Jocelyn Shinagawa, 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.
Lonika Misra, MSTOM, L.Ac.
Lonika Misra, MSTOM, L.Ac. is excited to make San Diego her home after practicing acupuncture for several years in Chicago. Lonika completed her Master of Oriental Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago in 2008. She has always been interested in medicine as a whole, but has particularly been drawn to natural and integrative healthcare. After acquiring her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Lonika found herself fascinated by the mind-body connection, and the effectiveness of natural healing techniques and modalities. It was this realization that led her to pursue acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Lonika furthered her training in Southeast Asia where she was able to offer acupuncture and Chinese medicine to women and children in underprivileged communities. It was this experience that solidified her passion for working with women’s health conditions and emphasized the value alternative treatment techniques provide. She is a strong believer in using integrative approaches to healing, and works to incorporate this while striving to make a personal connection with each patient. Lonika encourages and guides her patients to empowerment while including them on their journey to wellness. Compassion, professionalism, and dedication are at the core of Lonika’s beliefs, and she continuously seeks to strike the rich balance of all things to provide her patients with exceptional care.
Kristine Vanderstock, L.Ac.
Kristine Vanderstock, L.Ac., is a licensed acupuncturist and has been studying the holistic arts since 2001. She brings extensive clinical experience, combined with compassion and understanding, to create a comprehensive healing experience for her patients. Kristine uses her Acupuncture treatment skills to treat all types of pain conditions, mood disorders, insomnia, digestive complaints, headaches and even weight loss issues. Kristine uses several aspects of Chinese Medicine, including Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Therapy, Asian massage modalities, along with nutritional and lifestyle recommendations to holistically treat her patients’ health concerns. Kristine completed her Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego in 2010. Her Degrees include a Bachelors in Health Science, Associate of Arts, as well as certificates in Asian Body Therapy, Massage Therapy, and Yoga Instruction. She has also studied Japanese Acupuncture extensively, and incorporates this gentle style into her treatments.