Acupuncture is a common term in the West used to encompass the medical science and arts of China. Acupuncture is also known as Oriental Medicine, which is a complete medical system. The beauty of Oriental Medicine is that each individual is diagnosed as a unique entity, no person is the same. It has been in used for at least 5,000 years and is divided into seven major branches of healing modalities.

  • Acupuncture
  • Herbal Medicine (both internal and external)
  • Cupping
  • Gua sha
  • Moxibustion
  • Tui Na Massage
  • Exercise known as Tai Qi and/or Qi Gong

Acupuncture itself refers to the actual insertion of sterile, single use, hair-thin needles into various points in the body.

Chinese herbal medicine targets your specific condition — evaluating the individual person as a whole and appropriately addressing the imbalances specific to each individual.

The other six modalities are utilized when applicable to further enhance treatment results, should they be necessary. Your acupuncturist will determine the treatment protocol that is right for you, and will explain all applicable therapeutic modalities available.

The goal of acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine is to return the flow of energy and blood back to normal and to reinstate optimal organ function. This will, in turn, restore function to the affected area and the body will begin to heal itself. If detected early, organ malfunction, blood and/or energy stagnation may respond well to Oriental Medicine with an excellent chance for a complete and painless recovery.

About our Acupuncturists




Dr. Aimee Holdwick is a licensed acupuncturist, board certified both nationally and in California. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in acupuncture and Oriental medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. As part of her doctoral program, she conducted a research study investigating the use of acupressure for stress management with nurses. With a strong dedication to education, she is a faculty member at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, teaching courses in acupuncture, orthopedics and neurology.

As a pedestrian involved in a motor vehicle accident while in her twenties, she sustained extensive injuries from which she spent years recovering. Acupuncture was pivotal in restoring her health. This experience was transformative and inspired her to study acupuncture.

She enjoys working with all patients and is experienced in addressing a variety of issues including acute and chronic pain, neurological conditions, mood disorders, headaches, digestive complaints and sleep disorders. Her approach is compassionate, personalized and thorough, always seeking to determine and address the underlying causes of a problem. She finds great value in empowering patients to improve their health through simple lifestyle suggestions.

Dr. Holdwick is passionate about using her experience and knowledge to help others in achieving their best potential health and wellness.


Sandra Lee, M.S., L.Ac.

Sandra Lee, M.S., L.Ac.

“Sahn” SANDRA LEE, L.Ac.


“Sahn”, Sandra Lee, L.Ac., has extensive experience treating a broad range of health problems and specializes in pain management, stress management, digestive disorders, women’s health, and female/male infertility. She began her career a decade ago at the Walnut Creek Wellness Center, where she collaborated with M.D.s to treat patients with both traditional and modern methods of medicine. She then became the founding owner and acupuncturist at New Life Acupuncture in Lafayette, CA, specializing in fertility and women’s health.

Sandra enjoys helping people experience the good health they deserve. Working with patients has been her greatest teacher of the power of the body to heal itself given the chance, and she loves seeing patients discover it too whether it’s for the 1st time or the 100th time. She uses all the tools she has at hand to make this happen — not just acupuncture and/or herbs/supplements, but also dietary or lifestyle changes, breathing techniques, yoga/taichi movements, and simple meditation techniques.

Sandra holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is licensed nationally and by the California State Board to practice acupuncture and herbal medicine. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Previous to her acupuncture career she was a certified yoga teacher.

Sandra recently moved to Carlsbad from the Bay Area with her husband and young daughter. They love it here in north county San Diego and are overjoyed to call it home.