— Lao-tzu (551-479 B.C.E.)
Lauren is passionate about helping people live healthier, happier, and more authentic lives. Lauren provides compassionate and holistic healthcare in an inclusive setting that empowers people to reconnect to 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. She chose to do more in-depth training and education to delve deeper into several of her lifelong passions including nutrition, the mind body connection, fertility 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.
Most recently, Lauren has embarked on the year long training program to become a Restorative Wellness Specialist. This is a comprehensive program addressing digestive and adrenal health, hormone balance, food sensitivities, autoimmunity and more.
Lauren will work with you to design an effective course of treatment that brings healing, relaxation, and a greater overall sense of well-being.
2020 • Restorative Wellness Practitioner (RWP) through Restorative Wellness Solutions, a functional nutrition program in gut healing that utilizes lab testing to uncover imbalances in the microbiome and offer healing solutions.
2018 • Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM). Lauren supports people in optimizing their fertility and in navigating the often stressful world of ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology).
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.