What Patients Say

I sought out acupuncture to treat chronic shoulder pain, hormone imbalances and allergies. I was able to successfully transition off of birth control, which I had been taking off and on for about 15 years. Without the pill, I suffered from severe cramps and monthly breakouts that were deep and painful. Shawna put me on a herbal formula to keep my symptoms in check, along with frequent treatments that spaced out as my symptoms lessened. We slowly tapered off the herbal blend over about a year and now I have regular periods with no skin issues. Acupuncture has also helped me manage my shoulder pain and seasonal allergies. I look forward to my sessions with Shawna because they are very relaxing and she is an excellent listener. We always come up with a plan to meet my health goals. Shawna is an excellent practitioner and I will continue to recommend her to friends and family. – Angela R.

just wanted to let you know that I've still been sleeping well - and not waking up! - AND I've noticed that emotionally I am feeling a lot better about all the unknowns in my life. I've switched from feeling out of control to feeling like we are on the verge of some very exciting possibilities! So thank you so much. My spleen must be happy? :) – C.M., fertility and emotional health

San Francisco


I first came to see Shawna because I felt helpless in my struggle with period irregularity. I have been on some form of birth control for over 10 years and continued to experience multiple periods a month - accompanied by all of the period symptoms. PMS, breakouts, break through bleeding, heavy bleeding, and mood swings had begun to take its toll on my self confidence, my day-to-day functioning, and my relationships. I was also experiencing frequent UTI's - something that had become a constant in my new relationship but I had never experienced before. I had tired of being recommended new birth controls or being told that it was "my normal" by various western medical professionals. I also could no longer take the stress of going away on a trip and not knowing if I would need to seek out antibiotics for a UTI let alone continue to consume antibiotics. It was exhausting.

The truth is, when I began my journey with Shawna it was out of desperation. I didn't have any experience with acupuncture and was not totally convinced it would work. However, I researched "bay area acupuncture women" and am so grateful it brought me to her.

At our first session, I listed all of my concerns; my irregular periods and associated symptoms, the new onslaught of UTI's, my consistent break outs, low energy, etc. I was overwhelmed by her sense of understanding and her breadth of knowledge. As a first timer, I had no idea what to expect. "Will this hurt" - "Will this work" - "How can I tell if this is working" were all questions I was asking internally but she took thorough and thoughtful care in explaining what treatment would look like and feel like.

I saw Shawna once a week for about ten weeks and my life completely changed. Not only did she address my initial concerns, but our sessions also focused on my present moment health (i.e. colds, anxiety, stress, etc.). I was stunned (and still am). I have not changed my oral birth control since seeing Shawna, however, my cycle completely changed - and it did so almost immediately. I have one period a month with lessened symptoms and it has given me my life back. I also have not had a single UTI. Not one. She gave me at home tools I could use between sessions such as a vaginal wash and a daily supplement. She also explained the need for cooling foods and restorative methods I could incorporate into my diet and routine. I felt invincible.

After our first round of sessions I took several months off. Life got in the way and I was enjoying my new freedom. However, a month ago our sessions resumed and I am feeling better than ever. Though my periods remained consistent and I still have not gotten a single UTI, Shawna continued to check on me during our "break" and I eventually realized my want/need to return to treatment. Lucky her, I came into our first session back with a cold. That cold time was cut in half.

I am excited to continue to commit to this health journey with Shawna and could never repay her for what she has done for me and my life. I couldn't recommend her highly enough and am so grateful to have her. – Hannah R.

I had my first acupuncture session with Shawna because my mom loves acupuncture and recommended it to me. I was curious and I wanted my knee and hip to feel better and to work on regulating my hormones since I haven't been getting my period like I'm supposed to. Shawna is extremely knowledgeable about the human body and helped me understand how everything is connected. She is a great listener and validated my pain and discomfort. I learned so much I didn't know about my body. I had no idea that there are different pulses she could listen to to understand what's going on for me! We worked together to create a plan and I felt very relaxed after my first session. After only 4 visits, my period came on time for the first time since I started birth control 4 months ago (it had also been mostly gone for 3 years). Plus, my knee and hip are doing better. I'd recommend that anyone with pain or some type of imbalance should see Shawna since I experienced pain relief and a better menstrual cycle in just a short amount of time. Plus, she radiates a peace that is so comforting. Go see Shawna! – L.H., age 21, women's health and pain relief

I had my first acupuncture session ever yesterday, and I'm so glad it was with Shawna. She explained her approach to acupuncture, and also was patient with my many questions (anything related to needles makes me nervous, so her patience and clear answers made me feel less anxious). Her simple but thorough explanations made me even more curious about acupuncture and its underlying theories of meridian points, healing and energy. Definitely making these sessions regular/weekly. – C.B., emotional health and pain management

A good friend referred me to Shawna when I had difficulty bouncing back after an intense viral episode that took a major hit on my immune system. It had been 2 months since the onset of my illness and I was still suffering a laundry list of symptoms including pain, extreme fatigue and energy crashes that would leave me exhausted or bedridden for days. It felt like I was going to be stuck in a cycle of crashes for the unforeseeable future.

