Alameda County deems acupuncture non-essential healthcare at this time, which I agree with. We do not have appropriate PPE and cannot practice physical distancing while treating. In compliance with the shelter-in-place law, we are not to be practicing right now. In the spirit of preventive medicine and community health, it's critical that we all observe physical distancing at this time. By the middle or end of April, we should also have a sense of how well our shelter-in-place law has worked in the Bay Area. Meanwhile, my practice will remain closed for the month of April until further notice. Please come back for updates after May 1.
Please be assured that our profession is sharing information on ways to provide care going forward, including herbal protocols from China to prevent and treat mild to severe cases of COVID-19. Post-viral recovery may also be important. And of course there are other pressing health issues that remain. If shelter-in-place continues for any length of time, which is likely, I am considering ways to provide telemedicine to at least offer herbal prescriptions you can pick up from a drop box at my office, or perhaps can be shipped. Updates will be posted here in the coming weeks.
This is a difficult time, but we will get through this. In the meantime, please practice social distancing, rigorous hand washing, and care to not touch face. Together we can #flattenthecurve!
I specialize in women's health, men's health, pediatrics, and adolescent health, as well as chronic viral issues, autoimmune disorders, adjunct cancer care, chronic stress, digestive issues, mood disorders, and most types of pain, including headaches.
I utilize acupuncture and herbs, as well as diet, lifestyle, and supplements as appropriate. I primarily use a Japanese acupuncture style called Kiiko Matsumoto Style (KMS) which is extremely gentle and relaxing, and gives instant feedback. Other techniques used include Master Tong points, Master Tan Balance Method, and traditional Chinese style, including cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, and electro-stimulation.
After graduating from Five Branches Institute of Chinese Medicine in Santa Cruz, CA (three years: 1720 hours) I was licensed in 1988. The pass rate for the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam was 26%, requiring proficiency in both acupuncture and herbs. After living in Asia for three years, including Taiwan and mainland China, I took a position as Clinical Supervisor at Quan Yin Healing Arts Center in San Francisco from 1991 to 1996, specializing in HIV/AIDS, chronic hepatitis B and C, and women’s health. In 1995, I launched my private practice in Berkeley specializing in pain, digestion, gynecology, fertility, obstetrics, and more. After working as copy editor of the California Journal of Oriental Medicine, I taught Mandarin, Counseling and Communication, and advanced seminars at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley (AIMC) from 2006 to 2011.
My office has moved to:
330 41st St near Broadway in Temescal, Oakland.
New hours are:
Wednesdays 8am - 2pm;
Thursdays 2pm - 7pm.
There is metered parking out front on 41st, with two-hour parking in the neighborhood. There is almost always parking available.
Forms of payment accepted: cash, check, all credit and debit cards, HRA/HSA cards, Venmo, Paypal, Circle Pay.
Initial appointment (90 minutes): $150 out-of-pocket (no insurance)
Follow-up appointments (60 minutes): $90 out-of-pocket (no insurance)
Insurance: copays vary.
*If you have not been in for over a year, please schedule an initial appointment.
A 24-hour cancellation policy applies.
Most major insurance policies covering acupuncture are accepted, including Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Sutter Select, United Healthcare, SHIP, Healthnet, Kaiser employees HealthPlan Services, Work Comp, Pixar's Cigna plan, etc. In-office billing is done for you. If you are not sure about your coverage, please contact your insurance company, or email me before scheduling so we can discuss your situation. Please be sure to contact me before you schedule if you have ASH, CIGNA (not with Pixar), Blue Cross, Blue Shield, or LANDMARK.
WHAT TO WEAR / EAT?
Feel free to wear your regular street or work clothes; however, if you wear loose clothing you will get a gold star. ;-) If possible, please eat something (snacks count!) within three hours before your acupuncture appointment. I try to keep healthy snacks in the office for occasional empty stomachs.
From South Philly to China to Berkeley
Learn about my background and love for Chinese Medicine.
Here's what to expect.
BENEFITS OF CHINESE MEDICINE
How does acupuncture work?
Energy (Chi or Qi “chee”) runs through the body along pathways called meridians. Each meridian is connected to an organ and is named after that organ: the Lung meridian, Heart meridian, etc. Each meridian has points where qi tends to collect at varying intensities … a bit like towns and cities (points) on a highway (meridian). When qi gets blocked (like a traffic jam), there will be pain or other problems. When qi is insufficient (like a deserted town), the system is weak and tired. Acupuncture regulates the flow of qi throughout the body, restoring the system's innate healing potential.
How do Chinese herbs work?
Chinese Herbs are an excellent adjunct to acupuncture, or can be used alone for those who are afraid of needles. Where acupuncture stimulates the body’s healing potential with each treatment, Chinese herbs can extend and build on those beneficial effects throughout the time in between appointments.
What about nutritional and lifestyle consulting?
According to the wisdom of Chinese Medicine, acupuncture and herbs are the modalities of choice for treating an illness, but for health maintenance and prevention, one of the most effective strategies for staying healthy is to eat well, as well as getting adequate exercise and rest.
Do you work elsewhere?
I work only in Berkeley. Non-clinic days are devoted to admin, study, and family.