Stone carving of the origins of the Baqua (8 Trigrams)

Our practitioners received their degrees in the US but also participate in an internship in China where they receive intensive training at the Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospitals in various departments in the city of Hangzhou. During these clinical rounds they may see up to 30 patients an hour alongside their assigned doctors who are experts in that field. Our practitioners receive training in specialities including orthopedics, pediatrics, stroke recovery, facial rejuvenation, and internal medicine.

handmade bamboo cups for cupping therapy

The famous Westlake in Hangzhou, China.


Deena Stapleton

Deena Stapleton is a Master’s degree student at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, graduating in December 2018. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing from CSU Sacramento. She worked for several years at UC Davis Medical Center gaining valuable experience prior to moving back home to the Bay Area to pursue her passion of Chinese Medicine. She continues to work as a Registered Nurse in Santa Rosa.

Deena has a passion for utilizing natural healing modalities to help the body attain balance and heal itself. She is interested in using acupuncture, once licensed, as well as cupping, gua sha, Qigong, and herbal/supplemental medicine to help patients feel their best. Deena has an interest in helping patients in all aspects of their care and conditions, with a focus in pain management. She is also interested in facial acupuncture rejuvenation. Deena also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being in nature, listening to music and dancing, and has recently been enjoying indoor rock climbing.

Connie Ly

Connie Ly is a Doctoral degree student at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, graduating in December 2018. She was born and raised in Seattle and received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biochemistry from University of Washington. After college, she worked for several years at Group Health Cooperative (now known as Kaiser Permanente Washington) gaining valuable experience in the Neurology and Neurosurgery specialties. From that work experience she decided to pursue Chinese Medicine as her true passion, following her grandfather’s footsteps who worked as an apprentice for Chinese herbalists in South China.

Connie’s training includes acupuncture, herbology, Tui-Na (Chinese Orthopedic massage), cupping, nutrition, and Mei Zen facial acupuncture rejuvenation. She interned at California Pacific Medical Center’s Stroke and Rehabilitation unit where she worked with Dr. Qinyu Wang and the medical team on treating patients with post-stroke sequelae and post-surgery rehabilitation.

She plans to stay in the Bay Area post-graduation to treat patients of all medical conditions with an emphasis on pain management and sports injuries.


You can read more about our practitioners:

Dr. Johnson Chiu DAOM, L.Ac.

Colleen O’Reilly, L.Ac.

Francine Aguerre Herrera, L.Ac

Stephanie Wu, L.Ac.