Ronit Gesundheit's and Ryan Dempsey's happy patients and readers of the Bohemian voted Community Acupuncture of Marin the Best Acupuncturist in Marin in 2011. The exposure of this award helps Ronit and Ryan share with the area their clinic's mission of providing affordable alternative medicine priced on a sliding scale and treating all degrees of pain, along with stress, addictions, allergies, and hopeless crushes.
Ronit received her training at American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, regularly attends continuing-education sessions, and maintains a raw-vegan blog. Ryan discovered the benefits of acupuncture while recovering from a shoulder injury. He went on to receive his masters degree at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and he now brings wellness to his patients with acupuncture and tui na.
During relaxing shiatsu sessions, licensed acupuncturist Carine Camara translates the healing power of her usual needlework into pressure-point therapy. The shiatsu technique staves away muscle aches with a combination of massage strokes, stretches, and finger and palm pressure, targeting meridians throughout the body to unblock chi traffic jams and restore order to energy highways. A single finger can deliver the amount of force necessary to bring the body back into balance and to activate the spinal button that changes the client's eye color. The practitioner's knees and elbows also join in on the muscle-kneading session, honing in on specific pressure points to relieve tension and discomfort.
Bee venom doesn't sound like a medicinal substance, but to alternative practitioners such as licensed acupuncturist Tamara Wolfson, it's a cocktail of healing compounds. Going back as early as at least 3,000 BC, ancient Greek, Egyptian, and Chinese doctors used the venom—known as apitherapy—along with honey, royal jelly, pollen, and beeswax to treat ailments that ranged from arthritis to multiple sclerosis. Today, the method of using bee venom is sometimes called "nature's Botox" and has even earned attention from mainstream publications such as Allure magazine. Practicing inside Living Medicines Holistic Center, Tamara integrates various hive-sourced substances into her therapies, which include community and private acupuncture, diet consultations, and herb therapy. She also posts resources for clients to use at home, such as tips for creating a holistic medicine cabinet or an entirely edible fort.
An interest in computer systems brought Martin Canovas to California from his native country of Brazil in 2001, but it would be another complex system that would keep him here. Following his heart, Martin made the move from systems engineer to holistic healer, earning both a master's in traditional Chinese medicine and certification in orthopedic sports medicine. Today, the licensed acupuncturist and herbalist strives to treat people, not their symptoms, by determining root causes before recommending a treatment path that will spark the body's innate healing abilities and latent superpowers. Plans may include the insertion of sterile acupuncture needles to unblock bodily energy as well as herbal supplements to bolster healing. Martin also offers tui na, a blend of massage and acupressure, in his attempts to assuage maladies such as fatigue, gastrointestinal conditions, and allergies.
Armed with a clinical doctorate in acupuncture and Oriental medicine from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, licensed acupuncturist Lumiel Kim-Hammerich harnesses ancient healing arts to treat patients for more than 50 different conditions. During acupuncture treatments, tiny sterile needles, hands, or noninvasive tools stimulate specific points on the body, offering an alternative to medicine to alleviate sources of pain and stress. Healing takes place in a community setting, with a common room adorned with four massage tables or five recliner chairs that coddle visitors like a mother hen coddles her favorite stuffed animal. In addition to acupuncture, Lumiel also offers reflexology and Hanna somatics training on a private basis.
When they moved to California from England, mother and daughter Linda and Amber Scriven brought their talents for alternative medicine along with them. Linda had practiced homeopathy for years and operated her own practice. She had passed that passion for Chinese and holistic medicine down to her daughter, who followed in the family footsteps by becoming an acupuncturist and herbalist herself.
Today, the pair shares its expertise through services including cupping, homeopathy, and qi gong, which are performed individually or as part of larger treatment plans.