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  Carrie Cimperman, DAOM, L.Ac.

Carrie Lynn Cimperman, L.Ac., is the owner of Temecula Acupuncture, where she has been practicing since 2005. Her primary focus is creating a welcoming and safe environment for patients to utilize for their health care needs. Carrie has built a team of acupuncturists who, like her, have a deep commitment to each and every patients journey to health and well-being. They all have similar qualities in regards to treatment style and education but yet all have their own individual personalities with no lack of compassion and empathy for their patients. Carries specialty is in the treatment of pain, gastro-intestinal diseases and women's disorders. In her 14 year experience, these conditions have responded favorably with acupuncture and the addition of Chinese Herbal supplementation and dietary support. She is a current graduate of the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine program (DAOM) at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, CA.  She has also earned a Master of Health Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) from PCOM. She is licensed by the California State Acupuncture Board (L.Ac.), and licensed by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) with a Diplomate in Acupuncture and a Diplomate in Chinese Herbology.



Jocelyn Shinagawa, MSTOM, L.Ac.


Jocelyn Shinagawa is a California licensed acupuncturist with extensive training in a diverse range of medical environments.  Jocelyn was originally introduced to acupuncture from a young age while training horses in the San Diego countryside, and her passion for complementary medicine has brought her to work in integrative settings such as the San Diego Children’s Hospital, the San Diego Cancer Center, and UCSD outreach clinics.  In the clinic, Jocelyn’s strong scientific background is complemented by her warm, compassionate demeanor, and her dedication to patients offers a glimmer of hope in the complex world of modern healthcare.







Ayako Kobayashi Knowles (Koko) 

Holistic Health Practitioner (Completed more than 1000 hours of school curriculum with different modalities including anatomy)

Participated in various Myofascial Release Seminars under direct supervision of John F. Barnes, PT, LMT (JFBMFR)

Completed Skill Enhancement Seminar at the Myofascial Release Treatment Center in Sedona,AZ (2011), participating in intensive treatment of various patients with John F. Barnes, PT, LMT and his advanced-staff therapists.

My Philosopy and Approach to the Therapy:

When you have pain, it is a signal that the body is warning you that something is not right.  That is, something is off balance.  I carefully listen to what your mind and body tell me.  I analyze your whole body structure, check ranges of motion to see which muscle groups may be contributing to the cause or causes, and ask the history of your condition(s). I will treat the area with the symptom(s) and also treat the potential pain-causing areas, to provide better results.

Palpation and observation of your tissue at a whole-body level is also very important. The human body has its own wisdom to heal if there is a good balance to function harmoniously.  In our busy lifestyles, stress, scar tissue, repetitive motions, trauma, bad posture, and so on can be reasons of  connective tissue restriction by hardening and adhesion.

That will lead to pain, tightness, limited ranges of motion and other disorders in our bodies not be seen on an X-ray or MRI. 

Sometimes, your traumatic experience or deeply stressed emotion can be strongly connected to the pain and other problems.

That is why I specialize in Myofascial Release. This method takes a whole-body approach.  It has been giving myself and my clients much better results for pain relief. With MFR, I can feel their tissue softening better than when just doing deep tissue massages.

Once the softening occurs, that is the indication of fluidity getting back to tissue.  That means more circulation, supply of nutrients, oxygen, better lymph flow, and an increase in movement of waste and toxins which have been released in the system. When this result is achieved,  I can reach deeper layers without forcing the strong pressure on the surface with other massage modalities. 

When the tissue change happens in your body, it is like a ripple on the water, it will slowly spread. The body will show us the connection and other restrictions  by changing the color or temperature, or simply put, you may feel the sensation or radiating feeling apart from where my hands are.  We follow the "body wisdom" -- like putting puzzle pieces together one by one.  When the client is truly open-hearted and ready, some emotional release can happen.

I can work with specific modalities by your request or by integrating different modalites.  My goal is always to meet your needs and goals from the session.



