Lisa Swanson, L.Ac.

Lisa Swanson studied at the Acupuncture Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, CA and became a Licensed Practitioner (L.Ac.) in 2008.  Part of her education was completed at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA where she participated in an UCSF exchange program. She has been working in the field of natural medicine for over 15 years, and has steadily built on her knowledge and credentials, always with an eye for expanding her ability to offer the best treatments to serve her patients.


Prior to opening her own practice, Lisa worked and interned at a variety of Clinics in California including:

  • California Pacific Medical Center in Stroke Recovery

  • Kuan Yin Healing Arts HIV and Hepatitis C Clinic

  • HAART Methodone Addiction Clinic

  • Clinics in Berkeley and Oakland treating low income families

  • Women’s Cancer Resource Center, Oakland

  • Charlotte Maxwell Cancer Clinic, Oakland


Having learned from Dr Richard Tan, Lisa proudly practices the Balance Method which has been derived from the I Ching. This is an ancient method of acupuncture, over 2,500 years old, and is different from most local point acupuncture practiced in the United States which can be uncomfortable and have inconsistent results. The Balance Method provides amazing, effective results, experienced immediately.  This is achieved by correct meridian diagnosis based on the location of symptoms.  A complex grid system is then utilized to select appropriate distal points, which render precise, immediate results.


Other techniques and modalities are added to acupuncture treatments depending upon individual needs. These may include:


  • Cupping

  • Moxibustion

  • Tui Na

  • Infrared

  • Gua Sha


Lisa typically uses Japanese needling techniques which she has found to be the most gentle and painless needle insertion method.  Consultations may also include the use of essential oils, hands on healing, muscle testing, and advice on nutritional and herbal supplements.

Julia 'JuJu' Urcis, DTCM, L.Ac.

Julia "JuJu" Urcus resided in Nevada County from 2013 until 2017 and worked at HAALo before it changed hands and became Remedy Garden.


JuJu finished her preliminary studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine, in Santa Cruz, where she graduated from Five Branches University with a DTCM. She became licensed to practice in August of 2020, but has been studying Chinese medicine since 2005, when she attended ACTCM in San Francisco.


JuJu took a break from studying to learn more intimately about growing Chinese herbs in 2007 and had the rare experience of growing many of the Chinese herbs we use in our pharmacopeia with the renowned farmer Peg Schafer at her Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm. Following that, her interests in geography and metaphysics took her in a different direction for several years, including central America for an entire year, until she came back to the calling to practice medicine.


JuJu is currently advocating the domestic cultivation of Chinese herbal medicine with the non-profit Lilium Initiative while she grows her practice as an acupuncturist, herbalist, and medicine maker.


She is fluent in Spanish and is hopeful that more people of the Spanish-speaking community will benefit from acupuncture and herbal medicine.

Haley Welden, DTCM, L.Ac.

Haley is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine practicing in her hometown of Grass Valley.


She began her undergraduate degree studying animal biology, comparing the different anatomical features and adaptations of the body across species. However, she decided that her career wasn’t quite fulfilled in research but would be in the wonder of Chinese Medicine.


She completed her doctorate at ACTCM in San Francisco where she interned as an acupuncturist in community clinics, Glide Homeless clinic, Women’s resource center, California Pacific Medical Center, and Zuckerburg SF General Hospital. She also interned in ZhengZhou China in a Chinese medicine hospital where she experienced Chinese Medicine in its founding culture.

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