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- https://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 at Glen Park Tuesdays and Thursdays, Bernal Alternating Wednesdays, Downtown Alternating Mondays. Friday-Monday in 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 at Glen Park Tuesdays and Fridays.
Jennifer Ross, MS, L.Ac., CMT
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.
Laurie can work closely with your current healthcare providers, creating an integrated approach to your overall health and well being. Because of her deep relationships in the holistic healing community she is in a unique position to be part of the team for your overall health and success. She has taught sexual health workshops at universities in the Bay Area including UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and San Francisco State. With a solid understanding of anatomy and women’s health and a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), she focuses on providing a safe, supportive space to discuss any issues you are facing. She looks forward to supporting you with her knowledge, compassion and sense of humor. Available at Glen Park Mondays and Fridays.
Jayne Chen, L.Ac, CMT
Acupuncture and Massage
Jayne is a California Board licensed acupuncturist specializing in physical medicine, acute injuries, and chronic pain management. She also treats women’s health concerns, pregnancy, post-partum care, and general health and wellness. Jayne earned her Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine from American College of Traditional Medicine and completed externships at Capital Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), Lifelong-Berkeley Primary Care, and Zhejiang Medical University in Hangzhou, China. Prior to practicing Chinese Medicine, Jayne earned a B.S. in Health Science and Nutrition and a B.A. in Psychology and Holistic Health. She is certified as a Holistic Health Practitioner and a Whole Food Integrative Nutritionist.
Additionally, she is a California licensed massage therapist, specializing in Orthopedic Medical Massage Therapy, E.N.T. Massage, Temporal-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction massage (TMJD), utilizing advanced training in gait analysis, orthopedic muscle testing, Structural Integration (SI), Craniosacral Therapy (CST), Myofascial Release Work, Active Release Therapy (ART), Lymphatic Drainage and Abdominal work. Available at Glen Park Monday through Friday.
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 at Glen Park Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays, Bernal on Thursdays.
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 at Glen Park on Saturdays.
Melanie Choi, CMT
From an early age, Melanie Choi always sought to find the balance in life. After studying Holistic Health and Business at San Francisco State University, she traveled for three years immersing herself in different communities working with plant medicine, movement and self-healing. Returning home to the Bay Area, Melanie continued her lifetime interest in mind-body-spirit connection through her 600 hour training at San Francisco School of Massage and Bodywork.
Melanie’s intuitive touch integrates the breath in client collaboration and communication in her sessions. She is determined to share the practices of embodiment and stress reduction with her clients through a variety of modalities ranging from Deep Tissue, Swedish, Trigger Point Therapy, Peripheral Neuromuscular Facilitated Stretches, Cranio-Sacral, Fixed Cupping Therapy and more. In her free time, you can find Melanie enjoying many forms of movement and performance through dance, AcroYoga and Community Yoga. Available at Glen Park on Saturdays.
Heather Fitch, CMT, BS, LVN
“True compassion means not only feeling another’s pain but also being moved to help relieve it.” Daniel Goleman
This is the guiding principle of Heather’s life work, formerly as a case worker and currently as a nurse and massage therapist. Her journey to massage was not only as a career choice but a way of life. She seeks to relieve suffering and create a calm sense of well being through her healing touch. Heather’s modalities include Swedish, deep tissue and she is certified in Pregnancy and Postpartum massage.
Heather holds a Bachelors Degree (BS) in Human Development from Pennsylvania State University, and studied at City College of San Francisco where she earned her LVN over 10 years ago. Her recent massage therapist studies at the San Francisco School of Massage and Bodywork rounded out her interest in the healing arts. Heather’s holds a CMT from the California Massage Therapy Council. She also currently works part-time as a licensed vocational nurse for patients with Lyme disease and related tick borne infections. Heather has been a Bernal Heights resident for over 14 years. On a personal level her interests include gardening, hiking, reading, traveling, yoga and exercise, and hanging out with her two beloved poodles. Available at Bernal on Tuesdays and Saturdays, Glen Park on Fridays and Sundays.
Stephanie Haney, L.Ac., CMT
Acupuncture, Massage, Arvigo® Mayan Abdominal Massage
Stephanie Haney, Licensed Acupuncturist, massage therapist, and practitioner of Arvigo® Mayan Abdominal Therapy, provides 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 well being. 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 at Glen Park Tuesdays and Fridays, Downtown on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
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 by Appointment at Glen Park
Marguerite “Daisy” Knudtson, LAc
Acupuncture, Pediatric Acupuncture
Daisy is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist and has several years of experience as a behavior therapist for children with varying degrees of Autism and other behavior-based conditions. Bridging these two passions, Daisy’s practice integrates acupuncture, herbal medicine and Qi Gong along with lifestyle recommendations to promote behavioral, mental and emotional wellbeing in both children and adults.
