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ritual: Integrate Traditional Eastern Medicine for Better Health


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ritual: Integrate Traditional Eastern Medicine for Better Health


Our philosophy is about empowering patients physically, mentally, and spiritually through patient-centered care. Eastern Medicine is a holistic approach exploring the many components of you. Our goal is to help you develop a step-by-step process towards better health. The clinic uses acupuncture therapy, clinically effective herbal medicine, and therapeutic shiatsu to help you achieve your individual health goals. 

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Dr. Joel de Vera Moncada, DACM, L.Ac, RYT-200
Founder and Clinic Director
Specializing in Fertility, Spine, General Medicine 

DACM, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA

M.S. Traditional Chinese Medicine, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, San Francisco, CA

B.A. Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Clinical Internship, Zhejiang University and Medical Centers, Huangzhou, China

Clinical Internship, California Pacific Medical Center Inpatient Acute Specialty Rehabilitation, San Francisco, CA

Clinical Internship, Dr. Lifang Liang's Women's Health and Fertility Clinic, San Francisco, CA

Mentorship, Department of Neurosurgery – Spine Center, University of California at San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco, CA

Dr. Joel is a California Board Licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and certified shiatsu therapist. A combination of over 10 years of public health, healthcare, and eastern medicine experience, he provides a unique treatment style that focuses on patient-centered care, patient advocacy, and integrative health education and coaching. He believes that every patient has numerous healthcare options and is thrilled when patients seek eastern medicine to complement and/or achieve their health goals.

Joel practiced acupuncture in a diverse range of settings, including inpatient at the California Pacific Medical Center Acute Rehabilitation unit as well as outpatient settings and private clinics. In addition, he has spent over 6 years as an allied health practitioner, learning alongside the pioneers and nation’s experts on spine surgery and conventional approaches to spine care at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center’s departments of Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology. This experience has inspired Joel to approach spine care in an integrative way, providing acupuncture and shiatsu therapy for patients along the continuum: from acute pain, pre-surgical physio/emotional readiness, to post-surgical rehabilitation and chronic pain management. 

Joel has also spent over a year training at Dr. Lifang Liang’s Fertility and Women’s Health clinic where witnessed and learned the modalities to treat infertility and an array of gynecological disorders. His other clinical areas of focus are in orthopedics, men's health, mental wellness, sleep, and digestive disorders.

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Dr. Shawne Jabonero Lopes, DACM, L.Ac, CMT
Specializing in Sports, Chronic Pain, and General Medicine

DACM, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA

M.S. Traditional Chinese Medicine, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, San Francisco, CA

Clinical Training Zhejiang Medical University, Hangzhou, China

Advanced Certification in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, LAc,
Yo San University, Los Angeles, CA

Clinical Internship, California Pacific Medical Center Comprehensive Stroke & Rehabilitation Program, San Francisco, CA

Clinical Internship, Berkeley Lifelong Primary Care, Integrative Medical Clinic, Berkeley, CA

Mentorship, Dr. Johnson Chiu, DAOM, LAc, Sports & Orthopedic Medicine,
San Francisco, CA

Mentorship, Kil-Young Yu, LAc, Sports & Orthopedics Medicine, Oakland, CA

Dr. Shawne is a California Board Licensed Acupuncturist, herbalist, and Certified Massage Therapist. Shehas worked in a variety of integrative medical settings, including Lifelong Berkeley Primary care, where she worked with a group of doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners and psychiatrists treating a diverse range of patients with chronic health issues. She also trained at the California Pacific Medical Center for Stroke & Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation in San Francisco.  After graduating from ACTCM, Shawne spent time in Hangzhou, China and completed the Advanced TCM Clinical Training Program in Zhejiang Medical University where she trained in orthopedics, internal medicine, gynecology & dermatology. She is also received an advanced certification in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture under Mary Elizabeth Wakefield.

