About Us

Thielen007Joel Thielen

Dubuque’s first Non-Chiropractic Certified Expert Acupuncturist (L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., BCIM).

Joel Thielen is president and founding member of Elements Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Clinic based in Dubuque, Iowa. He is Dubuque’s first State Licensed and Nationally Board Certified (NCCAOM) Acupuncturist. He is a Fellow and board member of the American Association of Integrative Medicine. Prior to founding Elements Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Clinic with his wife Kristine in 2006, Joel was an associate Acupuncturist at Abundance Acupuncture in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. While there he worked with Senior Acupuncturist, David Millbrandt specializing in classical Chinese medicine and advanced pain management. Joel has also worked and lectured at Finley Babka Wellness Center in Dubuque, Iowa and studied under various master Acupuncturists including Susan Johnson, Dr. Robert Chu, Dr. Wei-Chien Young, Dr. C.J. Chen, Richard Tan, Dr. Ming Qing Zhu, Bob Doone and others. Joel did his undergraduate studies at St. Cloud State University and the University of Minnesota. He completed his masters level post graduate certification in Acupuncture at Midwest College of Oriental Medicine (Racine, WI / Chicago, IL) in 2006. There he completed 2100 hours of schooling in three academic years and graduated with honors.

Certifications & Professional Memberships

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Heather Gilkes

My name is Heather Gilkes and I have been with Elements Acupuncture since February 2010. Working here is both enjoyable and educational. I enjoy meeting patients and watching them improve with acupuncture. I have learned a lot about wellness and have made many healthy changes in my life since working here. Joel has helped every member of my family in some way. I am grateful to work with such a dedicated professional.

When I am not at Elements I enjoy hiking, skiing, running, traveling and spoiling my family. I am married and have two daughters and a standard poodle!!

Jolene Roling

My name is Jolene Roling and I joined the Elements Acupuncture team in March 2016.  It is a privilege to be part of the staff at Elements and witness the changes that can occur in someone’s health when a whole body approach to healing is explored.  I enjoy interacting with each patient and hearing their personal testimony of how acupuncture and integrative medicine has improved their life.  Being a licensed massage therapist aside from my time at Elements Acupuncture, I have an appreciation for Joel’s professionalism and how each patient is treated as a unique individual.  The knowledge I gain from the environment at Elements also inspires me to incorporate changes in my own lifestyle.