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China’s Best, Healing the West

Pleasanton Center offers Eastern therapies for whole-body health

For many children, aches, pains and “boo-boos” are a regular part of growing up. But for Teresa T. Shen, L.Ac., they were stepping stones on a path to a fulfilling career. At age 5, Shen suffered from chronic bloody noses. During one of these episodes, her father, an acupuncturist, gently inserted a needle into a spot on her arm. This marked the end of Shen’s nosebleeds—and the beginning of her lifelong fascination with Chinese medicine.

Inspired by her father and amazed by the firsthand results she saw from acupuncture, first for her nosebleeds and later for severe abdominal pain, Shen herself decided to pursue a career in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. During her schooling, she apprenticed alongside her father. Today, Shen carries on a family tradition as the latest of four generations of Chinese medicine practitioners. Shen, who earned her Master of Chinese Medicine degree in 2006 at Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, is now CEO of Eastern Medical Center in Pleasanton, where she also serves as lead physician and acupuncturist.

Collectively, Shen’s team at the center has expertise in several modalities, including acupuncture, acupressure, CranioSacral Therapy, reiki, lymphatic massage, Active Release Therapy (ART), life coaching and more. Though the disciplines differ, they all have a similar goal—to promote and support each patient’s restorative abilities. “We’re basically helping to activate the body’s own healing energy,” Shen says.

Patients come to Eastern Medical Center for a wide variety of reasons. Some wish to alleviate pain from chronic ailments such as migraine headaches or digestive and endocrine issues or to heal more quickly from broken bones and other injuries. Some seek relief from back, neck, knee and joint pain. Others seek prevention of hereditary illnesses such as strokes, high blood pressure and diabetes. For just about any ailment, Shen says, Chinese medicine can help in some way. “We’ve seen some fantastic results,” she says, “Even with people who’ve tried everything, including injections, surgery or even multiple surgeries.”

Area doctors are taking notice and are now referring patients to the center for complementary care. “Eastern and Western medicine are not rivals,” Shen says. “Each has its own role.” Even when patients experience positive outcomes, they’re often surprised by the Eastern approach. “It’s not like conventional medicine,” Shen explains. “If someone comes in with an ankle injury, treatment may call for needles in other parts of the body, such as the wrist. Certain energy channels have a stronger affinity to getting more interaction with certain organs. Everything’s connected and everything works together, so if an ailment affects one thing, it may affect another.”

Eastern Medical Center also offers a natural approach to beauty—cosmetic acupuncture. Shen says she has helped patients reduce cystic acne, minimize wrinkles, and balance uneven skin tone. But the key to success for any acupuncture treatment—cosmetic or medical—is a regular course of treatments. “People often want a quick fix,” says Shen, “But acupuncture is not a one-and-done kind of thing.”

The team at Eastern Medical Center includes Shen and these other highly skilled practitioners:

Eric Wei Wang, DAOM L.Ac., Acupuncturist

Dr. Wang specializes in acupuncture and Oriental medicine with a focus on orthopedics trauma and sports medicine. He is a current instructor of acupuncture and Tui Na and former instructor of Traditional Chinese Medicine case studies and diagnosis at Five Branches University.

Adrienne Dooling L.Ac.,Acupuncturist

Dooling specializes in structural alignment and chronic diseases including scoliosis, meniscus tears (incomplete tears), arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease and other digestive issues. Dooling can help balance the autonomic nervous system through alignment of the pelvis and spine and is proficient in Seitai Shinpo, a specialized form of acupuncture, and Shiunko Moxibustion, also known as Japanese structural acupuncture.

Candace Luo, L.Ac., MSTCM, MHA, CMI

Luo specializes in working with internal ailments such as acute respiratory infections, asthma, bronchitis, and digestive-intestinal disorders. She also helps patients challenged by fatigue, diabetes, osteoarthritis and women’s health issues, including fertility and menopause.

Gang Han, CMT, Acupressurist,

Medical Massage Therapist Gang Han has practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine and Tui-Na acupressure for more than 20 years. Han’s passion is helping patients find relief from work-related pain. Han’s unique style is perfect for neck, shoulder, back and sciatic nerve issues. He specializes in chair and table acupressure, scalp acupressure, foot reflexology and deep tissue massage.

Tatyana Nikol, MA, CMT, Bodywork Therapist, Holistic Life Coach Tatyana

Nikol is proficient in 12 bodywork modalities and draws on massage techniques, Eastern and Western techniques, holistic life coaching and intuitive energy work to help release physical pain and emotional traumas from the body.

Clinton Muhammad, Sports Acupressure Massage Therapist

Clinton Muhammad will be joining the Eastern Medical Center staff soon. A native of San Francisco, Muhammad has specialized in fitness and wellness solutions throughout his impressive 40-year career.

Eastern Medical Center is located at 5933 Coronado Lane, Pleasanton, CA 94588. To learn more, call 925-847-8889 or visit EasternMedicalCenter.com.

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