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









Francine Aguerre Herrera

Francine Aguerre Herrera is an acupuncture student at American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM). She is completing her Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine in December 2017 and she will be starting her Doctorate in January of 2018.

Francine is certified in Shiatsu Massage and Asian bodywork such as guan sha and cupping.  Her clinical experience includes practicing acupuncture and Shiatsu Massage at the community clinic at ACTCM.

Her main focus and specialty is pain management which is complemented with her training in body work and myofascial trigger point needling to help patients with both chronic and acute pain.

Women’s Health has always been a passion of Francine’s. Francine is a certified doula who has attended births as well as assisted her patients through the pregnancy with birth preparation and postpartum care.  Francine’s women’s health experience spans from preconception to pregnancy, postpartum and through menopause.  Francine enjoys treating women through all of their stages of life.


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.


Stephanie Wu

Stephanie Wu is a Master’s degree student at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. She is expected to complete her degree in April 2018. Prior to starting her journey in traditional Chinese medicine, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology, History, and Asian Studies from Rice University in Houston, TX.

Her interest in acupuncture and herbal medicine was sparked by her love of sports and martial arts.

Stephanie is certified in Tui-na Massage (Chinese Orthopedic Massage) and has undergone intensive training at Shanghai’s Yue Yang Integrative Medicine Hospital, one the most reputable Tui-na Departments in the world. She helped treat patients with musculoskeletal conditions such as herniated disk, nerve impingement, neck/low back pain, etc under the guidance of China’s most influential experts of Southern Tui-na Massage. Stephanie hopes to use her expertise to help people manage pain, stay active, and continue doing what they love .

Lotus fields around the famous Westlake in Hangzhou, China.




You can read more about our practitioners: Dr. Arin Reisman and Dr. Johnson Chiu