Coming from a large family with generations of experience in healing and medicine, Shawne is a strong believer in an integrative medical approach, with the patient being the leader of his/her own healthcare team.  Her passion is in educating patients on how to take charge of their own well-being by being their own advocates, utilizing Chinese Medicine, nutrition and movement as tools to help attain their individual health goals.

Shawne encourages her patients to lead a balanced life with a healthy amount of Yin & Yang in every aspect, and strives to incorporate this into her own lifestyle. Her favorite Yin pastimes include qigong, meditation, yoga, and cooking for her son João and husband John. Her Yang activities of choice are cycling, swimming, snowboarding, hiking, and exploring new sites with her boys.

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Novella Leimberg, MS, L.Ac
Specializing in Chronic Pain Management, General Medicine

MS Traditional Chinese Medicine, Yo San University,  Los Angeles, CA

 

 

Novella Leimberg has been involved in the healing arts since 1995 and is a California Board licensed acupuncturist. Novella is trained in various healing traditions such as Traditional Chinese medicine, Western herbalism, Chumash herbalism, Tuina among other holistic healing traditions. Novella provided services to the HIV positive community through the not for profit organization “Being Alive” as well as Venice Family Clinic-Burke Health Center - Pain clinic department. She has worked in complementary medical settings with MD's, chiropractors and other acupuncturists, successfully treating patients for a variety of conditions. She has a special interest in chronic pain management.

Novella Specializes in a warm herbal therapy massage where she employs botanicals including steamed green papaya and Chinese herbs in rice wine as agents to counteract inflammatory states in the body. The powerful health benefits of Chinese Medicine, its simplicity, and its accessibility have inspired Novella’s life as a healer. Her practice is part of her life-long commitment to improving the quality of life for all beings. Through the medicine, her purpose is to inspire others to live powerful, whole and fulfilled lives.

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Helena Fowler, MS, RYT-200
Specializing in  Rehabilitation, Meditation, Nutrition

MA Communication Studies, Integrated Marketing Communication
San Bernardino, CA

BA Communication Studies, Public Relations Concentration, San Bernardino, CA

Yoga Alliance 200-RYT
Benicia, CA

International Center for Reiki Training
American Canyon, CA

 

Helena Fowler is a Yoga Alliance RYT-200 yoga instructor, Usui Reiki practitioner, trained under the guidelines of the International Center for Reiki Training, and nutrition counselor completing her Food, Nutrition and Health Certificate from the University of Washington while studying to become a Registered Dietitian.
 
As a classically trained ballet dancer for nearly 25 years and an actively practicing yogi for over 10 years, Helena has a unique understanding of the human body. After requiring extensive reconstructive hip surgery at a relatively young age, she discovered the necessity of modifications to accommodate the particular challenges of recovery and healing. Because of this, Helena focuses her yoga instruction on two key areas: Yoga for Healing and Yoga for Athletes.

Helena believes that a healthy body starts with a healthy, grounded mind and a calm, energized spirit. Through Reiki and Guided Meditation, Helenahelps clients find relief from stress, anxiety and the chaos of their busy lives. With the powerful, healing Reiki energy and the added intense power of the mind through Guided Meditation, clients can get closer to achieving a more balanced, grounded sense of wellbeing.  
Through personal struggles with thyroid functionality beginning at the age of 19, as well as developing later-in-life food sensitivities, Helena developed a keen understanding of the way food fuels and nourishes the body. Helena believes in applying an East-meets-West approach to nutritional health. Her Nutrition Counseling services are grounded in fact-based science and established best practices (Western approach), while including holistic methods (Eastern influence) that, together, address each client’s individual nutritional profile for a well-rounded nutrition program.
 
Healthy, well-balanced bodies, minds and spirits start from the inside out!

Off the yoga mat and away from the office, Helena enjoys spending time with her husband, yoga (of course!), cooking, hiking, biking, enjoying all of the beauty northern CA has to offer, traveling and connecting with her community as a volunteer firefighter. She is working toward becoming a Certified Personal Trainer, Registered Dietitian and Ayurvedic practitioner.