Damiana Carpizo, Massage Therapist
Damiana Carpizo’s fascination with the body as the abode of spirit and as an instrument and reflection of the mind has defined her exploration and keen interest in the healing and creative arts, meditation and yoga. She has practiced bodywork since 2005 when completing the Holistic Health/Massage Certification Program at the University of California Santa Cruz. Her yoga practice for the past 10 years and careful study of the therapeutic principles of alignment informs her work. In her sessions Damiana weaves swedish and deep tissue techniques, myofascial release, and accupressure/energy work to provide a nurturing, deeply restoring and effective session.Damiana’s passion is working with pregnant and postpartum women. This began with a desire to offer relief, comfort and healing care during this challenging and most beautiful time in a woman’s life. The experience of giving and receiving bodywork is, in her eyes, not only therapeutic but a way of celebrating and enhancing the gift of embodiment.
Allana Beauchamp, Esthetician
Allana Beauchamp is a Clinical Aesthetician and Holistic Health Educator in Nutrition and Culinary Arts. She is a Certified Massage Therapist and skilled in Herbal body treatments & Aromatherapy, also incorporating her skills and knowledge as a Medical Herbalist.
Skin treatments with Allana will leave you feeling refreshed , renewed , rejuvenated and uplifted. In her customized Facials, she offers a Skin care evaluation upon which she is able to determine the appropriate treatment. This may include: deep facial cleansing with extractions, Aromatherapy, a hot back pack for deep muscle relaxation, appropriate serums, masks & moisture replenishments, hand, shoulder, neck & scalp massages are also offered to deeply relax the body, mind and spirit. After your customized Facial, you will leave with radiant skin and a soothed soul.
She also includes Nutritional consultations for clients with Acne and other health related issues.. Available for Raw to Paleo Dietary consults and Catering.
Dr. Stephanie Daniel, Functional Medicine
This led to a curiosity about the natural state of all things, including people, health and the way in which we live in this world. With that knowledge and authorship on articles about evolutionary medicine, I wrote a book about food and stress. During that project, I decided that Touro University, College of Osteopathic Medicine was the best place for me to begin my formal medical training. Perfectly situated in the Bay Area, known for it’s intellectual and innovative demographic, but also at the leading edge of integrative medicine and holistic health, Touro offered an osteopathic medical education that was grounded in Western medicine, but rich with explorations into the interconnectedness of human health and the natural laws that govern us.
I sought out further training in integrative medicine and nutrition from beloved mentors, such as Dr. Sara Gottfried, who helped affirm the truths I had come to understand. USC’s Family Medicine Program deepened my medical knowledge and provided the inspiration to start my own medical practice outside of the conventional thinking of hospital walls and academic institutions.
Now, following in the footsteps of Dr. Sara Gottfried, I am excited to be your partner in health and vitality at Functional Medicine SF.
Oh, and I’m also a wife and a mother to a busy, precocious toddler eager to keep her engaged and connected in this world, worrying about what foods she eats and to what chemicals she’s exposed. When not in the office seeing patients, I am involved in professional pursuits in the consumer healthcare world and in functional medicine research.
In time off, I like hiking the peaks and valleys of Mt. Tam, learning the secrets of French cuisine, shopping the local farmer’s market, singing while in plank pose or running up San Francisco’s hills in heels for nights on the town. A recovering achievement addict, I understand what it’s like to be balancing a full life, while still wanting more!
Dr. Stephanie is a member of the American College for the Advancement of Medicine, American Osteopathic Association,American Academy of Osteopathy, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and currently enrolled in the Center for Education and Development of Clinical Homeopathy and Dr. Sara Gottfried’s Get Vital, Stay Vital Practitioner Mastermindtraining program.
Dr. Casey Berkebile, Naturopath/ Acupuncturist
I’m Dr. Casey Berkebile and little did I know that my journey in life was leading me to helping women to have their best lives through health and wellness by combining modern science with thousands of years of tradition. Finding balance is the key.
