AboutOpen Mind Modalities

At Open Mind Modalities, we heal more than just a patient’s physical condition. Through the use of traditional Chinese medicine, we focus on treating the primary condition along with the physical, spiritual and psychological symptoms related to the disease. While there may not always be a magical cure-all method to one’s condition, we can provide an integrated form of treatment to deal with symptoms and better a patient’s quality of life.

Our acupuncture treatment can provide patients with the supportive care they need. We provide treatment to prevent, control or relieve complications and side effects in a warm and comforting atmosphere. We specialize in pediatric care and have experience with interpreting how a child feels since it can be difficult for a child to express how they feel. We can develop the most effective plan after speaking with the child and the child’s parents about the patient’s condition. We can help decrease pain and provide the necessary relief.

Dr. Ruth McCarty, DACM, L.Ac.

Motivated by the recognition that medicine must address not only the physical but also the emotional and spiritual needs, Ms. McCarty received her Master's Degree of Science at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in San Diego. She then completed her internship at PCOM prior to undergoing a fellowship in pediatrics at Shandong Traditional Chinese Medicine University in China.

Dr. Ruth McCarty, DACM, L.Ac. is a California Board Licensed Acupuncturist. She co-founded the Integrative Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) with Pediatric Neurosurgeon William Loudon M.D., PhD. Dr. Ruth McCarty, DACM, L.Ac. is the Director of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with allied healthcare privileges at CHOC Children's Hospital of Orange County in Orange and CHOC at Mission. She provides Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies in conjunction with staff physicians to comfort critically-ill patients.

Dr. Ruth McCarty, DACM, L.Ac. also worked with Dr. Beth Ary, Director of The Reproductive Specialty Medical Center in Newport Beach providing acupuncture during in-vitro fertilization (IVF). She treats an active outpatient population in her private practice located in Aliso Viejo CA.

Annie Foucault L.AC. MS

Annie Foucault is a recent graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego with a Master's in Traditional Oriental Medicine. Throughout her studies, she gained valuable experience treating a variety of issues ranging from sports injuries to women's health. In her clinical internships, she spent a year treating oncology patients at the San Diego Cancer Research Institute, where she found a particular interest in helping cancer patients who are going through chemo and radiation treatments. After graduating, she worked as an acupuncture assistant at UCSD Moore's Cancer Center in La Jolla, where she gained more experience in oncology and integrative medicine.

Besides her passion for helping people, Annie enjoys hiking, running, cooking, and enjoying being a new newlywed to her husband Jon.

Judith Miller L.AC. MAOM

Please join us in welcoming Judy Miller to our OMM family.

Judy uses a holistic strategy to harmonize the imbalances of the body and will create specific treatment plans using the different modalities of TCM. Her clinical interests include women’s health and other internal medical conditions, in addition to pain management. She uses the power of lifestyle education to slowly cultivate lasting and healing changes by incorporating lifestyle and nutritional guidance. Besides being a TCM enthusiast, she is a yoga instructor, researcher and a humanitarian who provides patient education and healthcare to underserved communities.

She truly believes healthCARE should energize the spirit, heal the body, and rejuvenate the soul.

Celeste Woodhouse

Celeste has been working at OMM since 2010. As Practice Manager, she is responsible for the organization of all administrative activities to ensure a smooth running practice. As a parent of a previous pediatric patient, Celeste knows firsthand how powerful acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can be both for the patient and their caregivers. She is most grateful for being able to work in such an amazing family atmosphere and the strong sense of community that OMM fosters. She is honored to be a part of the healing journey for all OMM patients. Her favorite part of the day is when smiling faces come through the door and when the waiting room is full of kids and families.

Celeste is married to her college sweetheart, Steve and has three children: Ryan, Cody and Meg. Although all adults, they still keep her busy traveling to their homes, sending care packages and planning their next visit home. Celeste is a novice quilter, an avid reader and a lover of throwing parties for friends and family.

Debbie Fisher

Debbie Fisher has been affiliated with OMM for 11 years, both as a patient herself and as mom to daughter Amanda, who was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia at the tender age of 14 and became one of Dr. Ruth McCarty, DACM, L.Ac.’s regular patients beginning in 2005. “I have seen the benefits that acupuncture has worked in keeping the nervous system balanced and the pain from this disease at bay so that my daughter can live a better life without pain medication. Amanda has succeeded in doing things that the doctors were skeptical she would ever be able to accomplish and I attribute a large piece of that equation to the mind/body/spirit support she receives in this office with weekly treatments.” Debbie joined the staff in 2013 and loves being a part of the patient support team, meeting the wonderful people who frequent our office. She is always ready to lend an ear to those needing encouragement to pursue their health journey with vigor and dedication, especially when the journey feels rough. “Everyone needs reassurance that they are not alone, and that there are solutions out there - you just have to keep at it.”

She has been married to her soul-mate, Gary, for 36 years and enjoys reading, scrapbooking, mixed media art, photography, long road trips with the family, and the antics of their two cats, Huckleberry and Gracie.