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Alternative Medicine in Buena Vista

At Alternative Choices Wellness Center, we understand that conventional healthcare services don't always address the issues you may be experiencing. That's why we started our practice. We proudly provide a host of high-effective holistic healing services designed to promote mental and physical well-being in clients of all ages and including our animal family members.
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Our Vision Statement

 At Alternative Choices Wellness Center we believe that the body was created to heal itself. With daily inhalation and ingestion of nearly-unavoidable synthetic chemicals and toxins, the body gets locked down and is unable to self-heal without some help. Our holistic healing professionals help the body to unlock, restoring balance of body, mind and spirit -- and allowing the healing to begin.

We also believe that every physical issue in the body is connected to an emotional conflict or trauma that you are currently dealing with or that happened even as far back as conception. This comes from 30 years of clinical research named "The German New Medicine." We also believe that when you are having symptoms and discomfort, your body is in healing. You need to embrace that and be grateful that your body is healing. Your attitude and thought energy make all the difference in your healing and your mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.  
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Meet Karen M. Lacy

Karen M. Lacy, our founder and leading wellness practitioner, began her journey in holistic healing nearly 20 years ago. Karen overcame personal battles and illness using holistic healing and became a certified administrator of several different wellness services now offered at our center. She is dedicated to helping people from all walks of life attain the well-being and happiness they deserve. Learn more about Karen and her personal journey and her new coaching program Unleashing Your Authenticity here:

How long have you been doing what you do, and how did you become a Holistic Practitioner?

To answer this question, it’s probably best that I share with you a defining moment, and a resulting “compelling story,” that brought me to where I am today – coaching people like you on exactly what to do to re-connect with their authentic, whole self. 

That defining moment in my life happened in 1999.

I was house sitting and animal care taking and woke in the middle of the night with pain in my shoulder it hurt to breath, I wondered if I was having a heart attack. With my husband’s comfort, I was able to calm down and go to sleep. The pain would move to different areas of my body within 12-24 hours time.
So I sought the advice of the medical community. They ran every blood test they possibly could, everything came back negative. I was ultimately diagnosed with rheumatism. I knew that wasn’t right – but my doctors wouldn’t listen to me! Instead they wanted to make me their guinea pig, testing out one drug after another. 

I wouldn’t allow it. My intuition kicked in and said “no, this is NOT what you need to do.” I got a call from my cousin who gave me a lead on a bio-energetic practitioner. It felt right to go see her. (Angels communicate through many different sources, after all!) This kicked off my healing journey.

Healing is painful. My body had to detox. I had to change my diet completely, go down to part-time work, and allow the spiritual awakening that was so eager to enter my life. I had to stop being Super Woman, I had to learn to take care of me first. I was in crippling pain. It started in the front pad of my feet and by the time I got home everyday, it hurt to walk. All I could do was scoot – sliding my feet across the floor. I was exhausted. It literally felt like, if I moved a fraction of an inch, my limbs would fall off. At night the pain increased to an intolerable decibel, but I did not take any pain meds. I refused to put any more toxins in my body.

My dog, Candy, was my sidekick through it all. I had rescued her from an abusive home and we connected right away. A Rottweiler/Lab mix, she was excellently trained.

Sometimes, the pain would become so intense I would literally throw up. More than once, I even passed out. Each time, I would go into the bathroom alone, but when I awoke, Candy was always beside me. Wherever I had been when I was passed out, I knew beings were working to heal me. I had many of these experiences on the other side. Coming back to Candy was my grounding point.

Each night for three months, I would pet Candy and pray that God would let me go to sleep. 

Eventually, as I learned that I couldn’t push myself over the edge and stress myself as I had before, I began to heal.

Two years into my naturopathic work, though, stress arose at home that I couldn’t avoid. I felt the pain returning. I knew emotions were not centered.

And that’s when Candy started to limp and whimper.

Using a sample of her hair, I began scanning her electrical cellular system. All the markers pointed to a serious condition.

I took Candy to the vet (and not the vet I wanted, by the way) and when I returned the doctor confirmed bone cancer. That wasn’t the worst of it - the doctor had broken her leg in the process of giving her an x-ray. Her leg was just hanging there, he hadn’t even set it for her. I left sobbing.

I took Candy home, and made her as comfortable as I could. My daughter came home from school, and Candy began to cry. I knew she had chosen to go when we were all together as a family. She was put to sleep in our home, on her own little bed. She went peacefully, but I know I had lost a part of myself.

When we took her to the Humane Society to be cremated, there was a puppy at the gate who would not be ignored. She barked incessantly, and even used her teeth to shake the gate. As I approached, I realized she was the exact coloring of Candy. Stunned, I stooped down, looked the dog in her eyes and said “who are you?” The puppy just wagged her tail and looked at me with total love.

