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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am originally from Louisiana but I have been living in the bay area since 2008 and now consider it my home, yet I haven’t forsaken all of my southern roots, specifically those around cooking. I love to cook the traditional food i grew up on like jambalaya, gumbo, and etouffees. I tried community acupuncture years ago on a whim for chronic pain from a car accident, and without having any belief, understanding, or expectations I was blown away with how quickly the pain (that I thought I was going to live with) was alleviated. I love community acupuncture because it makes acupuncture accessible and I’m thrilled to be a part of something which has changed my own life so much. I’ve studied acupuncture in China and Japan partly to deepen my knowledge of the medicine; however mostly to help satiate my desire to travel. I enjoy nature and adventure so I try to escape to the sierras for camping and ethical wild harvesting when I can. When we meet I look forward to your sci-fi and fantasy book suggestions.
Acupuncture found me in 2008 after dealing with chronic pain from injury. I was amazed at how much better I felt after acupuncture sessions. I became obsessed with learning more through study. When the opportunity came to make a career change, I knew I had to go for it. I graduated from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College Berkeley in 2017. I love community acupuncture because I want to live in a society that has accessible and affordable health care for all. I love living in Oakland and am thrilled to be able to offer acupuncture within my local community. When I am not studying Chinese medicine, I also enjoy being outdoors, reading, yoga and spending time with my family.