Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in La Veta, Colorado


About Ways of the Tao

At Ways of the Tao, we believe that true healing comes from addressing the root causes of health concerns, not just treating symptoms. That’s why our founder, Debby Shapiro, offers a comprehensive approach to well-being that combines acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and nutritional therapy.

With over 30 years of experience as a licensed acupuncturist and a varied background in nursing, Debby brings a unique perspective to her practice. She excels at bridging the gap between Eastern and Western medical philosophies, creating personalized treatment plans that address your specific needs and goals.


At Ways of the Tao, we provide a full spectrum of holistic treatments tailored to guide you on your path to optimal wellness and vitality.

Chinese Herbal Medicine​

Benefit from custom herbal formulas tailored to your unique energetic makeup. These formulas, based on thousands of years of Chinese wisdom, work to restore balance and promote your body's natural healing processes.


Experience the power of this 5,000-year-old practice, which helps to eliminate disease and fatigue by addressing underlying energetic imbalances. Debby's gentle needling technique ensures a comfortable and effective treatment experience.

Nutritional Therapy

Receive personalized dietary recommendations based on the principles of Chinese medicine. Each food has a specific nature, and Debby will create a customized nutritional strategy that takes into account your body's unique requirements and the changes you want to make.


La Veta Office

Cash discounted rates at the time of service

Initial Visit:


Follow up 1-hour:


Follow up ½-hour:


$2 cash discount on all appointments at time of service

We are an out of network provider for all insurances that cover acupuncture.

As a credentialed community care provider through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), we proudly serve our nation’s veterans. Call your doctor and ask to schedule with Debby Shapiro


Why Choose Ways of the Tao in La Veta?

Personalized Care

Debby takes the time to listen to your concerns, understand your unique needs, and create a treatment plan that addresses the root causes of your health issues. You'll receive one-on-one attention and care tailored specifically to you.

Expertise and Experience

With over 30 years of experience as a licensed acupuncturist and a background in nursing, Debby brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her practice. You can trust that you're in skilled, compassionate hands.

Integration of Eastern and Western Philosophies

Debby excels at bridging the gap between Eastern and Western medical philosophies, providing you with a comprehensive, holistic approach to health and well-being.

Accessible Location

Our La Veta clinic is located on Main Street in La Veta, easily accessible from the major freeways in the area.

Welcoming Environment

We strive to create a warm, welcoming environment where you can feel comfortable and supported on your journey to optimal health.

Conditions We Treat

At Ways of the Tao in La Veta, we help clients with a wide range of health concerns, including:

  • Chronic pain
  • Digestive issues
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Insomnia and sleep disorders
  • Women’s health issues
  • Allergies and respiratory conditions
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • And more

Whether you’re dealing with a specific health issue or simply looking to optimize your overall well-being, Debby will work with you to create a personalized plan that supports your goals.

Ways of the Tao

Serving La Veta and Surrounding Areas

We proudly serve the communities of La Veta, Cuchara, Walsenburg, and the surrounding areas. Experience the difference personalized, holistic care can make in your life at Ways of the Tao in La Veta.

