We are an Acupuncture Clinic in Lincoln, Nebraska using Asian Medicine techniques to bring health to all who come in the doors. We believe it is everyone’s right to achieve the state of health they desire and we will work with you to get the quality of life you deserve. We do this through using Asian Medicine including:
- Japanese Style Acupuncture: A softer, gentler, nearly pain free method of needling
- Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan (陳式太極拳), Lincoln’s only source for Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan. We now have one of the largest facilities in Lincoln dedicated to Tai Chi Chuan.
- Meditation, visualization and lifestyle coaching of Tien Tao Lineage
- Tui Na
- Dieh Da (Hit Fall) Medicine; All of Joe’s Teachers have specialized in Chinese Medicine Traumatology.
- We are Proud to be Nebraska’s ONLY Sports Acupuncture Clinic
- We specialize in the following areas of Healthcare; Pain and Orthopedic care, Shoulder pain, Back pain, Hip pain, Knee pain, Neck pain, Car Accidents, Falls, Sprains, Strains, Sports Injuries, Trauma, Fibromyalgia, Pre and Post Surgical support, Headaches, TMJ, Plantar Fasciitis, Bodywork and Orthopedic Acupuncture.
Our goal is slightly different, we work towards not seeing you on a regular basis. We believe that through education and help with lifestyle changes such as: Diet, Exercise & Stress management, so you are able to take charge of your health care. What this means is that at Water by the River (WBTR) we (you and I) work as a team in your health care plan. It is for these reasons above, that all of our treatments are 1 on 1 with the practitioner. It is during this time that Joe will talk to you about everything you have questions on and what you are feeling. This is your time and is also when we will talk about lifestyle changes, diet, stress etc, or you can simply lay back and rest.
During these 1 on 1 sessions we will take the time to review many things in your day to day life that could be causing you discomfort, pain and disease. I frequently tell people; “You could pay to see me everyday for 1 hour a day and if you go home and do something to counteract the treatments for 8 hours a day, simple math will tell you we will not get ahead of your problems.” So, when we go into your diet and lifestyle the changes I recommend to you are a way of “Treating yourself.” You can either treat yourself by taking care of yourself, or you can continue to pay others to care for you.
This is a major principal we work on during 1 on 1 sessions, my goal is always to get you in charge of your own healthcare. Because these 1 on 1 sessions can be so involved and do take time, I also must ask patience on your part. Since I am with people nearly the entire time I have office hours, I am not always able to return phone calls in a timely manner.
For this I ask your patience, however, this is also why I set up online scheduling. Here you are in charge of your own scheduling, cancelling appointments and even the reminders and payments. However, you can still call and set up appointments as well. The online scheduling enables me to spend more time on what matters…you and your health.
So if you are ready to take charge of your health, call Joe & schedule an appointment today: online (look to the right of the page) or Call (402) 417 4602 (leave a message)
Joe has studied Qigong, Tai Chi Chuan & Eastern philosophy and Religion since 2001 when he began his own interest in the Asian Healing arts. Joe began his search in Lincoln, NE where he met his very first Tai Chi Chuan & Qigong teacher William Kingery. Joe became an “indoor student” of Bill Kingery’s learning about Tai Chi, Qigong and Internal Martial Arts studying weekly at Bill’s own home for nearly 4 years. It was about this time that Joe found out that he could learn to do Chinese Medicine in Colorado and without hesitation he moved to Colorado the following year and began his 4 year Master of Sciences program in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (CSTCM). At CSTCM Joe was on Honor roll, worked on promoting Chinese Medicine at the Dragon Boat Festival held Yearly at Sloan Lake, was Co-founder of the Internal Arts Club and worked with much of the faculty being a student liaison for his class. Even during his Master’s program Joe sought more knowledge and started doing a student apprenticeship with the late Ron “Doc” Rosen. Joe started training with “Doc” in his second year