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Wendy Ruppenthal


Wendy Ruppenthal, BA, LAc, LMT, is a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist.


Wendy’s journey to becoming a practitioner began when she developed a passion for nutrition in high school. A few years later, while facing a prolonged illness, she discovered firsthand the healing power of natural medicine. 


In 1995, Wendy earned a bachelor’s degree in contemplative psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. It was there that she began studying a variety of disciplines and traditions, including Tibetan medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, Ashtanga yoga, macrobiotics and Vipassana meditation. She went on to complete her Western clinical herbal certification at the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies and then to earn a master’s degree in Oriental medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College. There, she became keenly interested in sports acupuncture and studied under world-renowned sports medicine acupuncturist Whitfield Reaves.

Wendy moved to Maui in 2005 to attend the Maui School of Therapeutic Massage. The following year, she joined the spa at Four Seasons Resort Maui, and in 2009, helped launch the spa’s acupuncture program. In 2011, she added intuitive medicine to her healing repertoire, and in 2013, completed her sports acupuncture certification and went on to assist Whitfield Reaves with his Maui-based Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program.


Today, with two decades of clinical experience, Wendy uses her mastery of anatomy, physiology and intuitive medicine to address both physical and energetic issues. She has a natural gift for listening to her clients’ bodies and tailoring each treatment to their specific needs, often blending varying bodywork modalities.


When she’s not working with athletes, chronic pain sufferers, or anyone seeking balance and relaxation, you might find Wendy surfing with her husband, Dave, or walking her dogs, Izzy and Enzo on Maui’s north shore.

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Current Work & Credentials

  • Naropa University BA of Contemplative Psychology 1992-1995

  • Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies  1996

  • Southwest Acupuncture college MA in Science and Oriental Medicine 1997-2001

  • Maui School of Therapeutic Massage 2006

  • Advanced Energy Medicine with Deborah Kremins 2013-2104

  • Apprenticeship Program with Whitfield Reaves OMD, LAc  Acupuncture Sports Medicine 2013 & 2016

    • Neck, shoulder and upper extremity

    • Low back, hip and pelvis

    • Lower extremiy

  • Energy Healing with Nic Whitham 2021

  • Animal Communication Master Program with Marta Williams 2020-2021

  • Intermediate Mentorship with Kay Reynolds 2020 - 2023

  • Mediumship Mentorship Program with Mavis Pitilla, Joanne Holden and Jean Else 2020- present 

  • Assistant to Whitfield Reaves OMD, LAc in his Acupuncture Sports Medicine Education Programs in Hawaii 2016 to present 

  • Licensed Acupuncturist since 2001 Hawaii license # 744

  • Licensed Massage Therapist  since 2006  Hawaii MATT # 9477

  • Private practice on northshore of maui since 2005 to present

  • Massage Therapist at the Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Maui 2007 to 2021

  • Acupuncturist at the Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Maui 2009 to 2021

  • Assistant to Whitfield Reaves  DOM, LAc Acupuncture Sports Medicine program on Maui 2015 to present 

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