Tatyana Ryevzina, LAc, co-manager, chair (she/her or they/them)
Languages: English and Russian
I grew up in the former Soviet Union and immigrated to the United States as a teen, living in New York and Chicago before moving to the Bay Area in 1998. I have been involved with various healing and meditation traditions for over 30 years and have been practicing acupuncture and Chinese herbal Medicine since 2003. I started out providing acupuncture in public health settings, including Quan Yin Healing Arts Center in San Francisco and the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic in Oakland, and quickly realized that working with under-served populations was a passion of mine.
Being introduced to the Community Acupuncture practice model in 2006 transformed me deeply. It made sense to me from the point of view of sustainability, healthcare access, social justice, “right livelihood”, and as an antidote to isolation. I have taught Community Acupuncture practice development at AIMC, an acupuncture college in Berkeley. I also served on the Board of Directors of Community Acupuncture Network and volunteered for POCA co-op, helping develop online continuing education courses for fellow community acupuncturists.
If you hike at Point Pinole or Wildcat Regional Parks, or take classes at the Richmond Art Center you have probably run into me there. I am a step-parent, an empty nester, a fermenter, and a (sporadic) meditator, painter/doodler.
Pamela O’Malley Chang, LAc, co-manager, treasurer, secretary
I grew up in Massachusetts, daughter of a Chinese immigrant biologist father and a Chinese-American librarian mother. After 20 years of practicing architecture/civil engineering, and a bout with early-stage ovarian cancer, I received a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, California and am licensed to practice acupuncture in California.
Having a deep-seated desire for a world with ample resources for people to create their own solutions to everyday problems, I am delighted to have worked at Sarana Community Acupuncture since 2008. I am a member of the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA) co-op.
For many years I volunteered at the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic—a clinic that offers free alternative-therapy care for low-income women with cancer. Outside of work, I am a mostly-mediocre violinist, swimmer, and tai-chi practitioner. I have an aquaponic garden in my Berkeley backyard. I am also a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and a former Peace Corps Volunteer (Micronesia).
Katie Scarlett, LAc (she/her)
Languages: English and minimal Japanese
I was born and raised in Southern California, but it was while I was living in the high desert of northern New Mexico where I had my first acupuncture treatment at a community clinic. Not only was it a profound experience for my personal health, but it led me to imagine a new path — a path where I could channel all my passion and previous studies in Chinese classics and Buddhist philosophy and meditation directly into the day to day life of regular people, (like myself)! I feel that the POCA model of inclusive, affordable health care creates a much-needed and accessible space for healing in our otherwise inequitable and profit-driven world.
I moved to the Bay Area in 2014 and began my Chinese Medicine studies at ACTCM in San Francisco, and graduated from AIMC in Berkeley in 2019. I made sure to sign up for as many externships as I could, namely: Ashby Lifelong Clinic, Charlotte Maxwell, UC Berkeley Athletics, and SF Homeless Prenatal. During these 5 years you may have seen me volunteer at the front desk at Sarana, or perhaps giving cupping and shiatsu treatments. Now I’m ready to step into being a “Punk” and offer acupuncture as well!
I’m a professional lady but I still have a child’s heart. When I’m not working I like to bust out my karaoke microphone and sing. Or I’ll blow off some steam with some furious dancing to Daft Punk or the latest pop and hip hop music. I love DDR, RPG video games, anime, manga, and reading novels. When times get tough I consult the Yi Jing for guidance. I prefer to start off my day with meditation and a cup of coffee.
Languages: English, some Spanish
I am a Bay Area native, and grew up in the East Bay. I was a co-manager at Sarana from 2016 to 2020.
I first discovered Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2012 at a community clinic in San Francisco. I became fascinated with acupuncture as I witnessed empowering shifts in my body and mind during a series of treatments. I then pivoted from my path of studying Western medicine and enrolled in acupuncture school in my hometown of Santa Cruz, CA. I am passionate about providing accessible acupuncture as a practitioner and the “group qi” resonance I feel as a patient when resting and healing among others in my community. In my free time I love to read, practice yoga, and explore the natural beauty of the Bay Area.
Staff Acupuncturists currently on leave
Sean Carson, LAc
I was born and raised in Californian suburbia. After escaping to UC Davis in the early 90s, I found myself unexpectedly studying tai chi, qi gong, and Chinese herbal medicine with a local master who indelibly influenced my life. This fortuitous meeting led to my becoming an herbal pharmacist and assistant to one of the few local acupuncturists. It wasn’t long before I knew that I found my calling. I remember looking at my first acupuncture school course catalog back in 1993, but it took more than 10 years before I actually made it to acupuncture school. Sometimes the river of life has other things in store for us, and the challenges I faced have made me a more mature and grounded practitioner today.
When I first encountered the community acupuncture model, something inside me felt electrified. I had sensed for a long time that something was missing from my education and the practice model we were indoctrinated into. The variety of publications and blog posts that I came across on the POCA Website gave voice to my dissatisfaction. Acupuncture is beautiful, and it should be available to everyone!
Ines Moeller, LAc (she/her)
Languages: English and German
Originally from Germany, I moved to the United States to complete my Doctorate Degree in Molecular Cell Biology at Memorial-Sloan- Kettering-Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York City. During this time, I became interested in meditation and holistic medicine. My academic path continued as a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University, while also attending Tri-State College of Acupuncture. As I continued my acupuncture studies, I received training in different styles of treatment, including: Traditional Chinese, Japanese style of Kiiko Matsumoto, Trigger Point Release, Master Tung points and Richard Tan’s Balance Method. Acupuncture has been my primary interest since 2004.
Gia Laurent, volunteer coordinator
I felt a strong connection to Sarana Community Acupuncture since my very first visit, and I’m delighted to be part of the Sarana staff team after volunteering for about a year. I love Sarana’s mission of helping the community through affordable acupuncture. Giving back to the community is very important to me and volunteering has allowed to see the difference acupuncture can make in people’s lives.
I have a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology, but most of work history is in Supply Chain Management in the Bio-Tech industry.
What can I say, life happens. It’s important to me that my work has a benefit to the community, so Sarana is an excellent fit. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, knitting, jigsaw puzzles and tracing my family genealogy. I’m also a big fan of roller coasters. I love to travel and have been known to travel for my hobbies.
Board of Directors
Tatyana Ryevzina, LAc, chair
See bio above under Acupuncture Practitioners
Dana Feliz, vice-chair (she/her)
I am a Berkeley native and have grown up believing that there are many holistic and non-traditional ways to heal oneself. I practice yoga regularly, I receive chiropractic treatments weekly and of course I visit Sarana every Sunday, where I have been a regular client since August of 2009. I regard the clinic as my sanctuary. I have certifications in Landscape Design and Landscape Construction from City College of San Francisco and have been lovingly caring for the clinic plants for many years.
Jeffrey Levin, LAc, member-at-large (he/him)
After over a decade of practicing yoga, I began to experiment with healing modalities to address some chronic injuries from surfing and skateboarding that were resistant to the clever therapies I had devised. 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 by working full time at Oakland Acupuncture Project‘s Grand Lake clinic. 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 yoga, sipping my fresh direct trade Ethiopian coffee, and cooking and eating delicious food. I am a simple man with sophisticated tastes.