About Rhoda

I am passionate about healthy living on all levels. Helping people create balanced, wholesome lives is my soul work — the product of a long, meaningful journey of self discovery and healing.

I first discovered Chinese medicine 17 years ago when it relieved the severe nausea I experienced during my pregnancy. As I began to study and use this ancient art, I found that it cleared my headaches, improved my moods, and generally enhanced my sense of well-being.  The more I learned, the more I fell in love with Chinese medicine, and I undertook to study it in earnest.

I have been studying Chinese culture, meditation, and natural health for nearly two decades. With 10 years of experience performing acupuncture and 15 years prescribing medicinal herbs, I specialize in using natural methods to treat women’s health problems, including painful menstruation, menopause, and hormonal mood swings.

Background
Before beginning my study of Chinese medicine, I worked as a research associate in biotechnology. This work familiarized me with laboratory and clinical research techniques, and steeped me in the exciting world of developing new medical treatments. It also helped me to consider better approaches to healing. I knew that I wanted to help others in a way that embodied my personal ethics of balancing body, mind, and spirit.

I trained extensively in modern Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine, including Herbology and Nutrition. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from ACCHS in Oakland, CA. During the comprehensive four-year academic Chinese Medicine program, I studied women’s health with Aiqun Wang, L.Ac, and ShaoHua Li, L.Ac., both expert acupuncturists from their vast experience in China. I also studied TCM Gynecology and Obstetrics under Bob Flaws, L.Ac., a widely known authority in the field in the United States. Additionally, I did graduate work in anthropology and Chinese language at the University of Chicago. I also worked as a consultant to the Elephant Pharmacy in Berkeley, CA and currently am on the faculty at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences, my alma mater.

Specialty Areas
I treat a wide variety of patients and have 10 years of experience and training resolving pain of all kinds. I have a particular interest in working with women with chronic pain and illness. I specialize in treatment for painful periods, PMS, menopause, endometriosis, and other gynecological conditions. For women suffering with these problems, Chinese medicine offers gentle, natural solutions. I also work with fertility and pregnancy. Chinese medicine can improve a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant, and help to facilitate a smooth and uneventful pregnancy and delivery. 

Through acupuncture, herbal medicine, and nutrition therapy, I aim to help bring the body into balance. I often include nutritional advice, guided meditation, and deep relaxation in my treatments, and can arrange in-depth consultations in these areas.

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2 thoughts on “About Rhoda

  1. Hey Rhoda! Good blog and FB page! I didn’t know that we both went to UVA and ACCHS. Seems like our paths crisscrossed… I remember seeing you behind the herbal counter at Elephant as well and now you’re working at 2929 Summit with Connie Herrick! Rock on!

    • Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks for your comment! You went to U.Va.? Interesting! When was that? It’s been a while for me, not sure if it was the best place for me, but I ended up getting a good education, and I still love the campus and the town! Did you work at Elephant at some time? Or you just saw me working there. So sad that it closed. Hope you are well, what are you up to? Best wishes, Rhoda

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