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Hi Anna,

I am pleased to be under your care. I enjoyed meeting with you and learning more about your practice.

Admittedly, I was open, but skeptical. After the first needle went in, that changed forever. It felt like an electrical shock that ran from my finger tips all the way up to my right shoulder. I jumped like someone had hit me with those paddles they use to restart a persons heart. I know you felt me jump too. It may not have been as dramatic for you, but it was a real experience for me.

I had some difficulty relaxing. That is something I want to work on, but once the needles were all in, I had no discomfort and I found resting on the table very peaceful. I thought about all of the things in my life that I am grateful for and all of the many blessings that I have and continue to receive. It was very pleasant.

While I was lying there, I felt the incredible urge to smile. When we left, I felt almost euphorically happy. Not like a high, just an overwhelming sense of well being and peace. I went to bed very happy and I did feel surrounded with positive energy. My pain level/discomfort level is 0 today. Yep, ZERO!

Thank you for your gift of healing and for sharing it with me.



"Anna is, in all senses of the word, a true Healer. Not only are her treatments extremely effective for the physical problems I've had, emotionally I feel like a different person every time I leave as well.

I started to see Anna because I felt depressed, and I left the first treatment already feeling much better than I'd felt in a very long time. Sometimes Anna gives me a mantra to work with or something to think about on the table. Other times, it's just her wisdom and very presence that make feel better. Anna's positive outlook is contagious, and she always seems to know exactly what to tell me to focus on mentally and emotionally to feel good.

I felt so much better after about ten treatments, that I started only going in for physical problems every now and then. I hadn't gone for about two weeks, and I started to feel bad again, so I made an appointment. I literally went into her office crying, and left laughing. I could not get over the difference, and how fast it was.

Anna is such a warm person, and I also love how her daughters are sometimes at the office. They make it feel much more like a healing center, and give a community feel to the experience.

Every time anyone I know starts talking about a physical or emotional issue, I always tell them about Anna and recommend her. Her acupuncture is true medicine, and has given me health, balance and peace of mind. What more can I ask for, really? I give her my highest recommendation and feel so lucky to have found her."

Thank you thank you thank you Anna :)

Talk to you soon,



For over 10 years, I would suffer 3 to 4 days every week with a severe headache. The chiropractor would adjust my neck every week but a day or two later I'd be back in the same shape. The only pain killer that seemed to help was Excedrin Migraine. In addition to the bottle I had at home, I kept a bottle in my car, a bottle in my purse and one in my desk drawer at work. At age 30, most days I felt like I was 60 years old.

In early 2010, I relocated to Southern California from the Midwest and I found a very good chiropractor. He gave me advice on the best methods for alleviating my issues. However, no matter what I tried, I was still in his office, in pain, every week. I could have gone 3 times a week at some points, but it was not something I could financially justify since it obviously was not "working". The relief was only temporary and I wanted more than a band-aid fix.

In a discussion with my chiropractor about my complete frustration, he suggested I try acupuncture again. I had tried traditional acupuncture before but was not impressed with the results. It seemed to help a little bit but nothing notable (other than the electricity they put through the needles was something my body could not handle). I scoured the web and found Anna. The amount of information she provided on her website and in her YouTube videos was astounding. I read over the information very carefully and understood that if I wanted this treatment to work, I would have to devote a lot of time to her.

I called the number for her office one morning and was amazed. She answered the phone and discussed my history, my concerns and set me up for my first appointment within that first conversation. January 5th 2011 was my first appointment and the day my life changed forever. Little by little, treatment by treatment, the pain came less frequently. My chiropractor noticed that my body held the adjustments longer and the number of vertebra out of place was getting less and less. It's been 6 months since my first visit and I've had almost 60 treatments. I've gone over a month without a headache. My chiropractor hasn't seen me in over 6 weeks because I don't feel like I need to go. The pain I used to feel is almost like a distant memory. Anna's acupuncture has done amazing things for my body and her wisdom that she has shared has done amazing things for my mind. She truly is a healer.

- Jeanna


Thanks for all you do and for balancing my Qi as my life tends to un-balance my Qi from time to time. The first time I came in 2 years ago, I had anxiety that was very frequent and really disturbed me that I just felt un-easy.  Today, I feel more relaxed and I rarely have any anxiety.  Accupunture has made my day to day life very balanced.  Once in awhile, I like getting a tune-up and also for other issues I may be having (naseau, digestive issues, insomnia, headaches, sore knee, etc.) during my life journey.  Each time, An has helped ease all the symptoms.

I always look forward to my accupunture appointment as it has also healed me and I know I am in good hands..=)


I just celebrated my 32nd session with Anna.  We’ve been working on a host of health issues, as well as some emotional turmoil.  She has cured my hypoglycemia, reduced my anxiety to nothing, and keeps my tendonitis at bay.  I can count on her skill to clear my mind, help me sleep at night, and regulate a life-long menstrual battle.  She’s a terrific healer and I’m happy to drive 40+ miles to see her.  