Lori Stephens, MSTOM, L.Ac.

Lori Stephens is a licensed acupuncturist and certified massage therapist. She earned a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) degree at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego.   Lori has been in healthcare for over 16 years and feels that she has found her calling helping people on their path to wellness. 

Her passion for healing and commitment is evident in the care she gives to each person.  She tailors each of her treatments to meet the unique needs of each patient, blending different Chinese medicine therapies such as Acupuncture, Massage, Cupping, Gua Sha, Herbal and Dietary Therapy.  Lori has treated a variety of conditions with success and has recently been studying sports medicine acupuncture and motor point therapy with Jordan Allen.  This interest in sports related acupuncture is a result of the many hours Lori has spent enjoying her son’s competitive sports activities.

Lori's second location is in Fallbrook.

For Fallbrook appointments/location/information you can contact her at or (714) 330-9244 

Dr. Drew Nystrom 

I was introduced to massage at a young age but it wasn't until the age of 21 that I enrolled in a year long massage program. I graduated with over 1000hrs of massage training and with Honors from Maric College (now Kaplan) acquiring a Holistic Health Practitioners Degree. A few years later, after working in the massage field I knew there was more that I needed to learn. While researching possible schools to further my knowledge I came across Emperors College of Traditional Oriental Medicine. Being well versed in martial arts {Ninjutsu and Kung Fu} I was familiar with Chinese Medicine and already understood the balance one needs between the healing arts and the martial arts. I found my calling. 

Three years into the four year program I became severely ill and anything that I ate would go right through me. I lost 30lbs in a month. A Colonoscopy and Small Intestine Barium Xray revealed major inflammation and ulceration of my Digestive tract. I was diagnosed with Crohns' Disease an Inflammatory 
Bowel Disease <> that can involve the entire digestive tract. The doctors prescibed serious medication that stopped the leak (pun intended) and told me to stay away from vegetables and fruits (basically anything healthy). This didn't sit well with me. I understood why those foods would and could make my situation worse at that time but to forgo the life giving nutrients within 
said foods would surely lead to worsening of this condition. Indebted to all my doctors and western medicine for saving my life; I knew there was a better way to manage and treat my condition in the long run. 

My time at Emperors allowed me to work with some of the greatest doctors alive today. I was also able to work within the LA Community at the schools onsite community clinic and at UCLA Arthur Ashe Medical Center. My medical 
standpoint is to focus on bringing the individual back to the desired state of health. An analogy I like to use is how a plant needs a certain amount of sunlight and water. With the correct sunlight and water the plant will 
flourish and grow strong. However, if the same plant is supposed to be a 
full sun/outdoors plant that’s locked inside with minimal light, it will not grow strong even if you water it correctly and give it fertilizer. This is the same for people. Not everyone is the same and it is my job to figure out how you're different and what it is that you need in order to flourish and grow healthy as an individual. In other words, to find the “root” of the problem. Four incredible years later I graduated Magna Cum Laude from 
Emperors College in 2011 with my Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine 

 Karen M. Yost

 Karen M. Yost is a graduate of San Diego's Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She's currently in her 8th year, and will finish her doctorate in December of 2018. She decided that she wanted to pursue her career in traditional Chinese medicine when she lost her mom to her treatment of cancer when Karen was only 15 years old. Karen's legacy is to help as many people as possible through utilizing her talents and skills to promote healing for a better quality of life for all her patients through the amazing medicine.

Prior to her pursuits in her training of traditional Chinese medicine, Karen was a veteran in massage and bodywork. Though Chinese medicine is over 3,000 years old, Karen continues to hone new skills and stay current on the latest treatments in her field to bring you the best in Chinese medicine care.

Here's a list of some of what Karen offers:



-Chinese Herbal Medicine (tinctures, granuales, capsules)

-Nutritional Advice

-Auricular & Ear Seeds


-Gua Sha

-Tui Na

-Essential Oils

-Healing Touch (coming at the end of September)



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