Zen Tuan, MTCM, L.Ac. | Acupuncturist, Herbalist, & Clinical Director
Zen Tuan, California board certified physician of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, was first introduced to acupuncture after she suffered an arm injury from snowboarding. Nervous about needles and unaware about the meridian systems, she was amazed that with just one session she was able to feel tremendous relief and increased range of motion in her immobilized arm that was in a sling. She became intrigued by the medicine and was led to Emperor’s College where she completed a Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine. She spent four years studying not only acupuncture but Chinese herbal medicine, Qi Gong exercises and other thousand-year-old techniques such as Cupping, Moxibuxtion and Gua Sha that have been used to cure millions of people in China. Zen has studied with specialists in pain relief, infertility, gynecology, digestive disorders and mental instability.
Prior to attending Emperor’s College, Zen earned a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of California, San Diego.
Zen Tuan, L.Ac. is the owner and founder of Healing with Zen. She manages the practice to ensure each patient is treated with respect and diligence. Healing with Zen not only offers acupuncture but herbal supplements, dietary and lifestyle advice, and exercises to ensure that patients receive the best health care. To Zen, to be at true homeostasis means not only balancing the physical body but also the spiritual and emotional aspects as well.
Zen’s success using Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat patients with chronic health issues has been very gratifying. Not only have her patients enjoyed effective pain relief and remission from symptoms, but some patients have even been able to avoid invasive surgery because of the treatments they’ve received.
Zen Tuan, L.Ac also provides acupuncture services at The Disney Family Cancer Center where she focuses on cancer patient care using Master Tung style acupuncture.
Zen oversees all operations of the clinic and works very closely with the other caregivers to ensure the best and optimal care for every patient. A recent mom, Zen found tremendous benefit using acupuncture and herbal medicine throughout her pregnancy, as well as for her post-partum care. She hopes to provide the same help to new mothers who are embarking on this wonderful journey.
Zen was recently featured in in Voyage LA! Click here to read the article.
Ramy Saleh, MTCM, CFMP, L.Ac. | Acupuncturist & Herbalist
The Taoist sage Lao Tzu is quoted to have said that, “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Along with these words of wisdom, a vast body of knowledge pertaining to the healing arts has been left for us to inherit. This medicine has been developed and refined over the course of thousands of years and is remarkably effective. I began my journey of a thousand miles in 2011 when I enrolled at Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, which afforded me the pleasure of studying with a great many teachers who are leaders in the field. I gained knowledge from their expertise whether it was the gentle needling approach of Japanese acupuncture, or the “Qi inducing” approach of Chinese needle manipulation, the art of herbal compounding and formulary, or Gua Sha and cupping methods, there was an expert whom I was able to study with side by side. I am grateful for these precious years of learning as they paved the way for higher education following my graduation and licensure.
I have developed many passions and interests over the years and have become certified in various specialties including auriculotherapy, Master–Tung Style Acupuncture, Taoist Tonic Herbalism, and Functional Medicine. I have worked in a variety of settings and clinics, involving everyth
Andrea Valencia, L.Ac. | Acupuncturist, Herbalist, & Yoga Instructor
As an East Asian medicine practitioner, my goal is to help our community reconnect and reclaim their embodiment. I utilize traditional and modern schools of medicine to treat ailments and provide you with tools for well-being. My intention during our sessions is to create a compassionate space for the understanding and manifestation of your health care needs.
My clinical experience has been sculpted by diverse integrative and nonprofit health centers. I have had the privilege of supporting homeless youth, marginalized people, and individuals with addictions move towards improved health and self-sufficiency. In addition to working in community empowering spaces, I enjoy sharing my background in movement therapies to further integrate my treatments with cultivating exercises and a choreographic approach to medicine. Although my interests evolve and are influenced by our collaboration, I focus on supporting mental and emotional health, musculoskeletal pain, digestive discomforts, women’s health, and sexual well-being.