When treating children, Daisy uses a variety of non-needle techniques to suit the child’s comfort. She has experience treating kids from as young as 1 year old for a range of conditions from colds, allergies and asthma, to digestive disorders and behavior. In addition to treating children, she also specializes in mental-emotional wellbeing in adults, as well as women’s health, fertility, and internal medicine.
Daisy graduated Summa Cum Laude from Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College with a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine. She studied abroad at Shikoku Medical College in Japan where she learned Japanese-style acupuncture including Shoni Shin, a pediatric technique. She also studied auricular acupuncture at Groupe Lyonnais d’Etudes Médicales in France.
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 https://www.nicolekurth.com. Available at Bernal Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Glen Park on Saturdays
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. Available Saturdays at Glen Park, Bernal on Fridays and Sundays.
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 at Bernal on Saturdays and Sundays.
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 at Glen Park on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
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 also fluent is Spanish. Available at Glen Park on Thursdays and Sundays.
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 at Glen Park.
Chris Robertson, CMT
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 at Glen Park Thursdays and Fridays, Bernal on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays.
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 at Glen Park on Wednesdays, Bernal on Mondays.
Tracey James, DC, DACACD-CA, ACSCT, AP, CAP
Dr. Tracey James, best known to her beloved patients as “Dr.Trace,” graduated from Life Chiropractic College West with Honors and is the recipient of the Lasting Purpose “to Give” Award. Dr. Trace has over a decade of experience in working with families, mothers, and infants. Her vision is to cultivate well-connected communities, and believes that this starts with the individual. It is her mission to optimize human performance and illuminate each individual’s expression of life through chiropractic care. Dr. Trace specializes in working with pediatric and perinatal populations, and works in partnership with the birth community and a variety of holistic health care professionals to empower individuals anywhere along their family building journey. She welcomes all family compositions and constellations, intentional solo partners, LGBTQ families, and all gender expressions.
Dr. Trace continues to serve her community as a birth doula, and istrained and certified in the Webster Technique through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), of which she also a member. She currently serves on the Women’s and Membership Community for the California Chiropractic Association (CCA). She also maintains memberships with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, the International Chiropractic Association, and the Maya Arvigo International Association. She is currently a Diplomate candidate at the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and The American College of Addictionology. While at Life Chiropractic College West, she served on the Executive Board for the student chapters of the Sustainability Council, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, the Student California Chiropractic Association, the Pediatrics Club, and Student Champions for Life. She has a background in social work with experience as a victim services counselor, and has co-authored policy on law enforcement interaction for a “victims of violent crimes and law enforcement sensitivity” training at the Texas Police Association. She holds a B.A. in Sociology of Sexualities from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. 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 with family and friends. Available by appointment at 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 at Glen Park on Wednesdays.
Sean Tergis, CMT
Sean Tergis combines his bodywork training with a unique, intuitive touch, resulting in a massage that is relaxing, rejuvenating, and provides lasting benefits. Using a base in Deep Tissue Massage, Sean’s practice integrates Swedish, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofacial Release and Stretching/Mobilization. He is also experienced in more specific work, such as prenatal and lymphatic drainage. Sean’s curiosity about the human body and the healing process lead him to get a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Striving to get a more hands on approach to healing, Sean received his certification in massage therapy from San Francisco School of Massage and Bodywork in 2014. He has taken various continuing education classes, such as Advanced Neck Work and Core Integration from Marty Morales, Stretching and Mobilization from Eric Ruben, and many more. Sean looks at the big picture with his massage by doing what is best for the body in the moment and help it along it’s path towards thriving long term. Through listening and reading the body, Sean is skilled in identifying areas that need attention as well as areas which can benefit from integration. Sean relates muscles and body parts together with his massage to encourage a more connected and deeper relaxation. Sean values his clients leaving a massage feeling nourished head to toe. A San Francisco native, Sean is also a hand percussionist and performs in Balkan and Turkish bands local to the Bay Area. Available at Glen Park on Sundays.
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 at Glen Park Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.
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. Juliereceived 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 at Bernal Heights on Sundays.
Patricia Watters, L.Ac, CMT
Acupuncture and Massage
Patricia is a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist and has been studying healing arts for over 20 years. Her passion is providing enjoyable, balancing treatments while empowering patients to better understand their bodies and feel great within them. She uses acupuncture and massage therapy as well as herbal medicine and dietary and lifestyle counseling.
Patricia earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Florida and focused on biological aspects. At this time she became interested in different healthcare practices around the world as well as the incidence of disease.
She received certificate in massage and hydrotherapy from the Florida School of Massage and since has studied a wide range of modalities including sports massage, Thai massage, Neuromuscular Reprogramming, and Cranio-sacral therapy.
Patricia received her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and further studied at Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in Hangzhou, China. She has clinical experience in private practice as well as ACTCM Community Clinic, Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic, and Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic. Available at Glen Park on Mondays, Bernal on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
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 at Glen Park on Tuesdays and Fridays.