I had always known I wanted to attend medical school and help people heal. At a young age I learned that health was a gift that gave us our vitality and strength. Even as a child I knew I was called to help people find that so they could live their lives to the fullest. Medical school was the logical choice.
I decided to take a year off to travel before medical school so that I could live life outside a classroom for a while. I did most of my trips solo, and was lucky enough to see manly corners of the globe, from South Africa to Southeast Asia. The more I traveled and saw, the more I learned about the health of other cultures and their traditional medicines. Western medical training would leave me with a skill set for drugs and surgery. I thought there truly must be more to healing than that. So I just couldn’t bring myself to give up so many years of my life to something I no longer believed in.
My travels through me off balance as I was confused: was Western Medicine still the right path? One year of traveling quickly turned into three years. I was in Costa Rica when someone presented the idea of Naturopathic Medicine to me. A friend lived in a rural mountain village where I was doing some medicinal plant work. We got into a discussion about life, love and careers. I listened, learned and loved…three things that are now cornerstone to my practice.
She told me about another way to practice medicine. It turned out she had a friend at Naturopathic medical school, so I went and met her and toured the school upon returning to the states. I decided the day of the tour that this was my calling. This was how I wanted to practice medicine and help people heal.
I went to medical school, one that created the balance and purpose I needed. The classes at Bastyr University were in anatomy, botanical medicine, nutrition, traditional western medicine, and counseling. The clinic was filled with jars of herbs, blood pressure cuffs, and phlebotomy labs: it was a mix of the traditional and modern medicine. I realized this was a chance for me to learn how to help others find health, in a way that fit with my philosophy of truly helping people be well: by finding balance of the physical, mental and emotional ailments using a diverse set of tools.
My toolbox now includes plants, nutrients, hormones, and yes, even on occasion, medications. I also integrate my training in Chinese Medicine and acupuncture into my personalized care for patients. I prescribe treatments that have a low risk profile, and help restore patients to health with less side effects. I have learned that women desire to be listened to, that as I learn through them, they learn better ways to be their best self. This leads to loving yourself…what a powerful way to practice medicine!
Treatments are personalized to both preference and physiology. Like you, I am a busy working woman, friend and partner, so I too use treatments to keep myself in balance when needed. I have made my migraines disappear, found more energy, and sleep better now than I have. We all need a little help finding balance at times, even a doctor!
My biggest goal is to help women be their best, and help them become who they are supposed to be in the world. Think about all your potential if you were your healthiest self. I help women have less anxiety, maintain a healthy weight, have a higher libido, and having more energy to be the woman they want to be. I help women function at their best and find balance, health, and strength.
My passion and calling have become one. Finding balance in how I practice, and how you live is that passion. I look forward to seeing you in my practice.
Dale Fanning, Acupuncture/Bodywork
Dale Fanning MS LAc, is an acupuncturist, clinical herbalist and therapeutic body-worker. He holds a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the prestigious ACTCM in San Francisco, and has completed over 3500 hours of training. His post graduate work is in the area of Five Element Acupuncture, a powerful and little known system of Chinese medicine that is able to treat at the deepest level of spirit and produce the most comprehensive transformations in patients. Dale’s specialties include musculoskeletal pain and injury, anxiety and insomnia, hormonal and mood imbalances, and emotional disorders. His mission is to do for his patients what this ancient and profound system of medicine has done for him: Rid the body of illness, nurture the spirit and bring the patient more fully into all aspects of their life.
