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
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.
Dr. Sandra Lee-Clark, DACM, L.Ac., FABORM Fellow
“Dr. Sahn” is a licensed acupuncturist and an *ABORM Fellow with extensive experience treating women’s health and fertility issues, autoimmunity issues, and digestive disorders. In 2006, she collaborated with M.D.s at Walnut Creek Wellness Center, providing acupuncture for their patients. In 2008, she founded her own practice in Lafayette, California to specialize in fertility and women’s health. Since 2016 she has had the profound pleasure of sharing her experience and compassion with the community of North County San Diego.
She is passionate about establishing and maintaining wellness using acupuncture with mental/physical stress reduction techniques and lifestyle changes. Her goal is to give each patient an understanding of what works best for their individual bodies. She is committed to helping patients find that ever changing balance that results in healing and optimal wellness. She uses acupuncture and traditional asian medicine therapeutic modalities (e.g. moxibustion, acupressure, cupping, and guasha, herbs) as well as dietary/lifestyle changes, EFT, essential oils, muscle testing, breathing techniques, yoga/taichi movements, and simple meditation techniques.
Dr. Sahn is a board certified acupuncturist both nationally, Dipl.O.M. with NCCAOM, and in California. She holds a Bachelors from UC Santa Cruz, a Masters of Science from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.
Shellby House, L.Ac. MAcOM
Licensed Acupuncturist & Clinical Herbalist
Originally sprouting from the sunny coastline of Southern California, Shellby spent most of her young adult years in Home Sweet Humboldt, CA. It is there where she discovered Earth based medicine is what truly sparks her passion. After spending many years carving her path as an Acupuncturist and Herbalist in the Pacific Northwest, she now finds herself to have gone full circle, returning to her sandy roots in North County San Diego.
Shellby earned her Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR. Her capstone project explored domestic cultivation of Asian medicinal herbs as a solution to diminishing herb populations & increasing challenges within the global supply chain. Both of these issues directly impact our ability to practice Chinese herbal medicine in the west, and as such, this is a subject she cares deeply about. Shellby completed her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies focused in Traditions of Asia & Dance Studies at Humboldt State University. She has practiced western herbalism for over 10 years, rooted in training from the Northwest School for Botanical Studies in Fieldbrook, CA.
Shellby’s treatment approach focuses around listening to the senses and allowing the wisdom of the body to guide the process. She considers Nature to be our wisest teacher & greatest ally in harmonizing the body, mind, & spirit. Shellby specializes in helping patients restore balance within the gut-brain axis. She most enjoys treating digestive health, emotional well-being, sleep, dermatology, and TMD. She also enjoys helping patients find relief from various pain conditions and reproductive health concerns. She finds the greatest success working collaboratively with patients by combining acupuncture, nutritional therapy, herbal medicine, and simple lifestyle modification.
When Shellby is not in the clinic, she enjoys frolicking and foraging around forested trails, bottom fishing in the salty sea, tending the garden, & dancing with friends in the community.
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