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.
- Herbal Medicine (both internal and external)
- Gua sha
- 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, DAOM, L.Ac.
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.
Robert Rohlmeier, L.Ac.
In addition to being a massage therapy teacher, Rob has been a master acupuncturist and massage therapist for over 25 years. Because of his insatiable curiosity for how life works, he continues to learn about new and different therapeutic modalities. There are so many variables involved in having a happy, fulfilling, and healthy life. On all levels, he feels maintaining good health resolves itself down to two core precepts: 1) enthusiastically express your creativity and 2) keep your vessels and channels open and flowing. Don’t repress, stifle, offend, block or overspend your creative juices and all will be well. This is why he loves acupuncture, massage and their associated modalities (like cupping and gua sha) so much.
His treatment approach is to balance the root cause of his patient’s problem. He does this by finding underlying imbalances through the patient’s pulse, tongue diagnosis, and muscle testing. He also addresses the branch, which is the symptom that brings his patient in for a treatment. Through his gentle approach of using acupuncture, a vast number of conditions can be treated. Using his fabulous blend of modalities, information transfers through the body’s tissues and into the cells is where the magic of healing happens!
- 1992 Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine The American Institute of Oriental Medicine
- 1987 Massage Technician The International Professional School of Bodywork
- 1999 Holistic Health Practitioner The American Institute of Clinical Massage
Lina Yerkes L.Ac
Lina was born and grew up in Italy. At a very young age she became fascinated with Oriental medicine when at a Health Fair she met an Asian doctor skilled in Chinese medicine and martial arts. He spoke with her of Qi energy (Chi) and of the qualities of Yin and Yang and how their balance affects every condition of body and mind. After that encounter, she began to read all she could about ancient medicine and its benefits. Following a tragic event in her family, she discovered the detrimental side effects and limitations of Western medicine and vowed to someday find a way to help people recover and transform their health using alternative medicine. Many years later, Lina’s life long dream became a reality when she had an opportunity to study Chinese medicine and achieve her Masters of Science from California’s renowned Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She is now a Primary Care provider and is a certified licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist.
Lina has over a decade of experience in the field of Chinese medicine and enjoys educating her patients on the powerful vital force that is inherent in each of us. She is committed to helping individuals achieve good health and live a more balanced life in the midst of our stressful modern world. She offers various diagnostic skills that include-acupuncture, Traditional and Japanese meridian therapy, cupping, guasha, moxibustion, food therapy and herbal medicine, which have been known for centuries to promote wellness and longevity. She absolutely loves treating many conditions. She has extensive experience in pain management, women’s and men’s health, fertility, digestive disorders, immune enhancement, weight management and mood or sleep disorders.
Lina firmly believes that good health and vitality is possible at any age and is committed to helping as many people achieve it through the practice of Chinese medicine.
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