What they say about us


Debby is a gem! Do yourself a favor and give her a chance to put her expertise and wisdom to work on your problem. You won’t be sorry. Our family has been blessed to have her to help us solve any and all issues that we threw at her. We wholeheartedly recommend her. She’s also just so nice!
Response from the owner: Thanks so much Patty. Glad I could help. All the best!!
I felt as if I struck GOLD when I was referred to Debby!In an initial session she diagnosed symptoms that no one else could. The depth of her wisdom and insight, combined with her years of experience provide a uniquely exceptional acupuncturist.I have also benefitted from her knowledge of herbs.An excellent professional, Debby's work has significantly enhanced my life. Thank you!
Response from the owner: So so glad I can help Ingrid!! Thanks for the very kind review!
Debby is one of a kind. I will be forever grateful to her for the ways she helps me heal through acupuncture. She is professional and relatable. She is kind and has a fantastic ease about her. She is empathetic and honest. She is an incredibly talented practitioner and I am so glad to have found her.
Response from the owner: Thank you so much Cassie! So glad I can help!!!
Debby taught me Chinese herbs at Southwest Acupuncture College in 2015-16 and she was my clinic supervisor during my training as well. I feel fortunate to have her in my training to be an acupuncturist. She is a very special practitioner. She is very knowledgable about Western medicine from her nursing background and also she's studied extensively with Chinese classics and five elements Chinese medicine, which have added spiritual & philosophical aspects to create her own style of medicine. She not only taught us individual quality of herbs but only presented the whole pictures of the complex medicine system and where individual herbs fit into. It was a true gift of her and it's probably from her lifetime effort and devotion to the medicine. I still email her if I encounter any complicated cases in my clinic and ask her opinions. She always come up with either missing parts or new perspectives.Some students who have been taught by her have different opinions. I somehow understand why although I don't know the details. Many people underestimate how hard acupuncture schools are especially with a herbal program. Chinese medicine is a medicine. You need to memorize a vast amount of information again and again as if you carve them in your brain for 4 years 12 trimesters. Many students describe going through the herbal program was the hardest thing that they have ever done in their lives. It is no joke. Teaching the program and making students to understand and learn are no joke too. Intensive emotions and experiences can occur during the course. Debby was a brilliant but touch teacher. I love her and her presence in Chinese medicine. Don't hesitate to make an appointment with her. She is one of the most brilliant practitioners who I know of, equipped with vast knowledge, intuition and care. Good luck with your health journey!
Response from the owner: Thank you Simba! You are a wonderful practitioner in your own right. It was and remains an honor and pleasure to contribute to your practice. All the best to you!
She is the best acupuncturist I have been too, and I’ve been to a bunch. Her experience as an RN is a plus.
Response from the owner: Thanks so much Mary! I'm so glad I was able to help. I look forward to helping you in the future.
I’ve been working with Debby for over 20 years now. Life’s a journey and Debby has helped me get through the hard times of Lyme disease, the flu, the common cold, aches and pains of mountain biking and snowboarding as well as care for 2 surgeries. She continues to also support with an empathetic ear and overall good life advice.
Response from the owner: Thanks for being such an amazing teacher Kevin! Always a pleasure to work with you.
Just had another treatment today, this woman is amazing... I went in twisted emotionally because of my pain .. left walking without pain and happy.. over the last 1 1/2 years we have gone from twice a week to once a month with a pain rating of about 3 most of time now.. way down from 7or 8 and sometimes higher .I don’t believe you’ll find an Acupuncturist any betterMy name is Glen Derick in Lakewood Co
Response from the owner: Thank you Glen! Its a pleasure and an honor to help you!
I've been seeing Debby for several years now. She has saved my life twice, once when I had a bacterial infection no one at the hospital (4 different ER visits) could Identify but she figured it out. The second time was when I was having severe anxiety attacks she was able to find that it was a gut issue. Western medicine docs wanted to put me on anti-depressants but thanks to Debby's considerable knowledge and wisdom we worked out a diet that virtually eliminated the problem. I see her regularly for tune ups and feel great. She's amazing - very smart and very kind.
Response from the owner: Thank you so much Dean. Thanks for helping me learn so much.
Debby is an extremely gifted and intuitive healer. After seeing multiple doctors that did pretty much nothing to help me I was pointed in her direction and she literally changed my life. I don’t know where I’d be if it weren’t for her.
Response from the owner: Thanks Deb! It is a pleasure to know you. All the best!
Debby is a wonderful asset to the community. I have been having treatments from her for over a year. She has helped me with whiplash, balancing energies, and most recently, recovering from the side effects of a pneumonia vaccine that had totally knocked me out.I'm so glad you're here.
Response from the owner: Thanks so much Kerrie! So glad I am able to help.
Debby's acupuncture and herbal services have helped me get through many health issues over the years. Recently I broke my right leg. Pain has been a big issue. I am amazed at how her acupuncture has both reduced the pain and swelling considerably but also it has accelerated the healing. In just a few weeks I have seen such a difference. Her skill's have made my life so much better! She truly is a "Master" of her trade and I think anyone with health issues would be incredibly lucky to have found her!
Response from the owner: Thanks so much Teddy! I'm happy to have the opportunity to help you recover. Looking forward to more opportunities so this accident will become a distant memory.
Debby is a lifesaver! She was able to sort through the layers of my complex body function challenges, prioritizing and adjusting as my healing progressed. Debby has a heart of gold and combines her focused approach to finding solutions with her genuine caring and concern for her patients and her vast knowledge and experience. I've recommended Debby to my friends who have had also experienced great results. Debby is a rare gem - give her a call!
Response from the owner: Thanks so much Barb. It was a pleasure working with you! So glad I could help.
Debby is an exquisitely skilled practitioner. She has a very strong knowledge in the area of acupuncture and is a brilliant herbalist as well. She is soft, kind and caring, and will most definitely have a positive impact on whatever condition you are seeking treatment for.
Response from the owner: Thank you!
Debbie is a very wise, experienced acupuncturist. Her previous medical training in addition to her vast acupuncture/Chinese medicine training provide a unique approach to health and wellness. Very few practitioners have been able to help me move forward in my quest to feel better, but she was one of the few. I highly recommend her services.
Response from the owner: Thanks so much DeDee! So glad I can help.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you’re ready to take the first step towards optimal health and well-being, we invite you to schedule an appointment at our La Veta location. Whether you’re new to acupuncture and Chinese medicine or have experienced its benefits before, Debby is here to support you on your journey.

To schedule your appointment or learn more about how we can help, please contact us today by phone or email. We look forward to partnering with you on your path to greater health and vitality.