I knew I couldn’t take her home that day, but I promised her that if she was still there when I was truly ready, I would.

A few days later, our family made the decision that the time was right. We returned to the Humane Society and described the dog. “Oh you mean Lucy?” they said, “Lucy Lacy!” I thought. I knew it was meant to be.

She ran to us without hesitation. She was ours. As she grew up, she somehow knew the same hand signals that Candy had known.

Years after, I was in Austin, Texas, seeking the deep healing and direction provided by two shamans. I was on a table. One shaman brought my soul into the room. The other was doing body work on the back of my neck. “There is a spirit coming through that has a message for you. Do you want it?” “Yes! I said. “Don’t laugh at me,” he said, “but I’m hearing Candy.” I started sobbing. 

I knew then that Candy had taken the bone cancer from my own body, into hers. The shaman confirmed this. He said Candy was so grateful that I had rescued her, that she considered it “an eye for an eye.”

Candy was the confirmation I needed that this healing energy work was the right course for me. (She also confirmed that she did come back as Lucy.)

As Lucy got on in years, she began doing energy work with me and my friend Shannon, aka Spirit Walker, when he came to Colorado. 

When Lucy herself passed, she came back as Midge and brought with her, her sister Abbey, my newest sidekicks. They are both here to each do different kinds of energy work with me, so we will be exploring that as they get a little older.
Since my healing, I have been on a path learning more about my healing and understanding the why’s. Everything is energy, there are no mistakes or accidents in life, everything has a meaning and a lesson for our purpose of awakening. Awakening to what? Our authentic, all knowing Higher/God selves. Learning to Love every experience, every emotion, every ounce of pain, every struggle or trauma to diminish the fear that keeps us prisoners to our own dogmatic belief systems. It is our school of life, the most meaningful education we get that doesn’t reward you with a diploma, because diplomas aren’t needed in this school.

Through the guidance and presence of my dog guides, I continue to maintain my health, work on my marriage and all relationships, and create my dream life. 

I healed my physical, emotional and Spiritual bodies, past beliefs and behaviors and started teaching Spiritual successful entrpreneur women and men who are ready to get off the fence how they can do the same: I’ve watched their overall health improve, self confidence grow, self responsibility take shape, their stress reactions disappear and all their relationships improve too! I have since made a commitment to dedicate the rest of my professional life to helping other successful Entrepreneur women and men reach their health goals, shed the emotional backpack with Grace and Love and experience and meet their Authentic self.

Since then, I’ve worked with many private clients for 16 years as a Holistic Practitioner and Spiritual Coach, spoken in front of many groups: I lived my dream of Loving myself, having the intuitiveness and knowingness of how to direct my life and allowing Love and Joy back into my heart; and I created Unleashing Your Authenticity, a series of 4 Modules:
  1. Everything is Energy – Understanding how energy governs every aspect of our lives.
  2. Exploring the Backpack – Understanding what you created to happen in your life and why and how you can be free from that which continues to hold you back. 
  3. Finding the Lessons – Understanding and learning a new way of looking at life. What it means when we say there are no mistakes or accidents in life and how they apply to your experiences. 
  4. Continuing your healing – Once the exploration starts, there is a domino effect that is created with the brain, the nervous system, the cells and the emotions. Obtaining new information and ways to support and heal yourself naturally gives you a new powerful way to be responsible and respectful to yourself.
  5. Learning to Love – You are at this point transforming your life with new understandings, new beliefs and new behaviors. Now you get to experience the most powerful and highest vibratory essence in this Universe in a whole new way.
  6. Awakening to Your Authenticity – Who we’ve always thought we were, is not who we TRULY are. Learning how to let your Authenticity shine for self and others, what every successful entrepreneur woman and man needs to apply to improve their health, journey, performance, personal and professional relationships by knowing their Authentic Self. Can you imagine living life from the freedom of authenticity?
Who are your clients?
I work with Spiritual successful entrepreneur women and men just like you who are ready for that next step in becoming vulnerable and uncomfortable to receive the gifts that Life has been waiting to show you and that you have been yearning for. Those who:
Want better performance and success professionally
Are ready to create a more balanced, productive and meaningful life
Want to experience Pure Joy in their life
Want to feel and know Pure Love
Will create a new path for their Journey forward
Want to live their life from Truth and Authenticity going forward
Are ready to Trust and just let go
Are ready, willing and able to create and retain richer more meaningful relationships

