Meet Your Practitioner:


Marianne Talkovski, L.Ac, Dipl. Ac., MSTOM

in Indianapolis

Book here for a treatment or contact me at 417.631.7506

  Heal Yourself.

Who are you?

My name is Marianne, (like Gilligan’s Island) and I am a licensed acupuncturist, certified herbalist, yogi and wellness consultant. I offer a variety of services to support your healing journey.  I focus on creating a therapeutic relationship with you by teaching you how to detox, balance and build your body.  If you’re looking for a tour guide for your total wellness, health and beauty, I’m your gal!  PS. I promise you won’t get stuck on a deserted island, unless that is part of what you desire for your journey…

How can you help me?

Have you ever noticed that life seems to get busier and busier, you haven’t had a chance to take a break or rest, you have emails, text messages and voicemails that are piling up and you’re starting feel aches and pains you haven’t noticed before?  Or the weight is creeping up and you have no energy, no matter how much sleep you get?  Well my goal is to help you schedule an appointment with yourself where you can hit the pause button and get some serious zen time in so we can come up with a solution together for you to experience “work-life” balance.  I always say that “when we as humans restore, we are able to give more”…or at least show up as better versions of ourselves for our loved ones and others that really need extra love (I’m talking about that angry person that cut you off in traffic or the miserable person that was not so helpful behind the counter…).  So when you book an appointment with me, I dim the lights, diffuse calming scents, and play healing tones that vibrate through your body when you rest on my massage table (also known as acoustic resonance therapy).  I also ask you questions to investigate what is at the root of your discomfort, pain, imbalances or dis-ease and treat with reiki, acupuncture or other modalities discussed on the FAQs page.  It’s possible that you will leave with exercises on breathing, nutrition, other ideas or even a mantra to focus on.  And finally, you get an objective, supportive cheerleader that offers perspective or a listening ear to help you through your transformation!

What kind of patients do you see?

I see people who are proactive about their health.  They are open-minded souls that love to honor their bodies…or they need a gentle reminder to do so because somehow they fell off the wagon…or they are completely curious about sitting still, relaxing and letting their bodies use its own resources for healing.  They accept that beauty is a reflection of health.  They don’t have a place to be vulnerable and trust that they can let their burdens out on my table.  And they recognize that they feel better when they do.  They also are proactive about healthy aging and understand that preventive measures are easier to invest in than corrective measures.


Why should I set aside time for self-care?

We all have a purpose in life and to set ourselves up for success in discovering that purpose, we need allow ourselves to heal.  Sometimes there is too much noise, distraction, or overwhelming stimulation that stops us from truly understanding what needs to heal – whether it is old patterns from childhood, injuries, bad choices, traumas, etc.  When you allow yourself that sacred space to heal and you prioritize your self-care, you can show up better for yourself, your family and friends and for others that need a shining example.  You have one life to live, so why not be in control of your experiences? You can prevent your body from developing imbalances.  The only thing that is consistent in life is change, and you have the power to transform where you age healthfully with grace.

How do I set up time for self-care?

Book your journey HERE!



Ten short random facts about Marianne:

1.)  I have lived in a city, suburb, on an island, in the country and overseas.

2.)  I studied esthetics in Maui and was known for my hot rocks facials.

3.)  I love rollerblading, biking, hiking and dancing (especially robotically).  Oh, and I get really excited playing any games that involve a ball, a stick or both.

4.)  I trained under one of the toughest skin care gurus in NYC – Ling Chan of Ling Skin Care.

5.)  I’m obsessed with faces.  So much that I studied with Lillian Bridges, the world’s leading authority on Chinese Face Reading since 2010.

6.)  I have a chi-weenie named Pepé la Pew. (Pepé for short).

7.)   I have at least 4 different types of laughs.

8.)  I believe that prevention is easier than correction and health = beauty, so my practice has a special focus on healthy aging.

9.)  I also believe that we can manifest whatever we desire, and sometimes we have to detox, balance or build ourselves up to create space for our manifestations.

10.) I conduct Face Readings and Transformational Coaching Sessions through my website www.shiningshen.com.



What do all the credentials mean?


This designation means that your practitioner has been granted a state license to practice acupuncture only.  It does not include Board Certification or extensive additional training.

Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)                       

This designation means that your practitioner has completed approximately 3000 hours of training in acupuncture and oriental medicine.  This usually includes education in acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, moxibustion, heat therapy, massage, and other therapies that are a part of traditional Chinese medicine.  It also indicates that the practitioner has 2 years training as an intern, and that he or she has passed a rigorous national medical board exam.  Continuing education is also required each license term, before renewal is granted.  These practitioners also have the L. Ac. designation.  NCCAOM stands for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  These practitioners are the most highly trained acupuncturists.

M. S. T. O. M.     

These designations indicate graduation from a certified acupuncture medical school that hold a master’s in science of traditional Oriental medicine.  These practitioners also hold an NCCAOM certification.

Licenses, Credentials & Education

Licenses and Credentials:

  • Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine, Pacific College, NY
  • NY, MO, IN State Licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified Chinese Herbalist
  • NY, MO, IN State Licensed Esthetician
  • BA in International Business


  • 2015 Sports Medicine Acupuncture training with Matt Callison
  • 2015 Cosmetic Acupuncture and Pulse Balancing training with Martha Lucas
  • 2015 Functional Medicine training
  • 2014 Dermatology training with Mazin Al-Khafaji
  • 2013 Pediatrics Essentials training with Robin Green
  • 2013 Jane Lyttleton Fertility training & Debra Betts Pregnancy training
  • 2011 Regional Educator for Eminence Organics Skin Care
  • 2010 Facial Diagnosis training with Lillian Bridges
  • 2010 Training in Constitutional Facial Rejuvenation with Mary Elizabeth Wakefield & Virginia Doran
  • 2008 Holistic Esthetics at Spa Luna, Maui, HI
  • BA degree in International Business from Missouri State University