Practitioners

Neda Saleh, L.Ac. 

Neda Saleh is a California Licensed Acupuncturist, Nationally Certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, Certified Yoga Instructor, and founder of Evoke Acupuncture.

Neda is passionate about integrating Eastern and Western Medicine. She analyzes every condition to uncover the root cause of disease and finds the most applicable solutions. Her specialties include:

  • Women’s Health
  • Fertility
  • Stress, Depression, Anxiety
  • Autoimmune Conditions

Neda’s interest in medicine began at a young age. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley. With a vision of attending medical school, she gained experience while working as a medical assistant and clinic coordinator at Mar Monte Community Clinic in San Jose. There she discovered areas in which western medical practices were unable to provide long-lasting solutions for patients. This led her to pursue further education in traditional healing methods.

Four years later, Neda graduated from Five Branches University with a Master in Traditional Chinese Medicine. While in school, she traveled to China for additional training in Internal Medicine at Zhejiang University. She also completed her Yoga Teacher Training and taught yoga, meditation, and qi gong classes that emphasized balancing the mind, body, and spirit.

Her career as an acupuncturist began at Lokahi Acupuncture in San Jose where she worked with fertility patients. Neda loves supporting women and men in achieving optimal health and producing beautiful babies. It is her greatest joy to help couples conceive and provide care as a new life develops. In 2014, Neda started her private practice, Evoke Acupuncture.

Neda is also trained as a Crisis Talkline Counselor. She excels at comforting, supporting, and giving strength to patients during challenging times. She is fluent in Farsi and Spanish and hopes to make acupuncture accessible and available to as many people as possible.

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Angie Pariseau, L.Ac.

Angie Pariseau has a special interest in working with digestive disorders, mental-emotional issues, and women’s health. She particularly enjoys working with women during pregnancy and leading up to delivery. Angie treats all types of pain. Additionally, she works with cancer patients to minimize side effects of chemotherapy and radiation and to help them regain their strength and health after the conclusion of these treatments.Angie25 Square Large.jpg

Commonly treated conditions include:

  • Digestive disorders
  • Anxiety, Depression
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Allergies
  • All types of pain

Angie Pariseau, L.Ac. holds a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz. She is a California State Licensed Acupuncturist and a Nationally Certified Diplomat of Oriental Medicine. Further, she has completed a two-year certification program in vibrational and nutritional healing at the Bioenergy Balancing Center in Palo Alto, adding another level of depth and dimension to her practice.

Born in Singapore and raised in Southern Germany by a French mother and German father who loved to travel, Angie was exposed to many different cultures and perspectives at an early age. Her mother, Geneviève, always had a special interest in holistic medicine that she passed on to Angie early on, taking her and her siblings to Homeopaths and Energy Healers whenever Western Medicine was not absolutely necessary.

After moving to the U.S. at age 19 and landing in Santa Cruz, California, a chain of synchronistic events led Angie to Five Branches University, where she embarked on a deeply rewarding journey when she signed up for their 4-year master’s program. She could not imagine a more fulfilling profession and feels blessed and humbled every day to have the opportunity to assist her patients in their healing.

Having faced her own challenges with chronic illness, Angie brings first-hand experience to her patient care and understands the priceless value of reclaiming both physiological and emotional health and well-being, which she knows to be inextricably linked. Angie is dedicated to helping her patients find the solutions that will work best for their unique situation.  With her warm, gentle, caring and competent demeanor, Angie ensures that her patients feel at ease and well-cared for at all times, offering support, empathy and understanding every step of the way.

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Olivia Baker, L.Ac.

Olivia Baker is a California State Board Licensed Acupuncturist and a Nationally Certified Diplomat of Oriental Medicine.

Olivia13 4x5 Large.jpgOlivia holds a deep passion and understanding for Chinese Medicine. She is eager to guide her patients to optimal health. She compassionately treats the body as a whole to find the root cause of disease. Her specialties include:

  • Fertility
  • Women’s Health
  • Psychological and Emotional Disorders
  • Sleep Disorders

Olivia graduated from the University of Denver with BA in Psychology and minors in Sociology and Statistics. After working in psychology research, Olivia felt that she was deeply missing direct contact with her patients. She wanted to help people on a personal level.

In 2011, Olivia fell very ill and turned to acupuncture for help. Not only did she fully recover, she also discovered her calling. Chinese medicine was the modality she had been searching for to assist people in need. She then moved to Santa Cruz, CA to pursue her studies at Five Branches University.

While in school, Olivia interned at China Medical University in Taiwan to study various styles of Acupuncture to deepen and expand her knowledge of Chinese Medicine. She also interned with one of the leading fertility acupuncture clinics in the Bay Area. With a passion for learning, background in Psychology, and diverse clinical training, Olivia is a dynamic and dedicated practitioner.

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Laurel Coats, L.Ac. 

Laurel is a California State Board Licensed Acupuncturist and a Nationally Certified Diplomat of Oriental Medicine.

Laurel has a warm, gentle, and calming demeanor. She is a dedicated practitioner and truly takes the time to understand each patient’s case. She believes that a healing Laurel Coats, L.Ac.journey is ultimately a journey of the self. The role of the healer is to be a trusting, supportive, and informed guide.

Laurel’s specialties include:

  • Fertility
  • Women’s health
  • Autoimmune and chronic conditions
  • Digestive disorders
  • Mental health

From a young age, Laurel has been passionate about helping others. This passion combined with a love of travel inspired Laurel to spend much of her younger years traveling extensively in Latin America where she worked in local communities facilitating youth programs. While in Costa Rica she was treated with local botanicals and cupping, her first exposure to traditional forms of medicine. But it wasn’t until she moved to San Francisco and became a weekly patient of acupuncture that she fell in love with Chinese Medicine. It was here that her path from patient to practitioner began.

Laurel obtained her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She has a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz.

During her training at Five Branches Laurel was part of the first class to participate in an integrative medicine residency at Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA. This experience informed her passion for the integration of Eastern and Western medicine. To that end, Laurel is dedicated to working collaboratively with Western practitioners to offer patients the most comprehensive care possible.

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