"Ancient Chinese wisdom makes me realize my modern education and intellect, although excellent, [are] not enough to understand the mystery of life," Victor Cheng explains. Coming from a highly educated medical professional, it's an astonishingly humble statement, but Victor and his wife, Sewon Kim, pride themselves on delving deep for answers when treating their patients.
Striving to deliver comprehensive and personalized treatment plans, Victor and Sewon specialize in traditional Chinese medicine such as acupressure and acupuncture. They also turn to Chinese herbs to treat myriad problems, from digestive issues to growing pains caused by an abnormally large pair of wings.
Signature Service: Reiki healing and massage
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Be on time. Be positive.
Therapist and holistic life coach Mary Sanicola combines her scientific understanding of human anatomy and physiology with an appreciation for healing methods that treat the body as a single, interconnected organism. Rather than take other therapists at their word, Mary traveled around the world to arrive at her current treatment philosophy. Her journey brought her to Tokyo, where she spent two years mastering zen shiatsu massage and on to New York City, where she honed her Swedish-massage techniques on stressed-out cabbies before returning to Northern California to practice reiki therapy.
Today, at Evolving Bridge, Mary continues to target physical as well as incorporeal symptoms with bodywork treatments that gently relieve muscular stress and address the body's energy balance. Clients in need of a more hands-off approach to wellness can benefit from a life-coaching session, during which Mary shares her personal insights to combat anxieties more effectively than a whirlpool filled with thousands of steeping teabags.
Licensed acupuncturist Lauren Sugarman believes that good health must be nurtured patiently, much like the plants in a garden. She applies this philosophy while treating her patients with traditional Chinese-medicine treatments. During acupuncture sessions, she inserts hair-thin needles along certain points on the body's energy pathways, redirecting this energy so that it flows unhindered. Facial-rejuvenation acupuncture uses the same techniques to increase blood flow to the face, working to naturally smooth wrinkles and improve muscle tone. Patients who suffer from allergies can treat their symptoms with Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique, a noninvasive combination of acupuncture and other disciplines that relieves reactions to allergens such as pet hair, pollen, and chores.
Nikki Warren recognized a need in her community for a fitness program where women of all fitness levels and ages could let their hair down and workout without fear of being judged as unfeminine. She decided to fill that void herself by starting a tough, no-frills, and functional intense training program for women only. Rounding up some of the best practices and Schwarzenegger-esque one-liners from her career in fitness, Warren and her trainers helm rigorous, yet individualized indoor and outdoor regiments, keeping each member of the group in mind to ensure nobody gets left behind. They provide goal sheets to let each person know what exercises they should focus on during each one-hour class, as well as personalized meal plans designed to help generate results outside the gym.
Certified acupuncturist Michael Johnston L.Ac. stuidied traditional Chinese medicine in the most logical place: China. Having already earned his master's degree, he expanded his holistic horizons by training elbow-to-elbow with herbalists, doctors, and gynecologists—each well-versed in the arts of managing pain and promoting health.
Now based in Santa Rosa, Michael plies the techniques he learned in China while taking a scientific approach to his art. When not administering acupuncture needles to clients and underdressed cacti, he reads and translates research articles and clinical trials that have been published in Chinese medical journals.