Though I primarily teach and practice Thai Yoga Bodywork, I’m a lover of all forms of floor massage and have extensively studied other floor-based modalities such as Shiatsu and Breema which I integrate into my practice. I consider gravity and the floor to be two of my best friends. Thai Bodywork is not just a form of massage but a therapeutic art form – often referred to as “the Dance of Thai Massage” on account of it rhythmic & graceful movements. Part healing modality, part moving body poetry, its goal is not just to relax a person but promote mind-body-soul integration so that an individual can function at a higher level. Most of my training took place in Northern Thailand with numerous teachers over a period of six years. I chose to attend many rather than one school as I wanted to get a taste for the diversity of this therapeutic healing modality and bring that diversity to my practice. Currently, I practice privately out of two studios in Berkeley and Fairfax, Marin. I also teach classes on an on-going basis at the MckInnon Institute of Bodywork Therapy in Oakland, CA. Come check out the Tandem Thai class being offered on June 16th where two people practice on one person, one of the many fun ways in which Thai bodywork is morphing as this ancient practice discovers new wings in the 21st century. In addition to bodywork, I have a Masters in Holistic Health Education and am currently obtaining my PhD in Mind Body Medicine at Saybrook University (SF, CA) where my intent is to revive the ancient Aesclepian dream healing practices of the Greco-Roman period that once helped thousands to get in touch with their Inner Physician and heal from many so-called “incurable diseases.”
Dr. Vera Singelton, Naturopath
Dr. Vera Singleton ND, MBA is an integrative naturopathic doctor utilizing the best of eastern and western techniques in diagnosis and treatment. She is an expert in the areas of functional nutrition, GI issues, hormonal imbalance for men and women, and natural dermatology. As a member of the Ecopolitan network of doctors, she provides natural dermatology skin clinics monthly throughout the East Bay. She often lectures on a wide variety of health topics to the community.
Dawn Preisendorf, Nutritionist & Health Coach
As a Functional Nutritionist and Health Coach, I help you uncover the root causes of why you’re not feeling as fabulous as you’d like, and harness the healing power of food to reclaim health, vitalityand balance.
I most often work with busy professional women who are struggling with low energy, stubborn belly fat, or persistent digestive distress…and want to take charge of their health. I take an integrative approach and go well beyond simply recommending what to eat.
I began studying nutrition and holistic health 15 years ago. Unwinding years of living an over-stressed, under-nourished life in the corporate trenches, I worked through my own health crash and found vitality again. I followed this personal experience with formal education, and earned a master’s degree in holistic health education and nutrition from John F. Kennedy University. I also completed two health/wellness coaching programs, and am a Certified Wellcoach. I am completing my board certification in holistic nutrition. I became a certified Hormone Cure Practitioner after participating in a 9-month Mastermind program with Dr. Sara Gottfried. I have also completed many hours of training in functional nutrition, including several hours with Dr. Datis Kharrazian, an expert in thyroid and brain health. I am a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and the Institute for Functional Medicine.
I am passionate about guiding and empowering people to create vibrant health as a supportive foundation for realizing their dreams and living a joyful life.
Jennifer Benton, Physical Therapy / Myofascial Release
ABOUT MYOFASCIAL RELEASE
If you have chronic pain, frequent headaches or an injury from which you have never fully recovered, consider addressing the source of the problem with myofascial release instead of treating the symptoms.
Fascia is a strong connective tissue that surrounds every cell and forms a three-dimensional web throughout the body. It becomes damaged from injury, surgery, and trauma and then creates large amounts of pressure on nerves, tendons, organs, and bones. Since fascia is continuous, a restriction in one area can commonly cause symptoms in other areas. Even though myofascial restrictions do not appear on standard medical tests and are often undiagnosed, they can create considerable pain and dysfunction.
Myofascial release is a gentle hands-on technique used to ease restrictions in the fascia and allow the body to return to a more healthy and balanced state. Your body is treated as a whole, and the mechanics of your entire system are considered.
Jennifer Benton, Founder of Being in Balance Physical Therapy, has gained a wide variety of clinical experience through working in outpatient orthopedic, acute neurological rehabilitation, skilled nursing, aquatic, and home health settings with people of all ages. She has over 13 years of experience and holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree and a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Saint Louis University.
A need for longer-lasting results and improved pain management led her to study with John F. Barnes, renowned Physical Therapist and authority on myofascial release. With extensive education in correcting body alignment and releasing restrictions through manual interventions, Jennifer is able to create customized treatment plans that focus on the needs of each individual person.
