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 and my son who are both super fun. You might see us smelling flowers or chasing turkeys in the Morcom Rose Garden. I also enjoy listening to my (ridiculously large) vinyl collection, 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, Tuesday and 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.

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.

Ruben Bomse, LAc

I came to this medicine first as a patient, amazed and puzzled by the different ways I was helped. After many years of experiencing relief and more ease in my body, curiosity of the how and why turned into formally studying East Asian medicine. I believe our bodies and communities are angling to heal and be held; I love the access community acupuncture provides so that this can happen for folks, in large and small ways. I’ve lived in the Bay Area nearly all my life, and I can’t see myself anywhere else. Nature with my dog and partner keep me grounded; books and podcasts give my mind something to chew on; and moments of liveliness are what I’m after.


Beth Bouffard, LAc

I have been studying and practicing Chinese medicine for fifteen years and working as an acupuncturist for five years. I began my studies on myself, as I experimented in the kitchen with Chinese medicinal cooking. My appetite for study was stimulated by the philosophy of Chinese medicine and the artistry in the language, theory, and practice of the medicine. I believe that health means living fully in our bodies and in touch with the cyclical changes of the world around us. Healing is a matter of finding ways to connect with and respond to the messages our body and environment are sending us. When this happens we can fully experience and express our humanity. I aim to support people in connecting to the inherent wisdom of their bodies and Nature so their own natural healing ability and rhythms emerge. When I’m not practicing acupuncture you might find me in the kitchen creating nourishing meals, hanging out with goats or horses, hiking in the East Bay hills, teaching about Chinese medicine nutrition and cooking, or collaborating with friends to have fun and change the world.