Our Faculty

Kayla L. DeShane, DAcOM, LAc

Department of Integral Studies

DAOM, AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, 2018

MAcOM, AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, 2017

BS, University of Texas, 2013

Dr. DeShane received her Bachelor’s in Nutrition Science from the University of Texas at Austin with focuses in nutrition research, anatomy, & physiology. While applying to medical schools, Dr. Kayla worked at a retinal surgery center and realized she wanted to pursue a more holistic approach to treating the imbalances of the body. Dr. Kayla received both her Master’s and Doctorate degrees from AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, TX. While completing her doctorate, she was part of the inaugural resident group treating veterans at the Austin Outpatient Clinic as part of a collaboration with the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System. Her doctoral quality improvement project focused on the importance of acupuncture’s role in pain management for those with opioid dependence, specifically in integrative healthcare models. She is currently a junior faculty member and lecturer at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine for the Doctoral course, Principles of Nutrition. When she is not teaching in Austin, Dr. Kayla serves as the Lead Acupuncturist and clinical director for the Modern Acupuncture Dallas group, managing three clinic locations and a team of seven acupuncturists.


Dr. Kayla has always been active in sports as a swimmer, runner, cyclist, and has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. In her spare time, she loves eating, hiking, and camping around Texas with her husband and their energetic Border collie/Aussie pup!

Licensures and Certifications

Licensed Acupuncturist, State of Texas - AC01816

NCCAOM Diplomate in Oriental Medicine

CPR/First Aid/AED

Research Experience

Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Human Ecology, The University of Texas at Austin

Upper Division Undergraduate Research                    2013

Research advisors: Dr. Alessia Lodi

DNA extraction and sequencing

Gel electrophoresis,Polymerase chain reactions(PCR), Western blot, Southern blot

Restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) method for detection of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)

Bacterial transformation for gene cloning


UTEX Culture Collection of Algae, The University of Texas at Austin

Research & Laboratory Assistant                        2012-2013

Research advisors: Dr. Jerry Brand & Dr. David Noble

Maintaining the integrity of the collection through sterile transfer practices, preparing stock solutions and media for growth of organisms.

Data collection and record management of research projects