About Us


Alan Suhr


Alan received his Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California; widely regarded as one of the most rigorous and highly respected acupuncture schools in the United States. Also in that time he attended the International Institute of Medical Qigong where he earned his Master of Medical Qi Gong certification.

Alan specializes in Acupuncture in Sports Medicine, which addresses pain management and treatment of injuries, and classical Chinese Medicine. He focuses on treating internal disorders as well; receiving certification in both programs while attending Five Branches University.

His clinical experience includes extensive work with veterans and patrons of the local mental health advocacy center.  These clinics provided extensive experience in treating acute and chronic pain, and psycho-emotional issues ranging from PTSD to bipolar disorder to insomnia.

Nic Krueger


Nicole (Nic) Krueger moved to South Dakota in 2014, with her husband and partner, Alan. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Nic has her Masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine (from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California), her Certificate of Study (from Zhe Jiang University in Hang Zhou, China) and a National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Diplomate of Acupuncture.

Her specialties include fertility, women’s health, pre and post-natal care, menstrual issues as well as orthopedic and pain management.

Originally from Milwaukee, Nic spent a decade in Santa Cruz getting hooked on alternative therapies. A lifelong practitioner of acupuncture, Nic loves to work with families and those who are starting or expanding their family. Orthopedic acupuncture exercises the scientific part of her brain and loves helping her clients develop their own wellness practice plan.

Nic and Alan have a one-year old son, Caspian. They enjoy spending time in the unfettered space of the Black Hills, running, hiking, climbing and building tree forts. Nic also finds time to read, play piano and accordion as well as cooking elaborate Indian meals for the family.

Nic’s goals for Thrive include expanding their offices, bringing on more acupuncturists and massage therapists, and hosting a full herbal pharmacy here in Rapid City.

Nic, Caspian & Alan

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Acupuncture: Recovery from Surgery

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The Mind – Body Connection: Meditation

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