My name is Kim Neumann, and I run a holistic wellness practice on Oakland’s Piedmont Avenue. My qualifications are in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, nutritional and lifestyle counseling, and traditional Asian massage (tui na, shiatsu).
I came to Chinese medicine in my early thirties. At that time, I was enjoying a career in textbook publishing, with plenty of running, biking, yoga and other pursuits thrown in for good balance. Despite my healthy lifestyle, I had a couple of minor, though lingering health concerns that were not responding well to conventional medicine.
Around this time, a close family member was diagnosed with sacroiliac joint dysfunction. The doctors prescribed an arsenal of high-dose pain medications (oxycodone, oxycontin, and ibuprofen), which eventually lead to ER visits due to their complications. Out of fear and frustration, my research intensified, and my fascination with TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) grew. I quickly resolved to make a career switch, and pursued a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
My experience – both personal and as a practitioner – routinely demonstrates to me the efficacy of Chinese medicine for a wide range of ailments. While I believe that allopathic medicine plays a crucial role in many aspects of health, Chinese medicine – used alone or in conjunction with other therapies – is exceptional in its affinity for working with the body to resolve many of our health concerns, with few to no side effects.
Born and educated in western Massachusetts, I pursued my undergraduate studies in mass communications, film, and French. I have lived in France, trained in endurance sports, and enjoyed careers in marketing, public relations, web and multimedia design, textbook publishing, and the nonprofit sector.
Since my teenage years, I have been drawn to yoga, various forms of meditation, experiments in diet and nutrition, and the wisdom of a number of gifted healers and teachers. These experiences contribute greatly to my clinical practice and style.
My professional membership, credentials and education include:
- Professional membership with the California State Oriental Medical Association (CSOMA)
- Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM), San Francisco
- Licensed by the state of California to practice acupuncture and Chinese medicine
- Nationally board certified in Oriental Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Biomedicine and Acupuncture
- Certified in shiatsu and therapeutic massage from the San Francisco School of Massage; additional training in tui na (Chinese medical massage) at ACTCM
I have also organized conferences and promoted the acupuncture profession through my work at CSOMA over the last several years.
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