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Our Practitioners

HEATHER BIRD,

Licensed Acupuncturist

I am passionate about assisting my patients to empower themselves 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 our 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.

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 medicine, 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 Dr. Jimmy Chang, Dr. John Chen, Debra Betts, Randine Lewis & Jane Lyttleton. In an effort to reduce my carbon footprint, I have incorporated more Western, locally grown and locally processed herbs into my practice.

 

Lastly, I find most people have nutritional imbalances and deficiencies and 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.

EVA LARSON, 

Licensed Acupuncturist

 

Eva studied Traditional Chinese Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego and graduated in 2007. She was drawn to acupuncture after suffering with eczema for much of her life and finding little relief through western medicine. After just a few acupuncture treatments, herbal therapies, and recommended lifestyle changes, her eczema symptoms largely vanished and she began to explore everything else Eastern Medicine had to offer.

Eva is a general practitioner who views each patient as an individual with a unique presentation of signs, symptoms, challenges and goals. She has a special interest in pain management, skin disorders, and gastrointestinal problems. She is excited to bring her skills and passion for helping people change their lives to the downtown core.

Eva is the founder and former owner of Honeybee Acupuncture in the Mission District and the founder and current owner of Acupuncture Hive community clinic in the Parkside District of the Sunset, SF.