One thing that has resisted change has been that special spark deep within me.  What twenty-something year old woman doesn’t want to feel a rush of excitement now and again?  Today, I am giddy to say, I actually had a libido.  Anna’s well-placed needles have proven, yet again, just how powerful they are.  I would say it’s a ‘miracle,’ but I would never want to dismiss Anna’s obvious expertise, nor her sincere dedication to her patients.  Anna, you rock.  

(Now, where can I find someone to rock my socks off!?  *wink, wink*)

- L


The infection is 100% better. The pain I felt when it started was awful and I thought would never end. I cannot believe that an antibiotic (or a string of antibiotic doses) that a DOCTOR prescribed could cause such an adverse reaction. Now that I've read up on this particular medicine - Cipro - I wish that I would have done so before putting it in my body. The side effects seem far worse than the benefits do.

As you know, with my weakened immune system, I tend to get bladder infections anytime a doctor puts me on antibiotics. (for sinus infections, colds, etc.) The medicine to treat the bladder infection then leads to a yeast infection, requiring yet another dose of medicine. I've found that the V-Statin herbs treat both infections much quicker and more painlessly than any prescribed medicine has. This last time on the Cipro, however, (when my doctor said this was the only way to treat my sinus infection, despite my concerns to him) my body must have had it with medicine because it feel as though I had both infections at the same time and severe! Apologies that this is graphic and maybe gross, but I could not even urinate because it hurt so bad. Obviously I was concerned not only with the pain but what more could this be? My OB-GYN ran some tests and found absolutely NO infection or other problem, just odd symptoms. She did not want to put me on any medicine, as in her opinion, nothing was wrong with me.

Here's where I turn to you. I believe I was in for 2-3 sessions a week for a few weeks and follow-up, along with taking the V-Statin for a month and weaning off of it. It took about 2-3 weeks for the immense pain to subside, but now, less than two months later, I'm 100% better and couldn't be happier. I'm also positive I will never take antibiotics again.

Anna, thank you for the support, both physically and mentally. This was an odd health situation and a very uncomfortable one for a woman to discuss. You're understanding, sensitivity, and advice to be consistent with my herbs, acupuncture and better eating helped to keep my motivated. I continued to imagine myself healthy and knew that I would get better. It was only time...and I did. And now, I'm continuing to make efforts in my diet and maintaining my health by paying attention to what I put into my body.

Please feel free to use the above as a testimonial for your website, emails, etc. I am so grateful to you for your help and support, and I am happy to share it with others.



I thought I would share this and maybe I am unique in my situation or not? Please share with others as appropriate.

I worked with Anna for the past several years on various health issues and usually during the treatment I "feel" nothing. I hear Anna tell people about the symptoms they might experience while lying on tables but me well I just fell asleep. Perhaps you are like me, you come in; tell Anna your health issues, get stuck with some needles and lay there. The most interesting thing that happens is I get cold and well I just chalk that up to I get cold easily and don't think twice about it. I find acupuncture simple to do and while I "feel" nothing during the treatment yet I am a lot healthier then every before in my life.

I hear others talking about how their bodies react to acupuncture, how sometimes their face itches or they get really hot during the treatment; how electricity seems to shoot down a leg and other similar things. Me, I just take a nap and wake up feeling better then when I went to sleep.

I am sharing this because I am a lot healthier. I graduated from back pain, strengthened my immune system, reduced my stress levels (while keeping the same crazy lifestyle) and lost weight. I did all of this while sleeping on a treatment table "feeling" nothing. Perhaps you are like me and feel nothing while on the treatment table; it is OK we are special and unique and just because we don't feel anything doesn't mean it is not working.

Over the course of time I got healthy and so will you. Christ, my Lord and Savior, gave me an amazing doctor in Anna. God gave Anna an amazing gift to help heal our bodies with a bunch of tiny needles. Take this time and opportunity to get healthy.

....Feels nothing but is a whole lot healthier every day!


Tennis Elbow? You came to the right place. Anna will get you back on track. My story: I developed tennis elbow while lifting too much weight at the gym (yes, I was working with a trainer). After trying to treat the condition on my own, I finally went to an orthopedic doctor where I requested (and received) a cortisone shot so I could actually get some sleep. Knowing this would only mask the pain, I immediately started physical therapy three times per week for six weeks. My elbow felt much better until the cortisone finally wore off in week six. At a loss, I found Anna on the internet and called for help. After seeing Anna, my elbow began to feel better right away. I had two treatments and my elbow has continued to heal. Before you do anything, PLEASE give Anna call.

Ann D.