of school and would spend everyday at “Doc’s” Asian Medicine Clinic learning Classical Chinese Medicine. “Doc” was the very first Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of Colorado, studied Chinese Medicine for 53 years and developed GUAMAP and the Street Medics. Joe learned much from his time with “Doc” until his untimely passing in summer of 2007. Despite school and apprenticeship, Joe kept up his Martial Arts studies, studying Shen Tao Tai Chi Chuan, Ghost Bat Style Kung fu and Lung Mo Hsing I Chuan with Master Craig Carpenter of the Imperial Wu Tang Temple. Though Joe still maintained his desire to heal and quickly started studying Tien Tao meditation system, Kundalini work, Energy Healing and Native American Shamanism with Master Craig Carpenter. After studying with Master Carpenter since 2005 with years of diligent work, seminars and Personal instruction Joe has been promoted to Guide Status within Tien Tao allowing him, to be one of the only ones teaching some of this Ancient Meditation healing system. As soon as Joe graduated, he still chose to go right back into another apprenticeship learning Japanese Style Acupuncture with Jeffrey Dann Ph.D. L.Ac. where he apprenticed for another year. During this time Joe was also accepted back to CSTCM where he was Head Instructor for Tui Na (Chinese Massage) and an assistant to senior faculty members, as well as Assistant Supervisor in student clinic. Joe constantly seeks to improve his own knowledge and healing abilities, to this end he currently trains in Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong and continues to work towards Master Healer Status with Tien Tao. Joe travels all over the U.S. to bring these Arts back to Lincoln, NE. He currently travels back to Colorado to Train with Master Craig Carpenter 2-3 x per year. He has traveled to Wisconsin to study Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis of Dr. Shen and Dr. Hammer with Mrs. Helen Miller. He was also accepted into the Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan Teacher Training program offered by Sifu Cheng Jin Cai in Houston, TX. Joe currently maintains Acupuncture practice in Lincoln, NE.
Education M.S. in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Specialties include: Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine Theory & Philosophy, Body work, Tui Na, Qigong and Meditation. Academic Dean’s Honor list. Areas of interest: Bodywork, Orthopedics, Chinese Dieh Da (Traumatology Medicine), Pain, May 2009
Southeast Community College, Human Services, Sociology and Psychology.
~Tai Chi Magazine, Winter 2015, Vol. 39 No 4, Chen Style Ethics, Wollen, Joe (2015)
~I Chun Peng (2014) (Edited by Joe Wollen), Acupuncture Today, Vol. 15 Issue 08, Inside Liver Failure, Cirrhosis and Cancer Wollen, Joe (2008).
~Acupuncture Today, Student’s Corner Vol. 9 Issue 2. The Importance of Finding/Remembering a Mentor. Wollen, Joe (2008).
~Acupuncture Today, Student’s Corner Vol. 9 Issue 2. The Left and Right Brain Frustrations of TCM. Wollen, Joe (2008).
~Acupuncture Today, Student’s Corner Vol. 9 Issue 2. Gaining Confidence as a Student.
Beginning Tien Tao Meditation Class, March 2013 thru September 2013, General Public
Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital Holistic Health Conference, April 12th 2013, Introduction to Acupuncture and Asian Medicine
University of Nebraska Health Center, November 30th 2012, Introduction to Acupuncture and Asian Medicine and Psychological Aspects of TCM.
Nebraska Pain Symposium, August 2012, Acupuncture and the Asian Medical Model of Pain
Beginning Tien Tao Meditation Class, July 2012 thru January 2013, various clients and general public.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, November 7th 2011, Introduction to Acupuncture and Asian Medicine
Creighton Medical University, October 11th 2011, Introduction to Acupuncture and Asian Medicine
Case Management Society of America Nebraska Fall Forum, September 27th 2011, Introduction to Acupuncture and Asian Medicine
Live and Learn, City 5 TV, August 1, 2011. The Basics of Acupuncture.
Wollen, Joe (February 2011 thru April 2011). Advanced Yin Yang theory, Meridian Technique and theory, Spleen/Stomach Central Pivot, 9 Indicator Pulse Balancing. Selected advanced students at Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Wollen, Joe (March 2010). Tien Tao Meditations Class 1 & Intuitive Awareness. Various clients and general public.
