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 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:
- 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.