My role as a practitioner is to create space for the body to do what it innately does so well – heal. I offer acupuncture, individualized herbal formulas, bodywork, movement recommendations, nutritional and lifestyle counseling as tools to support you and your body’s equilibrium.
Dr. Sonya Bhakta, DACM, L.Ac | Acupuncturist & Herbalist
Sometimes in life, the passion finds you, and your world is forever changed. This is how my story into Integrative Medicine began, I instantly became intrigued with this ancient system of Eastern medicine and its infinite healing capabilities.
My goal is to curate a protocol that caters to the individual needs of the patient utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach by offering acupuncture, herbal medicine, adjunct therapies along with nutritional and lifestyle advice. Applying an ‘East meets West’ holistic method, while taking into consideration the whole spectrum of the physical, mental, and environmental influences. By looking at Western Medicine factors such as genetics, nutrition, hormone balance, and gut health and bridging to the Eastern Medicine World.
Having experience in a variety of wellness centers ranging from the Veterans Clinic to a Cosmetic Acupuncture setting, I have treated a vast range of ailments. My knowledge and expertise is continuously expanding. My focus and interests currently are in cosmetic acupuncture, women’s health and infertility, mental-emotional health, gastrointestinal issues, allergies, pain management and dermatological conditions.
Coming forth with dedication and compassion, my vision is to join you on your healing journey and provide a sense of deep wellness into your cells ~ that create healing ripples out into the world!
Holly Alvarado | Front Desk
Holly is a Pasadena resident who comes to us with a background in Journalism and Communications. With having a recent ankle fracture in the past year and turning to acupuncture to relieve the stress, she now understands the importance of needle therapy for the body. Therefore, she loves to help guide our patients through the process of acupuncture. She currently hosts her own podcast show and freelance writes for her colleges online site and magazine, while also writing for local Los Angeles music publications. You can find Holly at a concert, watching The Office, reading a book at a local coffee shop or eating ramen.
Dina Gonzalez | Front Desk
Dina is our newest addition to our front desk staff. She occupies her weekends hosting and organizing events and services for students, while taking time to counsel them as well.
With a passion for self-care, Dina hopes to assist others in their journey in self-care as well. She will also further her knowledge in aesthetics and hopes to become a licensed esthetician by the end of 2020.
Hear from our happy patients…
“Zen was very informative and gentle, she walked me through each step she was doing.” – Karen H.
“The acupuncture and cupping treatments from Zen really helped loosen my tight back and instantaneously relieved a lot of the pain. In addition, Zen is a very attentive listener, easy to talk to, and provides a client-centered approach to her practice.” – Kevin X.
“It was quick and painless and results were there right away. You don’t even notice when she inserts the needles.” – E.L.
“After taking the herbs she prescribed to me I started seeing results within one week. I’m very impressed.” – Coco H.
“I’ve waited to be able to return & I’m so very pleased I did. I went to another Acupuncture center & it certainly doesn’t compare to my visits today. Many thanks!!” – Gloria T.
“Healing with Zen is amazing! I first went to Zen a few months ago after experiencing foot pain for far too long. I was also suffering from what felt like chronic fatigue and insomnia. Though I initially went in for foot pain, my experience has been truly transformational. Healing with Zen offers the kind of expertise, knowledge and thoughtfulness that I was looking for in a treatment plan. I am doing a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs. I was unsure about the herbs at first, but they have definitely helped. Healing with Zen is just that, healing. After only a few treatments, I was finally getting the much needed sleep that I had been deprived of for so many years. I am not exhausted all day long anymore. Instead, I have energy again and feel great most days. I no longer experience the constant peaks and valleys throughout the day. I truly look forward to my weekly treatments…they are so relaxing and I always feel better walking out than I did when I walked in. In addition to the outstanding treatments, everyone is warm and attentive and really care about my ongoing-overall health. And lastly, they are always on time and ready for my appointment, I have never had to wait!” – Sacha N.
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