Wollen, Joe (November 2008). Advanced Pulse Theory. Students at Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Wollen, Joe (August 2008). Tien Tao Meditations Class 1. Students at Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Currently only Inheritor of Tien Tao Meditation System
Taoist Adept in Taoist Distance Education under Taoist Abbot Lao Zhi Chang- July 2017
Private Student of Bradford Tyrey (3rd Generation Lineage holder of Sun Style Internal Arts) training in Bagua Zhang, Hsing Yi Chuan, Tai Ji Chuan and Qigong June 2017
Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan Teacher Training; Ongoing since April 2013-ended in October 2016 after death of Cheng Jin Cai
Informal Discipleship in Tui Na with Grandmaster Cheng Jin Cai September 2014-ended in October 2016 after death of Cheng Jin Cai
Since 2005, Personal & class training from High Master Craig Carpenter in Tien Tao Meditations, Native American Shamanism & Tibetan Mediation to be promoted to Guide status within this Meditation system.
1st Degree Black Belt Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan, Master Cheng Jin Cai, October 2015
Advanced Training and Diagnosis, Assessment and Treatment of Sports Injury and Pain, Whitfield Reaves, 60 hour Apprenticeship, May 2012
Tien Tao Guide, Master Craig Carpenter, May 2009
Individual Workshops and Seminars;
Ninteen Lines of Pathology; Arnaud Versluys, (online) 16 CEUs
Dorsolateral Prefontal Cortex Treatment, June 2017 Kiiko Matsumoto (Online) 12 CEUs
Sotai Ho Summit; September 2016, Numerous instructors; 16 CEUs
Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan Teacher Certification Course, Private Training, Master Cheng Jin Cai, October 3rd-October 10th, 2015
Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan Teacher Certification Course, Private Training, Master Cheng Jin Cai, May 16th-May 23rd, 2015
Sotai Ho Module 1; April 12th 2015, Jeffrey Dann Ph.D. L.Ac. 8 CEUs
CPR/BLS Southeast Community College; March 28th 2015
Qin Bo Wei Method to treat Fire, Jason Blalack L.Ac., Feb. 22 2015-4 CEUs
Qin Bo Wei Method to treat Dampness and Dryness, Jason Blalack L.Ac, Jan 25th 2015-4 CEUs
Qin Bo Wei Method to treat Cold and Summerheat, Jason Blalack L.Ac, Dec. 14th 2014-4 CEUs
Qin Bo Wei Method to treat Deficiency and Cold, Jason Blalack L.Ac, Oct. 24th 2014-4 CEUs
Qin Bo Wei Method to Treat Blood and Deficiency, Jason Blalack L.Ac., Sept. 28th 2014-4 CEUs
Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan Teacher Certification Course, Private Training, Master Cheng Jin Cai, September 20-27th, 2014
Qin Bo Wei Method to Treat Qi and Blood, Jason Blalack, L.Ac. Sept 14th 2014-4 CEUs
Qin Bo Wei Method to Treat Phlegm and Food, Jason Blalack L.Ac., July 20th 2014-4 CEUs
Qin Bo Wei Method to Treat Wind and Phlegm, Jason Blalack L.Ac., June 22nd 2014-4 CEUs
Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan Teacher Certification Course, Private Training, Master Cheng Jin Cai, April 7-11th, 2014
Chinese Tui Na, Master Cheng Jin Cai, April 7-11th 2014
Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan Teacher Certification Course, Private Training, Master Cheng Jin Cai, August 7-12th, 2013
Chinese Tui Na, Master Cheng Jin Cai, August 7-12th 2013
Xing Nao Kai Qiao Stroke Rehab Therapy Introduction, Atsuki Maeda L.Ac, July 5th and 6th 2013-14 CEUs
Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan Teacher Certification Course, Master Cheng Jin Cai, March 29th-31st 2013
Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis I, Helen Miller L.Ac. R.N., March 2013-14 CEUs
Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis I, Helen Miller L.Ac. R.N., September 2012-14 CEUs
