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Escondido, CA: Karen Hershman

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Digestive conditions, headaches / migraines, musculoskeletal pain, stress, women’s health Styles: Auricular (ear) acupuncture, classical acupuncture, Dr. Tan’s Balance Method Why did you become an acupuncturist? I always wanted to work in medicine. I did not enjoy taking pills or Western sciences. I turned to acupuncture for intense menstrual […]

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San Francisco, CA: Sharone Franzen

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Digestive conditions, menstrual conditions, musculoskeletal pain, skin conditions, stress Styles: Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, facial rejuvenation acupuncture, pediatric acupuncture Why did you become an acupuncturist? Acupuncture and Chinese herbs were the only therapies that helped me with lifelong pain. Getting relief inspired me to go to acupuncture school. After […]

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Oakland, CA: Aimee Ruiz

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Addiction, anxiety, digestive conditions, general wellness, women’s health Styles: Auricular (ear) acupuncture, herbal therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Why did you become an acupuncturist? My journey to acupuncture was a treasure hunt of sorts. After leaving social work school and traveling to Beijing for vacation, I found myself searching […]

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South Poway, CA: Jessica Gross

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Infertility, menopause, menstrual conditions, stress, women’s health Styles: Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, Japanese acupuncture, pediatric acupuncture Why did you become an acupuncturist? I became an acupuncturist to be an advocate for integrating natural wellness and ancient, time-tested healthcare with modern medicine. My personal experience with modern medicine left me […]

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Venice, CA: Rachel Orselli

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Anxiety, depression, general wellness, infertility, musculoskeletal pain Styles: Auricular (ear) acupuncture, facial rejuvenation acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Why did you become an acupuncturist? From a young age I was exposed to the healing benefits of Chinese medicine and herbal medicine. I have memories as a 10-year-old girl being […]

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San Rafael, CA: Amy Shouse

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Autoimmune conditions, back pain, digestive conditions, general wellness, women’s health Styles: Japanese acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), trigger point acupuncture Why did you become an acupuncturist? I found balance and harmony in acupuncture treatments at a time when the Western biomedical model was greatly failing me. I saw that […]

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San Francisco, CA: Lis Goldschmidt

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Emotional health, infertility, Lyme disease, pain, transgender health Styles: Auricular (ear) acupuncture, herbal therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Why did you become an acupuncturist? As a patient, I experienced profound results from acupuncture and wanted to share the power of the medicine with others. I love how my practice […]

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Los Angeles, CA: Alma Wayne Myers

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Addiction, house calls, general wellness, musculoskeletal pain, stress Styles: Herbal therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), trigger point acupuncture Why did you become an acupuncturist? After four years of defending life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in the US Army, I decided to turn my attention to the individual. […]

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Santa Rosa, CA: Christina Ness-Hawks

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Allergies, back pain, headaches / migraines, musculoskeletal pain, stress Styles: Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, Master Tung acupuncture Why did you become an acupuncturist? Acupuncture changed my life, twice. I was really sick with allergies, sinus infections, and a poor immune system from ages 11-25. After trying everything else, acupuncture […]

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Santa Barbara, CA: Eric Baumgartner

Fast facts Practice type: Hybrid Specialties: Anxiety, Autoimmune conditions, Depression, Digestive conditions, Women’s health Styles: Herbal therapy, pediatric acupuncture, psychoemotional acupuncture Why did you become an acupuncturist? I come from a family of doctors and always knew I would work in the field of medicine, but after a few years of pre-med and looking down […]

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