The wound is the place where the Light enters you. ⏤ Rumi
I still remember how lost I felt, growing up as the daughter of immigrants. My parents were always struggling with finances, with integration, with each other. Their struggles consumed them and I was left in a void...in which I just had to figure things out.
I gravitated to academic groups and settings⏤chess club in middle school, speech and debate team in high school, university programs, working in a museum. I gained a lot of confidence as I strengthened my intellectual muscles and became skilled in the working world.
But by my late 20s, working in a high-functioning way at an intellectually stimulating intersection of culture, performance, art...I had found myself chronically burnt out, feeling disconnected, and in a place of quiet and profound despair. I felt as lost as I did growing up.
One day, I found myself mentally frozen on my way to work. I made my way to the transit station to head to work. I remember standing at the turnstile for, I think, a really long while. My mind was just blank. The only thing I could feel was my chronic upper back pain, so I turned around and decided to find help for it. That day, I wandered into the community clinic of what became my acupuncture school.
Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray. ⏤Rumi
Initially, I approached Chinese medicine from a place of intellectual and academic curiosity, but what kept me showing up to acupuncture school was intuitive. I continued to work full-time during the day and attended graduate school full-time at night, and life was at times indeed crazy. But more often than before I started school, I felt moments of real calm and satisfaction. I realized that not only was I learning a language that could reframe my own chronic pain and emotional stagnations in terms of a holistic system, but also I was experiencing centuries-tested natural strategies for profound release. I had found a personal resource of felt nourishment, flow, and genuine empowerment. Equally important, I had found a tangible way to pass the resource on.
Since then, my practice has evolved through specialized trainings in Japanese style/palpation-based acupuncture and classical Chinese herbal medicine, as well as focused research and study of trauma, indigenous healing practices and neuroscience. I effectively treat chronic pain (physical and emotional), as well as conditions related to women’s health, digestive health, immune system imbalances, and birth trauma. I am sensitive to experiences of feeling disconnected, alienated, spacey, burnt out, fearful and scattered.
Through acupuncture, herbal medicine, and group sessions, we - practitioner and patient, together - disrupt cycles of disharmony and pain, while strengthening our innate capacities for healing and resilience.
Why Artemis & Lily?
Both names are references to Chinese medicinals: Artemis refers to a Yang herb Ai Ye, a kind of mugwort which belongs to the genus artemisia. While Artemis is the Greek goddess of the hunt, the wilderness, and wild animals, she is also the goddess of childbearing and protectress of children and the ill.
Lily refers to a Yin herb Bai He, lily bulb, an ancient Chinese medicinal used for calming the Spirit, nourishing the Heart and Lungs, and soothing emotional and psychological challenges.
Together, the two names Artemis & Lily symbolize Yin and Yang and a protective transformational space for nourishing warmth, power and the healing spirit.
She graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and from San Francisco State University with a master's degree in Theatre. She went on to earn a master of science in Oriental Medicine at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley. Before becoming an acupuncturist, she worked in a museum for 11 years, and volunteered weekly for 3 years as a counselor at the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic and the Women's Community Clinic in San Francisco.
Outside of the shop, Ana spends her time enjoying outdoor adventures with her family, being active in her children's school and community, crafting and reading books.