Every woman's journey in becoming a mother is a individual and personal experience - my was challenging. But through the help of Anna my pregnancy became tolerable and then finally enjoyable. Anna helped me with the undisclosed or non-discussed parts of pregnancy that women don't talk about - and endure with shame or angst. Anna understood the discomforts associated with pregnancy - the lack of sleep, backaches, pelvic pain, nausea, balance issues, exhaustion and so much more. I remember that with one treatment she had my hemorrhoids under control - my OB was impressed! And in another treatment she stopped my leg cramps - my husband was impressed! Especially because I would wake him up in the middle of the night in pain trying to get out of bed.

Through the later part of my pregnancy she prepared my body and mind for preparation of a c-section - while not the most widely accepted form of giving birth this was the safest for the baby and me. My c-section experience was amazing - I was discharged a day early I was on not pain medication from 1 day after surgery My recovery was quick and uncomplicated My scar healed like a scratch - Amazing!

I attribute all of this to the work Anna did on preparing me. Her ability to offer my body comfort and healing through acupuncture allowed me to enjoy the very early moments of my daughter life - one I would not have if I was on pain medications or worse... I got to bond with my daughter and I am grateful for the preparedness that Anna provided to me.


Hello Anna,

It has been a long time! My pain is 99.7% gone. The 0.03% is on some days I feel the muscle little stiff on my left side but it does not pain, or create any issues…. But this goes away easily too.

I am trying to get myself on more regular exercise schedule – still struggling because I am lazy. But otherwise, I am good. I should come for tune-up sometime and to say hello J But other than that, I am good.

Also, I am now coaching my daughter soccer team again for second season and need to build stamina. But this is good stress buster as I am enjoying it tremendously.

Amit V. Khajanchi

(Practitioner’s notes: This patient received 12 treatments for severe sciatic pain and numbness. He was unable to sit for more than 15 minutes when he first came in. He came to my practice after having received months of chiropractic treatment, which did lessen some of his pain. This letter came to me after almost 6 months after his last acupuncture therapy. Although this patient never GRADUATED from pain under my care, the treatment plan and results were still impressive considering that his pain was still 99.7% gone. He also had no more numbness issues. As with all of my cases, I treated this man with Dr. Tan’s Balance Method. NONE of the needles went to the lower back or any areas affected by the sciatic pain and numbness.)


I owed you this update on my health for a while. I know you get a lot of people saying how quick they recover from pain or illness due to acupuncture and herbs; I thought you might like to know the other side of the story, for me this battle has been long and slow.

I was not cured in 1 treatment, my pain did not decrease by 50% on the first visit and I often wondered why you did not give up on me during this time. I would see others in the treatment room state how their pain dropped 30% and remained dropped until the next visit or they had only seen you 3 times and were already feeling better even by small amounts of 5 or 10%. How I longed to be like the people on the “You tube” videos whose pain dropped by 5% each visit or 10 treatments and the pain was 90% gone!

I was not one of those people, after 5 treatments, my pain had not decreased at all—not by 1% and I was worried that you would say there is nothing you can do and release me as a patient. I kept wondering how come others respond so quickly and why I hadn’t seen any improvement. I was watching ladies get pregnant who thought they never would, the sick get healthy and others people’s pain drop to nothing and there I was stuck full of needles and not progressing. It was probably not until treatment 7 that I noticed any improvement in my pain and even that was minimal. Over the next few treatments the pain would drop a few percent, but return after each appointment. I expected a big speech from you stating that you have done everything and I need to try something different. It did not come because as you kept explaining (and the words finally sunk into my head) that therapy takes time. Not everyone sees results overnight and some conditions such as mine take a lot longer to heal then others. While the condition was acute in nature, my body reacted as if I experienced the pain for years. I saw you regularly for several months with your loving and caring attitude towards my health. I just wanted to end the pain. You wanted to fix the issue which would end the pain. At some point probably after a good 15 or 20 treatments the pain finally starting to reduce and I finally got what you said. 10-20 treatments are just the beginning not the end. The pain was dropping slowly and not at all steadily, but it was improving. I know the longer I keep at the acupuncture, the more the pain will disappear totally over time. It took a good 4 to 5 months to end the pain I experienced on a daily basis but I do live pain free now.

Thank you for keeping up the good fight to get me pain free.

- CC


My name is Ben and I have been to Anna for 10 sessions. I have been suffering from back pain , shoulder pain , and my leg falls asleep. This is all due to several accidents car, motor cycle , and skiing needless to say I have not taken very good care of my self, but after Anna helped turn my sisters baby I thought i would give her a try. Since I have been going for treatment I have no pain in my shoulder, back pain has been decreased by 90%, my leg Leg problem has also decresed by 75%. In addition I was smoking a pack a day or more now im down to 2 a day ..............Thanks Anna


I am very happy to say that I would recommend Anna to everyone I know and then some. I feel that she is one of the greatest persons around that could take care of all your pain and suffering. She can change your life for the better. I know because she has changed me for the better.


I have been seeing Anna for about 2 years now and have received 162 treatments thus far.  I would never consider seeing any other Chinese practitioner.

