DR. LAURA CHEY, Licensed Acupuncturist, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Diplomate of Chinese Herbology, is co-owner of balance with her husband, Ric Warren. She received her Doctorate from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. She is a state and nationally licensed acupuncturist and a nationally certified Diplomate of Chinese Herbology. Laura grew up in Penfield, NY, and did her undergraduate work at Hobart and William Smith College.


Laura is a frequent lecturer at area colleges and hospitals. She has done extensive work with weight loss and Eastern nutrition. She specializes in treating digestive diseases, fibromyalgia, allergies, migraine headaches, stress related disorders and cancer.

“My goal is to educate as many people as possible about Eastern & Natural Medicine.”


RIC WARREN, Licensed Acupuncturist, Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine is co-owner of balance with his wife, Laura Chey-Warren. The focuses of his practice are internal medicine, pain management, fertility issues and pediatrics, of which he has completed advanced training work in.


Ric spent four years in the United States Marine Corps and did his undergraduate work at Ohio State University. After an injury ended his professional dance career, he attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He has a Masters degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine and is a state and nationally licensed acupuncturist. He was on the teaching staff of Pacific College and a supervisor in the school clinic for eight years before relocating to Rochester, NY.


Ric has been practicing for 27 years, making him the most experienced Western-trained licensed acupuncturist in the Rochester area.

SERENITY CARLYLE, Licensed Acupuncturist, Cert. Birth Doula, Cert. Facial Rejuvenation received her Master of Science in Acupuncture from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington.  She went on to deepen her knowledge of pregnancy and childbirth through Big Belly Services in Seattle, Washington;  becoming nationally certified as a Birth Doula through DONA International.  Serenity is also certified in Facial Rejuvenation using acupuncture and Tui Na (Chinese medical massage). She grew up in Williamson, NY and has a deep passion for healthy living and stress management.

Darlene Easton MSAOM, L.Ac, diplomat NCCAOM, M.C.N.  has over 18 years of patient care experience.  Her philosophy is simple  - help patients believe in and discover their own sense of health and wellness through natural and effective methods.   Darlene is a New York State and nationally licensed acupuncturist, board certified herbalist and nutritional specialist.   Darlene is a general practitioner who has experience treating pain, women’s health issues, digestive and immune disorders and many other chronic conditions.  Her nutrition background gives her the expertise to implement therapeutic dietary strategies custom tailored to each patient. 


Darlene did her undergraduate work at Stony Brook University and studied Chinese language at Nankai University in Tianjin PRC during college.  In 1998, she earned her Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine (1998), and in 2011, her Master of Applied Clinical Nutrition.  Darlene is an Associate Professor at New York Chiropractic College School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) and has been an educator for 18 years.    She continues her training by leading acupuncture students for advanced clinical training programs in China.  Darlene holds multiple post-graduate degrees from Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Zhejiang University’s Provincial Hospital in Hangzhou.  Her passion for learning is reflected in the impressive coursework she has completed in both AOM and Nutrition with distinguished Doctors in the east and in the west.  She also has worked with the national boards of both AOM and Nutrition, helping with national exams and certification. 

ANGELA TOTA, Reiki Practitioner

Angela has been a Certified Reiki Practitioner since 2006 and has enjoyed assisting people who are eager to work on their body, mind and spirit.  Angela’s attentiveness and strong intuitive sense led her to Reiki. Her goal is to help people bring balance and energy to their lives so they can address issues that prevent them from feeling whole. Angela has worked successfully with weight loss, insomnia, addiction, phobias, depression, anxiety, eliminating migraines, grief, loss or abuse issues and aiding with making major life decisions.