Denise Bowden

Denise Mailloux Bowden, M.S., L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist and clinical herbalist and the founder of the root & the branch: a center for acupuncture & holistic health. For all patients, Denise completes a holistic assessment by taking a detailed history, evaluating diet and lifestyle, and customizing a treatment plan. Her approach aims to empower clients to listen to their bodies and reconnect more deeply with their health.

Denise treats many common health concerns from backaches to migraines, Denise specializes in reproductive medicine, women’s health, preconception care and fertility, pregnancy, postpartum health, and hormonal transitions associated with aging. During her Master’s program, Denise apprenticed with renowned healer Beverly Burns, M.S., L.Ac., fertility specialist Dr. Lifang Liang, and pregnancy and childbirth expert Raven Lang, M.S., L.Ac. Denise has been a contracted acupuncturist at Pacific Fertility Center and is a preferred practitioner with Laurel Fertility Care.

Courtney Maree Reiman, DACM, LAc is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, board certified acupuncturist and clinical herbalist, trained doula and yoga instructor. She infuses each of these wellness practices (along with nutritional counseling and therapeutics of essential oils) into her treatments to guide patient care with a focus on the full spectrum of women’s health, orthopedics and emotional well-being. Courtney’s passion is to inspire each patient to live their best, empowered and intentional life.  Find recent testimonials from Courtney’s patients here.

Courtney has always been passionate about women’s health and it was an exceptional opportunity in Bali that gave her an experience of a lifetime – to assist at the Yayasan Bumi Sehat Birthing Clinic in Ubud with world renowned midwife Ibu Robin Lim – that sealed her intention. While studying for her doctorate in Chinese medicine, Courtney also trained as a birth and postpartum doula. This, together with her advanced studies and own experience as a mom, continues to inform her work in fertility, pregnancy and 

Nina Jung is a Board-Certified Acupuncturist, Asian American Herbalist and Strength Coach.

Nina’s passion for women's health started in her twenties, when she experienced various hormonal imbalances - adult acne, amenorrhea, constipation and anxiety. Unable to find a treatment that worked, she dedicated the next 8 years to studying movement, nutrition and East Asian Medicine to change how women view their body-mind.

She is extremely passionate about integrating East Asian medicine healing with evidence-based practices in movement and neurobiology to help women optimize their big transitions and goals - career, pregnancy, postpartum, relationships, loss and life. 

When she's not head down trying to change the standard of care for women, you'll find Nina lifting heavy weights, eating lots of banana bread and walking around her local farmer’s market. 

Benny Amarlapudi, AP, is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Certified Personal Trainer.
Although Benny grew up in Malta, Ayurvedic traditions carried on in her life as her mother used natural remedies at home. In fact, Benny is the granddaughter of an Ayurvedic healer, thus natural medicine and Ayurveda were instilled in her from a very young age. However, she truly embraced Traditional Indian medicine only many years later in an effort to treat a chronic skin condition. After consulting with several dermatologists and Western medicine physicians, it was only with Ayurveda that Benny found a cure. This personal journey led her to discover her passion for holistic medicine and healing.

Benny received her education from Mount Madonna College of Ayurveda. She also holds a B.S in Information Systems and an M.A in Linguistics. She is proficient in Maltese, Italian, Hindi and Telugu. She combined her love of languages and linguistics and followed a career in Learning & Technology before pursuing her true dharma for Traditional Indian medicine.

Adrian Chaves is a professional and intuitive craniosacral therapist, bodyworker and Reiki Master with more than 10 years experience. He trained at Esalen Institute in California and also in Australia. After graduating with a law degree and working in the humanitarian field with the United Nations (UNICEF), Adrian decided that he wanted to more directly impact human wellbeing through holistic health and integrative medicine. He founded Innatus Health & Healing with a vision to fortify his clients through physical and energetic therapy.​

In his practice, Adrian concentrates on the principle of restoring your innate state of flow through the intelligent use of bodywork and energy therapy.

Additionally, Denise saw patients at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine from 2016-2019. While there, she was fortunate to participate in acupuncture and medical systems research in an ongoing effort to support growth and access to this valuable medicine.

