LAc, MCM, Carey Velenchenko portrait photo

Carey Velenchenko (She/Her) is National Board certified and licensed by the State Medical Board to practice acupuncture medicine. She has been in practice for 21 years and has experience treating clients in a wide variety of settings including: private practice, and adolescent and adult residential eating disorder treatment. Carey joined the SuNu Team in 2014. 

Her experience has given her the necessary tools and wisdom to treat a wide variety of patients with conditions and symptoms including but not limited to depression, anxiety, digestive issues, pain and injuries, menstrual irregularities, fertility, auto-immune disorders, headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and menopausal discomfort.

Carey attended the Minnesota College of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota. She studied both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine and graduated in 2002 with a Master’s Degree in Chinese Medicine.

Carey takes the time with each patient to listen and to address all of their questions and concerns, with each person’s comfort in mind. She focuses on each unique individual, not just their presenting complaint, to provide truly holistic care.  Carey enjoys working with patients of all ages and in all stages of illness, recovery, and wellness.

Before discovering her passion for Chinese Medicine, Carey was a dancer. She studied Dance at the University of Minnesota and in 1991 co-founded a non-profit dance company with the mission of bringing dance into communities to empower women of color and at-risk youth. As a healthcare practitioner, Carey continues to feel passionate about working to dismantle structural and systemic racism, including that which targets people of East Asian and Pacific Island descent. As a practitioner of a traditional medicine of a culture that is not her own, she strives to be aware of cultural appropriation of traditional medicines and is committed to practicing in a way that remains true to what her teachers intended.

As a practitioner of an East Asian Medicine, I would like to acknowledge the teachers I have had the privilege to learn from who are of East Asian descent…

Jingduan Yang, M.D., Kejian Xiao, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., CTM, Yongping Jiang, TCMD, Ph.D., Mei Wang, TCMD, Ph.D., Xiaoyan Hu, TCMD., Dr. Wei Liu, TCMD, Dr. Jeffrey Yuen, Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan, Dr. Tran Viet Dzung, Dr. John Chen, Ph. D, Pharm D. O.M.D., L.Ac.

Carey is currently seeing patients at our Minnetonka location.


  • Licensed by Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
  • Master of Chinese Medicine, Northwestern Health Sciences University
  • Dipl. Ac., NCCAOM



  • Free Acupuncture Consultation
  • Initial Exam and Acupuncture
  • Acupuncture appointment
  • Cupping appointment
  • Moxibustion appointment



Carey has been a saving grace for me over the past two years. She has been instrumental in my healing from a multitude of chronic health issues. She has connected me with many other SuNu practitioners and I am forever grateful for Carey. I recommend her to everyone!
I’ve been struggling with nerve pain in my legs for several months. It has affected being able to do the activities I want with my kids and being able to perform my best with my job as an RN. Carey and Dr. Courtney have restored my quality of life and helped me heal on this challenging time in m...
Carey always meets me where I’m at. She takes time to talk before we begin. I know she cares about me and my wellness.
I saw Carey for the first time yesterday for Acupuncture. I came in stressed, tired, you name it I probably had it. Carey listed to my story, asked questions then started the Acupuncture. She answered questions along the way and made sure I was comfortable with what she was doing. But this isn't the...
Carey is a calming light and a skilled acupuncturist. She has a wonderful way of tuning in with you and providing the space you need to heal. Whether coming in for one session with her or six, she is perceptive and thoughtful in her work and aims to do the best for her clients. I can easily recommen...
I’ve always been one to come down with the sniffles and grab whatever OTC cough syrup I could find, only to be in bed for a week anyway.. and then I met Carey. Initially, I started seeing her for chronic pain, but it became evident pretty quickly that she was interested in the full p...

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