ritual: Integrate Traditional Eastern Medicine for Better Health


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. 




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.




Novella Leimberg, MS, L.Ac
Specializing in Chronic Pain Management, Detoxification, Emotional Disorders, Geriatrics

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

Studied with Cecilia Garcia, Chumash Herbalism - Medicinal Plants of the West
Southern California

Tao of Wellness - Detoxification Practitioner
Los Angeles California, CA

Professional Emotional Support
Dr. Joseph Yang, MD - 
Chinese Medical Psychiatry
Los Angeles



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 and techniques such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western herbalism, Chumash herbalism, Tuina among other holistic healing traditions. Along with studying Taoism, Buddhism and Shamanism, Novella became well educated with Esoteric Acupuncture taught by Dr. Mikio Sankey.  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. Her time at Oakland Community Acupuncture, which treats professional athletes, allowed her to build on her chronic pain management skills. 
Not only does Novella practice techniques she has cultivated over the years, she also educates the public.  Her appearance on the Doctors TV show demonstrates how acupuncture can alleviate menopausal symptoms such a hot-flashes.  Novella Specializes in a warm herbal therapy massage where she employs botanicals including green papaya that is steamed in Chinese herbs and rice wine as agents to counteract inflammatory states in the body. She also uses joint mobilization, cupping and moxabustion to aid in reliving symptoms.
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.




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.