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Carrie Cimperman, L.Ac.
Carrie Cimperman, licensed acupuncturist and owner of Temecula Acupuncture, has been practicing in Temecula since 2005. In Temecula, Carrie has built a team of acupuncturists who, like her, have a deep commitment to the patients health and well-being. Temecula Acupuncture has 3 other L.Ac.'s with bio's below. Each practitioner has been trained at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. 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. The clinic is open everyday except Sunday with early morning hours and late hours to satisfy most schedules.
Carrie has earned a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) degree at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA. She is licensed by the California State Acupuncture Board (L.Ac.). Carrie has also received a Diplomate in Acupuncture and a Diplomate in Chinese Herbology by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Carrie's undergraduate degrees are from Penn State University (Associate of Arts) and Slippery Rock University (Bachelor in Health Science).
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.
Doug Hartwig, MSTOM, L.Ac.
Doug Hartwig is a licensed acupuncturist who received his Master of Oriental Medicine Degree from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM). In addition to being fully trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Doug has also studied with Japanese masters such as Ikeda Masakazu, Junji Mizutani, and Shoji Kobayashi, to develop expertise in Japanese Meridian Therapy, a more classically based approach to Oriental Medicine. Using a Meridian Therapy style,Doug is able to successfully treat many conditions including all types of pain, insomnia, digestive issues, vertigo, headaches, menstrual disorders, fatigue, and mood disorders.
Prior to changing careers to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Doug spent many years as a Bioinformatics Programmer in the Pharmaceutical/Biotech industry. Doug also holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Cal State Long Beach and San Jose State University. He continues to assist in Japanese Acupuncture courses at PCOM and is also the president and founder of the Pacific Rim Meridian Therapy Society.
Lori Stephens, 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.
I started my practice as a result of my personal health benefits from Eastern medicine and I am here to continue my journey by educating others on the benefits that may help them as well! Everyone's journey is different and fascinating in its own way and the journey towards a balanced life starts with the growth of knowledge.
I am a Licensed Massage Therapist Certified in the State of California. A graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, I have received my massage certificates as well as a degree in Applied Science. With over 1000 hours of training, including various clinical techniques, my focus is to improve general health and well-being as well as treat specific ailments. I am currently pursuing my Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine with hopes to finish my schooling by receiving my First Professional Doctorate in Oriental Medicine.
I believe that our bodies are designed to be self-healing and I like to focus on techniques that allow them to do so. Massage is a great way to help your body relax and relieve the sympathetic nervous system by reducing stress and every day anxieties, restoring you to optimal health.
Eastern medicine has helped me in ways that western medicine could not. My purpose for practicing is to continue spreading the knowledge that I have learned on my own journey to self-healing and show people that with proper care, your body can heal itself in ways that medicine cannot.
Ultimately, my goal is to promote healthy lifestyles through growth and balance.
Carolina Fornborg is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Certified Herbalist by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and the California Acupuncture Board. She earned her master’s degree from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, California. As part of the 3,510 hours of theory and clinical practice, she took a special interest in gastro intestinal and autoimmune disorders as well as the treatment of orthopedic problems. Carolina received additional advanced training in China at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, when she focused on Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, TuiNa and digestive issues.
Since childhood, Carolina’s care and passion has been in the health and wellness for all living beings as well as its environment. When her own life long struggle of gastro-intestinal problems got resolved with a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine and medical massage, it made sense for her to pursue an education and career in traditional Chinese medicine. Carolina is also a massage therapist and has been a nurse in the veterinary medical field for well over a decade.
Carolina strives to provide a quiet and mindful environment necessary for healing. It is with joy and curiosity that she listens and guides patients in their own improvement and maintenance of health. When she is not treating patients she enjoys spending time with her cats and friends/family. She loves to be in nature, to travel and explore, to mountain bike, yoga and dance.
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