Adela's Story

Adela Nieves is a Nuyorican who has called Detroit home for the past 12 years. She is a Traditional Community Health and Healing Arts Practitioner, mixed media maker, community organizer, and mama. She finds the intersection of each space important for her personal growth.


She was the National Communications Coordinator for the 2010 US Social Forum, a gathering that brought over 15,000 people/groups from across the country to Detroit, an editor for the southeast Michigan magazine collective Critical Moment, and one of the core organizers for the SPEAK! Women of Color Media Collective.


Adela is deeply committed to her Taino (indigenous peoples of the Caribbean) roots as well as integrative wellness approaches, practicing Acudetox (ear acupuncture), indigenous traditional medicine, cupping therapy, whole person natural care, and Reiki for individuals and groups struggling with addiction, PTSD, stress and trauma. Adela founded Healing by Choice! a circle of women-of-color healers and health practitioners offering a range of healing modalities to organizations and communities within the city of Detroit.


She supports people in their journeys to tell their own story and define health, healing, and wellness for themselves. Adela is especially passionate about developing integrative approaches to building community-based support structures for health-care, mental health, disability, and resource sharing. To this end, she collaborates with individuals and groups of health practitioners and justice organizers; locally and nationally to create community-modeled practice spaces, mobile clinics, and organizations.