Viola is a 7th generation acupuncturist. She earned her Master of Science degree in Chinese Medicine from American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2000 and continued with post-graduate clinical work in Shanghai, China; where she studied with her uncle, renowned physician Yan Junbai, and interned in the Chinese Medicine departments of acupuncture, pulmonology, cardiology, digestive disorders, women’s health, pediatrics, geriatrics, and sleep disorders. She also has specialized training in treating sports injuries, addiction and infertility. She is a Nationally Certified Diplomat in Oriental Medicine, Chinese Herbs, and Acupuncture (NCCAOM), and holds a license with the California State Acupuncture Board.
Viola, who has called California home since age 10, was born in China, where affordable community style health care is the norm. She has been fascinated by medicine since childhood, and after traveling extensively in Asia, obtained B.A. degrees in East Asian Studies and Chinese Literature from U.C. Davis in preparation for her career as a licensed acupuncturist. She believes that community acupuncture offers one of the best, most accessible systems for health maintenance and treatment of disease.
Born and raised in Sonoma County, Derek received a Masters in Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor in Professional Health Sciences at the East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, Florida in 2008. Derek is a nationally certified Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (Dipl. O.M.) with the NCCAOM and is a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in the state of California.
Derek’s extensive training and experience makes him uniquely able to integrate the differing perspectives of Eastern and Western Medicine, and apply the principles of Chinese medicine in the care of Western patients. In addition to being an acupuncturist, Derek is also a skilled herbalist, having undergone advanced post-graduate training in Chinese Herbology through the Blue Poppy Institute.
As of March 2017, Derek has performed over 13,000 treatments at SRCA, and has helped people with stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, menopausal syndrome, chronic fatigue, allergies and just about every kind of body pain imaginable.
Derek is committed to making healthcare more accessible to everyone and to helping people achieve wellness of the body, mind and spirit.
Nic received his Masters of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. He grew up in Healdsburg before attending the University of Oregon where he studied psychology and spanish. As the son of a physician, he has always had an interest in medicine and the functioning of the human body. After developing a meditation practice he learned more about Buddhism, Asian philosophy, and plant medicine, which all came together in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Within this tradition of medicine that includes acupuncture, Nic found a way of life, combined with an active and adventurous lifestyle, that he could apply to his own health and to the health of others in order to optimize physical and mental functioning.
Nic’s interest in community acupuncture stems from wanting to help as many people and as diverse a range of people as possible. He brings his experience working at Golden Leaf Community Acupuncture in Berkeley and the donation based community ear clinic at ACTCM in San Francisco.
Amanda is a licensed acupuncturist with a Masters in Oriental Medicine and Herbology from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley. Originally from the east coast, she graduated from Dartmouth College and has a law degree from Arizona State University College of Law. Using acupuncture and herbology to gently guide the energy of every individual toward optimal health and balance, Amanda celebrates the intimate connection between body, mind, spirit and environment. Her focus is on relieving pain, especially pain arising from emotional disharmony. She is grateful for her calling to acupuncture and devoted to providing effective, accessible, affordable health care.
In her free time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her son, exploring beautiful Northern California, hiking, yoga, making art and reading.
Zhouie is a California licensed acupuncturist and National Diplomate of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She earned her Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. And is currently working towards a doctorate in Chinese Medicine. Zhouie first became passionate about healthcare as a child accompanying her mother, a midwife, to home births. In her free time Zhouie can usually be found with her nose stuck in a book, preferably outside on a sunny day!