Just think about what you have done to your mind and body over the years. I mean really think about. I did and if I had to do it again, I would change a lot.  First of all, I would not have started smoking.  Just face it.  Would you change a few things if you could?  I would.

The positive changes she has done for me are great. I went in for the first time to see her to see if she could take care of my hand and neck. Today my neck is great. My hand is about 95% better. The medical doctors could not do anything about my pain and tingling except to operate on my neck to fix the problem. I said, “No way.”  That was the beginning with Anna.

Every time I see Anna, she asks me, “How are you doing?” and I tell her what is going on with me physically, mentally and emotionally.  Then she puts her great hands and pins to work.  I feel great afterwards.

I highly recommend Anna for what ever your problem is.

If you have any questions regarding Anna’s skills as a healer, please contact me through Anna. I will be more than happy to talk to you.

Guy R. Webb


Good evening Anna,

I experienced sciatic nerve pain recently and wanted to share how acupuncture helped end the pain quickly!

"The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that starts in the lower back and runs through the buttock and down the lower limb. It is the longest and widest single nerve in the body.  The sciatic supplies nearly the whole of the skin of the leg, the muscles of the back of the thigh, and those of the leg and foot."  I experienced unimaginable pain from my back down my entire left leg ending in my ankle that I sprained several years ago.   To my shock and dismay sitting or laying down increased the level of pain while standing appeared barely tolerable.

Doctors rate pain on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 a minor pain and 10 the worst pain someone ever experienced.  I compared my sprained ankle with the 7 tears to tendons, ligaments and muscles as a 3 on the pain scale  (I have extremely high pain tolerance), to the pain in my back and leg which rated an 8.

I visited the chiropractor who adjusted my neck as I was out of alignment and said a massage, rest and time would eventually heal the pain.  I asked how long eventually was and received the standard answer of everyone is different and while I should start feeling better soon, the pain could take up to a couple of months to fully disappear.  This was the general consensus I received from doctors, family, friends and co-workers.  Everyone said sciatic nerve pain heals slowly and I would live in a pain for at least a couple of months.

Remembering how quickly my ankle pain disappeared after my first visit, I contacted Anna and saw her that day.  After Anna placed several needles in my right arm (not in my back or left leg) the pain level started dropping.   After the treatment my overall pain dropped by 5%.  While to many this seems minuscule to someone with sciatic nerve pain this means a great deal.  I then saw Anna almost daily, 7 visits in 10 days.  Each time the pain dropped from 10 to 50% while on the table and stayed reduced for several hours after I left.  Each treatment reduced the overall pain bit by bit.  My family, friends and co-workers were shocked at how quickly I was recovering since the first few days I could barely walk and could not sit for any length of time. The pain literally shot down my back to may ankle increasing dramatically while sitting.  During meetings at work, I would stand for large parts since the pain decreased while standing (though the looks from some of my co-workers was quite comical, I could not laugh because that also increased the pain).  After 10 visits in 2 weeks my pain was over 90% decreased!!!!!    The last 10% disappeared over the next couple of weeks as I saw Anna less often.  I know that if I kept visiting Anna daily for treatments, the last 10% would disappear even faster.

Instead of the 2 months I was quoted by doctors, family and friends, my sciatic nerve pain was 90% gone in 2 weeks.

Thank you Anna for your help!



Hi Anna,

Today at dance, my shoulder today at dance was sooo much better!  My ankle barely hurt and I was able to some good aerials.

On one aerial, I did something funny and hurt my left hip flexor.  I am going to talk to my dance teachers to see if I could be moving in some way that places excess stress on my hips, but for now, my left one seriously hurts, and I am worried that I pulled it.  My right one was about 40% better today which is good.  I feel somewhat handicapped now that both of them are hurt.

Thank you--the progress with my ankle and shoulder is wonderful!


***This letter was received the same day as the treatment I had given to S.M.  She received ONE treatment for these great results.


Dear Anna,

Thank you for thinking of me... let me give you an update on my condition. My back is feeling better than it has in two years! I still have a ways to go but sometimes I actually have moments of being almost pain free. It's been amazing how much better I feel. I truly believe it is because of you! As you know I have been to doctors, chiropractors and physical therapists for the whole year before I came to you and only got temporary relief at best. Since my 16 treatments with you I am continuing to get better even though I have not been able to see you more. I am able to work out at the gym, (which I could not do before I came to see you) and working out is imperative for the health of my back, so that has been extremely helpful. My ankle and elbow are both doing great! I have not started playing golf yet but I have been able to swing a club! Again, I believe it is because of you I am able to do all of this. Somehow you have opened the channel or 'Qi' to the start of my recovery. Hopefully I will continue to get better and better with time, if not, I will definitely return to see you. I will not forget you, thank you so much. I wish you all the best and huge success in your business and new location. If anyone deserves it, you do.

- A.S.


