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.

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 of 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 Thursdays, Downtown Mondays. Friday-Monday in Oakland by appointment only.

Team Members

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.

Currently, Jennifer studies Integrative Acupuncture Physical Medicine with Anthony Von Der Muhll, L.Ac, DNBAO. This is a comprehensive orthopedic and sports medicine program integrating western diagnosis of musculoskeletal disorders with eastern treatment principles. She combines her knowledge of traditional Chinese and modern western concepts to specialize in sports medicine, orthopedics, pain management, and scar tissue repair.
Jennifer is a Diplomate in Canonical Herbal Medicine from the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine, where she studied with Dr. Arnaud Versluys. L.Ac., Ph.D. “The Classics,” as they are known, focus on the use of time-proven herbs that remind the body of its natural function, and restore its strong instinct for self-healing. Her emphasis is the promotion of healthy physiology from a classical Chinese perspective.  Available at Glen Park Mondays.

Laurie Dievendorf, MA
Integrative Wellness Counseling
Laurie Dievendorf has over ten years of experience as an integrative wellness counselor who is passionate about women’s health and well-being. She is here to support you on your fertility, birth and postpartum journey and works with people of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, families and partnerships. Laurie also offers support for those experiencing anxiety, depression, life cycle shifts, life transitions, and relationship issues. She enjoys working with people in partnerships and can help to create better communication, increase intimacy, or help you explore your relationship to yourself and your partner(s).

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.

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. Available at Glen Park Fridays and Saturdays.

Carolyn Cohen, CMT

Carolyn Cohen is well-regarded for her present, precise, and effective bodywork sessions. A bodyworker in private practice for the past 20 years, she balances her intuitive skill with her knowledge of anatomy and functional movement. Carolyn has a Bachelor degree in Psychology and a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her formal study includes Tui Na at ACTCM in San Francisco and Traditional Thai Massage in Chiang Mai, Thailand, both in 2002. Her table (Swedish) and floor (Thai) sessions incorporate her signature “Structural Intuitive” style, integrating multiple modalities she has studied over the years: Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, Tui Na (Chinese Sports Massage), Thai Massage, Chi Nei Tsang (abdominal organ massage), Scar Tissue Remediation (using moxa to melt surgical scar adhesions), and AcroYoga Therapeutic Flying.

Along with breath work, her sessions help restore energy, recover injuries, remodel soft-tissue holding patterns, and process emotions. As a co-founder of the AcroYoga International practice in 2006, she contributed her knowledge of Thai Massage to the framework of the practice and has co-taught 10 AcroYoga International Teacher Trainings and hundreds of workshops. Carolyn has also taught Thai Massage trainings and workshops for a decade. She spent the last 3 years on a global journey teaching and training both acrobatics and Thai Massage and is excited to return to the Bay Area. Available at Glen Park Saturdays and Sundays.

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 Thursday.

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 Massage Specialties: Deep Tissue, Sport Massage, Trigger Point, Hot Stone, Prenatal Available: Wed

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 Wednesdays.

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 Glen Park on Fridays.

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 Hess
Alexander Technique
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

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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. Available at Bernal Wednesdays and Glen Park Saturdays 

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. 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 Wednesdays and 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 Tuesdays and Sundays.

bio-jennieJennie 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

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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 Glen Park on Tuesdays, 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 and Tuesdays. 

Matthew Schmookler 

Matthew is a traditional Tibetan Medicine practitioner and California State Certified Massage Therapist. He is also certified to teach Tibetan Yantra Yoga, Tibetan Dances (Khaita), and Harmonious Breathing. His specialties include natural mental health, pain management and gastrointestinal wellness with Tibetan Medicine and Tibetan Kunye Massage. As a graduate of Shang Shung Institute School of Tibetan Medicine in 2009, completing internship and exams at the Qinghai Medical College and Hospital in Tibet, he is one of the few certified Traditional Tibetan Medicine practitioners in the US.

Matthew has over 15 years experience as a massage therapist. He works with a wide range of modalities including Deep-Tissue, Swedish, Sports, Prenatal and in particular, Tibetan Kunye Massage. His massage style is popular for integrating deep, focused pressure with a relaxing, nurturing touch.

To experience his full breadth of work it is recommended to book the 120 Minute Tibetan Medicine Consultation and Treatment to build your customized diet, lifestyle and herbal supplement plan followed by a focused Tibetan Kunye Massage treatment utilizing therapeutic oils, hot stones, salt and sand compresses, warm oil compresses and cupping.

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 Glen Park on Wednesdays, Bernal on Mondays. 

Deena Smith, CMT

In the spring of 2015, Deena began the steps to turn her passion for healing and wellness into a career. After investigating the many aspects of holistic and health-centered ways of life, Deena studied several modalities of energy work and integrative wellness. Her mentors come from Native American, Celtic and Yogic traditions, she also had a brief apprenticeship with an holistic doctor while working to discover her calling.

Her many paths came together in 2018 when she became a Certified Massage Therapist and Bodyworker after studying at the San Francisco School of Massage. Always wanting to be of service to others, she now works to bring that to her massage and bodywork practice while staying active in continuing education. Deena is passionate about modalities that help with easing pain, aligning centeredness and tuning clients into their bodies. With Swedish, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Reprogramming, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point therapies, along with subtle energy work, she works to help clients rediscover their bodies’ own unique power to restore balance and ease. She loves being of service to the older adult population within our community and offers customized bodywork treatments to this vital population.

Deena and her partner have lived in Glen Park since 2007 and along with their dog, Duccio take long walks in the canyon, scribble mandalas on the sidewalks and enjoy being active members of this thriving community. When not studying the latest science behind pain relief or mindfulness, Deena enjoys meditation, plein air painting, writing, travel and cooking. Available Mondays and Fridays at Glen Park, Wednesdays and Saturdays at Bernal. 

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
Physical Therapy
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.