Our Method

Your Diagnosis

We are health detectives. Using a modern functional medicine approach combined with traditional Chinese diagnostic techniques like medical pulse diagnosis, we aim to identify which dysfunctions in your body are the root cause of your suffering.

Your Treatment

Treatment using gentle acupuncture, non-needle techniques, and a variety of other Chinese Medicine techniques like cupping, moxabustion, guasha, injection therapy, ear acupressure, electrotherapy, trigger point therapy or dry needling.

Your Aftercare

Continue the effect of the treatment at home with herbal medicine, functional medicine supplements, Chinese Medicine nutrition, lifestyle changes, and mindset shifts.


Meet the Healing Elephant Team


3000 Hours of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

Four-year program completed in three calendar years. Training in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine.

2400 Hours of Somatology that include:

A three-year program completed in two calendar years. Training in many complementary alternative medicine modalities.

Current Licenses and Certifications

Some of her academic and professional accomplishments include:

Specific to Chinese & Functional Medicine

  • DIPLOMAT OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE – NCCAOM (National Commission For Certification Of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine)
  • MASTERS DEGREE IN ACUPUNCTURE – Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine
  • BACHELORS DEGREE IN HEALTH SCIENCES – Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine
  • CERTIFIED IN CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE – Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine
  • Clean Needle Technique Certification – Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • Basic Life Support for Health Providers
  • Adult First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Dr. Tan Balance Method – Core Foundations by Dr. Richard Tan
  • Master Tung Method – Basic, Part 1,2,3 – World Tung’s Acupuncture Association
  • Extraordinary Vessel Clinical Training & Certification Program – NSEV Healing
  • Advanced Japanese Acupuncture & Moxibustion – Kiiko Matsumoto trainer Monika Kobylecka
  • Fundamentals of Functional Blood Chemistry™ – developed by Datis Kharrazian
  • Mastering Brain Chemistry™ – developed by Datis Kharrazian

Hi, I’m Dr. Ronel Corbin, Founder and Clinic Director of Healing Elephant

Chinese Medicine Physician
Licensed Double Board-Certified Acupuncturist
Clinical Herbalist
Trained in Healing Elephant Method

Like many of you, I have struggled with health problems. I know what it’s like to be in pain, to have anxiety, to feel overwhelmed, tired, weak, moody, and lack focus. I know what it’s like to lay awake at night stressing about my health, go through the day feeling sick and tired, and put on a fake smile just to get through the day.

When I was a teenager, I suffered from hormonal and other troubling health issues. Like many people, my parents sought out the medical profession for help. Their solution was to put me on a contraceptive pill at the age of 13 to control my periods. Fifteen years later, after having had frequent UTIs, Kidney infections, weakened immune system, and diarrhea for a year a Homeopath literally saved my life. I went off the pill, eliminated wheat and dairy ate a healthy diet, and took herbal medicine. I was so relieved to find that all my symptoms were resolved. No one had been able to figure out what was wrong and finally, I had a solution. The day I met that Homeopath was the day that I got my life back.

I have known since a young girl that I wanted to help others to heal. My dissatisfaction with the Western Medicines approach to my own health problems led me to seek out a complementary practitioner. I was so inspired by the philosophy of herbal medicine and that my body had the ability to heal itself. As a result, I completed two degrees in Complementary Alternative Medicine. The first in South Africa where I was born and raised and the second in the United States at the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine. I LOVE to learn and have spent a dizzying number of hours learning how to improve your health.

For most of my career I have dedicated my life to helping complex chronic illnesses and poor health which require rigorous investigation and management. It is complicated and multi-faceted to treat. Its often due to a combination of issues, including:

  • Digestive or gut problems
  • Sleep issues
  • Lack of energy
  • Hidden infections
  • Hormonal imbalances

I am obsessed with health. I know how frustrating it feels to struggle with your health and how helpless you can feel at times. On the flip side, I also know what it feels like to feel strong, pain free, energetic, happy and fulfilled, and clear in my head. I spend countless hours researching, studying, experimenting, and investigating. I believe there must be a way for you to feel better, and I never give up looking for a way to do it faster.

I want to assure you that regaining your health is well within your reach. Having helped thousands of patients, I have a proven track record, a knack for simplifying, and a relentless passion for empowering you to take back control of your health and wellbeing. I would be honored to assist you in your health journey to take you from just surviving to thriving.

But that’s enough about me…lets talk about YOU!

Hi, I’m Manuel Lacayo, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

Massage has combined many things I love in life, from science, spirituality, to interpersonal work. I have assisted clients with everything from pure relaxation to pain relief, and full-body massages to more targeted therapeutic massages. I practice a ‘wholistic’ approach considering the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspect of your body in any given moment.

Every person’s unique body requires a different approach and requires a combination of different styles of tissue manipulation. The styles I use range from gentle myofascial release to the more well-known classic deep-tissue massage.

Each session is tailored completely to the needs of the patient on the table, whether it’s a session focused on a particular pain or a more generalized release of tension. My calling in life is to help and serve. I look forward to having people on the table so that I can help them live easier, more pain-free life.

My intention is to provide a space that any client can feel comfortable to maximize the effectiveness of our work together. This is done by being focused and intentional with the work we do in our sessions. My therapeutic approach includes listening to the clients’ wants and needs, being attuned to the receptivity of the tissue, awareness of my clients’ breath and the tension of any structure, then responding and adjusting appropriately to provide what is needed most in the moment.

Just as important during the session is the balancing act that occurs throughout the body from muscle to muscle and then to focus the soft-tissue manipulation with that in mind. I pride myself in my technical knowledge and skills, as well as knowing the difference between a person’s limits and providing the message that meets their individual needs.
In summary, I genuinely love engaging in this work and am ecstatic to provide a form of service that is effective, needed, and enjoyable.


720 hours of Massage Therapy, 6 month program

Manuel is a licensed massage therapist and received his education at Educating Hands School of Massage in Miami, Florida.

Hi, I’m Veronica Corbin

Clinic Operations Director

I am lovingly known as Queen V at the clinic because I take care of everything that isn’t related to your medical care. I am passionate about ensuring that you feel cared for from the moment you pick up the phone, to the moment you walk out of the clinic and every single moment in between.

I have more than 30 years’ experience in customer service. I am honored to use my skills helping to make positive changes in the lives of our patients. I love being able to empower patients with information about their bodies and their health. One of my favorite parts of the day is seeing the faces of patients as they walk in for their treatment, with looks of pain or frustration and then seeing how they are transformed when they walk out looking blissful, relaxed, and refreshed. There are many that I get to keep company as they are simply too relaxed to drive right away.

Healing Elephant has transformed both my own health along with my family’s health. I no longer suffer with chronic neck pain, frequent debilitating headaches, hormonal issues and I am happy to say that I no longer smoke cigarettes after 30+ years. I have learned that the food I eat directly impacts how bloated I am, how well I sleep and how much vitality I have. I understand your questions and hesitations as well as being able to understand and celebrate your progresses as I am one of you!

When I am not at the Clinic or at the other end of a text message, phone call or email, you can find me dancing the night away doing any dance related to Ballroom, Latin, Country or even Argentine Tango (my new love)! Basically, you name it and I dance it!

Our clinic is a family. I look forward to welcoming you to the Healing Elephant family.


Highly recommend! This is a very special office! Dr. Corbin, Veronica, Manny, and all of the practitioners are incredible, kind, and help heal so many people! If you’re considering acupuncture, massage, or any of their services, try it! Very thankful for the Healing Elephant.

-Thalia Reitkopf