January 23, 2009

In April of 2006, at the age of 25, I was fortunate enough to meet Anna Dolopo. A dear friend, who had never been to her, saw her card at Dr. Whelan’s office and suggested I go and see if acupuncture could help with my neck pain. I must tell you that I was not necessarily a believer in acupuncture. After much deliberation I figured, why not? It could only help.

The Issue

One night, four years earlier, I was fighting a head cold and decided to sleep with pillows propped under my neck to keep my nasal passage somewhat clear. The next morning I awoke with a pain in my neck like no other. I was unable to sit for more than a few minutes without crying out in pain. At times my pinkie and ring finger on my left hand often became tingly or numb. I went to a physical therapist for months. He did a number of different exercises which seemed to lessen the pain, although it never went away. Finally, I had and MRI that revealed I had a slipped disc between my C-5 and C-6 vertebrae in my neck. Eventually I bought a Saunders Home Traction Unit so that I could put my neck in traction everyday…this helped to manage the pain and eventually I could sit for long periods of time.

The Solution

Skip forward to April 2006. I explained all of my neck history to Anna who basically said, “Come see me 3 times a week and I will hopefully be able to get rid of your neck pain.” Like many non-believers, I thought she was nuts! I was compliant but not expecting anything. I saw Anna 3 times a week for a couple of months, slowly dwindling down to a couple times a week and then once a week for a total of about a year. It only took a week or two for my neck pain to reduce by at least half. While I was seeing Anna regularly, very rarely did I ever feel neck pain. As of today I no longer use the traction unit and see her on occasion for a “tune up”. I am now a firm believer in acupuncture and will tell anyone who will listen that Anna is a great healer and we are all lucky to have her services.

- Samantha Klassen


Before I came to see Anna my periods were painful and irregular. Anna helped to make them regular and to greatly lessen the pain. Now I can function and get on with my life during my periods. Also, Anna's 'bedside manner' is so soothing and positive. I don't hesitate to recommend her to any of my friends.

- K.G.


Hi Anna,

It was really nice to meet you! You are an amazing person and a true healer. I told my uncle that last night, for the first time in years, I didn't have any lower back pain when I slept. I normally have a hard time finding a comfortable position to fall asleep in, as there is always a dull ache in my lower back and I notice it especially when I try to fall asleep. But last night, it felt odd, actually, not to have any pain! Thank you again!!

-Brittany A.

Please note that this patient received this type of improvement after JUST ONE treatment that day.


When I learned I was to have abdominal hernia surgery I talked with Anna about treating it with acupuncture. She said she could help ease the recovery time by treating it both in advance and afterwards. Anna started treating me about two months before the surgery. In recovery I awoke very easily and was able to walk, unassisted, to the restroom and never had any feeling of nausea. I was written a prescription for paid medication but DID NOT NEED ANY. Anna has treated me a few times so far afterwards and I feel fine, other than that I cannot do any heavy lifting, per the doctors orders.

- Jasmin Putnam


Thank you for taking care of my dad. We really appreciate it. He told me
how he enjoys coming to see you and likes that you always give him a hug.
We had an 80th birthday party for him on Sunday with 100 people coming to
honor him. He was feeling so good thanks to you. I’ll try to get him to
you as often as we can. Thanks again you are the best!!


This person's father received just 3 treatments! His chief complaint is
neck pain/stiffness.


I have been seeing Anna bi-weekly since February 07 for improvement in my health after having radioactive iodine treatment (RAI) done on my thyroid. Without a working thyroid and supplementing with Synthroid, I was still experiencing weight gain, anxiety, restless sleep, joint aches and fatigue. My acupuncture treatments created relief in all of these areas. Although I still have weight I would like to lose, I have had some small weight loss which hadn't happened with diet and exercise. Three weeks ago, I was diagnosed with Shingles. The doctor said it was a very mild case and that I should heal in a week. I decided to start seeing Anna weekly and I believe it was her treatments that caused it to be a mild case and brought about my quick healing. Thank you so much, Anna, for your work.

-Tonya Barnes


I started seeing Anna about two months ago after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease known as Guillian Barre. I was diagnosed with this disease that made me feel like I was much older than the 18 years that I am. It started with extremely sharp pains that went from my lower back and shot down into my leg, after that my feet went completely numb and I lost my reflexes in them, the left side of my face became completely paralyzed, and my fingers were constantly tingling. I was told that all of these symptoms would take about a year or longer to completely heal. After seeing multiple doctors and finding out there was nothing that western medicines could do for me, I started seeing Anna two to three times a week. By about the second week of treatment the pain in my lower back and leg was completely gone and about six weeks into my treatments the numbness of my feet and tingling in my hands was 90-95% improved. The paralysis in my face was what I wanted to focus on the most after the pain was gone. Now after seeing Anna for about two months my face has improved about 95%.

