Meridian Acupuncture
& Wellness

Meet The Team

Krista McKowen

Esthetician - L.E. M.H.

Each skin treatment session offers an integrative and holistic approach to a wide range of skin presentations and conditions, from acne to severely sensitized skin. By releasing stagnations and tension while increasing flow, skin becomes resilient, clear, luminous. Signs of aging transform to radiance, vitality, glow. More than a facial, each treatment delivers visible results to your skin, while being felt deep within. A variety of hands-on modalities, tools, select products, and signature massage techniques are chosen for your individual needs.


I have been in the skincare and wellness industry for 40 years, while my research and studies are ongoing. Studies I have completed include Vodder manual lymphatic drainage, Gua Sha for face and neck rejuvenation, massage therapy, aromatherapy, herbology, nutrition, laser skin treatment, cosmetic chemistry, as well as training received from having worked for numerous superlative skin care brands and in some of the top-rated spas in the country. I am a global educator in the spa industry, and my articles have been published in spa industry publications including Dermascope and Skin, Inc magazines. I was voted 2020 Best of Portland-Skin Care.


Julius Passion

Stretch Therapist

Julius is the owner of Optimize and joins our Meridian community with over a decade of experiencing working with people to better their health. His commitment to whole body wellness is backed by his extensive education and personal experiences. Formally trained as a Kinesiologist, Julius possesses a Master of Science degree from San Jose State University. During his tenure, he conducted research that explored fundamental motor skills and their role in developing movement, and often translates his findings to other facets of his professional life. Combining his knowledge of body fundamentals with his experiences as a certified personal trainer and registered nutritionist gives him the unique ability to understand core aspects of wellness. As such, he is passionate about leveraging a variety of modalities to help people reach their full potential.


Julius is known best for catering to his client needs. He doesn’t believe in a “one-size-fits-all” approach and strives to tailor client sessions depending on each person’s lifestyle and goals. His first few months at Meridian will begin with a roll-out of his mobility series! Mobility sessions help to restore functional body movements through passive stretching. During sessions, Julius uses techniques to produce a full range of motion to fascia, muscle, and joints—all while you are relaxed! This service is beneficial for most people, especially athletes, those needing rehabilitation from acute injury, and those experiencing chronic pain. The benefits are truly endless and work especially well in parallel with other wellness treatments in Meridian such as acupuncture.


A few of most common benefits include:

  • Decrease muscle stiffness
  • Reduce pain
  • Injury Prevention
  • Improve circulation
  • Increase range of motion
  • Improve Performance
  • Increase Recovery time