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La Jolla, CA: Julia Sanfilippo

Fast facts
Practice type: Private
Specialties: General wellness, infertility, sports injuries, stress, women’s health
Styles: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Active Release Techniques (ART)

Why did you become an acupuncturist?
Health and wellness have always been a huge priority in my life. In college I had a sports injury and was taken to get acupuncture by a friend. I was blown away by that first experience because nothing pinpointed the pain quite like the needles. I instantly wanted to learn more, and wished I knew about it years earlier. I worked for an acupuncturist for a year after college and saw firsthand all the people he helped. I knew I wanted to be an acupuncturist so that I could help people feel and get better quickly and naturally. It was the perfect fit!

What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I am a massage therapist and an acupuncturist, so I blend both modalities in every single treatment. My massage background is in Asian Body Therapy and Active Release Technique, which are Eastern and Western modalities of treating the body. I also have a sports acupuncture background, so I needle specific muscles along with traditional acupuncture points. I have a deep understanding of how the body works from both an Eastern and Western perspective. I believe the human touch is invaluable, and the combination of acupuncture needles with massage not only provides a connection between practitioner and patient but also makes the treatments last.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
Making significant change in a person’s health and quality of life is the most rewarding feeling I can imagine. I absolutely love being able to treat many different conditions alongside or in place of Western treatments. Being in pain or stressed out consumes a lot of energy and is very taxing on the emotions. I am lucky to be able to see physical and emotional change in people when they get relief and are able to get back to going things they love and enjoy.

What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
The biggest misconception I hear is that acupuncture doesn’t work. This often comes from people who have tried it once or twice. It is similar to going on one vacation and expecting your stress to be eliminated permanently. I often educate people on how acupuncture is a process that works cumulatively and in layers. I also tell people that there are many different styles and needle techniques. Having the same point needled by two different acupuncturists will feel different. If you didn’t get results from one acupuncturist, try another one! You may be pleasantly surprised.

How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I definitely practice what I preach. Balance is the key in life. I make the time to do the activities that relieve stress and promote wellness for me, including yoga, swimming, and going to the gym. I also love to go to the farmers market every week. I do a lot of cooking, and I connect with friends and loved ones regularly. I also get a lot of bodywork done on myself. I have standing massage and acupuncture appointments.

Learn more and get in touch
(858) 210-0969

8950 Villa La Jolla Drive, Suite B212, La Jolla, CA 92037