East-West Clinic Founder and Director

Head shot of Marnie McCurdy Marnie McCurdy Acupuncture Specialties: Fertility, Pregnancy, Post-Partum, Gynecology, Menopause, Facial Acupuncture, Internal Medicine.[/caption]Marnie McCurdy Acupuncture Specialties: Fertility, Pregnancy, Post-Partum, Gynecology, Menopause, Facial Acupuncture, Internal Medicine.[/caption]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 20 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 24 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.

Clinic Co-Director

Head shot of Stephanie HaneyStephanie 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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jessica Ogawa CMT

Jessica is a graduate of San Francisco School of Massage where she studied Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Myofascial Release, and lymphatic drainage techniques. She has also completed NeuralMuscular Reprogramming Module I training as well as oncology massage. 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 and Bernal.

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


Growing up on the plains of Inner Mongolia, Rina has been familiar with traditional Chinese medicine since childhood. Compelled by its restorative powers, Rina has explored the inner workings of Eastern and Western medicine. Now practiced in techniques, including Acupuncture, Cupping, Moxa, and Tui Na, Rina is ready to put her knowledge to use.

In her experiences, Rina has remedied sports injuries and trauma using acupuncture and therapeutic body works; common chronic problems such as insomnia and anxiety with scalp acupuncture; and skin conditions, such as eczema, acne, and age spots with herbal medicine.

Devoted to the spirit of care, Rina is also working as a cosmetologist. She hopes, by combining acupuncture and cosmetology, she can improve both the internal and external parts of the body, delaying the process of aging and promoting a healthier, longer life. Available at Noe Valley and Glen Park.

Emily Haddad, L.Ac

Emily is a California licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. She received her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. Her clinical training included internships at Glide Memorial Clinic, ACTCM Community Clinic, the Women’s Resource Center and San Quentin State Prison. Through this training she has seen firsthand how Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can improve physical, spiritual and emotional well being in entire communities by closing the health equity gap. She enjoys working with people at every stage of their health journey, incorporating the many modalities of Chinese Medicine such as herbs, moxibustion, cupping, acupuncture and nutrition guidance. As a general practitioner she believes in using a collaborative approach and works alongside people to help them step into their full potential as healthy, dynamic beings. Available at Noe Valley.

Patricia Kim, LAc

Patrica is very passionate about her work in treating various conditions related to pain management, mental-emotional and spiritual health, internal medicine, facial rejuvenation, women’s health, pelvic floor disorders, digestive issues, and orthopedics/ sports medicine.

She integrates the ancient Japanese method of abdominal palpation (Fukushin Kampo) to aid in diagnosis, which is part of her classical herbal training from the Institute of Canonical East Asian Medicine. She is also certified in sports medicine acupuncture and is experienced in pelvic floor dry needling.

For many years, Patricia worked in the demanding field of science research and the fast-paced NYC corporate world, where her health went into a downward spiral. This sparked her journey into self-discovery, where she was led to a transformative meditation practice that revealed the powerful mindbody-spirit connection and ultimately inspired her to become a healer.

Patricia received her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine degrees, along with a certificate in Medical Qigong from ACTCM at CIIS. Prior to studying TCM, she earned a BA in Psychology and a Master’s in Biomedical Chemistry.

Sica, CMT

A sixth-generation San Franciscan, Sica has massaged in the bay area for 13 years. After receiving her BA in photography and sculpture from UC Santa Cruz in 2003, Sica pursued careers in art education and in-home care. Applying these experiences she transitioned into the healing arts and graduated from the National Holistic Institute in 2011. Applying the skills used in one-on-one care, Sica refined her practice and clinical skills working with professional athletes, those recovering from injuries, and prenatal clients. Her sports massage is exhilarating, her Abhyanga lymphatic drainage rejuvenating, and her psoas and pelvic floor work creates foundational shifts in movement and awareness in the body.

Sica offers a unique blend of experience, intuition, and knowledge pooled from a background in dance training and yoga practice. She supports clients through injury recovery, and optimal mechanics for sports performance by offering custom stretches and exercises beyond the massage session.