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Kathleen Leavy, R.N., A.P., holds a Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine from

Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine where she currently teaches and served as

Clinic Director for the last 5 years. She is an owner of Dragon Rises College along

with her teacher Dr Leon Hammer. She also holds a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine

from the NCCOM. She graduated from an apprenticeship in Acupuncture with

Dr David Bole in 1992 and has been in practice 14 years. She studied Chinese herbs

with Will Morris of Emperors College in LA. She studies Classical Acupuncture with

Dr Viet Tran of Nice, France.

Kathleen graduated with a Associate in Science in Nursing from Santa Fe College

in 1978 and practiced as an RN in Intensive Care and Dialysis for 12 years.

Her interest in medicine is life long and she has studied herbs since 1971.

Her special interests include herbal medicine from all cultures and an interest in

local herbs. She began practicing Scalp Acupuncture for the treatment of stroke

rehabilitation and brain injury in 1992. She is also keenly interested in

infectious disease, and newly emerging infectious diseases.

Kathleen grew up in South Florida and spent much of her time in the ocean. She has been married for 25 years and has two daughters 24, and 16 years old. Kathleen's daughter, Julia Leavy, will be joining her practice as an Acupuncture Physician in Spring 2016.'


Did you know that most animal stings are protein based?

Insect bites

1. The venom of insect bites is often protein based and can be denatured with heat. Moxa is used in Chinese medicine for this purpose but you can warm an area which has been bitten with an incense stick, a lit cigar or cigarette as well. Hold the heat source about an inch above the bite and move it in a circle until it feels a little too warm then pull it away for a few seconds and reapply for 10 to 20 minutes, be careful not to burn yourself.

2. Another remedy is to moisten tobacco and place it as a poultice on a bite. You can put it under a band aid.

3. A rural Kentucky remedy is diced fresh onion to draw the poison out of a bite, this can also be placed under a band aid.

Protein-based stings include:

  • Mosquitos
  • Wasps
  • Sting Rays
  • Hornets
  • Yellow Jackets
  • All Bees
  • Fire Ants
  • Chiggers
  • Fleas
  • Lice
  • Scabies
  • Bed Bugs
  • Ticks

  • Kathleen Leavy, RN, AP | 802 A NW 23rd Ave | Gainesville, FL 32609 | 352.379.4618 | info@kathleenleavy.com