I am so looking forward to new beginnings in the Bay Area. I have been working since Fall 2015 on setting up the East Bay portion of my practice in collaboration with a wonderful group of smart, caring, and talented women and am in discussion for a second location in San Francisco (it is so hard not to share details as it is going to be a very exciting partnership). Serving my entire community on both sides of the Bay was always my goal and I cannot wait to be of service to you all.

The ground-breaking team from AIMC Berkeley. Left to right – Ra Adcock, Shawna Seth, Mike Morgan LAc, Liana Russo, Catherine Provencal.

The ground-breaking team from AIMC Berkeley. Left to right – Ra Adcock, Shawna Seth, Mike Morgan LAc, Liana Russo, Catherine Provencal.

While I prepare, you may be interested in coverage of my work at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, which was recently written up on the AIMC Berkeley website by my classmate Ra Adcock, a fellow intern at the hospital program:

The unique program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, possibly the first of its kind in the country, provides acupuncture directly to the hospital’s staff of approximately 1,200 doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, teachers, and other administrative and support personnel. Each week, the program offers an average of forty-five acupuncture treatments in a community-style clinic located on the hospital’s campus. This special design creates the opportunity for staff to be treated during precious break times without ever having to leave the hospital, allowing many to remain on-call and available for their young patients.

The partnership serves to remedy several problems: the need for medical professionals, themselves, to receive regular, preventative health care; the need for acupuncture students to have access to medical training within hospitals; and the need for hospitals to form positive relationships with acupuncture to help forge the future of integrative medicine.

In its first twenty-five weeks, the program has provided 1000 acupuncture treatments to more than 500 different staff members. It is exciting to note that 56% of the program’s participants had never before experienced acupuncture. Many staff members keep coming back each week for treatment and are receiving great results. Indeed, in a poll of approximately 350 program participants, 98% stated they “enjoyed their acupuncture session” and 90% stated they “felt better” immediately after the treatment. Of those same participants, 72% felt “more relaxed,” 39% felt “less stressed,” 35% felt “less tension,” 17% felt “more focused,” and 14% felt “less pain,” while only 2% felt “the same as before” the treatment. (Survey participants could select more than one choice.)

Continue reading Archived PDF of Creating the Future of Integrative Medicine, One Needle at a Time

Thanks to AIMC Berkeley


Shawna Seth, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. is a California state licensed and nationally certified acupuncturist focused on promoting women’s health, especially surrounding menstrual health and fertility. She uses the gentlest effective methods possible to guide her patients to balance. Shawna sees patients in her private practice on Sutter Street in San Francisco. Make your appointments online or email To learn more about Japanese medicine and the world of acupuncture, follow her blog A Cuppa Qi.