Languages: English, some Spanish
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).
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.
Roxanna Nejat, LAc (she/her and they/them)
Languages: English and Farsi
I was born and raised in the Bay Area, but my love for travel and has led me to live and study in Hawaii, Mendocino, Portland, and most recently, Zhengzhou, China. There I spent two months studying in clinics, observing different healthcare models, and learning how traditional Chinese medicine is practiced effectively on a large scale as well as integrated into Western-style hospitals. I hope to bring my varied experiences to Sarana, where I can offer accessible healthcare and regular, affordable treatment through community acupuncture.
Joyce Kwok, LAc (she/her)
Languages: English, minimal Cantonese
I was born in New York City and lived there until 1997 when I moved out to the Bay Area. I came here to start my career as a physical therapist and fell in love with the amazing natural beauty, the open celebration of diverse culture, spirituality and lifestyle. After several years of rehabbing many people with physical ailments in traditional hospital and clinic settings I expanded my practice to include acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Seventeen years later, after private practice, teaching, supervising graduate level interns and completing a doctoral program in Integrative Medicine, I’m excited to be part of this community acupuncture clinic which serves the people.
Katie Scarlett, cupping practitioner (she/her)
Languages: English and minimal Japanese
My interest in Japanese language and Buddhist texts led me to Soka University of America, where I received my B.A. in Liberal Arts with a concentration in humanities, specifically East Asian literature and art history. I continued my studies by enrolling in the M.A. program in Eastern Classical Literature and Philosophy at St.John’s College. It was there in Santa Fe that I began my formal training in Zen Buddhism and had my first acupuncture treatment at a community acupuncture clinic. I LOVED this inclusive and affordable model of healthcare. I decided then and there that I wanted to be a community acupuncturist, putting all my previous studies into tangible practice.
Upon moving to Albany with my partner, I enrolled at American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM), where I studied shiatsu (acupressure) under their Asian Bodywork program. For three years I continued training weekly under my shiatsu teacher, BJ Green, who also taught osteopathic neuro-muscular refacilitation bodywork techniques.
I recently finished my acupuncture training closer to home at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College (AIMC) in Berkeley and am working on my licensing. I’ve been a volunteer at Sarana for 3+ years and am pleased to continue to be a part of the community as a cupping practitioner.
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.