My practice of Chinese Medicine for twenty one years has created a deeper understanding of its language and the application of its wisdom, in my life and my patients’ lives. When we cleanse and nourish our soil in order to strengthen and build our roots, our branches and leaves become healthy, strong and resistant to disease, thus providing us with greater longevity.


To treat both the root of disease and its possible manifestations, I combine the ancient healing therapies of Acupuncture, Cupping and Chinese Herbology with my knowledge of Alternative and Functional Medicine to facilitate the activation of your own healing power, while empowering you to participate in your good health, your balance and well being.

Treatment is highly personalized and provided in a serene environment for healing.


Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of disposable needles along energy pathways named Meridians.


Chinese herbs have been used in healing for thousands of years and actually comprise the majority of Traditional Chinese Medicine.


The oldest and most globally practiced medicine, cupping is an ancient technique that has found its place in a modern world, as the results it produces are impressive.


Cleansing and cleaning the body of impurities to provide more energy and fewer cravings.


See how your nutrition can be improved and be more life supportive.


Examination of your blood work for nutritional deficiencies and optimization of results.

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Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of disposable needles along energy pathways named Meridians. These Meridians carry a flow of energy that for the past 4,000 years practitioners of acupuncture have called Qi. When needles are placed along these meridians, every organ and physiological system in the body is vitalized, thus supporting the Immune, Endocrine, Circulatory, Skeletal, Respiratory, Muscular, Nervous and Lymphatic systems.

Most people know that Acupuncture is used for the treatment of pain, but Acupuncture has a proven track record for treating many functional disorders, some of which are:

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Gastritis, Diarrhea and Constipation, Asthma, Bronchitis, Sinusitis, Pain inclusive of Neck, Low Back, Sciatica, Hip and Shoulder, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Carpel Tunnel, Migraine and Tension Headaches, Hormone imbalances, Fertility, Anxiety, Stress, Insomnia, Depression, Fatigue, to name a few.

Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbs have been used in healing for thousands of years and actually comprises the majority of Traditional Chinese Medicine. A natural herbal formula is chosen for each individual according to their specific condition and are designed to correct imbalanced properties within the body.

The combination of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs provides the most dramatic results, however Herbal Medicine may be used as a stand alone treatment. Offering treatment for the root cause of disease as well as symptomatic cures, they are unlike allopathic drugs that help to suppress symptoms and may have side effects.
An Herbal Consultation consists of pulse taking, observance of the tongue, and a survey of symptoms. Only herbs of proven, premium quality are used.


 The oldest and most globally practiced medicine, Cupping is an ancient technique that has found its place in a modern world, as the results it produces are impressive. By creating suction and negative pressure, Cupping releases rigid soft tissue, drains excess fluids and toxins, loosens adhesions and lifts connective tissue, bringing blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles.

 Because of these actions, Cupping has the therapeutic benefit of alleviating rigid and aching muscles, releasing joint stiffness, softening scar tissue, easing asthmatic symptoms and bronchitis, and stimulating the digestive function. Massage Cupping has become popular in treating cellulites, and facial rejuvenation.


In Traditional Chinese Medicine, cleansing is generally done in the Spring and Fall because these seasons provide the best opportunity for deeply detoxifying and cleansing the body of impurities our organs and tissues have collected over the past months. Cleansing gives us the opportunity to rest our digestive system from sugar, red meat, fats, flour, oils, concentrated proteins and fast foods. We instead provide ourselves with nutrients that vitalize us, improving our immune, hormone and digestive functions and help us to eliminate chemical toxins and heavy metals.

There are several cleanses to choose from and we pick one that best supports your needs and timing to do a cleanse. It can be as short as three days and as long as twenty one and are individually designed according to your health condition and constitution.



There are many trends in diet and nutrition and many more will be popular in the future. I believe that what we eat, and the supplements we take, should be individually customized to give us optimal health, be satisfying to us, and enable us with the help of exercise and lifestyle, to keep our weight where we enjoy it.