Seeing so much improvement, through Anna’s help, in such a short time really showed me that acupuncture works. Even my neurologist was surprised at how quickly I was healing. After the first couple weeks of treatment I was already feeling a lot better and the progress that was gave me so much more encouragement to keep going to my treatments. I am so grateful, everyday, for everything that Anna has done for me and that she was placed in my life at this critical time. I have so much more energy and I am still continuing to see improvements with one treatment a week. Almost 100% improvement in two months is more than I could have ever asked for!

Anna, thank you for everything that you have done for me.

- Elizabeth Kerr


My wrist is unbelievably better (I don't know how you do it!)...I haven't worn my wrist guard all week and even the doctor couldn't fix it. While it's not yet as flexible as it was, it is definitely 90% better, which is a huge feat considering how painful any movement was prior to last week's visit with you. And I'm able to write/type at work without any soreness -- very important when you're a communication professional. I think it's safe to say that we'll reach that 100% this week.

- D.B.


Anna has helped to heal my neck problems in less than a year that I have struggled with for over 5 years.  I went to multiple doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists, but it was Anna who eventually helped to heal my pain.  I recommend Anna to anyone who struggles with any type of physical pain.  She not only achieves results, but also becomes a very trustworthy and reliable friend.

- Piper Medcalf


I started seeing Anna in the beginning of summer for an enlarged lymph node. What I didn’t know was that she was going to help me with so many other things in my body. I had minor digestion problems my whole life.
After I ate, I would always have some discomfort which I just considered a normal part of digestion. Now after I eat, I feel good with no pain. I now realize that this is normal. Acupuncture has helped me to identify when I feel full which allows me to stop eating before I over eat. As a result I have started to lose weight without even trying. She has also helped me tremendously with overstressing and worrying. I feel so much more in control of my thoughts and emotions and have much more happiness
and a sense of peace in my life. I still see Anna regularly for my
lymph node and I continue to enjoy the benefits of her acupuncture for any new ailments that come up along the way. For instance, she has helped me recover from a cold much quicker than I would have in the past. She has also helped me to get over a knee injury I recently experienced doing yoga. I recommend acupuncture to friends and strangers all the time. It has improved the quality of my life tremendously.

- Stefanie


A simple misstep leads to devastating consequences.

In September 2005, I took a simple misstep causing a serious sprained ankle, with 7 different tears to tendons, ligaments, and muscles. After 6 months of casts and physical rehabilitation, my ankle was healed; however, I experienced excruciating pain daily. My orthopedic surgeon recommended against surgery as my ankle would actually end up worse. For the next year and a half I lived in pain. This is when I met Anna and decided to try something I never thought I would do - acupuncture.

In May 2007 I visited Anna for the first time and explained the ongoing pain I still experienced each and every day. During the first treatment, the pain level dropped by 50% during the treatment. Words can truly not explain the relief I felt at that moment. Anna explained the protocol for the best results and the wonderful words of this process was not to MANAGE but GRADUATE from the pain. For the first month, I went 3 times a week watching in amazement as the pain decreased with each visit. I then switched to 2 times a week for the next month and now see Anna about once a week. The pain not only totally disappeared during the treatment but for the last several weeks I experienced no ankle pain at all!

Thank you Anna, for all your help from a simple misstep.

- Claire


Dear Anna,

It's hard to believe that I came to you only 4 months ago with excruciating pain in my neck, shoulder, and left arm from a pinched nerve and I am now almost back to 100%. I was in such extreme pain, I was willing to try anything beyond the western medical techniques that had already been attempted by my doctors. Following your guidance of being committed to the process and having treatments 3 times a week for the first 2 1/2 months, then going to 1 time a week, and now once every 1 1/2 weeks has proven to be the right choice. And an added benefit is that during this time, through acupuncture, I was able to discontinue HRT with very little side effect!

I believe that my situation was a challenge for both of us; me as the patient and possibly you as a practitioner. I want to tell you that you amaze me with your tenacity and intuition on always knowing the right approach and treatment to provide with every one of my visits. There were times I almost gave up and if it were not for you, I very well may have.

Thank you for not giving up on me and seeing me through what has been a most difficult time in my life. I don't know how to thank you other than to say you have a true gift and I am so very appreciative of your patience with me and honored to be one of your clients.

My Best,


Dear Ms. Anna Dolopo,

Thank you very much for doing what you do best to heal my back! I am currently training for a marathon and about 3 weeks ago, I ended up hurting the lower part of the back after running for over an hour with sub par shoes. It was so extreme that the event kept me bed ridden all weekend.

I was skeptical at first in your abilities to heal as an acupuncturist as my grandfather was in the same profession and has always treated me up until 6 years ago when he passed away. I’ve always attributed my extraordinary health to acupuncture but stopped treatments when Grandpa Chung went to be with the Lord. Thus, the resulting skepticism in your abilities as an acupuncturist (you had huge shoes to fill!).