CONTACT BEING IN BALANCE PHYSICAL THERAPY TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN FEEL BETTER
Rhea Borromeo, Massage Therapist
Aparna Dandekar, Family Medicine, Osteopathy & Ayurveda
I am a board certified family physician trained in three medical sciences–Western (Allopathic) Medicine, Osteopathy, and Ayurveda.
The philosophy that I adhere to is simple: nature knows best. My inherent faith in nature’s self-regulating wisdom is further strengthened by my Osteopathic and Ayurvedic training. Simultaneously, my experience as an allopathic physician has given me the utmost respect for modern science. I believe that balanced health can be better achieved by aligning ourselves with the guidelines handed down from ages past, while availing ourselves to the benefits of today’s technological advancements.
Ayurveda is a medical science from ancient India, thought to be over 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda believes that disease states are expressions of deviations from one’s inherent physical and mental constitution. These deviations, with time and proper effort, can be managed, if not eliminated entirely. In my practice, special attention is given to diet, lifestyle, and herbal therapies. I have used these techniques to help with issues ranging from migraines, acid indigestion, irritable bowels, menopausal issues, to low energy and poor sleep. My goals are to demystify Ayurveda and present it as it has existed through the ages: an intuitive, practical, no-nonsense way to find balance.
Osteopathic medicine is a form of medical practice with its roots in the United States. American Osteopathic physicians are trained in modern medicine, pharmacology, technology, and surgery. However, we also have approximately 500 additional hours of training in Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy, or OMT. This therapy emphasizes hands-on diagnosis and treatment.
Osteopathic doctors view the patient as a whole person, and not just a bundle of body parts and biochemical reactions. We believe that the body possesses an innate ability to repair itself. The techniques we employ are non-invasive manual treatments that address altered musculoskeletal biomechanics, as well as restrictions in the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems. OMT seeks to balance the organ systems and promote overall health by easing these restrictions and restoring mobility, decreasing inflammation, and reducing pain. This return to balance encourages the body to heal itself. Techniques used by Osteopathic physicians include soft-tissue stretching, releasing fascial tension, gentle manipulation of joints, treating the cranial mechanism, and encouraging lymphatic mobilization.
When I’m not here in the office, I bring these practices to the comfort, convenience, and privacy of your own home through the tradition of the house call. Currently, I see patients within the San Francisco Bay Area.
I enjoy being the mother of two growing children. My husband, a pediatrician, and I live in the Berkeley area. I am fluent in the Indian languages of Marathi and Hindi, and have a degree in Sanskrit.
I look forward to working with you to create positive and lasting changes in your health, using techniques that are easily incorporated into your daily life.
John Luna-Sparks, Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist & Diplomate of Oriental Medicine
John is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Diplomate of Oriental Medicine. He combines the wisdom of Chinese Medicine with over 20 years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in trauma & abuse recovery. He is skilled in the treatment of emotional, gastrointestinal, gynecological, musculoskeletal, neurological and respiratory disorders. His practice is housed within the healing space of Yoga Kula where he offers comprehensive treatment with acupuncture, herbal formulas, cupping, moxibustion, gua sha, Tui Na medical massage and Wellness Events. He is also a teacher of Qi Gong and Tai Chi and a certified self-defense instructor with Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower, International. He strives to build healthier communities and help people take charge of their own healthcare.
Alok Rocheleau, Bodywork
Alok is an experienced yogi and bodyworker who has traveled the world studying with various master teachers and styles. He primarily works with Zen Thai Shiatsu, which is a blend of Thai Massage and Shiatsu techniques effective for injury prevention and rehab. Alok also intuitively incorporates Acupressure, Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy and Chi Nei Tsang (abdominal Chi massage) based on the client’s needs. Using knowledge of the Chinese Meridians, Alok supports the internal balance of the body, removing blockages to the free flow of healing energy in the body. With his background in the yogic arts and a degree in exercise physiology, Alok uses this knowledge to unwind both the muscular and energetic systems of the body. Known for his strong, intuitive hands, Alok encourages awareness of the breath to help with release. Sessions are done on a Thai mat over loose clothing. Alok also does therapeutic flying massage and personalized yoga asanas with adjustments.