Transformation. Empowerment. Education. Healing.

Like the branches of a tree, our practitioners help you to blossom and grow.

Like the roots of a tree, they keep you grounded as you grow.​


Karina Beleno Carney

Owner & Director

    Karina has been a student of Traditional Chinese Medicine since 2001. The experience of watching her mother transform after both conventional and complementary medical treatment for cancer, helped to shift her focus from her pre-medical studies to holistic living, which led her (rather unexpectedly!) to acupuncture school. 

    A graduate of the Groton School and Wellesley College, she received her Master’s degree from the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine and also studied at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Teaching Hospital in China. Karina is a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine of the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) and a Certified Practitioner in TuiNa by the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA). 

    Outside of her acupuncture practice, Karina enjoys spending time with her spouse and two young children, enjoys acting in the greater Boston area, and strives daily to learn, grow, transform and lead an authentic life. Karina habla español!

Elena Beleno Carney

Chief Operations Officer

    Elena Beleno Carney is a holistic health enthusiast, who is thrilled to be on the Life Gate Holistic Living Center, Inc., team. Elena is a full-time faculty member at Lawrence Academy. She believes education is a foundation for all choices that foster self-empowerment and success. As a former competitive athlete and attorney, she has directly benefited from holistic health practices to improve her life.

    Her role at Life Gate Holistic Living Center, Inc., will be utilizing her management skills and understanding of compliance issues to ensure a healthy, safe environment for practitioners and clients alike. Calling on a range of experience, from working in a customer service call center to mediating a legal dispute, Elena enjoys helping a team run smoothly and pleasantly. She earned her Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School and strives to create a positive community not only at Life Gate Holistic Living Center, Inc., but also in the town of Groton and beyond.

    When not at work, Elena enjoys playing with her children, playing hockey, going to the movies, and watching the Patriots.

Vanessa Ahlgren

Office Manager

    Vanessa has been in design and marketing since 1992. She has a BFA in Graphic Design from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Before choosing to stay at home with her son, she worked as a lead project manager for an invitation and stationery software company. Her keen sense of organization and "get it done with a smile!" attitude, keeps the behind the scenes operations of the center flowing.

    In her free time Vanessa enjoys learning to play the piano, making art, and spending as much time as possible with her family.

Cloe Bridge

Administrative Intern

Cloe attends Groton Dunstable Regional High School and will be graduating in 2019. She has studied meditation, and is interested in holistic health practices, as well as essential oils and crystals. At the center, she focuses on social media management and working the reception desk.

Outside of Life Gate, Cloe enjoys dancing, playing the flute, and volunteering with her Therapy Dog.