Geleni Fontaine, LAc., RN

I’m a fat, queer, Latina/o transperson raised and thriving in Brooklyn, New York. I’m a graduate of the Swedish Institute School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine where I studied Traditional and Classical Chinese Medicine with Jeffrey Yuen, 88th generation Taoist priest and healer. I’m also a registered nurse and use knowledge of Western allopathic medicine to support my holistic East-Asian practice, helping individuals navigating both healthcare systems.

I’m a member of the Rock Dove Collective, a group of healers, providers, and activists coordinating a radical community health exchange in NYC; a former board member of the Audre Lorde Project, the first queer people of color center for community organizing in the U.S.; and NOLOSE, an organization dedicated to ending the oppression of fat people and creating vibrant fat queer culture. I have a 13-year history of training and teaching martial arts and have worked many years with the Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE) as a youth educator, anti-violence activist, and crisis intervention worker. This experience has lent to my understanding of healing as a mind / body / spirit construct that includes support for individuals as well as radical responses to the institutional oppression we face as communities.

In 2011 I began studying Western medicinal herbs, first with Lauren Giambrone (Good Fight Herb Company) and Ben Schwartz (Wassaic Community Farm), and in the Herbal Education Program of Third Root (with Jacoby Ballard, Karen Rose, and Stephen Switzer.)

My goal is to help empower individuals to create personal and social change toward a more just and loving world for us all. I’m thrilled and honored to join Third
Root in this work!