WHO WE ARE
Heather and Tracy are twin sisters sharing a passion for science and wellness and especially for living EbbTide Well. Both have their Ph.Ds in Psychology and began their careers researching how and why our brains and bodies do what they do and can be optimized. Like the complementary approaches each sister brings to the practice, Heather and Tracy believe in the balance of perspectives offered from conventional scientific knowledge and holistic wisdom.
Heather Rupp, Ph.D., CMT-P, RYT200 -Mindfulness, Yoga, Homeopathy
Heather spent fifteen years researching cognition and behavior as a neuroscientist and corporate consultant. She has a Ph.D from Emory University in Psychology followed with post-doctoral work at Indiana University and the Kinsey Institute, with a focus on hormones and behavior. Following her scientific career she obtained training and certification with the Mindfulness Training Institute and International Mindfulness Teachers Association. She received her yoga teaching certification in 2018 and has been practicing personally for over 20 years.
Heather knows from first hand experience how powerful complementary wellness approaches can be. Fifteen years ago, she began a years long health crisis. It began with sudden arthritis leading to a hip replacement in her 30s, an autoimmune disease where she could barely eat, and chronic throat infections and skin problems. Conventional medicine was helpful in diagnostics and palliation of pain but could never answer why her health was suddenly deteriorating or how to cure or heal her. She made it her mission to cure herself. Over a decade she discovered the power of meditation, mindful movement, and homeopathy; and she got well. Her personal and professional mission is to share these powerful techniques with others so they may be well, too.
Tracy Rupp, Ph.D. (Acupuncture):
Tracy received her Master’s degree in Acupuncture from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH; formerly Tai Sophia) and her Ph.D in Experimental Psychology from Brown University with a background in sleep research. Tracy continues to be active in research.
Tracy believes there is an important balance and role for both Eastern and Western medicine in maintaining health. She uses Evidenced Informed Practice to use relevant research findings to guide treatment in conjunction with ancient theory. She believes that Acupuncture fills a void of Western medicine in treating chronic illness, serving as a preventive medicine and fostering self-care, and especially in treating an individual on a mind, body and spirit level. Her interest in research extends to bridging knowledge from many perspectives and treatment modalities and bring that to her patients. Tracy believes that acupuncture offers an opportunity for healing without the side effects of many medications and for building a foundation for optimal health.
As the mother of two young children, Tracy knows the challenge of incorporating self-care in a daily or weekly practice. She is excited to bring AcuPresent to help others incorporate meditation and wellness into their busy lives and experience the benefits.