Annette McDowell LAc., MAc.OM

Annette is a licensed acupuncturist and homeschooling mom. Her passion is in womens lifestyle wellness, and teaching meditation. Knowledgable in diverse areas of Eastern thought, and passionate about Yogic and Buddhist traditions, and how to integrate those philosophies with any spiritual background. Annette's style of acupuncture is gentle and intuitive. She hopes to see the Mat-Su Valley grow in it's use of healing modalites like acupuncture, yoga, mediation, and dance. Born and raised locally Annette desires to integrate wellness with community. When not teaching at home or practicing at her wellness business, her favorite things to do are play in nature or with a guitar. 


  • Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, 2009
  • NCCAOM (National Certification for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) Diplomat in Oriental Medicine
  • NCCAOM Board Certified Chinese Herbalist


“When I felt like nothing was ever going to help reduce or eliminate the debilitating pain of my frequent migraines and pain caused by herniated discs in my neck and lower back, I talked to Annette in desperation. To my pleasant surprise regular acupuncture has greatly reduced the frequency and severity of migraines, it is now something I look forward too and I definitely notice when I go too long between appointments” - Krista G., Wasilla

Virgil Thomas Miller MAcOM, LAc.

My path to becoming a acupuncturist and herbalist started with the help of my mother while growing up in the foot hills of southern Colorado. She always encouraged natural health through diet, lifestyle, exercise and connecting to nature. When I would get sick she used to chase me around the house with an echinacea/goldenseal tincture. I would say ‘no!’ The taste of that stuff made me gag, but it always worked. From there my interest grew and my mom gave me some books on wild medicinal herbs. I spent countless hours outside in the mountains fishing and learning about plants, geology and forest ecology. After earning an associates degree at Trinidad State Junior College in Trinidad, Colorado I left home to finish college in the Pacific Northwest. There I studied western herbal medicine at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington earning a Bachelors degree in herbal sciences. Then I went on to study at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Oregon where I earned a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

I was a skeptic before my first experience with acupuncture, however my chronic wrist pain of 10 years vanished after 2 treatments with needles inserted in my opposite ankle. I now enjoy sharing and helping patients with challenging situations through my experience, by applying the knowledge I acquired through studying a combination of western herbal medicine and acupuncture and oriental medicine. Everyone is different and I treat each patient as an individual with varying layers and degree’s of imbalance by using different therapies and approaches for each persons individual needs. With this approach I help patients find renewed hope and improve their condition naturally.

I have practiced different forms of Tai Chi, Qi Gong and meditation since 2004 and now teach a form of Qi Gong known as 1000 Hands Buddha. It is a sitting form emphasizing relaxed meditation that balances the brains hemispheres and calms the nervous system.

Call today to set up an appointment for a free phone consultation, or to find out about Qi Gong classes at 907-354-PATH(7284), or e-mail me at I hope to talk with you soon and be of help to you on your path to wellness!

Education certifications and licenses:

  • GED from Trinidad State Junior College (TSJC) in Trinidad, Colorado 1998;
  • Associates of Science from Trinidad State Junior College (TSJC) 2003;
  • First and Second level Reki certification From Reki Master Nicola D’Alonzo in Kenmore, Washington 2005;
  • Bachelors Degree in Herbal Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington 2005;
  • Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM) from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) in Portland, Oregon 2008;
  • 1000 Hands Buddha Healing Qi Gong instructor certification from Madam Liu He at the Ling Gui Healing Qi Gong School in Portland, Oregon 2009;
  • Board certified with National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) since 2009;
  • Licensed acupuncturist (LAc) in the state of Alaska starting march 2010


“At 51 I lost my job of 22-1/2 years... the stress of starting a new job was unbearable and left my mind, body & spirit in a very fragile state. With the acupuncture Virgil helped me find relief from the stress headaches & upper back tension/pain. His healing touch allowed me to work again....thank you Virgil from the bottom of my heart” ~ Gidget W