What makes you different from other “Spiritual Coaches”?
I have had a lifetime experience that awakened me to my passion and my purposeful journey. I know without a shadow of doubt that I put that passion and intuitive knowingness into my work, which will only benefit your experience and your results. For 16 year now I have walked the talk, I don’t just talk and expect you to do the walk. I have a life practice, not just a daily practice and because of that I choose to live my life from a higher frequency of energy that only supports my life and those that I contact and work with. I Am a mirror and that practice comes from the depths of my heart. I will teach you a better way of thinking and how that effects your overall existence in your life. You will learn about aspects of yourself that may be uncomfortable, but you will learn how that will help you grow and move forward. I will always tell you the truth and be straight forward with you. Your time and energy is as valuable as mine and my goal is for you to obtain all the success and freedom you are signing up for. I will hold you accountable and will keep you accountable to yourself for the highest honor and well-being of your experience in the program. There will be serious content, but also humorous and joyful experiences as well which helps balance out your experience and results.

What type of personality do you work best with and what is expected of me?
The Unleashing Your Authenticity program was created for people who are serious about taking full responsibility for their journey forward. Who are ready to redirect their journey and take a conscious look at their experiences and really SEE it for the TRUTH that it REALLY is. Being able to be vulnerable, open and ready to have respect, Love, compassion and understanding for self. To let go of the comfortable beliefs and behaviors and become uncomfortable to create the new path and the new YOU. Remaining open to drop judgement of self and others to allow Forgiveness, Worthiness and Wholeness to flow freely and abundantly. To find out why, who you think you are is not WHO you ARE and to do the work that Unleashes Your Authenticity. 

What type of professionals are your programs NOT going to work for?
Please know I’m very selective in who I work with and I consciously pick my clients, choosing to (respectfully) turn away people who aren’t suited for my programs and won’t get the results for which they would have signed up for (it wouldn’t be fair to them). The Unleashing Your Authenticity programs are NOT for those who don’t currently have the money coming in or who are financially desperate. Creating another stress in your life is not an advantageous way of starting a new path. It’s been my experience with those who are in financially crisis do not have the attention and comprehension to do the work and would end up becoming more of a burden than a positive life changing experience. If you fall within this category, it’s OK. We’ve all been in financial crisis at one point or another. Do yourself 3 favors:

1. Get some money coming in with a part-time or full-time job at the very least and then call me. This will take the edge off and provide a little more peace of mind. Mostly, it will de-clutter your mind enough to focus on your Unleashing Your Authenticity assignments and the BIG picture. Once you start seeing the clients come in regularly as a result of our work, you can then start reducing the hours you work at the other job and focus on your own practice.
2. Set up your own financial budget and track where your money is being spent on a monthly basis. Write in every financial responsibility you have during that month: food, entertainment, mortgage/rent, car payment, insurances, incidentals, etc. Then take a look at those entries and take a look at what is possibly a frivolous expense that could be eliminated for a while or all together. Sometimes determining whether we need that expense or not is a valuable movement forward alone. Be discerning and ask what is in your highest honor and well-being, what will positively affect your life more?
3. Go to my Unleashing Your Authenticity group page and LIKE IT, so that you can follow posts and get a feeling of what is happening within the group and maybe get some much-needed information from posts.
Doing these 3 things will really help you get primed for our work. You will be able to show yourself that you are serious and focused and can do this. When you’re ready, call me and we’ll get you started (I’m in no rush and will be here when you need me). Other types of personalities I won’t work with (without exception) are the whiner or the chronic skeptic, as well as individuals who consistently make excuses for not getting their assignments done or challenging every aspect of the program. If you are one of these people, I gently and respectfully ask that you not call and I hope you understand why. We’ll probably just not work well together and I wouldn’t want you to waster your valuable time, money and energy. Is that fair?
What exactly is Unleashing Your Authenticity system and what does it include?
Unleashing Your Authenticity is exploring the deeper depths of you, your life and meeting your authentic self for the very first time. It starts with understanding your powerful energetic self for health and well-being, then looking at and acquiring a better understanding of those life shifting experiences and what you’re still holding onto to reach freedom, how to Love every aspect of you and your life thus far and forward, once that work has been accomplished you will be able to experience and meet your authentic self. You will acquire life-long tools to continue to practice and grow ever more once you are through the course. Here’s what the system gets you to do:

