East-West Clinic Founder and Director
Marnie McCurdy, L.Ac., MS, CMT, FABORM
Marnie McCurdy is a licensed practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine and nationally certified acupuncturist. She has had an active practice in the Bay area for the past 14 years. Her areas of specialty include gynecology, infertility, prenatal and postnatal care, chronic pain management and digestive health. On your first visit you can expect a thorough Chinese Medicine assessment, a review of blood labs and diet and a review of complaints possibly related to endocrine function. You may choose just acupuncture, but Marnie feels a comprehensive approach yields the best response.
When treating chronic pain Marnie draws upon her knowledge of movement. She earned her undergraduate degree in dance and went on to study Pilates Mat and movement analysis/re-education techniques such as the Alexander Method and Gokhale Method. She often finds that chronic pain requires a multi-faceted approach of movement rehab, acupuncture, bodywork and overall relaxation of the nervous system.
In the field of obstetrics, she enjoys sharing her experiences of how effective acupuncture can be in treating some of the common conditions that arise during pregnancy. She is a caring partner on the path to Motherhood, and is co-founder of Golden Month Mothercare- http://www.goldenmonthmothercare.com./
Marnie has been a certified massage therapist for 20 years and has trained in several modalities. She has a limited number of extended Massage/Acupuncture “Combo” appointments available.
Diplomate, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM) Member
Resolve/The National Infertility Association
American Society for Reproductive Medicine Member
Integrative Fertility Member
Institute of Functional Medicine Member
Marnie is committed to service and community health. She has been honored to provide pro bono acupuncture over the last 10 years to these local organizations:
East Bay Integrative Pregnancy Project- Board Member, current affiliation
Courageous Girls- Pro Bono work, current affiliation
The Sage Project, Inc. A non-profit human rights organization serving victims of trafficking, sexual exploitation and violence. SAGE offers peer education, job training, support services, trauma and drug counseling, holistic and traditional healthcare, and a mentorship program.
Mission Neighborhood Resource Center. A comprehensive service center dedicated to care of the homeless.
“Drug Court”. Free acupuncture treatment for incarcerated individuals struggling with addiction.
Available: Tuesdays and Thursdays- Glen Park, Wednesdays- Bernal, Friday-Monday- Oakland by appointment only.
Courtney Moore, L.Ac., CMT
Acupuncture and Massage
Courtney Moore holds a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine and national certification in acupuncture and herbology. She has studied philosophy of medicine at Bryn Mawr College; sports massage in New Zealand; traditional Chinese medicine in Taiwan; and has completed an array of internships and workshops with leading health care professionals around the Bay Area. In addition to addressing general wellness needs, Courtney provides targeted care for injuries, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, and chronic pain. Courtney is also passionate about nutritional modifications and herbal supplementation to achieve optimal health. Her bodywork is deep and results-driven, and complemented by her studies of the Gokhale and Egoscue methods for postural modifications. Courtney looks forward to offering you integrative options for maximum well being. Available: Wednesdays and Fridays- Glen Park
Jennifer Ross, MS, CMT, L.Ac.
Acupuncture and Massage
Jennifer is a California state and nationally licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist. She specializes in orthopedics and pain management, and is also experienced in women’s health, digestion, allergies, and respiratory ailments, including quick resolution of colds and flus. Prior to practicing Chinese Medicine, Jennifer earned a BS in Dietetics from the University of Florida, and then served in the Peace Corps as a health education volunteer in Moldova. Jennifer completed her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, then went on to an externship at the Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in Hangzhou, China, where she focused on classical acupuncture techniques. Jennifer is also certified in Paul Pitchford’s Healing With Whole Foods nutrition program, a combination of eastern and western nutrition sciences.
Jayne Chen, CMT
In 2002, Jayne began her initial Holistic Health Practitioner’s 1000 hour training at the former, Heartwood Institute. She received a massage foundation of Swedish and Deep tissue, with specializations in Lymphatic Drainage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release Work, and Trigger Point Therapy. Concurrently, Jayne completed the Asian Healing Arts and Whole Food Nutrition program with Paul Pitchford, and comprising of Zen-Shiatsu, Qi-gong, and Hara Diagnosis. Jayne continued in advance certification and training in Craniosacral Therapy, Medical Massage, Connective Tissue Massage, and Structural Integration with gait analysis. Jayne completed her BA/BS in studies in health sciences, nutrition, and East Asian studies, MS in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, and is currently completing her TCM licensure.
