Sandra is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM), herbalist and primary care practitioner in the state of California. She is also nationally certified as a Diplomat of Oriental medicine and holds a Bachelors degree in education/psychology. In addition, Sandra is a Medical Qi Gong Practitioner, Certified Reiki Master and teacher and certified in Medical Pulse Diagnosis.
Raised by eastern european immigrant parents, Sandra was exposed to traditional herbal medicine at a very young age and loved to help her mother, father and grandmother make herbal preparations for various ailments.
Her father, a trained allopathic doctor and biochemist, was always researching natural alternatives to prescribed medications and offering his findings to patients, friends and family.
Sandra was fascinated by his research, and continued to be inspired and moved by the power of herbal medicine and alternative therapies. After a fateful first visit to an acupuncturist, Sandra was guided to pursue her love and passion for alternative medicine.
She started her journey in Honolulu, Hi where she attended The World Medicine Institute ~ Tai Hsuan, a small Taoist school run by 67th lineage Heavenly Taoist Master Lillian Chang. Under direct mentorship with Dr. Chang, Sandra learned lineage specific acupuncture, herbal preparations, Medical Qi Gong, Meditations and energetic healing techniques and practices.
She also traveled throughout China with Dr. Chang visiting many hospitals and temples, and being taught by various Taoist Masters residing in rural areas of the country.
After two years in Hawaii, Sandra decided to live and practice in California, so she transferred to Five Branches University to complete her studies. While at Five Branches, Sandra did extensive work in Dr Tan and Master Tung style pain management as well as 5 element acupuncture which focuses on the emotional and psycho--spiritual aspects of ourselves.
In addition, Sandra interned at an acupuncture clinic focused on fertility and women’s health, and experienced first hand the astounding effects that acupuncture can have in those who are facing fertility challenges.
Sandra has also been trained in acupuncture for addiction (NADA) and interned at janus of Santa Cruz, where she worked to help all of the patients there ease their symptoms and assist in their recovery. Sandra is extremely passionate about alternative medicine and being able to facilitate each persons own healing process and growth potential.
In 2016, Sandra completed her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Five Branches University, and presented her thesis on using advanced acupuncture techniques in the treatment of pain and parasthesia in multiple sclerosis patients.
Sandra specializes in chronic and acute pain management, neuropathy, autoimmune issues including: fibromyalgia & chronic fatigue, MS, fertility, gastrointestinal issues, depression, anxiety and emotional trauma.
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