However, after 2 sessions for the back problem, my back has healed and I’m “back” running and training for my next run. Not to mention, I’ve achieved a level of energy not identified until 6 years ago and a weight loss of several pounds!! Furthermore, you’re one of the most professional individuals that I know and you possess a unique knowledge and care that results in life long customers!

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.

Very Respectfully,
Charles P. Shin, President
Caboodle Cartridge Orange County
Caboodle Cartridge San Diego


I came to Anna with tendonitis that I'd had for several months. It had not improved in spite of my having vigorously applied several types of modalities to improve it. To my amazement, after one treatment with Anna, I experienced about a 75% improvement! It was as if she had found the just the right key to unlock the puzzle.

Ariana Attie


To Whom It May Concern:

The purpose of this letter is to highly recommend the services of Anna Dolopo for acupuncture & massages. Ever since I have used Anna to help with my chronic lower back problems and arthritis in my fingers have helped tremendously. Every time my back hurts, body aches and arthritis in fingers, she would heal me in a natural way without having to take prescriptions as often. If it were not for Anna, I would have constant back pain and arthritis in my fingers.

She is a Godsend! I told Anna that I must have her for life. No medications can top it. Every time I am in agony, she found a way to take me in immediately knowing that she will relieve my pain. When I was a child, I had acupuncture for my hearing loss by a doctor and it didn’t help but I am used to what acupuncture is about. It is a natural way of curing & hope. I highly recommend her services.


- Cindi Krisle


For my photography business, I spend a lot of time on the computer and was experiencing pain in my arm which I use for mousing. I received acupuncture treatment for arm from Anna to relieve the pain. I felt lots of relief from the treatment. But what was more important was addressing the root cause and prevention. Anna helped me work on what I should do to and watch for so that I would avoid more pain down the road. I now am very much aware of my condition and greatly thank Anna for her utmost help in my treatment.

- Ed Atrero, Atrero Photography


When I first came to see Anna, I was in so much pain I could barely stand it. I had dislocated my right elbow in an accident and the pain was radiating to my left side and affecting my neck and my left shoulder. Anna got me an appointment right away and started to work on me. She did massage and acupuncture and my pain eased up. Although I’m not afraid of needles, the idea of intentionally being poked with numerous needles concerned me! Anna was wonderful – she walked me through the process and made sure I knew what to expect. She was so patient and explained everything and answered all my questions every step of the way. I know I can count on Anna if I’m ever in pain like that again. No matter how I felt when I came into the office, I know I’ll feel remarkably better after a treatment, and it’s not just improvement on a physical level. . . the relaxation and peace of mind you receive are priceless!

Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!

- Erin T. Bello, Associated Telecom


We started seeing Anna two months ago after a conversation with her on the phone. We immediately felt comfortable and knew we wanted to work with her. After just a few treatments we began to see results in weight loss, more energy, less anxiety, alcohol reduction and pain relief.

Anna took her time, listened and answered all of our questions and we felt very comfortable with her.

She is very knowledgeable in acupuncture, massage and herbal therapy. She always goes out of her way to help us, including finding acupuncturists in Texas and Missouri for family members.

We recently attended Anna's ribbon cutting ceremony with her other patients and friends and we could tell how much they all respected and liked Anna as well as we do. We look forward to seeing Anna on our weekly appointments.

- Fat Sobczak & Barb Whan


I have benefited from my acupuncture treatments for problems that I had with my back. I started the treatments when I had 3 herniated discs on my back. The acupuncture treatments really helped me to achieve less pain and live a normal and healthy life. Anna was very personable and provided herbs and treatments that really helped me achieve not using a heating pad or heavy doses of medication to just live a normal life. I would recommend acupuncture treatments to those needing a solution before you resort to surgery.

- Jorge Barcia


I was referred to Anna in 1997 for hypertension and stress. With her treatment and prescribed herbs my blood pressure and stress level dropped significantly and have felt better. I still see Anna today for any symptoms related to stress, aches or pains due to physical activity or to treat the common cold and I always feel better after her treatments than I do taking western medications.

- Justin Lussier


Over the years I have worked with Anna professionally and as a client, I have always been impressed by her enthusiasm, professionalism, hard work ethic and knowledge. She treated me using acupuncture for a shoulder problem that disappeared in minutes, after other traditional treatments for the same problem had taken months to do the same. She also started working with me for female hormone issues using acupuncture and Chinese herbs that I am confident would have done a world of good had I been able to continue with them. I wish I had found her sooner!

Thanks Anna for everything!

- Kathi Wormald


Why did you come into our clinic?  I came into the clinic because of my foot pain.

How often have your treatments been and for how long now?  I have been coming once a month for the last two months.

What is the percentage of how much your chief complaint has improved?  My pain level has gone down by 25%. 

How would you say that the treatments have positively impacted your life overall?  The positive impact on my life include the reduction of pain, thus enabling me to enjoy work again. The foot feels much better.  My mood is better.  My energy is much more positive. 