Ethics in Oriental Medicine, Jack Daniels LAc, March 2013-4 CEUs
Sports Acupuncture and Orthopedic Assessment Apprenticeship, Whitefield Reaves OMD, May 2012; 20 CEUs
Sports Acupuncture and Orthopedic Assessment Apprenticeship, Whitefield Reaves OMD, January 2012; 20 CEUs
Sports Acupuncture and Orthopedic Assessment Apprenticeship, Whitefield Reaves OMD, November 2011; 20 CEUs
Japanese Acupuncture and Theory. Jeffrey Dann PhD LAc February 2011-14 CEUs
CPR/BLS. Parago Jones LAc February 2011
Japanese Meridian Therapy. Stephen Brown LAc March 2010-14 CEUs
Endocrinology I. Jeffrey Yuen LAc July 2009-14 CEUs
Cosmetic Acupuncture of Face and Neck. Denise Ellinger LAc January 2009
Ongoing Instruction in Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan
Fall 2013 Student Clinic (CLI 213) CSTCM, Asst. Supervisor, Clinic Forum CSTCM
Fall 2012 Student Clinic (CLI 213) CSTCM, Asst. Supervisor, Case Studies CSTCM, Clinic Forum CSTCM
Summer 2012 Student Clinic, (CLI 213) CSTCM, Asst. Supervisor
Winter 2012 Student Clinic, (CLI 213) CSTCM, Asst. Supervisor
Spring 2011 Tui Na I, (TCM 207) CSTCM, Instructor
Spring 2011 Point Practicum 2, (TCM 115) CSTCM, Asst. Instructor
Spring 2011 Student Clinic (CLI 213), CSTCM, Asst. Supervisor
Fall 2010 Tui Na I, (TCM 207) CSTCM, Instructor
Fall 2010 Point Practicum 2, (TCM 115) CSTCM, Asst. Instructor
Fall 2010 Student Clinic, (CLI 213) CSTCM, Asst. Supervisor
Summer 2010 Tui Na I, (TCM 207) CSTCM, Instructor
Summer 2010 Point Practicum 2, (TCM 115) CSTCM, Asst. Instructor
Spring 2010 Tui Na I, (TCM 207) CSTCM, Instructor
Water by the River Asian Medicine Clinic
Owner, Operator of Water by the River Asian Medicine Clinic and Nebraska Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan Development Center
• Services include Asian Medicine treatment; Cupping, Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Gua Sha, Japanese Style Acupuncture & Moxibustion
• Qigong instruction within the Meditation tradition of Tien Tao Healing & Native American Shamanism. Currently a Guide within this System. Extensive studies in Asian Philosophy, Medicine & Religion.
• Tai Chi Chuan instruction of Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan
• Marketing and business development
Studied Japanese style Acupuncture & Moxibustion with Jeffrey Dann PhD. LAc Sept 2009 – October 2010
Mentorship with Ron “Doc” Rosen September 2006-July 2007 (Deceased 7/22/2007)
Areas of interest include: Musculoskeletal work, Pain, Complex diseases such as Cancer Treatment Support, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis.
Head Librarian at Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (5/05-08/08)
• Responsible for full Library inventory and working with the Administrative Director in organizing & operating the Library.
• Hired & trained other librarians in proper organization and running of the Library
• Worked with Bookkeeper & Registrar in tracking late fees and holding students accountable for lost, or late books.
Implemented and Developed color coding filing system, electronic inventory list & electronic late fee tracking.
Craig Carpenter, High Master of Imperial Wu Tang Martial Arts & Tien Tao Meditations. Tel: (970) 599-9338
Vladimir Dibrigida, Administrative Director of Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Tel: 303 329-6355 Ext: 11
Parago Jones, Student Clinic Director of Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Tel: 303 329-6355 Ext: 16
State of Nebraska Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac) #32, 2011 to Present
State of Colorado Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac) #1517 2015