Jayne refines each treatment with a combination of modalities to best assess and address the individual’s chief complaint. She works with both chronic and acute cases, from repetitive strain injuries, such as frozen shoulder, to injuries sustained from sports’ activity, prenatal and post-partum, motor vehicle accidents (MVA), work related injury (worker’s comp). Additionally, Jayne offers nutritional support in cases of candida overgrowth, parasite, and IBS.
When Jayne is not at East-West Integrative Medicine Clinic, Jayne continues to deepen her life long practice of Taichi, Qigong, and Pak-Gua. Additionally, providing a combination of movement and qigong education, craniosacral therapy, and lymphatic drainage for in-patient care at the Jewish Nursing Home of San Francisco. Available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays- Glen Park
Tom Dempsey, CMT
Massage and Specialized Bodywork
His study of movement and energy within the practice of the martial art Aikido led to Tom’s initial study of massage therapy over 20 years ago. He has practiced massage in San Francisco for many years and enjoys working with people with a variety of therapeutic needs and wishes.
Tom trained initially with Judith McKinnon at the McKinnon Institute in Swedish/Esalen massage. He expanded his training to include Shiatsu, lymphatic and deep tissue massage techniques, and prenatal massage. Tom recently pursued training in Neuromuscular Therapy, and study with Tom Hendrickson of the Hendrickson Method Institute of Orthopedic Massage and Manual Therapy (LINK: www.hendricksonmethod.com) His continuing study has enabled Tom to effectively treat an array of orthopedic conditions for pain relief, and help patients rehabilitate following trauma or injury. Available: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays-Glen Park, Thursdays- Bernal.
Sapho Elaine Teologo, CMT
Sapho is originally from Southern California, where they earned their B.A. in Human Development at CSULB and shortly after began studying the healing arts. They studied massage therapy at Hands on Healing Institute in Los Angeles. They have a background as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in home health care and have also worked in the mental health field. They have been an advocate for healthcare practitioners to promote self-care for the prevention of burn out.
Sapho’s therapeutic bodywork is intuitive, compassionate, meeting people as they are and working with their inner guidance to re-balance and regenerate their bodies on a cellular and emotional level. They integrate modalities of Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Reflexology, Trigger Point Therapy, Acupressure, Prenatal and Thai Massage. Their main intention is to provide a safe space for those they help, to release tension, alleviate pain, and treat chronic issues with gradual care for a more established sense of body consciousness.
Sapho is a strong believer of self-empowerment and being in control of our own health. They maintain energetic integrity by diligent practice of Vipassana meditation. They have experienced a lot of growth with Somatic Movement Therapy and as a student of the Alexander Technique. Sapho’s joys and inspirations come from their exploration of dance and love for music. Available: Saturdays- Glen Park.
Stephanie Haney, Licensed Acupuncturist and massage therapist, provides integrative healthcare based on the traditions of Chinese medicine. This foundation is complemented with the use of orthopedic massage, functional medicine, and food-based approaches to align her clients with their natural state of wellness. Stephanie successfully treats pain and sports injuries, supports reproductive and hormonal health, and emotional wellbeing. She incorporates shiatsu, trigger point, and myofascial release techniques into her therapeutic bodywork.
Since earning her Master of Science at The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Stephanie has continued her studies in sports medicine with Whitfield Reaves, prenatal massage with Carole Osborne, and fertility care with Jane Lyttleton. Stephanie brings over 15 years experience in reproductive health services and advocacy. She has been a health educator for Planned Parenthood, birth doula for San Francisco General Hospital, and board member for The Women’s Community Clinic.
