YUKIKO NAOI M.S. L.Ac. / CO-Founder + CEO

Yukiko grew up in Tokyo Japan, where Shinto and Buddhist temples sit amongst skyscrapers and subways. That influence of our connection with the natural world exists side by side with the secular urban landscape. Acupuncture was part of her family’s self care regimen, and she has always considered it a basic part of health maintenance in city life.   

Besides Yukiko’s extensive training in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, Yukiko holds a BFA in interior design and an MFA in industrial design. She has over a decade of experience as a creative director, designing medical devices for surgeries and procedures, as well as consumer products and packaging. Being so closely acquainted with the methods and precision needed for complex medical procedures, her interest was re-ignited in the simplicity of acupuncture for both disease treatment and more specifically as preventative medicine.

After completing her Masters of Science from Tri-State College of Acupuncture, Yukiko’s interest in complicated disorders and previous work in medical technology, led her to study with one of her mentors at a post-graduate apprenticeship in the Integrative Therapies Program for Children with Cancer at Columbia University Medical Center. While maintaining her private practice, she also worked in a high volume community clinic where she was able to treat a variety of conditions. During this time she became interested in the profound healing that can happen within a group dynamic.



Lexy was raised in a United Nations family, both in New York and overseas in developing countries. Witnessing the dichotomy of poverty and affluence, along with traditional cultures still intact, had a profound influence on her eventual path of holistic healthcare. Memories of religious ceremonies, community activities, and traditional values, affected her views on the pros and cons of a modern lifestyle. 

Before obtaining a Masters of Science from Tri-State College of Acupuncture, Lexy received a BFA in motion graphics design. While working as a designer, she made a short documentary in Laos about unexploded ordinance left from CIA detritus. That experience led to her interest in international relations and political economy, and eventually brought her to law school. As life stress escalated, Lexys health began to fail, and with the help of an acupuncturist, she began to see how physical symptoms were inextricably linked with stress levels and emotional wellbeing. With the flash of a light bulb she traded law school for acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

Besides private practice, Lexy maintains a clinical apprenticeship in Japanese herbal medicine, and has completed teaching certifications in classical hatha yoga and yoga nidra. She has worked at The New Clinic for Integral Medicine and Psychiatry, managed the acupuncture department at an integrative pain clinic, and has volunteered at the Gay Man’s Health Crisis treating men and woman living with HIV and AIDS.