For her pregnant patients, Denise is well connected to the birth and baby community and, as a mommy herself, knows lots of kitchen table remedies to ensure women feel healthy and strong. She treats the common and troublesome side effects of pregnancy such as nausea, headaches, and mood concerns as well as breech presentations. Perinatally, she sees clients for labor support and promotion and post-partum care. Denise loves treating pregnant women and finds acupuncture an ideal treatment because it’s drug–free, relaxing, and nourishes both mama & baby simultaneously.

postpartum periods, and provides her with insight and compassion for those patients who suffer through pregnancy loss along their fertility journey.

Courtney also enjoys helping patients who struggle with pain. As a former professional ballet dancer and yoga teacher, she uses her deep anatomical awareness and professional training in orthopedics to help her patients find relief.

Courtney received her education from the American College for Traditional Chinese Medicine. As a part of her clinical training, Courtney also studied at Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in Hangzhou, China, where she received advanced training in orthopedics and gynecology. She holds a B.A. in Japanese language and East Asian Studies and is a Boren Scholar which awarded her a full scholarship to pursue her undergraduate studies in Nagoya, Japan.

Courtney is also the co-founder of akin, an educational platform that provides local resources and evidence-based, expert reviewed guidance, from preconception through the postpartum period. When she is not in the clinic, researching, or building community, Courtney can be found chasing her son, Forest, hiking in nature, or cooking up feasts with her friends.

During her Ayurvedic studies, Benny apprenticed with the well-respected Ayurvedic physicians Dr. Vasant Lad and Dr. R.H. Singh. 

In her own practice, Benny treats many common health problems, but specializes in digestive and skin conditions. She uses various healing methods including Ayurvedic nutrition, herbal formulas, lifestyle plans, breathing exercises, meditation, marma therapy and Ayurvedic body treatments. She believes that every positive health choice is a vital step towards cultivating sustainable well-being. By teaching clients through the principles of Ayurveda, she seeks to shine the light on self-care, disease prevention and early treatment.


When she is not practicing and researching Ayurveda, Benny can be found hiking, biking, traveling, cooking and exploring ways to bridge the gap between traditional medicine and fitness.

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He am certified by the NSW School of Massage, Sydney, Australia (2009) and by Esalen Institute in California, US (2016). My nurturing style of bodywork has been described as slow and rhythmic deep tissue with pressure points and a blend of subtle yet powerful modality of Reiki.

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Cator Shachoy is a Craniosacral Practitioner, Yoga Therapist, International Yoga Instructor, and Mindfulness Teacher. A true healer, her work is unique in both the depth and breadth of what she has to offer. Cator works with adults, children, and infants to care for and resolve a wide range of health conditions and life issues. Cator provides hands on healing through Cranial sessions, and gives people tools to help themselves through creating a personal yoga & mindfulness program. Her work can be considered Holistic Health for the Whole Family.

Cator began practicing and studying each of these disciplines in 1990 to heal her own chronic illness. Through regular training she regained her strength and vitality. She is a certified practitioner of Craniosacral Bodywork through the Milne Institute, with a specialty in pediatrics with Ben Shield. She has studied Biodynamic Craniosacral with Michael Shea. Cator is a YACEP yoga instructor through Yoga 

Alliance. She completed teacher training at both the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco and Kripalu Center. She has worked extensively with senior Iyengar Yoga teachers here in the bay area, and has trained teaches since 2005. Cator is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor, and completed teacher training at the Center for Mindfulness in Worcester, MA. She completed a certificate in Buddhist Chaplaincy with Sati Center for Buddhist Studies in 2019. She is also the founder of Youth Yoga Dharma, a 501c-3 nonprofit dedicated to offering youth the skills of yoga & mindfulness.

Workshops & Retreats – In addition to her private practice, Cator teaches workshops locally, around the US & Internationally. She has developed several specialty workshops incorporating information from Craniosacral, Mindfulness, & Yoga practice, including:


*Yoga for Jaw Tension

* Back Care

* Core Strength – Accessing the Pelvic Floor

* Psoas

* Yoga for the Subtle Body

* Cranial Touch – An Introduction to the Craniosacral System

* Healthy Hormones for Self Identified Women

* Teaching Yoga & Mindfulness to Children


Cator’s practice is eclectic – she works with individuals and families to reduce or resolve a variety of conditions. Craniosacral is a very gentle, effective, non-invasive modality. Combined with Yoga & Mindfulness, there is tremendous potential for health & wellness. In addition to working with the body, Cator is a long time spiritual practitioner. Facilitating spiritual growth & emotional wellbeing are a part of her practice.

Contact Cator for current rates & services

To Schedule: / 415.235.9380/