Whether studying monastic art in Japan, sustainable agriculture in India, or initiating a community acupuncture clinic in Costa Rica, Stephanie is a traveler by heart and deeply awed by the beauty tucked in every corner of the world. Available: Wednesdays and Sundays-Bernal, Fridays and Saturdays- Glen Park.
Evelyn is an Alexander Technique teacher who specializes in treating back pain. Since earning her teaching certification in 2004 (ATI-LA), Evelyn has studied internationally with teachers from western Europe, Australia and Japan, and now maintains a private practice in Oakland, Ca.. Her clients are athletes and performance artists (musicians, actors, singers), as well as busy professionals who want to get rid of back pain, and thus improve their performance and quality of life.
Evelyn treats the whole, psycho-physical person by teaching her clients how to eliminate compression and distortion throughout their body, and how to fine tune their proprioception. This makes a profound difference in their quality of movement and functioning and comfort. Through enjoyable sessions, Evelyn uses her expertise, compassion and humor to help her clients understand and recognize their harmful habits of excess muscular tension, and thus unlock freedom of movement that was trapped inside them. The results are: much less wear and tear on joints; more ease in movement and posture; better performance (and appearance); and movement that no longer causes pain. Available: Wednesday- Glen Park
Nicole Kurth, BCTMB, CMT
Nicole specializes in a relaxed approach to Deep Tissue Massage, using Swedish, Myofascial, Trigger Point, and Neuromuscular Therapy techniques for the purpose of stress reduction and pain relief. With over 1200 hours of massage education plus over a decade of professional experience, she is especially skilled in treating clients suffering from head, neck, and jaw pain related to high technology usage, postural challenges, and TMJ Dysfunction. She takes great pleasure in working with pregnant women (including those in their first trimester), post-surgical patients, and people living with cancer. Clients often remark that Nicole’s sessions are unlike anything that they have experienced before. Her treatment choices are calming, purposeful, and unusual. Nicole is Board-Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork by the NCBTMB and is a California-Certified Massage Therapist with the CAMTC. You can learn more about her professional background and bodywork philosophies at http://www.nicolekurth.com. Available: Wednesdays and Fridays – Bernal Heights
Daniels Lee, CMT
Daniels is a 2nd-generation Korean-American bodyworker specialising in Eastern bodywork of the forms Shiatsu, Tui Na & Acupressure. From an early age, he’s been drawn deeper and deeper into the phenomenon of healing. Deeply committed to the work, he understands very personally the intense challenges, complex pain and struggle we all share as living beings. He believes we are all deserving of and in need of deep internal healing and reconnection with ourselves, our communities and environment. Daniels utilizes his gift of empathic sensitivity and relational wisdom to create safe space and connection throughout every session. He uses clear intention and intuition to locate and creatively disperse tension, pain and stagnant energy throughout the body while nurturing the softer, emptier parts. He acknowledges all bodies as powerful and sacred gateways between our external and internal worlds. Sessions with Daniels are potent and poetic. He is deeply present, intuitive, focused and attuned to your needs as a whole.
While attending and graduating from McKinnon Institute, the ancient poetic and paradoxical wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine fueled his path into bodywork. A student for life, he is constantly learning, evolving, loves working with his hands to cook, bake and do all domestic things. He dreams of co-owning with his partner a small home one day with a garage workspace for creative projects in art, bikes, metal/jewelry, wood and maybe ceramics. Available: Tuesdays, Fridays – Glen Park
Adam Okerblom, LAc, CMT
Acupuncture, Massage, Tibetan Medicine
Adam Okerblom is a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc), Certified Massage Therapist (CMT), and Traditional Tibetan Medicine Practitioner. His practice focuses on pain management, internal medicine, and psycho-emotional health. Adam has over ten years of experience, and has worked with thousands of patients. He has completed nine years of formal graduate studies, earning multiple advanced degrees and certifications.
Adams practice integrates acupuncture, herbal formulas, massage and other therapies from the ancient traditions of Chinese and Tibetan Medicine. He offers customized wellness coaching for healthy diet and lifestyle. Adam also offers lecture presentations on topics of Integrative Asian Medicine, and public health education.
