specializes in abdominal health, women’s health, and chronic illnesses.

David Potter

David Potter

David Potter, Certified Massage Therapist

David has practiced therapeutic massage and bodywork for 17 years. David is trained and experienced in deep tissue, craniosacral, sports massage, reflexology, cupping, Thai yoga massage, and trigger point therapies. He has worked collaboratively with chiropractors, personal trainers and meditation instructors to provide integrative healing for clients.

He first studied massage at the Florida College of Natural Health in 2002 and Craniosacral through the Upledger Institute in 2009.

David has practiced meditation and studied personal transformation for over 20 years, which is foundational in his understanding the role that therapeutic touch plays in a person’s holistic healing journey.

David speaks four languages fluently. From studying Spanish in college to Russian and German as a soldier in the Army, he is uniquely in tune with the way people speak about their bodies and what the body is saying.

David loves to gather with friends and family around nourishing homemade food, he loves to dance and uses movement as a form of meditation. He and his wife are expecting their first child this summer and will undoubtedly be calling in the ancestral and community assistance in raising a contributor to this project called, “ life in the 2020s!”



  • Licensed by the State of Missouri Therapeutic Massage Department
  • BS in Spanish, K-12 Certification, University of Central Missour
Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith

M.S., L.Ac.

Kelly E Smith, Acupuncturist

Kelly’s pronouns are she/her. Kelly holds a Master of Science degree from Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York City. Kelly has studied under many acupuncture masters including Kiiko Matsumoto, Tom Bisio, and Lori Dechar. She is NCCAOM certified and licensed in MN. Kelly had a private practice in Brooklyn until 2015 where she worked on all manner of patients, both in private sessions and a bustling community acupuncture setting. Kelly has worked in community clinics to treat thousands of patients for a wide range of conditions since 2007, employing acupuncture, myofascial release (trigger points), cupping, and gua sha.

Kelly has a strong background in sports medicine acupuncture, especially for dancers. She has been the acupuncturist for many dancers associated with Trisha Brown, Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris, and Bill T. Jones dance companies in NYC, as well as a multitude of professional musicians (your body is part of your instrument!).

She also has a special interest in working with the LGBTQIA community, scar mobilization, and pregnant people. She is a twin mom and an avid knitter, gluten free baker, and stained glass maker. 


  • Licensed by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
  • Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • Certified in Clean Needle Technique, CCAOM
  • MS in Acupuncture with Honors, Tri-State College of Acupuncture, New York, NY, 2008
  • BA in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Oberlin College, Magna Cum Laude, 2001