Marya is a California State Licensed Acupuncturist. She received her Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz. While training in acupuncture, Marya interned at the Veteran’s Community Clinic at Five Branches and at the Mental Health Client Action Network in Santa Cruz. During this time she gained experience working with patients who suffered from PTSD and anxiety as well as those suffering from physical aliments, including asthma, pain, and digestive disorders.
Marya has long been interested in health and helping others, and prior to her training in Traditional Chinese Medicine, she received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from UC Davis. Upon discovering Chinese Medicine, she was immediately drawn to its ability to treat mind, body and spirit. Through her studies and clinical experience, Marya has witnessed the integral role that treating all three has in the healing process. Her deep interest in addressing both the physical and emotional well being of her patients led her to receive additional training in Five-Element Acupuncture, a treatment style that uses the principles of nature and its elements to restore balance to the body.
Marya’s clinical experiences have provided a platform for her to better understand the…

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Mamie Chow

Mamie loves the depth of Chinese medicine and practices several styles of acupuncture, ranging from very gentle to stronger needling, depending on what will best support your health and needs. She places a high value on educating patients with nutrition, exercise and food medicine recommendations so that people can make healthier day-to-day choices. Mamie has been training in martial arts since 1999 and has a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. In her free time, Mamie enjoys cooking, running the Oakland hills and traveling to beautiful places with her partner.

Sunday Hours: 10 AM – 2PM

We are shortening our Sunday hours for the Summer months. Come by after the Temescal Farmers’ Market for a treatment between 10 AM and 2 PM!

Practitioner Shift Changes for Justin, Gabi, and Ananda

With the new school year, some of our practitioners are shuffling their shifts.

Justin will now be seeing people Monday evenings, from 5:30 to 8, and on every other Saturday.

Gabi will be continuing to see people on Wednesday evenings, from 5:30 to 8, but is moving from Monday to Friday afternoons, from 2 to 6.

Ananda is picking up her old Monday afternoon shift, from 2 to 530, as well as continuing to see people on Thursday mornings, from 10 to 1:30.

Any one of our practitioners can continue your treatment plan. They all look forward to seeing you!

Happy Lunar New Year! Welcome 2013, Year of the Yin Water Snake

As of February 10th, we have left the Dragon behind and entered the Snake. Traditionally, the first two weeks of the New Year are spent celebrating with community, eating good food, letting go of old grudges, and setting gentle intentions for the year to come. The Snake is a creative and intelligent sign, with a decidedly internal bent to its character. A year of tremendous opportunity to explore fundamentally what makes you tick!

Do you know your Chinese animal? We will have more fun horoscopes available for your specific year at the clinic next week. Come in to say hello, and get the year started off right with a check-in and tune-up!

December Holiday Hours

We will be CLOSED December 24th, 25th, 31st, and January 1st.

We will be OPEN for shortened hours Dec 26th to 28th, 11 AM to 4 PM.

December the 29th will be 10 – noon, as usual.

Have a wonderful Winter Solstice, Happy Holidays, and a great New Year!

Phil Settels

Phil Settels

Phil is passionate about helping people with the safe, gentle and effective techniques of Chinese Medicine. To this end, he continues to study, delving into several different facets of the medicine, including both orthopedic and traditional acupuncture styles, and classical herbal medicine. Phil is currently pursuing a PhD program in Nanjing University, and is a faculty member at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences.


Mia Burmester

Holistic medicine has been a life long passion for Mia.  It began with the study of Western Herbal Medicine in Arcata, CA in 1994 and took root when she discovered Shiatsu and Acupressure at the Acupressure Institute in 2002. She subsequently launched a career in massage therapy and owned a small mobile chair massage business. Meanwhile, in 2005, she began her studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine at The Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences (ACCHS), received her Masters of Science in 2008 and earned her California State Acupuncture license in 2009.
Mia is an avid traveler, hiker, dancer and practitioner of yoga. Through her love of movement she finds special interest in traumatology and is excited to join her passions with her practice.