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 19 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.

Professional Affiliations
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 for Functional Medicine Member

Giving Back
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, Noe Valley, and Bernal Heights. Friday-Monday in Oakland by appointment only.


Jessica Biedron, L.Ac., CMT
Acupuncture and Massage

Jessica is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Massage Therapist. Her path into healthcare began after being introduced to yoga and Eastern spirituality. With a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she was deeply interested in the body-mind connection and inspired by the beauty of a paradigm that looks to the elements in nature to understand disharmony in the body. She received her Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from The Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in 2010 and is nationally certified as a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

Jessica has treated hormonal imbalances, depression, anxiety, skin conditions, autoimmunity, digestive issues and has enjoyed supporting women in all stages of pregnancy. As a practicing massage therapist in the Bay Area for 20 years, she specializes in Deep Tissue and joint mobilization techniques. Often drawing from other modalities such as Acupressure, Trigger Point Therapy, Chi Nei Tsang, and Thai Massage, she approaches her bodywork sessions with an exploratory mindset and is known as a strong, grounding and intuitive therapist. Jessica believes wholeheartedly in the body’s resilience and aims to empower her patients to take a proactive role in their health by counseling them in diet, exercise, meditation, and other lifestyle changes. Available at Glen Park, and Noe Valley.

Dr. (Vaidya) Amrita Bilgi, BAMS, MD, CMT
Ayurvedic Bodywork and Massage

Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Dr. Amrita Bilgi was introduced first-hand to the practice of Ayurvedic medicine, as it was developed in India over 3,000 years ago and is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing traditions. She grew to understand and appreciate the art of wellness and the need for personal balance. This furthered her love of the natural world and her inspiration to help people which guided her toward a career in natural medicine.

She received her Masters degree in Ayurved from the prestigious R.A.Podar Medical College in Mumbai, India after completing her Bachelor’s degree from Ayurved College, Sion Dr.Bilgi seamlessly melds her compassion, keen insights, progressive and traditional knowledge and intuitive wisdom into her holistic healing practice. She pursued her dream of integrating mind, body and spirit wellness through Ayurvedic Medicine and is taking her understanding of our complex humanity deeper with her current studies in massage therapy. She graduated from San Francisco School of Massage, one of the nation’s oldest and most renowned schools of integrated bodywork. Dr. Bilgi is passionately committed to help each client to transform their health and create wellness in their lives overall. Currently taking Telehealth appointments.

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 and Bernal. Available at Glen Park, and Bernal.

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 Noe Valley.

Shannon Piercy, CMT, L.Ac.
Massage and Acupuncture

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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 Bernal, and Glen Park.

Chrissy Scardina, CMT

Chrissy Scardina is a certified massage therapist with training in deep tissue, Swedish, and sports massage. Their approach to bodywork combines deep, specific work and integrative strokes to provide structural relief, relaxation, and encourage a deeper mind-body connection. Clients have described Chrissy as having a steady, intuitive touch, and a clear, friendly communication style. They graduated from San Francisco School of Massage and Bodywork.

A Bay Area resident since 2010, Chrissy has worked in public health, nightlife and entertainment. In their free time they love to hike, rock climb, and make music. Available at Glen Park.

Antonella Soldaini, L.Ac.

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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 Bernal Heights.

Sapho Elaine Teologo, L.Ac, CMT
Acupuncture and Massage

Sapho is a queer Pilipinx-American healer who has a background in social work, nursing, and massage therapy. They offer acupuncture, herbal consultations, and various forms of bodywork. They have studied Traditional Chinese Medicine and Japanese Medicine at AIMC, Berkeley. Their approach is grounded in gentleness as a healing force to guide the body and spirit into its natural state of healing. Their goal is to encourage and support an individual’s movement towards freedom and a sense of wholeness by providing a safe space to heal and grow. They have a strong motivation to work with people who have anxiety, depression, digestive issues, stress, chronic pain, grief or any kind of life transition. Their practice has been built on helping other caregivers and practitioners establish self-care as a form of resilience. Available 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 Bernal, and Glen Park.