I've been working with Shawna for a month now and the difference in my physical and mental wellness is immense. I began to see a major difference just after our first couple sessions and over the past month my crashes have become further and further apart and more and more mild. My energy is returning, most of my symptoms are gone and I'm finally returning to my normal daily life.

Shawna has a very calming energy about her and she does a wonderful job clearly communicating everything about the acupuncture process. I feel that she is genuinely invested in my wellness and it has been such a relief to find someone who truly cares. She has treated me from a very holistic perspective taking into account everything else that is going on within my body. This has led to her also treating my lower back pain and some hormonal imbalances in addition to the original reason I came to see her.

I would encourage anyone who is considering acupuncture, dealing with any kind of health issues, pain or imbalances to go see her - I only wish I found her sooner!! – Tara T.

I have been working with Shawna for about a year, primarily to manage my headaches and related hormonal imbalances. She is a very caring individual, which is demonstrated by her active listening to my body and to my concerns. We work on different things each time but have found great results in significantly reducing the number of headaches and the severity of the occurrences. Along the way, she's helped me with immunity support, coughs, sinuses, gyn. issues, you name it! – Alice A.

I went to get treatment from Shawna on a recent trip to the Bay Area. I have a chronic lower back problem, and Shawna did excellent work minimizing the pain. She was gentle, calm, and attentive. Her offices were clean, welcoming, and conveniently located. The price was very reasonable for the help I received. I would definitely go back the next time I'm in town. – Leila S.

The upper back treatment you did last Sunday continues to amaze me. It’s like something shifted in my body in an incredibly positive way. I feel stronger, more balanced & more fluid than I have in ages. Big smile... – M.R., emotional health and wellness

I began seeing Shawna in the fall after I had been under a great deal of stress, hurt my back, and had some other health issues come up all at once. I had never considered acupuncture, have always been a bit of a skeptic with just about everything; until a friend recommended Integrative Wellness. I decided to go in after I saw a doctor in urgent care who compartmentalized everything. From the beginning Shawna has approached everything from a more holistic perspective. My back has been better and all of my other health conditions have essentially been under control. Perhaps the most notable is that I have been noticeably less stressed, by others' observation as well, not just mine. Shawna has a wonderful demeanor which is validating, empathic, and well thought out. As someone who has solely relied on Western medicine and methods, Shawna has helped me to see where the two really meet and it seems to be making a huge difference! – Tyler B.

the lady is nothing short of amazing – Kirk B.

I had been suffering from lower back pain for a few months and while the Physical Therapy exercises helped a bit, the pain was still pretty bad. I went to see Shawna on a friend's recommendation and she was able to reduce the pain dramatically in just two sessions. First of all, Shawna is an amazing listener. It is clear that she genuinely cares about her patient's concerns. She is gentle but quite searching in her questions about one's lifestyle. She then applies a custom and unhurried approach to her therapy. You leave her sessions calm, rested and feeling so much better. You will want to come back for more. She is a true healer. I highly recommend her. – Rahoul S.

I went to see Shawna following an impact injury to the top of my left foot at my local gym which was in significant pain. I found her to be sensitive and caring in her medical approach. Her needling technique was imperceptible in most cases, and very comfortable overall. I was also happy to get an appointment shortly after contacting her.

I found my experience with Shawna to be professional, calm, and effective. My discomfort was reduced noticeably the first evening, and 99% of the pain was gone in two days. The clinic location was clean and convenient, and an easy stop to or from work close to major transportation.

I would recommend Shawna to anyone considering acupuncture and/or moxa for treatment of their health issues. – Luke C.


I first went to see Shawna when I injured my neck. Driving to the appointment was difficult due to the neck pain and limited movement but Shawna managed to erase that pain completely so that I was able to drive home safely.

I also have ongoing problems with degenerative conditions in my thumb joints and balls of my feet and have been taking medication to ease the pain. Shawna was not only able to diagnose my conditions, giving them actual 'names', which I appreciated, but she also offered several options of treatment for lessening that pain so that I could carry on with my daily tasks and routines.  In addition, she made the insurance claim process painless.

