Thuy Nguyen is founder and director of Berkeley Community Acupuncture. She received her Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine in the year 2000 and has been evolving her practice and understanding of health, medicine and community ever since. Thuy’s style of practice can be characterized by powerful simplicity and clarity–her ability to see to the heart of the problem and to hold the space necessary for healing to emerge. Aside from (or perhaps because of) her committed work to healing, she is often recognized by her joyful laughter, her 3 beautifully devilish children, her playful wardrobe, her whimsical creative obsessions, and her passion for all things magical.
She has chronicled some of her journey through healing and practice here. You can listen to her latest community talk on Healing as Connection here. You can also hear some of her thoughts on BCA, healing and Chinese Medicine in this interview here.
Andrea Lazarin is inspired by the wholistic view of the body/universe that is the essence of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The importance of nurturing touch and of cultivating awareness of mind/body connection are themes central to her practice. She worked as a massage therapist in her home town of Albuquerque, NM before expanding into the study of TCM at Southwest Acupuncture College. She moved to Oakland to complete her Masters in Oriental Medicine at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley where she also took classes in Medical QiGong. Andrea loves being able to share the benefits of TCM with a wide range of people. She is a volunteer acupuncturist with Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic and is excited to be offering community style acupuncture treatments and sharing the ‘group qi’ at BCA.
Catie Lowder came to Chinese medicine as a way of bringing many threads of interest and exploration together–medicine, psychology, spirit, cycles of nature, and the wisdom of the body. Before pursuing Chinese Medicine, Catie studied psychology at Harvard University and then worked with small children as an intervention specialist in autism classrooms in the bay area. She completed her Masters in Oriental Medicine at Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley. To supplement her training Catie also interned with Dr. Robert Zeiger, OMD, PharmD in his private practice, studied classical herbal medicine with Dr. Huang Huang in Nanjing, China; and more recently has taken several courses focusing on TCM pediatrics.
Elisa Kim is a licensed acupuncturist and Bay Area native. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a BA in psychology, she looked for a way to combine her desire to work with people and her interest in preventative medicine. This led her to earn her Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine at ACCHS in Oakland.
Elisa worked for several years as a Chinese herb “pharmacist,” furthering her knowledge of Chinese herbs. She has studied Medical Qi Gong at Five Branches University and continues to study the art of pulse diagnosis. She is grateful to be a part of BCA and to share the beauty of Chinese medicine with her community.
Eva Shu has a master’s degree in acupuncture and east Asian medicine from SIOM. In Seattle, she externed at Horizon House senior living center, Asian Counseling and Referral Service, and a detox clinic of Evergreen Treatment Services. In Taiwan, she interned at Shanghai Tong De Tang Clinic. She is happy to be back in the Bay Area now, where she grew up. She volunteers as an acupuncturist and herbalist with East West Free Herb Clinic at Santa Cruz Veterans Hall, Mental Health Client Action Network, and Rebele Homeless Services Center. Eva believes in each person’s innate ability to heal, in the collective strength of community, and in healthcare accessibility and inclusivity. Outside of the clinic, some of her favorite things are meditation, libraries, potlucks, and spending time in nature.
I-Pei is a third generation healer continuing in her grandfather's footsteps as an herbalist and acupuncturist. A graduate of AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas, I-Pei (pronounced “Epay”) obtained additional certification at the International Traditional Chinese Medicine training program at Chengdu University of TCM in Sichuan, China. Her amazing time spent in Chengdu was complete with giant pandas, the world’s largest stone Buddha, and an earthquake.
Prior to studying Oriental Medicine, I-Pei earned degrees in civil engineering from U.C. Berkeley and Stanford University, and worked as a professional environmental engineer at sites in the U.S. and abroad. Pragmatic and compassionate, she addresses both external environmental and internal functional factors as she empowers her clients along their path of health and wellbeing.
Katrina received her training at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley, through which she interned at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and San Franciso’s Homeless Prenatal Program. She loves guiding patients through times of upheaval, allowing them to stay grounded despite the emotional turmoil that often accompanies illness. Her favorite part of the job is watching people regain ownership of their healing process, reconnect with their bodies, and make positive changes in their lives. Katrina guest teaches at the Berkeley and Oakland acupuncture schools, educating students on transgender medicine and approaches for creating an LGBTQI-inclusive practice. In her spare time, you can find her camping with her partner and their dogs.
Rosemary Kim was first exposed to Eastern concepts of health while studying both psychology and martial arts. She attended the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, where she was first introduced to tui na massage while enrolled in the acupuncture program. Rosemary gained a great appreciation for the interchange that can happen between a client and practitioner via touch. She furthered her study in bodywork and chi nei tsang with teacher Greg Zheng at his private clinic, and with Gilles Marin through the Chi Nei Tsang Institute. Rosemary is excited to offer Chi Nei Tsang and private acupuncture at Berkeley Community Acupuncture.
Eliza was swept up by Traditional Chinese Medicine during her very first Acupressure class. She discovered that her fingers had been naturally finding their way to the acu-points nearly her whole life! Non-Forceful Techniques and Listening Touch are integral in Eliza's work, and she holds this principle, that each of us is equipped with our own innate intelligence for healing, above all else. Eliza holds space for you to make a connection with your body that carries on even after you're off the table.
Jenna Frisch studied Tui Na, Acupressure and Shiatsu at McKinnon BTC. She believes our connection to self –our capacity to be self compassionate and aware—connects us to others and inspires a healing relationship. Through her bodywork practice, Jenna makes space for connection to take root so that patients can achieve their health and wellness goals.
Min Thorne received her Acupressure certification at Berkeley’s Acupressure Institute. She practices an intuitively guided blend of Tui Na, reflexology and gently balancing Jin Shin energy flows. Her style can be applied in an active and energizing way or in a softer and more nurturing session depending on your needs.
Min was originally drawn to the Asian healing arts to counterbalance the long hours and short deadlines of her computer-based career. The deeply restorative effects of the massages and acupuncture sessions she was receiving opened her mind to a new world of possibilities. She now can’t imagine life without it and enthusiastically seeks to share its benefits with any-and-everyone she can.