Alexandria Steppe, L.Ac, MSTCM, LMT/CMT
Acupuncture and Massage

Alex (she/her) is a California Licensed Acupuncturist and Licensed Massage Therapist practicing in San Francisco. She received her Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from ACTCM here in San Francisco. Originally from the east coast, Alex completed her AOS degree in Massage Therapy at the acclaimed Swedish Institute: College of Health Sciences in New York City in 2010. Since then she has had an active and growing practice in addition to working at Spas, Health Clubs, Clinics and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

She believes that when the body is in harmony, many symptoms of dis-ease will subside. She sees how emotions such as grief, worry, anger can manifest into chronic and acute physical pain symptoms. Holistic Medicine such as Acupuncture, Eastern Medicine and Bodywork assists the body in opening up areas of restriction, smoothing energy and enhancing circulation. With a strong understanding of how the body works (anatomy, kinesthesiology, patterns of dysfunction/pathology, observation, palpation and discussion) she creates a treatment that is truly customized to your needs. In addition to Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine, Alex is well versed in Western styles of Bodywork such as Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports Massage & ART, Eastern methods such as Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage) and Shiatsu (Japanese 5 element Bodywork). Last year she started her Training in Cranio Sacral Therapy through Upledger Institute. She also incorporates Essential Oils into her treatments by way of Aroma AcuPoint Therapy, a technique developed by Peter Holmes, LAc, founder of Snow Lotus Essential Oils. Available at Glen Park.

Tyler Anderson, L.Ac

With over 20 years of holistic medicine experience, Tyler provides a full spectrum of acupuncture and Chinese medicine with specialization in stress and pain management, women’s and men’s reproductive health, and digestive disorders. Tyler takes into account the individual as a whole, the community, and the environment.

Tyler was introduced to Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and healing practices that became the roots of his understanding of health and medicine. His interest in environmental health and herbal medicine led him pursue a three year program at the Berkeley Herbal Center, and in 2014 he became a certified Clinical Western Herbalist. In 2020, Tyler expanded his clinical knowledge by receiving his Master’s of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) and Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) at San Francisco’s American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Simultaneously, Tyler completed over 500 hours of yoga teacher training to continue to strengthen his knowledge around the eight limbs of yoga and how it can be directly applied to clinical practice.

Tyler combines a multitude of treatment modalities to effectively address a variety of
medical conditions. Through acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion, Tui Na
massage, and nutritional counseling, Tyler guides clients along their journey to reclaiming their
health, strength, and independence. Available at Noe Valley, and Glen Park.

Jessica Ogawa CMT

Jessica is a graduate of San Francisco School of Massage where she studied Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Myofascial Release, Lymphatic Drainage Massage, and Neuromuscular and Ortho-Bionomy techniques. She helps people dealing with stress and holding, helping them find relief by fostering a safe and inviting space. A long-time practitioner of yoga and dance, she views the body as an integrated whole. Movement and human touch can heal, which is why she pursued yoga teacher training and massage therapy. Jessica offers a calming and easy-going presence and believes the well-being of the individual contributes to the well-being of all. Available at Glen Park.

Ya’ara Persing CMT

Ya’ara is a graduate of the San Francisco School of Massage and Bodywork. She offers a firm Swedish massage incorporating neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release and trigger point therapy. She is driven to have a community and movement based practice that supports her clients in continuing to do what they love and be who they want to be. She believes that massage reminds the body and mind of their own inner strength and vitality. Ya’ara grounds and centers her clients with her clear communication and calming presence. Available at Bernal Heights, and Glen Park.

Tate Dannemiller CMT

Tate is a soft-spoken soul who believes in bodywork as a vehicle to facilitate personal and spiritual growth. Knowing each person is a world unto themselves, he strives to listen deeply with his hands to provide an individualized experience where each person is held in safety and respect. He was trained in a range of modalities at one of the Bay Area’s oldest and most respected massage schools, San Francisco School of Massage and Bodywork and, with his musical background and endless curiosity about the human body, uses his rhythmic and dynamic touch to soothe and uplift. Available at Glen Park, and Bernal Heights.

Rina Liu, L.Ac

Rina comes from the Inner Mongolia prairie, and is a cross-border person. She graduated from China University of Political Science and Law and worked as a lawyer in Beijing for seven years. Rina graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and worked as a chef in a five-star Marriott Hotel for nine years.  She is now a graduate of the University of East-West Medicine as an acupuncturist.

“I like learning, I love life, and I am passionate about work.  Although life is full of challenges, I am a positive person, and it is never a smooth ride. By doing different professions, I am more courageous and confident in doing everything. In learning Chinese medicine, my experience as a chef gave me more knowledge and understanding of ingredients and prescriptions. Because my experience as a lawyer has given me more thinking and rational analysis and ability of illnesses, after studying and working for so many years, I feel that grasp a typical example, and you will grasp the whole category. My parents left me early because of the illness, which strengthened my belief in learning Chinese medicine, using east-west methods to help people relieve pain, provide quality of life, and best well-being practices.” Available at Noe Valley.