Meet Lauren Sugarman

“See the world as yourself. Have faith in the way things are. Love the world as your self; then you can care for all things.”
— Lao-tzu (551-479 B.C.E.)

Lauren is passionate about helping women in mid life find balance, ease and empowerment during this sensitive time of transformation. Lauren provides compassionate and holistic healthcare in an inclusive setting that empowers women to reconnect with their own unique innate healing wisdom with the goal of lasting wellness. She is a California Board Licensed Acupuncturist and holds a Master’s of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine since 2009 from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College (AIMC) located in Berkeley, California. This is a four-year graduate program that includes training in Chinese medical theory and diagnosis, herbal medicine, acupuncture, Western medical theory and diagnosis, as well as Qi Gong/Tai Chi and nutrition. Lauren completes at least 50 continuing education hours every 2 years to deepen her knowledge. She also chose to do more in-depth training and education to delve deeper into several of her lifelong passions including nutrition, the mind body connection, and women’s health. 

Lauren completed her holistic nutrition studies at the Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA) in 2014. Their foundational, holistic approach focuses on the importance of a properly prepared, nutrient-dense, whole food diet paired with a well-balanced lifestyle. The body’s innate intelligence and its incredible capacity to restore, regenerate, and correct itself is honored— when given the tools and nutrients to do so. A wide range of educational tools and techniques are taught to identify and correct nutritional imbalances and deficiencies. Scientific principles about how the human body functions, both anatomically and physiologically are also explored in depth.

Lauren trained to become a Tai Chi Easy Practice Leader at The Institute for Integral Qigong & Tai Chi in Santa Barbara with Roger Jahnke, OMD in 2014. Tai Chi Easy is a system of practices based on both Qi Gong and Tai Chi. Her classes emphasize the importance of the breath, meditation, gentle movement and self-applied massage. It is through these practices that one is able to reconnect with their innate healing wisdom, and in turn become empowered in their own self care. She has taught at the Veterans Home of California and in various community centers.

Most recently, Lauren embarked on the training program to become a Restorative Wellness Practitioner. This is a comprehensive program addressing gut healing, food sensitivities and hormone balance.

Lauren will work with you to design an effective course of treatment that brings healing, nourishment, and a greater overall sense of well-being.

Formal Training

2020 • Restorative Wellness Practitioner (RWP) through Restorative Wellness Solutions, a functional nutrition program in gut healing and hormone balance that utilizes lab testing to uncover imbalances and offer healing solutions.

2018 Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM). Lauren has specialized education and experience in helping women in pre and post child-bearing years.

2014 • Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) through the Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA). This is a holistic, science-based nutrition program with an emphasis on harnessing the power of real foods and empowering people to reconnect with their innate healing wisdom, thereby supporting lasting wellness.

2014 • Tai Chi Easy Practice Leader through The Institute for Integral Qigong & Tai Chi in Santa Barbara with Roger Jahnke, OMD, Lauren helps people reconnect to their innate healing capacity through the ancient and powerful practices of Qi Gong and Tai Chi. Tai Chi Easy is a system of practices based on both Qi Gong and Tai Chi. Classes emphasize the importance of the breath, meditation, gentle movement and self-applied massage.

2009 Master’s of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College (AIMC) in Berkeley, California. This is a four-year graduate program that includes training in Chinese medical theory and diagnosis, herbal medicine, acupuncture, Western medical theory and diagnosis, as well as Qi Gong/Tai Chi and nutrition.

1994 • Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) in Asian Systems Massage through the McKinnon Institute in Oakland, California.

1991 BA in Pre-Med/Environmental Design from UC Berkeley. Lauren created her own major called Ethnicity & the Environment within the department of Visual Studies. She successfully defended her thesis which was an installation of a series of watercolors with poetry and sculpture on the meaning of home.