Carrie Cimperman, L.Ac.
Carrie Cimperman 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).
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.
Taylor Taylor L.Ac.
Taylor started out in the medical field as a combat medic in the U.S. Army in 1991. At the time, he was also a licensed EMT and field ambulance driver. While in the military, he trained in air ambulance and air assault operations and graduated at the top of his class as the distinguished honor graduate from the U.S. Army air assault school at 101st Airborne division, Ft Campbell KY. After getting out of the military, he then went to college to study nursing and went on to work as a nurse for over 10 years. Although most of his work as a nurse was in urgent care, he has also worked in many other departments including gastroenterology, general surgery, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, podiatry, cardiology, and internal medicine. After having several life-changing experiences with Chinese medicine, he made the decision to go back to school to become an acupuncturist and Chinese herbologist. Taylor earned his degree in traditional Chinese medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California. He has also studied Chinese medicine abroad in China and Taiwan. He is currently licensed as an acupuncturist in the state of California.
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 right balance of all these things to provide her patients with exceptional care.
Cara Klingseis, L.Ac.
Cara Klingseis, L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist in the State of California, as well as a nationally certified Diplomat of Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is a graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, with a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine.
In addition to training in the field of Oriental medicine, she has many years of figure skating and coaching experience. During her time as both an athlete and teacher, she developed a strong knowledge of sports related issues. Her appreciation of human mechanics along with her desire to help others, progressed into a love of holistic and integrative health. She treats all types of conditions and especially enjoys working families, children, and athletes.