Meet Heather Bird
I am passionate about empowering clients to achieve healing and abundant wellness. For some people, this means simply removing chronic pain with acupuncture. For others, we need to take a deep look into digestive health, order lab tests, and prescribe natural medicines.
Over my more than 15 years of clinical experience, I have enjoyed working in many settings including private practices (my own and others), community clinics, SF General hospital's Ward 86, and on house calls in patients' homes.
My passion for Chinese Medicine in general has grown from pursuing my expertise in assisting women in achieving reproductive and hormonal health. For more details about my work in women's health, please read more in my Women's Health page.
Over the years my clinical experience has also included an equal number of people with pain, injuries, digestive issues, fatigue & stress, depression & anxiety, immune disorders, and insomnia.
Licensed Acupuncturist & Registered Herbalist
I began my Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in 2000 but have been a devout fan since long before then. As a teenager, I was diagnosed with endometriosis, a chronic condition that was deemed untreatable by my western medicinal doctors, only to learn that if untreated, I could become infertile. Like many of my patients, I did not settle in and accept my diagnosis, but rather sought treatment from an acupuncturist who had a deeper understanding of my health and a plan for helping me avoid long-term damage while managing my incapacitating side-effects. I now have two healthy kids, am pain free, and am happily settled into my calling in life, to provide support to people seeking a deeper connection to their health.
I value the intrinsically and deeply personalized perspective on self and wellness that every person at every stage of life can find in an acupuncture session and a bottle of herbs.
I practice a combination of Chinese, Japanese, and distal acupuncture treatments (in the schools of Dr. Tan and Master Tung). My acupuncture teachers, to whom I am eternally grateful for their wisdom and depth of experience and insights, include Dr. Sharon Fung, Raven Lang, Jeffrey Yuen, Kiiko Matsumoto, and Dr. Richard Tan.
For herbal treatments, I draw primarily from the grand and inexhaustible knowledge of Chinese herbal medicine and am very fortunate to have studied with some amazing TCM herbalists including Dr. Jimmy Chang, Debra Betts, Randine Lewis & Jane Lyttelton. I have also studied Western herbs at Sage Mountain under Rosemary Gladstar.
Nutrition & Functional Medicine Teacher:
Lastly, I find most people have nutritional imbalances and deficiencies and therefore benefit from Standard Processes' food based nutritional supplements in conjunction with herbal medicines. I am in ongoing nutritional and functional medicine post-graduate training with Dr. Ronda Nelson.