Meet Our Practitioners

Senia Mae Tuominen, MaOM, LAc

Senia Tuominen, MaOM, LAc
“The mission of Healing InSight is to use Traditional Chinese Medicine to provide the highest quality care with the longest-lasting results. Our practitioners are hand-chosen for their expertise at combining acupuncture, herbs, food therapy, and health coaching to personalize every treatment and address the nuances of each person’s health.”–Senia Tuominen, LAc

Senia Mae, owner of Healing InSight, is a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, licensed acupuncturist and certified herbalist. She founded Healing InSight in 2007 to provide the highest quality Traditional Chinese Medicine care with the longest-lasting results.

Senia Mae is a local Holistic Health Expert with regular appearances on Twin Cities Live and feature articles in the Pioneer Press, Star Tribune, and Minnesota Monthly. She loves taking the woo-woo factor out of acupuncture and making it approachable for everyday people, as well as sharing holistic remedies to take the guesswork out of self-care. She has had television guest appearances on KARE11, WCCO and Fox 9, and Healing Arts 101 and radio appearances on FM107 and the Hope, Healing, and Well-Being radio show.

Senia Mae excels at treating complicated cases, stress and anxiety, cosmetic anti-aging, and digestive diseases, including irritable bowel syndrome, GERD, colitis, and inflammatory bowel disease. She enjoys learning and every year completes far more graduate studies than her licensure requires. She is one of only four certified Preferred Providers for Mei Zen cosmetic acupuncture in Minnesota and also trained at the largest Traditional Chinese Medicine hospital in the world in Tianjin, China. She’s a member of the Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Association of Minnesota, board member of the Grand Avenue Business Association, and member of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.

Senia Mae’s previous clinic won the Best Place for Holistic Health Care by the Women’s Press, before opening her aqua-infused, sunny clinic on Grand Avenue. She is licensed in acupuncture by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice and is a nationally board-certified herbalist. She holds a Diplomate in Chinese Herbology and Acupuncture from National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and a Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University, where she graduated summa cum laude. Prior to founding Healing InSight, Senia was a biomedical engineer and graduated from the University of Minnesota summa cum laude. Senia was also credentialed at Woodwinds Hospital.

When she’s not coaching her patients through their health challenges or dreaming up the next television segment, Senia can be found training for her next cycling trip to the French Alps with her husband, decorating her Victorian house in St. Paul, eating really good food, or wrangling her son Vincent away from their three cats.

Nicki Balian, MaOM, LAc

“With compassion, I will remain curious of what it means for each individual to heal and experience Wholeness, and what it means to live an empowered, passionate life; full of grace and pure potentiality.” –Nicki Balian, LAc

Nicki Balian MaOM, L.Ac., is a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, licensed acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist, and Mei Zen cosmetic acupuncture provider, and bodyworker.  She is committed to providing a safe space for each individual to heal, transform and lead empowered lives.  She combines over 15 years of practice working with various healing modalities and focuses her care on women’s health and fertility, anxiety, and depression.

Nicki is licensed through the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice and holds a diplomate of Oriental Medicine through the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).  As an innate seeker of knowledge, she is also certified and trained as a massage therapist, Therapeutic Coach, Reiki practitioner, Vinyasa and Yin yoga teacher, and a DONA trained doula.

Early in her career, Nicki had the profound privilege of working and training at a clinic whose specialty was women’s health and fertility and who received the Best of Minneapolis award each consecutive year she was there.  It was during these formative years where her passion was ignited for fostering the integration of science, art and the wisdom of humanity.

When not at the clinic you can find Nicki on her yoga mat, dancing with her old hip hop crew members, hanging with her 2 Bangel cats, or perhaps officiating a wedding or two!


Catherine Polovick, MaOM, LAc

“I don’t want people to feel “paingry” anymore, and with Chinese medicine and bodywork we can do so much to balance the mind, body and spirit to help with both pain and emotional issues.”–Catherine Polovick, LAc

Catherine Polovick MaOM, L.Ac., is a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, licensed acupuncturist, certified herbalist, bodyworker, Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture provider, and Reiki practitioner. With over 20 years of experience in psychology, bodywork and Chinese medicine, Catherine gift is bringing balance to the body, mind and spirit. She coined the term “paingry” to describe the link between stress and pain, and she’s passionate about relieving both for her patients. She loves treating all things pain-related, from injuries to arthritis, chronic pain to migraines. She also loves to transform patients dealing with mental health issues including stress, anxiety, depression, OCD and PTSD. She loves combining Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture and emotional balance to help her patients feel both radiant and confident.

Like many dedicated healers, Catherine found holistic healing through her own personal struggles, including TMJ, stress, and severe allergies. After becoming a massage therapist she realized she wanted more tools to treat the root cause of issues, and she loved that Chinese medicine looked at all the body’s systems and how they worked together (or didn’t!). She pursued her Masters in Oriental Medicine to be able to bring even greater balance to the body, mind and spirit.

Catherine is licensed through the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice and holds a diplomate of Oriental Medicine through the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She earned her Masters of Oriental Medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2008, trained in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture in Los Angeles, and has worked in a variety of clinics in the Twin Cities. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and learned massage and Reiki at Ahern’s Massage Therapy School in Mariposa, CA, where teachings were largely based on Native American healing principles from the surrounding community.

In her downtime Catherine likes to take her dog for epic long hikes around the Twin Cities. She enjoys reading, cooking, baking, being outdoors and most of all being surrounded by her people and pets.