Carleton Magus, LAc
Carleton earned his Master of Science degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and a Chinese Herbal certification from Bastyr University in 2006. He is nationally board certified through NCCAOM and he is a member in good standing of the WEAMA (Washington East Asian Medicine Association). He has had the pleasure of studying privately under two masters of this ancient medicine: the late Dr Richard Tan (his exceptionally effective Balance Method) and Dr Jimmy Chang (a master of Pulse Diagnosis and Herbal prescription). He is also trained in the use of trigger points and dry needling.
Carleton is comfortable working with vast range of patients (babies, children, teens, adults and elders) in any stage of health. His primary focus is on treating all kinds of pain, safely and effectively, with the goal of lasting relief from suffering. Almost any health condition you may have can be treated with Chinese medicine: a complete and holistic system of wellness- see our What We Treat page.
Carleton in married to Dr. Katja Magus, they met while attending graduate school at Bastyr together. They have three sons in the Issaquah School District, one in elementary, one in middle and one in high school. Carleton loves outdoor activities, including hiking, skiing and biking with the family. This fall he checked off one of his “bucket list” items on a rafting trip down the Grand Canyon with his dad (photo below). He is a ski instructor at Alpental on the weekends in the winter, where he enjoys long days in the snow with his kids (ski photo credit to Neyssa Lee Photography).
Carleton is approachable, friendly and down to earth, he is great at explaining complex things in a simple way. He has great listening skills and patients often report feeling heard, being validated and at ease while in his office. In ten years of practice at Alpine Acupuncture in Issaquah, he has seen more than 1,000 individual patients, completing over 11,000 acupuncture treatments. He is the expert you’ve been looking for. Watch him in action in his video below as he explains how and where he inserts the acupuncture needles.
Dr. Katja Magus, Naturopathic Physician
Helping families navigate the road to health and happiness
Dr. Katja Magus brings a unique perspective to patient care as a highly trained naturopathic physician and as a veteran from the trenches of parenthood. She is the quintessential “Dr. Mom.” In her own family, Dr. Magus has three children with complex medical issues, including asthma, autism, ADD and feeding disorders (extreme picky eating), so she has first-hand experience coming up with parenting strategies and interventions to fit any family, no matter how complicated. When working with families, Dr. Magus focuses on the idea of “intentional parenting”- the idea that what we focus on as parents when interacting with our children is what shapes their lives and habits. The road to having thriving successful children and a healthy happy family is not a quick or easy one, but Dr. Magus can help smooth out the bumps in the road.
Dr. Katja Magus graduated from Bastyr University with a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Medicine in 2007. She is licensed in the state of Washington: License # NT60039770 and certified through NABNE. Prior to that, she studied at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in biology and pre-medicine. She is also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. Dr. Magus most recently worked at Friends of Youth in Issaquah as a mentor for struggling youth.
Dr. Katja Magus and Carleton Magus, LAc (co-owners of Alpine Acupuncture) have three children in the Issaquah School district, one in high school, one in middle school and one in elementary. Dr. Magus has spent many years working with young children and teens in various settings and brings a vast experience of each developmental age and stage. She feels comfortable and at ease with patients of any age and with families of all shape and sizes.
In her personal life, Dr. Magus is continually striving towards work life balance and inner calm, and she considers herself a work in progress! Dr. Magus loves to read aloud to her children (ask her how many times she has read the entire Harry Potter series out loud!) and always has sewing and knitting projects at hand. She swims and walks for recreation as well as enjoying the family adventures that are planned throughout the year. Dr. Magus has a deep belief in community service- she volunteers in a local school as the art docent director, coordinating docents in 36 classrooms and ordering and organizing art supplies for 760 students.