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Meet Our Family

Hello and welcome. We're the Day family, owners of  Turtle Tree Acupuncture. Below, we've written some ideas about our family and The Bale (our community) so that you can get to know us. Read on or contact us to talk about how we can help you.

~ Hillary, Jonathan, & Esme

Our Family's Story

by Hillary

Jonathan and I met in Seattle where I was studying eastern medicine and he was a university fellow. We shared many things, including a deep love for the natural world. After a time, we married and set up a life together in the Pacific Northwest while Jonathan took up a university faculty position.


One day, we realized that the hustles of Seattle and academia were making us feel ill and lose connection with what we loved. So we let it all go. Jonathan left his university position, and we moved to Louisville, KY to set up a balanced life and raise our new daughter, Esme.


Louisville is a city that feels like a small town. We love that about it. Turtle Tree is our way of giving back to that town for opening its heart and its opportunities to us. But it's also our vehicle for living sustainable, regenerative, healthful lives and finding others who want to join us.

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Our Providers

ANNOUNCEMENT: Hillary will be on maternity leave August 3rd - September 24th, 2024. We are very pleased to have our good friend and colleague, Seneca Vaughn, joining us to substitute for Hillary during that time.

Our providers are National Board Certified Acupuncturists and Licensed Acupuncturists in Kentucky. They have taught graduate courses in acupuncture safety and clean needle technique.

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Jonathan Day
Credentials: DAOM, LAc, NCCAOM Dipl. OM

Specialty Areas: Pain, reproductive health & fertility, autoimmune diseases, family medicine.

Personal Interests: Writing, reading, creativity, good business, planet activism, travel, good food, tall trees, mountains.

Favorite Thing About Chinese Medicine: It holds the family as the foundation for all of society. Harmony within families begets harmony everywhere.  
Hillary Day
Credentials: MSAOM, LAc, NCCAOM Dipl. OM

Specialty Areas: Pain, pediatrics, women's health, fertility & postpartum, family medicine.

Personal Interests: Gardening, crocheting, sustainability, planet activism, cooking, camping, old forests, waterfalls.

Favorite Thing About Chinese Medicine: It always brings me back to nature and the joy that comes from living in harmony with the natural world.
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Seneca Vaughn
Credentials: DACM, LAc, NCCAOM Dipl. OM

Specialty Areas: Pain, PTSD, complex trauma, anxiety, depression, women's health, family medicine.

Personal Interests: Journaling, reading, dancing to Salsa, Bachata, and Afro Beats, listening to all genres of music.

Favorite Thing About Chinese Medicine: It respects each person as an individual on a separate journey from anyone else while also maintaining and using the power of connectedness.

The Bale

by Jonathan

When Hillary gave birth to our daughter, Esme, we still had so much to learn. Over time, we have picked up age-old tricks for calming a newborn, handy remedies for teething and diaper rash, cry-free sleep solutions, and so much more.


All of this came from the inherited wisdom of our wonderful community of family, friends, patients, and colleagues.


A group of turtles = a 'bale'

Human beings need community. It is a source of knowledge, support, and well-being. It is also one of the things slipping away in the modern age.


At Turtle Tree, we hope to hold onto it. We affectionately call our community "The Bale," the name for a group of Turtles.

The Bale is a source of enormous support and a key ingredient in our recipe for health and happiness.



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