Adam received his Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) from the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley (AIMC). He graduated from the Shang Shung School of Tibetan Medicine, then interned at the Tso Ngon Tibetan Medicine Hospital, and Qinghai University, in Xining, Amdo, Tibet. Friday- Bernal Heights, Saturdays-Glen Park
Tod Overstreet, CMT
Massage and Specialized Bodywork
In 1991, Tod began his bodywork studies, focusing on Shiatsu and Thai massage. He later expanded his focus to include formal training in Swedish and deep tissue massage, cranio-sacral therapy, Reiki, and sports massage. Traveling to Thailand in 1999, Tod attended a Thai massage course at Old Medicine Hospital, where he met his mentor, Asokananda, and spent several years under his guidance. During that time, Tod was also privileged to study with the renowned Pichet Boothammeand. Eventually, Tod assisted with his mentor’s classes and was added to his roster of official teachers. In 2004, he studied deep tissue myofascial release with master Rolfer, Art Riggs.
Tod has completed training in Tom Hendrickson’s rigorous orthopedic massage program. The Hendrickson Method (HM) is a combination of manual therapy and a unique massage stroke based on the energy healing principles of Tai Chi. HM treats joints, the nervous system and soft tissue all at once to alleviate acute and chronic pain and help restore optimum function. Available: Fridays- Glen Park
Jennie Pearl, CMT
Jennie Pearl is dedicated to the power of the body-mind connection. Whether she is offering specific, deep tissue work or facilitating a more subtle, relaxing session, her clients are able to heal, grow stronger, and live happier lives. Jennie caters each of her massages specifically to her client’s needs, blending modalities and techniques on a regular basis. Jennie offers: Cranial Sacral, Connective Tissue, Swedish, Sports/Injury Rehab, Trigger Point, Thai, Shiatsu, and Polarity. Her passion and knowledge as a yoga teacher also complements her massage practice. Her clients appreciate her ability to customize practical self-care exercises that they can take home. Jennie is particularly interested in the role that stress plays in our lives and how these holistic health practices can help us to be more easeful, dynamic, and full of life. She is continually in awe of the body, and each day is curious, intrigued, and thankful that her love of learning continues to grow. Available: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays- Glen Park
Shannon Piercy, CMT, L.Ac.
Massage and Acupuncture
Shannon Piercy-Alvarez is a California State Licensed Acupuncturist, herbalist and certified massage therapist.
Drawing from her background in modern dance, eastern philosophy and East Asian meditation, Shannon earned her diploma in Massage Therapy from Utah College of Massage Therapy and 2000 and later went on to earn her Master of Science of Traditional Asian Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City. She trained with New York’s top Chinese Medical physicians doing clinical rotations in the areas of women’s health, psycho-emotional issues, pain management, and chronic illness. In addition, she worked as an associate massage therapist and acupuncturist at the New Clinic of Integral Psychiatry in Brooklyn, NY where she received supervision in psychology, integral mind-body theory and acupuncture.
In her massage therapy practice, she blends elements of Swedish massage, Deep Tissue massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Acupressure, Reiki and stretching that results in a rehabilitative and rejuvenating experience. She has observed that getting regular bodywork and acupuncture has the potential to not only rehabilitate injuries, pain and disease, but also to reveal the interconnection of body, emotions and psyche to restore a sense of vitality.
Shannon is currently earning her M.A. in Somatic Psychotherapy at California Institute of Integral Studies with the aim of eventually integrating acupuncture, herbal therapy, and Somatic psychotherapy. Shannon is also fluent is Spanish. Available: Thursday and Sunday- Glen Park, Tuesdays- Bernal
Natasha Pyle, NCTMB
Massage, Reiki and Gua Sha
Natasha brings to massage great perception, plus the analytic skills and understanding of a biologist. She intuitively combines the flowing strokes of Esalen Massage, the depth of deep-tissue structural massage, the energy of Reiki, the movement of Trager Therapy, the understanding of body-mind practices, and many other techniques from Swedish, Thai, sports massage and more.
