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I have visited Anna, a few times and I have NEVER felt so good I, think I was floating on a cloud for days after my visit and feeling impossibly HAPPY!

Thank you so much,



For almost two years, I was experiencing panic attacks. Not every day, and never for more than an hour or two at a time, but my stress level would build to a point that I would not be functional. I would feel closed in, and just shut down emotionally. I really didn't need much of anything to set it off, either – sometimes just the fear that I was going to have a panic attack caused one! Previous to this, I had always been a strong, calm person, someone able to handle anything thrown my way, so this was a big change for me.

I came to Anna for treatment of other issues, but I did mention this problem to her in our first conversation and in the initial paperwork. Anna treated this issue through acupuncture, of course, but she also talked to me about it, and would give me "homework" exercises – basically different thoughts and phrases to repeat to myself at home that would help with the process. The amount of genuine care and concern that she has always given me through the treatments or through a conversation or email is what sets her apart. Anna is not only a skilled acupuncturist, she is a warm and caring person that truly wants to help all of her patients to be free of pain, both physical and emotional.

Now, almost 9 months after starting treatments, I can't believe the difference. It was a gradual progression, and I can't say that I never feel stress anymore – I am human after all! But I don't have that same "closed in" feeling, and I am able to work through it. I haven't had a panic attack in over 2 months, and when I do experience stress, I don't feel overwhelmed by it. Before I started my acupuncture treatments, I had tried meditation, anti-anxiety pills, even taking a leave of absence from work to alleviate the panic attacks – nothing helped. But now, through my acupuncture treatments, I feel like my old self again. I know that everyone is different, but I couldn't be happier with my results. I highly recommend acupuncture treatments.



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


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!


Dear Anna,

Thank you so much for changing my life and the way I now view the importance of mind and body health. When I came to you in August, my menstrual cycles were 60-75 days long and I was suffering from the effects of severe hormonal fluctuations. Your caring nature and passion for Chinese medicine intrigued me and I didn’t have many options with Western medicine. Not only do I feel SO much better, but I am a BELIEVER that it’s in everyone’s best interest to bring the body into homeostasis. My cycles have shortened to 35 days and I am much more relaxed, which has resulted in a decrease in obsessive-compulsive behaviors. I was underweight and staying up too late. I’ve now gained 4 pounds and am feeling energetic but more rested. Best of all, after getting to know you and the healing power of Chinese medicine, I was inspired to make dietary and lifestyle changes to supplement the acupuncture and herbs. Everyday, I am enthralled with my progress and appreciative of your help to get me here. Thank you!

-Tricia B.


Hi Anna,
You have treated me a great deal for stress; so I did some research and realized the only reason I am healthy at all today and not blown over by every cold or flu that walks in the door of my office is because of acupuncture.  So I wrote this up for you.

From Wikipedia.org

In 1967, psychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe examined the medical records of over 5,000 medical patients as a way to determine whether stressful events might cause illnesses. Patients were asked to tally a list of 43 life events based on a relative score. A positive 0.1 correlation was found between their life events and their illnesses.

Their results were published as the Social Readjustment Rating Scale (SRRS),[1] known more commonly as the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale. Subsequent validation has supported the links between stress and illness.[2]

Stress levels

Score of 300+: At risk of illness.
Score of 150-299+: Risk of illness is moderate (reduced by 30% from the above risk).
Score 150-: Only have a slight risk of illness.

If you have ever taken a Homes and Rhea stress scale; you would know that some rating over 300 is considered very dangerous. Well life has a way of sometimes coming up on you and your stress can hit levels that high--as mine have in the past year.

In the past year I experienced the following:

  • Purchasing my first home
  • Paying my first mortgage
  • Experience turbulent market conditions as coworkers lost their jobs
  • Variation of my job responsibilities (see above item for reason)
  • Watched several industries crash causing a global economic downturn
  • Enjoyed a short vacation (before buying the home)
  • Spent time with family and friends enjoying Christmas (yes even Christmas can be stressful)
  • Change in the health of family members
  • Improved my eating and sleeping habits (which is a good thing!)
    and well the list could go on...but the point is that according to all the experts I was a stress mess waiting for the slightest cold or flu bug to fly in and make me dreadfully ill.

Instead of succumbing to the stress of personal, family and work, Anna treated me for the stress and today, as I am still amazed at everything that happened in the last 6 months--let alone the past year, I am sleeping well and eating healthy.  If it was not for acupuncture I know this would not be the case.  Before Anna started treating me for stress, I would catch every bug (cold or flu) that seemed to creep into the office.  I would spend each winter fighting infection after infection because stress had weakened my immune system.  The opposite is now occurring.  I am healthy!

Thank you for strengthening my immune system and lowering my stress.



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


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.


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



With constant travel, hours in front of a computer and the stress of an executive lifestyle my body began to give up trying to compensate for the lack of sleep and attention needed. With your treatment and attention to what my body needed I saw a surge in energy, my immune system rebounded and I am now able to tackle the never ending list in front of me with the confidence that my body will not let me down. I look forward to my next treatment.

- Pete Deutschman, The Buddy Group

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