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Bridge Community Acupuncture is owned and operated by Melissa Lahmeyer, AP, LCSW. Melissa graduated from The Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (previously located in Pinellas Park) in 2002.Over the last 20 years, she has practiced acupuncture in several settings, including a private office, massage and wellness spa,  gastroenterology medical practice, and St Pete Community Acupuncture.


Melissa is a skilled technician who pays special attention to each client's needs. She is open, personable, and down to earth. She takes time to identify root causes of your pain and disease.

Melissa understands the importance of a holistic mindbody approach to health and well being. She believes in working with the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of health and disease as well as the physical symptoms.

Melissa completed her MSW at USF in May 2017. She recently completed all the requirements and received her LCSW (licensed clinical social worker). She has experience in individual, couples, and family counseling. She is passionate about helping each person to become a better communicator with themselves and their loved ones. She is offering telehealth sessions as well during 2020 and for the foreseeable future.

Melissa is now Offering:
 Counseling on
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays
by appointment only.


                 Sliding Fee Scale

                PAY WHAT YOU CAN

"After 3 years taking care of the clinic and clients by myself, I am so excited to welcome Jill to the team! She is an excellent fit and gets the mission! I am confident she will be well liked and sought for her compassion and skill as an acupuncturist!" -

Melissa 11/10/2020

"Jill and I are so honored that Melonie is joining us! We consider her the mother of Community Acupuncture in Florida, having opened the first official Community Acupuncture clinic in 2008 in Sarasota Florida. She has more than 10 years experience in a clinic just like ours. We are thrilled to welcome here and begin our collaborative journey!" -Melissa 1/7/2022


Jill Pahl is an Acupuncture Physician licensed in the state of Florida. She is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and a member of Florida State Oriental Medical Association (FSOMA).  Born and raised in Michigan, she moved to sunny Florida after earning her Bachelor of Arts from Spring Arbor University.  The Tampa Bay area has been her home since 2004.  She attended and graduated from East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota in 2010 where she earned a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine as well as a Bachelor of Professional Health Studies.  Prior to working with Bridge Community Acupuncture, Jill practiced in St Petersburg. A Pinellas county resident, Jill is a volunteer in the community.  She has maintained an active role with a local non profit dog rescue. In addition, she is a regular volunteer with Pinellas County Schools including mentoring students. Jill and her husband Jerry have two incredible kids and two dogs.  She loves to travel, read and spend time with family. 


Melonie Burgess 

Acupuncture Physician, DOM 

Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, NCCAOM Diplomate in TCM and Chinese Herbal Medicine, Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of  Arizona. Melonie is a Florida Licensed Acupuncture Physician. She has always been  interested in medicine and helping people. She was certified as an EMT  after college. Her interest in Chinese Medicine came when she visited a  close friend who was attending Acupuncture school in New Mexico. She  began to understand that there are many ways to heal the body, and too  many times Western medicine relies on pharmaceuticals. This led to her  pursuit of an education in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She graduated  from the East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, Florida, in  2003.   

Melonie had the opportunity to practice with her close friend, in her own  clinic, after graduation. She moved to Roanoke, Virginia, where she lived  and practiced for 3 years.  

She relocated back to Sarasota Florida, where she co-founded Sarasota  Community Acupuncture in 2008. After 10 years of practicing, she sold the  clinic and went on the road with her son, traveling the US, for a year. She  relocated to Palm Harbor, Florida in 2019. 

Melonie has been a long time practitioner of, and advocate for, community  style acupuncture. She strongly believes in the accessibility of acupuncture  for everyone. After giving birth to her son at home, with a midwife, she  developed a special love for treating pregnancy and birth preparation.

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