She has the compassion of working with veterans, AIDS orphans, burn victims, and hospice patients. And, she has the experience of working with a great variety of client issues including improving general health, stress relief, child development and behavior, physical and emotional trauma, auto-immune disease, headaches, limited range of motion, restricted breathing from injury and disease, postural imbalances, nerve impingement syndromes, TMJ dysfunction, acute and chronic tension and pain, pain syndromes, sports injuries, surgery recovery, scoliosis, and much more.
Natasha is thorough, careful, and patient. She has the practiced hands, and the clear compassion, intention, and intuition of a healer. She works well with adults and children, with challenging and complicated cases, where great care is needed, and within the tolerance/comfort level of the client. Available: By Appointment
Chris is a seasoned massage therapist with more than 12 years’ experience working with a diverse clientele. He is trained in a variety of eastern and western modalities and offers a blend of specialized techniques and a customized approach to each session. In recent years, his focus has been on deep tissue/deep Swedish, sports massage, and injury relief and prevention. He is passionate about creating a safe and comfortable atmosphere and providing massage that promotes healing and results in an overall enhanced well-being.
Chris graduated from the National Holistic Institute and has received additional training in pre-natal techniques, PNF stretching, post-event sports massage, and trigger point therapy. Available: Mondays- Bernal Heights, Thursdays- Glen Park
Antonella Soldaini, L.Ac.
As a native of Italy, I began my medical practice 35 years ago as a registered nurse. I then moved to California and pursued my Masters in Acupuncture and Chinese medicine. I have extensive experience in treating stress related disorders such as insomnia, fatigue, depression, anxiety and cravings, Women’s health such as PMS, menopause and infertility and injuries and pain management.
I’m a second year student practitioner of Heavenly Essence Qi gong System Te Yi medicinal Qi Gong, which is a healing modality that focuses on using focused intent and subtle hands on techniques to restore the body back to a balanced, healthy state. It is a system that was developed in China utilizing the most potent esoteric practices from three different Qigong systems, and it is excellent for those people who are too fearful, sensitive or weak for needles and are seeking a healing form that is non-invasive. It is an excellent choice for children and elderly or chronically ill patients that have not responded to conventional treatments.
I’m a caring and nurturing professional who strives to help patients understand their health and encourage them to take active part in their own healing process. To me, the goal of Chinese Medicine is to restore balance, which is attained by treating the root cause of the illness through the use of acupuncture, herbs, moxibustion, cupping therapy, dietary and lifestyle changes. Available: Mondays-Bernal, Sundays- Glen Park
Tracey James, ACSCT, AP, CAP
Trace Stone has over a decade of experience in working with families, mothers and infants. Trace’s mission is to optimize human performance and illuminate each individuals expression of life. She seeks to work in partnership with the birth community and a variety of holistic health care professionals to empower individuals anywhere on their fertility journey to take control of their health by providing massage therapy, health and lifestyle education, and integrative care with other health care professionals. She believes building community, awareness, education will help build stronger healthier families in our community. She welcomes all family compositions and constellations, intentional solo partners, LGBTQ families and any gender expression. Trace weaves together anatomy, intuition and elements from diverse somatic bodywork lineages. As a certified Arvigo Practitioner she works with women in all phases of their lives to support fertility, pregnancy, post partum, digestion, healthy menses and menopause.