Shawna had a calm and reassuring manner and her needling technique was incredibly gentle. This gave me great confidence that I could continue treatment without any discomfort. The facilities were pleasant and calming.   Shawna offers treatment in two locations as well as weekend hours which makes getting treatment very convenient.

I would highly recommend Shawna whether for a traumatic one-time injury or health maintenance. – Tara S.

"I found Shawna when I was seeking a new acupuncturist and ready to commit to receiving regular sessions to treat anxiety and PTSD and to regulate my digestive system. She was intuitive, sensitive to my needs, and generous with sharing knowledge from the start. Since my sessions with her were helpful in those areas, we moved on to explore broader goals, such as assisting with memory, with feeling open and grounded, and with feeling patient in the midst of life's holding patterns. Working with Shawna has helped me deepen my connection to my body and has given me the chance to put thoughtful consideration to my goals. I'm so grateful to have found a healer as intelligent, sensitive and compassionate as Shawna and strongly recommend her to others looking for those same qualities in their future acupuncturist." – Kelly F.

Everybody said I was the chillest bride and I said, "Thanks, it's the acupuncture!" – Melissa J.

I've seen both Heidi and Shawna and am so incredibly pleased with the care and support I received. Shawna has a soft touch, caring and thoughtful manner paired with insightful guidance. I would have no hesitancy in recommending this practice for fertility, relaxation, health and overall wellness. I'm so pleased I chose them. The office is very warm, friendly and comfortable. I always leave feeling better than when I walked in. – Kylie T., Oakland

I came to Integrative Wellness Center as a newbie to acupuncture, but instantly felt comfortable with the staff and environment. Since Shawna began treatment for my psoriasis, I've made tons of progress over the course of the past five months. Before her I had lost hope in containing the skin issue from spreading, now I've made almost a full recovery. She has made so much progress and continues to do so on a biweekly basis. – Milo N.

Highly recommend. Shawna is very welcoming and an excellent listener. She was very responsive and always made me feel very comfortable. I felt positive effects after only a few visits. – Meredith W.

I saw Shawna for a treatment last week and it was amazing. She has such a light and gentle touch, I barely felt the needles go in. Shawna would be a great person to see if you want to try acupuncture but you are sensitive to (or afraid of!) needles. I went in with a sore throat and general fatigue. First she worked on my front and did hara palpation which felt like a wonderful belly massage. I could feel the tender areas relax as she went along. My sore throat disappeared while I was on the table and never came back. Then she had me turn over and worked on my back, and I was transported to another place. I went into such a deep relaxation, my only complaint is that it had to end. I was a little groggy when I first got up, but afterwards I felt great. I was re-energized and restored. I can't wait to go back for more! – Rachel A.

I saw Shawna for acupuncture treatment while she was still a student at AIMC. First when she was being shadowed by a licensed teacher and later as she began treating patients on her own.

The 5 or 6 sessions I had were a great experience overall, which is even more impressive considering she was a student at the time. She's professional and effective, employing different techniques depending on my type of pain. Equally as important, though, she's a caring and thoughtful practitioner who listened to my needs as a patient. If I need more treatments, I'll definitely go back to her again. – Alison L.

I highly recommend Shawna. She is genuine, warm, caring, knowledgeable, and professional. I saw Shawna regularly for eight months while was working on my doctorate and was in the process of writing my dissertation. My sessions with Shawna were therapeutic. She took the time to listen and get to know me to provide a personalized acupuncture treatment. I believe that the combination of talking with Shawna before each treatment and the treatment itself helped me through one of the most difficult periods of my life. Shawna has a natural ability to be able to listen and offer invaluable guidance without judgment or overstepping. Shawna is in tune and sensitive to the needs of patients. Working with Shawna was empowering and taught me how to take an active role in addressing and healing my anxiety outside of the acupuncture treatments. I am forever grateful for her help through that difficult time. – Lisette O.

I came to see Shawna for joint pain, low energy, sleep and stress challenges. I'm so grateful for the relief from pain, better sleep, and increased feelings of wellbeing and peacefulness. I love that you see and treat my overall health, not just unrelated symptoms. I’m interested in the readings you do of my pulses, and what that means, and appreciate your answering my questions about your findings in a way I can understand. I really feel heard and profoundly helped. I deeply appreciate your gentle, supportive bedside manner, and vast knowledge. In addition to the needles I’ve found the moxa extremely helpful for pain relief. I wholeheartedly recommend Shawna to anyone who suffers from pain, physical or emotional, and wants to improve their overall health and wellbeing. I referred my own daughter and Shawna has helped so much with her cycle, pain, and hormonal issues. – S.H., emotional health and pain relief