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East-Asian Medicine | Acupuncture

intuitive care to renew your inherent wellness & beauty

What A Session Looks Like

Our gentle acupuncture style uses thin needles as well as non-needle modalities to guide diagnosis and treatment. A treatment may consist of any of the following at your request:

acupuncture

direct moxibustion 

classical Chinese herbal prescription

lifestyle and nutrition prescription/support

We Treat

Oncology Massage

PAIN

  • Headaches
  • Back Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Wandering Pain

PEDIATRICS/ ADOLESCENTS

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Mental-emotional well-being
  • Gut Health

MENTAL HEALTH

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia

WOMEN’S HEALTH

  • Hormone Health
  • Gut Health
  • Pre & Post-Natal Care
  • Menstrual Health/Fertility
  • Facial Rejeuvenation 

Community Acupuncture

 

Once monthly, we offer a community acupuncture clinic where you can receive treatments in a group setting. You will receive your acupuncture treatment in an open, quiet, comfortable room with other people there. You do not need to undress (you should ideally wear loose comfortable clothes that roll up to your elbows and knees). On your first visit your practitioner will review your intake form, do a short interview and put some tiny “pins” in, and leave you to relax or nap for about 20-40 minutes.

Next Session: Saturday, Dec. 17th | 10am – 1pm 

QUESTIONS? contact us here

Needing to get in quickly?

Check out our virtual and tune-up options below, or book a free consult here. 

 

Virtual Consult

A virtual consult includes a comprehensive medical intake, mindfulness techniques, a custom herbal formula or flower essence, and constitutional lifestyle suggestions.  Price of session does not incorporate the cost of herbs or essences.  

Tune-Up Session

A Tune-Up Session is a targeted treatment for a specific aim.  Whether you are just beginning to feel run down or have had an emotional upset this abbreviated visit will focus on immune support to prevent fatigue and boost the body’s natural healing mechanism through the tools of East Asian Medicine.

Practitioners

Angie Clifford, MSOM, LAc (she/her)

Hi, I’m Angie.

I have taught movement in one form or another for almost 40 years, starting when I was 12 years old assisting dance and gymnastics classes. I was certified as a Post-rehab Practitioner of the Polestar method of Pilates in 1996. In 2012, I graduated with a Master Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine and most recently finished my certification in Bach Flower Essence Therapy.

I believe that movement is medicine. The movement can be large and expressive, it can be a breath, the movement of qi from a needle insertion, or the vibration of a flower …but it will always speak to your soul. It will always make a change in your cellular body as well as your energetic body when used with careful intention. I am  trauma-informed trained, and am here to gently support you, in your own timing, with your personal journey of wellness, and finding a more comfortable life

 

Alyssa Schaffer, MSOM, LAc (she/her, ella/ella)

Hello, I’m Alyssa!
I’m an acupuncturist and herbalist who loves working with folks to achieve their wellness goals. I particularly love treating clients experiencing digestive issues, acute and chronic pain, autoimmune disease, menstrual issues, and fertility concerns. I fell in love with holistic medicine while in college after being disappointed by certain aspects of the conventional medical system. Being a bigger bodied person, I believe there are limited medical and wellness spaces that feel comfortable for larger folks, and I strive to create a space where every body is welcome.As a Colombian-American, I also aim to provide more access to holistic wellness modalities to the Latine community and offer services in Spanish as well as English. When I’m not seeing patients, I love to play videogames, experiment in the kitchen, watch K-dramas, take care of my houseplants, and spoil my kitties.
 
Hola, me llamo Alyssa!
 
Soy acupuntora y herbolaria a quien le encanta trabajar con la gente para lograr sus objetivos de bienestar. En particular, me encanta trabajar con los clientes que experimentan problemas digestivos, dolor agudo y crónico, enfermedades autoinmunes, problemas menstruales, y problemas de fertilidad. Me enamoré de la medicina holística mientras que yo estaba en la universidad después de sentirme decepcionado por ciertos aspectos del sistema médico convencional. Siendo una persona de cuerpo más grande, creo que no hay bastantes espacios médicos y de bienestar en que unas personas de cuerpos más grandes puedan sentirse cómodos totalmente, y me esfuerzo por crear un espacio en que todos los cuerpos sean bienvenidos. Como colombiano-estadounidense, también quiero brindar más acceso a modalidades de bienestar holístico a la comunidad latine, y ofrezco servicios en español e inglés. Cuando no estoy trabajando, me encanta jugar videojuegos, cocinar, ver los K-dramas, cuidar mis plantas, y estar con mis gatitos.

Katherine Armer, MSTCM, LAc (she/her)

Hi, I’m Katherine!