  • Everything is Energy – Exploring our physical, emotional and Spiritual bodies through the paradigm of energy as opposed to physicality. Learning how to raise your inner energy vibration so that you are connecting with the same energy vibration in your outer life that serves your highest honor and well-being.
  • Exploring the Backpack – This will be a deep exploration of your personal experiences and learning how to look at them in a whole new way to allow freedom and insight. Releasing you to a whole new understanding of Life itself and to You on your journey forward.
  • Finding the Lessons – Once the deep inner work has begun, you then get to see all the gifts and lessons that you created from every experience in your life up to the current moment. You will get to realize how your life with change moving forward because of that understanding and freedom. You will get to feel the resonance of Self-Love from a whole different perspective.
  • Continuing Your Healing – Once you’ve learned about how important energy is in life and you’ve had the courage to do the deep inner work, which is on-going, you now get to explore better ways of maintaining healthy physical, emotional and spiritual bodies in that higher frequency of energy. Learn how to take care of yourself holistically and what that means. You will be able to maintain your work performance, your financial prowess, your everyday energy levels, your intuitive knowingness and overall daily decision that are in your highest honor and well-being. Helping you create a new life long practice as your authentic self.
  • Learning to Love – Once the inner work and healing are in motion, the reality can come forth that shows us, “Do I really know authentic Love?” You will learn to explore and this reality and learn tools to connect to your heart in a new way. You will learn the practice of living from the heart instead of the head. This is a life changing gift you will not want to miss.
  • Awakening to Authenticity – Stepping into the unknown and getting the opportunity to redirect your life from a higher frequency and a new understanding of life and Love for yourself. Learning to embrace being uncomfortable to move forward on your journey. Realizing the truth that you REALLY do have access to infinite opportunities and possibilities. Creating a life forward you never had anticipated before from a whole new knowingness.
Does this really work?
Yes! The result of our work is an approach to shifting your mindset, beliefs and behaviors of how you respond in life. You will acquire tools, understanding and practices that will help keep you on track to living a more fulfilling and joyful life from a space of freedom. Your consistency and commitment to self and your journey forward will only bring you rewards for your highest honor, well-being, Love and respect. This in turn will have you mirroring to others that they too can do the same.

What results can I expect?
  • Health benefits, living stress free
  • Releasing trauma in the body
  • Anxiety dissipates and peace and calm sets in
  • Creating new vibration of energy to live from
  • Fill your heart and learn how to self-nurture
  • Feel empowered & excited about the future
  • Vibrate as a loving being, and become truly unconditionally loving with all your relationships (even the most intense ones that normally trigger you).
  • Develop more compassion for yourself and others
  • Create healthy boundaries
  • Have more ease and grace in your life
  • Truly Love the version of yourself that shows up to play this game called life
  • Connect with your intuition on a higher level
  • Create DEEP intimacy and meaning in your personal relationships
  • Understand how your soul is awakening and developing
  • Raise your self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Open your heart and expand into your TRUE being
  • Live YOUR life and NOT the stories from the backpack
  • How to see your life as a movie and just RELAX
Can I contact some of your former clients to see what it’s like to work with you?
Yes, I encourage you to! Please go to the Client Testimonials page and read all of them.

How quickly can I expect results?
That depends on how quickly you can make those inner shifts. Some clients are ready to go and they transform and unveil their authenticity in a very short time frame, sometimes even a few weeks while other have a more work to do first. It also depends on how committed you are to yourself and the work and how much time you schedule for yourself to work on it. How quickly you are to face your fears and get uncomfortable to attain the positive results.

How can I guarantee myself that I will get more freedom, transformation and meet my authentic self, in record time?
Do all of your homework. Be totally committed to your success. Understand that this is a process, a proven one, that works if you take action and implement all of the steps. All my clients who have diligently applied every step of Unleashing Your Authenticity have successfully reclaimed a new found Love for self, their relationships, their life, in much less time than they would have on their own AND have met their authentic self and continue to practice to even bring more of it forward knowing we have access to infinite opportunities and possibilities.

Will I recover the investment I put into this coaching program?
Yes, a resounding Yes! Many clients are excited to report that they were able to see and experience this program as an investment in themselves and their lives. That their work and life transformation will enable them to make new, positive and lucrative changes in their personal, professional relationships opening up avenues of confidence and power to make necessary changes for a better, fulfilling life. A life that they feel is richer, more peaceful, valuable and sacred.

Karen, based on everything I’ve read and heard about you, I know you’re the one I want to learn from. What are my options for getting started with you?

Congratulations on making a decision for healing and transformation! I’m happy to work with you to achieve improving every aspect of your life…I prefer to work one on one with my clients to really help them get FASTER results. I offer free consutations. You can schedule your appt. under the Contact tab or call me at 719-239-2007.

Comprehensive Healing

We proudly offer a wide range of services designed to promote mental, physical, and spiritual well-being in clients of all ages. Our latest service, Brain Wave Optimization, helps induce a deep state of brain relaxation to help the brain self-optimize. Our other services include Bio-Energy Bodyscanning, Auricular Cold Laser Therapy, 3 levels of Reiki Therapy, and more. Visit our Services page for a full list of our services, or call our center at (719) 239-2007 to discuss your options with a member of our caring and knowledgeable staff.
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