Trace is a Self- Care Teacher for the Arvigo Institute of Mayan Abdominal Therapy. She specializes in peri-natal care. She holds certification as a doula and in The Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Therapy, Reflexology, Deep Tissue, Craniosacral Therapy, Advanced Muscle Release, BioGeometric Integration, Perinatal, Infant Massage, and First Responder Training. She has a background in social work with experience as a Victim Services Counselor as well as co-authoring policy on Law Enforcement interaction with Victims of Violent Crimes and Law Enforcement Sensitivity Training for The Texas Police Association. She is passionate about community and currently serves as a Senior Chiropractic Intern and on the executive board for the Life West Student Chapters of Sustainability Council, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, Student California Chiropractic Association, Pediatrics Club, and Student Champions for Life. She holds active membership in the Maya Arvigo International Association. She holds a B.A. in Sociology of Sexualities from the University of Texas at Austin. Trace has a strong affinity with medicinal herbs and plants and in her spare time she can be found wildcrafting, gardening or exploring new trails. Available: Mondays, By Appointments- Glen Park
Helena Teply-Figman, CMT
Helena’s passion lies in helping people feel more relaxed, spacious, and present so that they can live life with a greater sense of wellness, freedom, clarity! She does this through a blend of massage and bodywork techniques, mindful movement, and Ortho-Bionomy, a gentle, non-forceful way of working with the body that promotes ease and comfort (and can be particularly useful for persistent pain issues). Helena has spent more than two decades exploring the body and mind — as a professional dancer in her hometown of New York City, by earning a B.A. in Psychology from Smith College, through healing her own injuries and pain issues, and by enrolling in massage school upon moving to the Bay Area in 2011. Since then, she’s amassed over 600hrs of training, and is currently studying Touch Skills for Trauma with Kathy Kain. Helena specializes in working with people who respond best to a gentler, slower approach to the body, whether due to persistent pain, injury or surgery recovery, chronic stress or trauma, a more sensitive nervous system, or just personal preference. As she says, massage doesn’t have to hurt to help! She looks forward to collaborating with you to create an experience that meets your needs and goals. In her spare time, Helena can be found taking long urban walks, discovering new kinds of dark chocolate, and dancing around her house. Available Wednesdays – Glen Park
Julie Tom-Denny, CMT
Julie is a San Francisco native who received her training from the San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork. She integrates many modalities, including Deep Tissue, Swedish, Myofascial Release, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Thai Massage and Muscle Energy Techniques into her bodywork to provide the most effective treatment for her clients. Her approach to massage is to treat each client with compassion and to listen to not only their words, but also their bodies. She enjoys the personal connection achieved when working with clients, bringing them relief from stress, tension and pain, as well as providing them space to feel cared for and nurtured. She is very grateful to learn, share and practice the healing arts. Julie is currently continuing her studies at the San Francisco School of Massage in the Ortho-Bionomy Associate Practitioner Program, the Morales Method Certified Practitioner Program and Teaching Assistant Program. Available: Mondays, Tuesday, Thursday, and Sundays- Glen Park
Julie Wang, CMT
Julie Wang is a certified massage therapist who has been actively working in San Francisco since 2013. She is a graduate of the San Francisco School of Massage and continues to offer her time and skills there as the teaching assistant. Julie strives to help her clients feel at ease in their bodies and minds. She integrates therapeutic modalities including deep tissue, trigger points, myofasical cupping therapy and facilitated stretching along with long flowing swedish massage and subtle energy techniques such as Ortho-Bionomy. Julie received deep tissue massage and myofasical release trainings under Marty Morales and Art Riggs.
Prior to her career in bodywork, Julie spent almost a decade working in tech companies. She experienced first hand how repetitive stress injuries and sedentary lifestyle can damage the body. Her experience has guided her to a more holistic approach to healing and wellness. When she is not nerding out on ergonomics and body mechanics, you can find her taking calligraphy and woodworking classes in the city or walking her dog, Captain Picard, around the neighborhood. Available Sundays – Bernal Heights
Liz Williams, MS, PT, CMT, PYT
Liz Williams attained her MS degree in physical therapy from UCSF/SFSU in 2005. Her experience spans the health care continuum and offers insight into human potential. Liz has worked extensively in orthopedic and neurologic rehabilitation, and offers an integrated approach combining manual therapy, mindfulness and exercise to facilitate health and well being.Common issues that can be addressed through physical therapy include: joint pain resulting from injury or overuse, post-surgical rehabilitation, pelvic pain or dysfunction, and balance deficits. Liz also offers wellness integration sessions combining manual therapy, exercise and education to create positive lifestyle changes and discover healthy and balanced movement in the body-mind.Liz completed her certification with Professional Yoga Therapy Studies in January 2013. She has been a certified massage therapist since 2000 with training in multiple disciplines, including Insight Bodywork as developed by the late Barry Kapke. For more information on Insight Bodywork, please visit the Specialized Bodywork page. Read more about Physical Therapy at East-West. Available: Wednesdays and Fridays- Glen Park