I have been practicing acupuncture with a focus on treating children, young adults and new parents ever since completing my formal studies in 2007. My lifelong interest, and background, in working with children informs my gentle and non-invasive approach with my patients. I tailor treatments to accommodate varying ages and comfort levels, incorporating needle free techniques such acupressure, laser point activation and cupping.

 

I am passionate about nutrition and food, and love finding creative ways to work with special dietary needs and establish healthy eating habits for the whole family. As a mother of a five-year-old, kid-friendly cuisine and food sensitivity problem solving has become a specialty!

 

I hold a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from ACTCM in San Francisco, CA.  Additionally, I completed a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Medical Studies from Mills College in Oakland, CA, which provided a basis for a deeper understanding of western biomedicine and serves my desire to forge an integrated path as a medical practitioner. After finishing my licensing certification, I traveled to Hangzhou, China, where I attended Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, completing special studies in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. My training has encompassed herbal therapy, cosmetic and facial acupuncture, and essential oil therapy. I continue to be amazed by the simple and elegant healing power of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

 

What People Are Saying

Our daughter, a freshman in high school at the time, was suffering with non stop headaches. Doctors couldn’t find a cause for the headaches and while that was good news, it didn’t give her any relief. A friend recommended acupuncture and told us Katherine helped tremendously with their daughter’s headaches. We thought it was worth a try as we’d exhausted all other options. Sure enough, after the second treatment, the headaches were gone. Our daughter loved her appointments with Katherine. She is genuine in nature and we are externally grateful to have been recommended to her.” 

~ Flora

“I absolutely LOVE going to see Katherine Armer for acupuncture! Her graceful, wise, and calm presence and sense of humor is always so comforting. I got a 75 minute deep healing treatment with needles and cupping today to help me recover from intense back spasms and headaches that have had me down for the past few days. Her skilled hands apply the needles with so much gentle care that I barely feel a thing. My body went into a state of deeply relaxed meditation as the energy meridians started to calm and balance. I feel so refreshed now, I can’t wait to get a good night’s sleep!”

~ Elsa

“Angie is an incredible healer and teacher. I have worked with her for over 20 years. She always knows what my body needs and after every session with her I always stand taller, move better and feel rejuvenated and recharged. She has taught me great body awareness, a skill that has been instrumental in helping me to recovery more quickly from injuries and even the birth of twins. It is a gift and a privilege to work with her.”

~ Sarah

As a person with Parkinson’s, I have found that acupuncture has been very effective in keeping my symptoms under control and recalibrates my system when I get episodic. The treatments with Angie give lingering effects of clarity and peace as well of physical functionality of my legs and my balance. Since having weekly acupuncture treatments with Angie for the last 2 months, I have had a noticeable reduction in falls. I can’t say enough about her demeanor and her technique.”

 

~ Dennis

“Katherine has helped my husband, daughter and me navigate many different ailments. Over the years she has helped us with with everything from muscular and joint pain and headaches to managing side effects of menopause, Lyme disease, and stress. During the annual cold season she knows many effective methods of alleviating sinus and chest ailments and helping one’s body reclaim its energy and boost immunity. She is easy to talk to, generous with her time and a true delight to be around. We highly recommend her healing gifts!”

~ Martha

I have very limited experience with acupuncture, so I was nervous about the treatment, but being very kidney deficient (only having one) I was told acupuncture would strengthen my whole system. Katherine Armer made me feel completely at ease with the process. The office was lovely and comfortable, I admit I have fallen asleep more than once. Best of all, I feel GREAT!! Apparently my spleen wasn’t doing so well, but thanks to Katherine we are working on that little organ too.”

~Sher

“I have had the joy of working with Angie Clifford for more than 20 years. She is an amazing trainer and healer and she has a broad range of skills to share with her clients. As a natural healer, she reads her clients needs quickly and brings kindness and great energy to her sessions. 

I am 78 years old and have the ability to do anything I want……whether it’s hiking, walking or playing pickle ball. I realize how fortunate I am and I credit Angie for the high quality of my life.  I will always be grateful to her and she has become a dear friend as well as the best trainer ever.”

~Kathy

I finally understand the benefits of acupuncture after seeing Angie. All the areas in my body and mind that feel stuck or dormant come to life. There is a natural flow of energy that I can feel awakened as she works on me and for days afterward. It is gentle, spiritual, and calming. It brings peace and harmony to my whole being. Angie is the best acupuncturist I have ever been treated by. Truth.

~ Patrick 

We acknowledge and express gratitude for inhabiting and working on the indigenous homelands of the native tribal peoples of the Pacific Northwest.