Hi Anna,

I went to physical therapy this AM and told my therapist that I had acupuncture yesterday. He said he immediately noticed my foot when I walked in, and that it looked so much better. It was not red as it had been in the past. We talked a lot about acupuncture, and he really believes in it. He said that even if the medical literature doesn't support it, he does, and he has seen great results with it.

I will give him your card, who knows, maybe he will refer patients to you.
His name is Al Lavayen. He is a PhD in physical therapy, and he teaches at USC. He also does EMG'S. I have known him and gone to him since the early 1990's He is GREAT.

I am so pleased about yesterday. I am moving more easily, with less pain, and my mood is better too.

Thank you.
Mandy Veys, R.N.


I went to Anna for acupuncture. I was quite skeptical that needles could actually help REDUCE pain. I had a stiff neck on the left side. So needles in the right wrist cleared that up. Lower right back was a little tight, so needles in the left ankle area fixed that. Amazing!

Mark Bock
FFI Distributor
949-365-4423 or 949-813-5929


As a very busy owner and operator of a commercial printing and graphic design company here in San Diego, Anna has helped me with my stress, sore muscles and immune system. Because of Chinese medicine, I am always on top of my game at work!

It would be my pleasure to talk with anyone about Anna’s skills as a practitioner and her treatments with me over the years. Thanks so much!

- Thomas Ackerman, Spirit Graphics and Printing Inc.


Dear Anna,

Last July I was performing a task that I have done 12 times a week for six years, when I had a freak injury to my shoulder. There was not a shooting pain, just a twinge but I then had a very limited range of motion - and pain as I moved it.

That was on a Wednesday and I had an annual golf outing planned the following Thursday and Friday. Needless to say I was concerned about even being able to go.

I saw you just three times: Thursday; Saturday; and the following Tuesday. Each time the pain lessened and the range of motion improved! Due to your exceptional work I was able to attend the outing and played 99 holes of golf in two days with zero pain! I have remained relatively pain free since.

You have continued treating me for other chronic, albeit less severe, pains in my knee and elbow with the same success for which I appreciate very much.

Continued success in your business and please feel free to have anyone contact me personally if they would like to talk.

- Tim Putnam, Putnam Enterprises


Anna is my first and only acupuncturist.

As an Engineer I realized the needle size Anna is working with and was shocked at how it altered my pain. I had heard from my daughter Nicole about the work Anna is doing and felt in the right place to try something to relieve the pain in my elbows.

I was surprised at how much pressure can be applied at specified points of the the body utilizing such a small instrument. I had taken my daughter Nicole, as a young child, to an acupuncturist to reverse the affects of TMJ and now she has returned the favor.

The pain in one elbow was gone 100% and the other which was worse the pain had subsided over 75%.

Thank You Anna!

- Tim Westhoff, IMAGINE


I have been Anna’s patient since June 2007. For the past two years I have been heavily into Chinese magic and its philosophical mumbo-jumbo. Acupuncture always seemed to me to be the cure for some psychological and behavioral issues I believed were hurting me in life.

I had walked into a different acupuncture clinic prior to seeing Anna and, even with my belief in acupuncture, I did not feel like the practitioner would be able to help me with my problems.

I am a former ladies’ shoes salesman and I met Anna selling her a pair PF shoes. She seemed very full of energy and when I rang her up at the cash register, I saw on her card "Elements in Harmony.” What followed was a dynamic conversation, just like she promises on her voicemail. After my first treatment, I noticed results: I had complained of an irregular sleeping pattern; that night I focused on one of the points she put in the back of my head and soon after had no problems knocking out. That achievement combined with Anna's "dynamism" sealed the deal for me.

Needless to say, I have seen Anna consistently since then and am very happy to say that as she promises, I have graduated from many of the pains I had initially come to see her for. I have always had a problem with structure, anxiety, and attitude with life. The anxiety I used to have is now completely eliminated. My attitude and sense of uselessness is now gone. I am now doing physical training daily and am pursuing an acting career with promising results. What this means to me is priceless and I can write on about this success forever. A lower back pain that used to plague me daily is now nearly gone.

I have no doubt in my mind that Anna played a crucial role in all of these positive results. One cannot help but love and admire the intensity and passion that she has for her craft. Without a doubt, this is something you will see in her every time you get a treatment, which transcends into giving each patient a positive experience, and most importantly, results.

In the Chinese Zodiac, Anna falls in the year of the Ox. I fall on the year of the Rat. There is a legend that all the animals of the Chinese Zodiac had a race across a great stream to determine what place they would be given during the zodiac's 12-year cycle. The Rat came in first and the Ox came in second. The Rat struck a deal with the Ox and rode on its back, while the Ox worked hard, trudging through the water, arriving at the other end and giving the Rat victory.

Anna has been my stability in life, and I am confident that no other acupuncturist could have given me the results she has. I am sure that if you are not a Rat, she can still carry you to victory across the great stream as well.

-Adam Mitchell

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