Dr. McKay graduated (with honors) from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1993 and went on to graduate (also with honors) from Cleveland University – Kansas City College of Chiropractic in Kansas City, Mo., in 1996.
In 2005, Dr. McKay discovered acupuncture when her second child was in breach position and a close friend and mentor used acupuncture to help correct the baby’s positioning. She was intrigued by the process, which led her to further her education with acupuncture training over the next two years at Logan Chiropractic College in St. Louis, Mo.
Since 2005, Dr. McKay has studied with incredible masters of acupuncture, including Richard Yennie, Honora Wolfe, Richard Tan, Felice Dunas, Kiiko Mastsumoto and Giovanni Maciocia. In addition to an understanding of traditional Chinese medicine, her training has also incorporated the Japanese techniques of needling, laser acupuncture, Taoist acupuncture, auricular therapy, cupping, gua sha and qi gong.
Dr. McKay regularly attends the Academy of Oriental Medicine’s Southwest Symposium for Acupuncture in Austin, Texas. She has advanced training through Chicago Medical School’s Diamond Headache Clinic and has completed several extra years of study in nutrition, including studies with Northwestern Health Sciences University.
In 2014, she completed a fellowship program in anti-aging, regenerative and functional medicine through the Medical Educator Consortium. Since graduating college, she has studied to enhance her meditation knowledge and has completed several programs through the Isha Foundation. She has recently worked to further her meditation studies through coursework with the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health with the National Institute of Health.