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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.

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. 

Dr. Tina Fagnani is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. She earned her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Prior to her doctorate, she received a certification in Sound and Music Healing from the California Institute of Integral Studies. That experience exposed her to many diverse healing modalities and inspired her to pursue the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Tina received her BFA in theater and film from NYU and continued to work in the arts for many years as a singer, drummer and performer. Working to overcome chronic pain from several sports injuries and years of performing as a musician, she discovered the powerful efficacy of acupuncture. She believes that each individual is unique and their wellness routine should be catered to their individual needs. She treats a wide range of conditions with a primary focus on chronic pain management, orthopedics, addiction recovery, and menstrual irregularities. Dr. Tina is passionate about empowering patients to make their own decisions regarding their health and strives to partner with patients in creating a better quality of life.

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.

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.

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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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.​

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