Acupuncturist Bios

Jeffrey Levin, LAc

I came across acupuncture while traveling in Thailand early in 2005. The effects of my treatments were so miraculous and profound that by the time I returned to the United States, I had decided to become an acupuncturist. All these years later, I feel very lucky to be able to offer the benefits of acupuncture to my local Oakland community. When I’m not at work, I’m usually hanging out with my daughter Audrey and my son Calder who are both super fun. You might see us collecting flower petals or chasing turkeys in the Morcom Rose Garden. I also enjoy listening to my (ridiculously large) vinyl collection, sharing bottles from my (sadly small) wine collection, practicing and teaching yoga and meditation, sipping my fresh direct trade Ethiopian coffee, and cooking and eating delicious food. I am a simple man with sophisticated tastes.  I work in the Grand Ave clinic Monday through Thursday.

 

Lori Tusa, LAc

I have been residing in the Bay Area since 2000, but am from Long Island, NY. I am happy to be here and even happier to be practicing acupuncture. While I was a massage therapist for years, I think acupuncture is even more effective for a wider variety of concerns. I have varied and numerous interests, but Chinese Medicine is so vast and applicable to so many things that my fascination with it never fades. It is great how accessible it is becoming and the more people it can help, the better. When I am not practicing I often find myself exploring the Bay, biking, hiking, reading, and (my favorite) rock climbing.  I work at the Grand Ave clinic Tuesday through Friday.

Sarah Elliott, LAc

After completing my BS in Biology at San Diego State University I briefly worked as a cellular biologist, but it didn’t take long for me to realize this was not my calling. Therefore I decided change paths and pursue my lifelong interest in the healing arts. This deviation brought me back to my hometown, Santa Cruz, where I spent four years studying Chinese Medicine, and I couldn’t be happier with this career decision. I’ve found such fulfillment providing assistance to individuals on their path to wellness, and am continually amazed by the transformations that can occur with the inspiration of just a few little needles.  When I first moved to Oakland, I found OAP as a patient, quickly fell in love with the community feel, and am delighted to be able to give back as a practitioner.  In my spare time you’ll find me tending veggies in the garden, road tripping, goofing around with my kid, and dancing whenever I can.  I work at the Laurel Ave clinic Tuesday through Friday.

head shot ray.3Ray Himmelman, LAc

The first time I was exposed to acupuncture was while working in administration at a small community health clinic in San Francisco. I remember peeking my head into the community clinic and seeing a room full of people, peacefully resting with tiny needles in their ears, hands and feet. Acupuncture seemed like magic to me at the time. After years of study and practice, Iʼm still amazed by the magic of acupuncture, and Iʼm thrilled to be sharing it at Oakland Acupuncture Project. Public health and social justice are passions of mine, and I see my practice of acupuncture through a socio-political lens: helping individuals feel better is a small but important piece of the larger work of collective healing. Because I believe we are all the experts of our own experience, I approach my work from a harm reductionist, body-positive and gender-inclusive place. These days, when Iʼm not giving acupuncture treatments, Iʼm probably surfing!

 

jcowpicJen Cowing, LAc

Born in the Bay Area and raised in Plymouth, Massachusetts, I guess I’ve always appreciated dualities in life: East and West, tradition and innovation, and—later, studying Daoism and Anthropology at Boston University—yin and yang. I was struck by the notion that the laws of nature govern our bodies as well as the world, and moved by the simplicity with which this idea could assist such profound healing. At American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, I learned to find inner balance through natural medicine, and aspire to use these tools as a conduit for others in their own healing journeys. When I’m not doing that, I’m probably seeking out new music and delicious food, biking around, drinking wine and taking pictures of my cat, or running away from the geese at Lake Merritt.

Evelyn Williamson, LAc

I am an Oakland native, born and raised here. This beautiful, complicated city is part of my heart. I first experienced what acupuncture was capable of as a patient at Oakland Acupuncture Project. Then I read a little more about Chinese Medicine and a little bell went off inside my head, I needed to learn how to do this! So I did. I am so excited that I get to use it here and do something meaningful in a place that means so much to me. I love helping people feel better and I believe that when we feel better we are more likely to move in the world with compassion and patience; more capable of dealing with life’s struggles. You may recognize me from my alternate incarnation as the mud-spattered organic veggie slinger at your favorite farmer’s market, but don’t worry, I won’t try to convince you of the wonders of cauliflower during your treatment (or stick pins in you while you’re shopping for kale). If I’m not at work you will probably find me reading novels or climbing mountains, depending on the weather.

 

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Bess Corey, LAc
I found natural medicine where I grew up, in the farms and foods of Western Massachusetts.
At a young age, I started practicing Yoga and meditation and traveled to India to deepen my perspective. I came back to the states with a bad parasite and, despite my skepticism, got acupuncture which brought me back to life. Since then I continued exploring all holistic modalities from western herbalism to abdominal massage. I chose to go to grad school for Chinese medicine specifically because I found it to be the most financially accessible form of natural medicine out there. That accessibility is my number one priority as a practitioner, and I’m so happy it’s growing.
I’ve been in the field for 14 years and the more I do it, the more passion I have for all of the aspects of practicing and learning. Natural medicine teaches me how to live humbly and happily while still adapting to the wildness and unpredictability of life. I spend a lot of time doing simple things like cooking and walking surrounded by music, sitting in the sun in my backyard, and hanging out with my people. I share all of these things with my partner in crime and our newborn baby.