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., 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.


Dr. Elizabeth McDaniel Acupuncturist


Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) McDaniel is a modern day medicine woman. She is a California licensed acupuncturist, master herbalist, mom of 3 miraculous children, wife, scientist, educator, and Shaman in training. She is a lifelong learner and spent the last decade learning about and practicing Traditional East Asian medicine. She has specialized training in integrative medicine, allowing her to blend the modern science of Western medicine with the ancient wisdom of Eastern medicine. Her deep connection with and respect for nature began as a child learning about cells and life processes from her Dad (a lover of science) and learning about the medicinal properties of plants from her Mom (a lover of nature).

Dr. McDaniel enjoys treating all ages. Her experience includes treating senior citizens and women recovering from alcohol and drug abuse. Her most challenging and rewarding experience was working in the integrative medicine department at Rady Children’s hospital where she treated infants to young adults dealing with chronic pain and those undergoing cancer treatment. She has also successfully treated a wide variety of conditions including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, arthritis, alcohol and drug addiction, autoimmune diseases, digestive issues, fibromyalgia/chronic pain, infertility, hormonal imbalances, and chronic fatigue. She provides maintenance treatments to support your current state of well-being. She also promotes graceful aging—ask her about facial rejuvenation!

The traditional therapies Dr. McDaniel utilizes help to tap into the powerful healing force called “Qi” (chee), these include—acupuncture, moxibustion, fire cupping, herbal medicinals, meditation, tui na (Chinese therapeutic massage), dietary therapy, tai chi and qi gong. If you are needle sensitive or would like your children to experience the benefits of Traditional East Asian medicine, she utilizes needle-free acupressure, acu-seeds, magnets and electric stimulation.

Dr. McDaniel holds a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, a Master’s of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine, a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology, a split degree in Chemistry, Physics and Math and a degree in science education. She is a licensed teacher in the State of California. She is currently studying Shamanism with a Master Shaman in order to elevate her gift of using energy medicine.

With her love for and knowledge of science and education, as well as her wisdom of Traditional East Asian Medicine, Dr.McDaniel is here to serve you on your journey to unleash your body’s natural healing power and live your ideal life!