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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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Los Angeles, CA: Luriko Ozeki

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Asthma, digestive conditions, musculoskeletal pain, pediatric conditions, women’s health Styles: Japanese acupuncture, pediatric acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Why did you become an acupuncturist? I became an acupuncturist—without trying to sound cheesy—because it was my calling. Since I was little girl, I had a knack for making people feel […]

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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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San Jose, CA: Patricia Lambers

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: General wellness Styles: Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, Japanese acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Why did you become an acupuncturist? I was an orthopedic massage therapist for 15 years when I decided to learn acupuncture. I wanted to acquire new tools to help my clients who had so much frustration […]

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San Diego, CA: Jocelyn Joy

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: General wellness Styles: Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, herbal therapy, orthopedic acupuncture Why did you become an acupuncturist? When I was a massage therapist I went to an acupuncturist for anxiety and depression. I was amazed at the results and the time he took to really listen to me. I […]

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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 […]

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Santa Cruz, CA: Marianne Benforado

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Back pain, general wellness, musculoskeletal pain, sports injuries, stress Styles: Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, Muscle Channel Technique (MCT), Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Why did you become an acupuncturist? There was a difficult period of my life—a five year span—when I lost many people, including my parents, who I loved […]

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