For all of us I believe the following:

Eating the foods that are in season will help us to avoid food intolerances and allergies and will vary the nutrients found in different foods.

It is highly beneficial to have a diet that is more alkaline than acidic.

When we have a yin/yang imbalance as is seen in Chinese Medicine, we can correct it by knowing what foods to eat and what herbs to take.

Knowing what supplements to take can be partially determined by Functional Blood Chemistry.

A Nutritional Consultation includes, a review of your current health, diet, blood work, pulse and tongue analysis, supplement review, and goals you wish to achieve.

Functional Blood Chemistry

There are two main types of ranges in the field of blood chemistry analysis: a pathological range and a functional range. The pathological range is used to diagnose disease. The functional range is used to look at risk for disease before it may occur. In the practice of preventative medicine we can manage biomarkers that are out of the functional range before they fall into the pathological range, by looking at strategies such as lifestyle, diet, nutrition, herbs, etc.. Health then becomes more than the absence of disease.

You may bring in your most recent blood work or I can order it for you.

About Me

I have maintained a private practice in the Village of La Jolla since 1990, first as a Rolfing Movement Instructor and Holistic Health Practitioner and since 1994 as a Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Following is a list of credentials and affiliations:

Bachelors Degree from Colorado State University.
Masters Degree, Suma cum Laude from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.
6 year apprenticeship with Grandmaster Dr. Richard Tan, and the Balance Method.
Certified by the Rolf Institute as a Rolfing Movement Integration Teacher.
Certified by the ICTA in Cupping Therapy.
Certified in Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis taught by Dr. Datis Kharrazian.
Certification of Completion in Healing Touch Level 1.
Certified Advanced Theta Healing.
Attends yearly Scripps Integrative Medicine’s Evidence Based Nutrition Seminar.
Maintains 30 hours a year in continuing education in the subjects of Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Nutrition, Essential Oils, Pulse Analysis, etc.

Is Licensed by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturist and the California Acupuncture Medical Board..

What my client’s say…

  • “I received significant relief of my fairly serious groin injury after one treatment and good long term relief after three. Leslie is knowledgeable about her field, compassionate and possesses intellectual curiosity. I recommend her unconditionally.”

    Martha O.
  • “Leslie is very personal and insightful. I am amazed at how consistently better I feel after receiving treatments. When I am sick, one or two treatments can jump start me to getting back on track. I am hooked on her essential oils and calming treatments.”

    Kim F.
  • “I have had incredible results from being Leslie’s patient. She is extremely knowledgeable, very caring and kind and is extremely generous with her time.”

    Leslie T.
  • “Leslie’s office is a small oasis of peace. I always leave feeling recharged and stress-free. She is the most caring and compassionate health provider I have ever known.”

    Elizabeth W.
  • “A consummate professional, Leslie is well informed, listens and answers my questions, researches any topic pertaining to me - I feel fortunate to have this kind, caring and gentle person as my acupuncturist.”

    Marcia L.
  • “Leslie is one of the smartest healing doctors I know. She is a wealth of knowledge when it pertains to Oriental Medicine, emotional healing and nutrition .....Leslie is wise, caring and really listens to you - a gifted and rare acupuncturist”

    Zoe J.

Office Information


I take most insurance plans.
Please phone the number on the back of your insurance card to find out:

If you have a deductible to meet before your insurance pays for your acupuncture.
How many visits are included in your plan per year.
How much is your co-payment.

Your insurance will cover acupuncture almost exclusively for the treatment of pain, in which your co-payment is all you will owe at your appointment.

Other services mentioned on my website are not covered by insurance and would be paid privately.


I have appointments available Monday through Friday 9 to 5.
If appointments are canceled with 24 hour notice, no cancellation fee will be charged.
For more immediate queries, or to schedule an appointment, please call or email me.