Brett Knowles

Licensed Acupuncturist

Brett has dedicated his practice to treating emotional imbalances, stress, anxiety, depression, addictions, and trauma. Along with these disorders he has treated many different conditions ranging from back pain, insomnia, headaches, allergies, and digestive disorders.

In addition to working one-on-one with patients, Brett has started to co-treat with a small group of psychotherapists, using a holistic approach to address mind, body and spirit simultaneously.  This is an exciting integrative mental health model that aspires to create a therapeutic community of clients, families, and clinicians, to cultivate a culture of mutual support, growth and sanity. Brett believes that basic health exist in all people and therefore, recovery is possible for all people no matter what the condition.

Brett’s love for Chinese Medicine has been inspired by a variety of experiences with eastern philosophy, meditation, martial arts, yoga, and bodywork.  He was first introduced to acupuncture as a patient, the result of his own personal struggle with illness.  On the recommendation of a friend, Brett found himself under the guidance of a caring and skilled practitioner.  Not only did the experience bring balance back to his body and spirit, but more importantly, it offered an entirely new way of looking at the world. Health and sickness could both be seen as wisdom, a process of transformation, rather than something that simply needed fixing. From this experience came a deep well of empathy, and a motivation to help others find their own way back into balance.

Brett began his education at Boston University, graduating with an undergraduate degree in philosophy and religion.  This sparked an interest in meditation and mind-body awareness. Soon after he decided to study massage as a way to put these ideas into practice. Simultaneously, his interest in meditation increased.  Brett eventually discovered Buddhism through the writings and vision of the Tibetan meditation master, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  After reading Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, he was amazed by the clearest description of confusion he had ever seen.  He decided to sign up for a month long meditation retreat at Shambhala Mountain Center and coincidently stayed for another seven years. During this time Brett pivotally connected with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and he continues to train in the Shambhala Buddhist path.  Meditation and spiritual practice continues to be the guiding force that drives his life.

After woking as a bodyworker for 20 years, Brett decided that it was time to be a student again.  He attended graduate school at South West Acupuncture College (SWAC), completing a Masters of Science in Acupuncture. He is currently certified by the NCCAOM. His training included over 3200 hours of classroom instruction, and over 1600 hours of clinical study, treating hundreds of patients. During this time Brett did specialty work at The CU Sports Medicine Center, Boulder County AIDS Project, and The Boulder County Homeless Shelter. He did advanced training in Orthopedic Medicine, Dr Tan Balance Method, and Japanese Five Element Acupuncture.

Brett’s approach is unique in that he utilizes his background as a bodyworker, incorporating Shiatsu, Acupressure, Tui Na, and Cranio-Sacral Therapy.  Brett is trained in cupping, moxibustion, and injection therapy.  While attending South West Acupuncture College (SWAC), he also apprenticed in the classical method under the guidance of Ted Hall and Imetai Henderson, both senior students of Nakazono Sensei, renowned master of Japanese meditation, martial arts and Kototama Inochi Medicine. Brett continues to practice in this lineage, and is dedicated to keeping this unique acupuncture tradition alive.  He helped co-found the Inochi Foundation, a non profit organization that offers acupuncture and oriental medicine to populations who are financially in need.  He is also in private practice at the Kototama Acupuncture Clinic in Longmont, CO.

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General Practice & Emotional Wellness


Masters in Acupuncture


2 years


Southwest Acupuncture College

Working with Brett is hands-down the greatest life-changing decision I have ever made. Over the past two years, Brett has helped me heal from chronic herniated disc pain, digestive issues, anxiety, and emotional trauma. Brett goes above-and-beyond and combines needlework, moxibustion, pressure point massage, and coaching to deliver the most unique and effective acupuncture treatment I have ever received. He is truly one-of-a-kind and thanks to Brett I am able to run again, feel healthy and strong, and have more loving and fulfilling relationships with others.
~ Jessica T. ~

To help is not a special skill, nor is it the mark of a rare individual. When we care, there is a call, and we follow where it leads. For me, Chinese Medicine has simply been part of that calling. 
~ Brett Knowles ~ ‘Licensed Acupuncturist’