About Angela


Angela is a Licensed Acupuncturist for the state of California. She received her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from Samra University 1997, and her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara 1991.

She has a successful and longstanding Acupuncture practice providing Acupuncture and Health services in San Francisco since 1997. She is a 5th Level Instructor in South Shaolin Qi Gong. She in in the Hall of Fame for 30+ years in Martial and Healing Arts. She is the founder of the first Qi Gong classes at both UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley. Her current classes are at Kaiser San Francisco. Her love for Qi Gong inspired her to understand the foundations of Chinese Medicine.

In her acupuncture practice, Angela uses the Balance Method share by the Late Dr. Richard Tan, OMD. Angela also carried curriculum from the Academy of Orthopedic Acupuncture where she spent time in Beijing, China treating patients.

Angela is a senior student and advance level Master Instructor in Shaolin One Finger Qi Gong taught by Great Grand Master Cai Qiu Bai. She is internationally recognized as a 5th level instructor in Shaolin Nei Jing Yi Zhi Chan.

Away from her private practice and teaching, Angela enjoys horseback riding, martial arts, playing the ukulele, and being with her family, which includes 5 humans, 2 dogs, 4 cats, and one horse. doc.curriculum.vitae.dec.2019


Read about it here: Preserving the Ancient Art of Qi Gong.

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Adeliz Araiza L.Ac. MSTCM

Adeliz is an Acupuncturist, herbalist, and author of a nutrition and wellness blog called Nutri-shen. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley. It was there she learned the gentle needling technique of Japanese Acupuncture, and nutritional therapy.

She has experience treating fibromyalgia, neuromuscular conditions, mental health and mood disorders, stroke, and has worked at Charlotte Maxwell in Oakland, treating low-income women with cancer, by supporting them through chemotherapy and post recovery.

Adeliz’s blog explores the medicinal effects of whole foods, and how they can heal and maintain balance in the body, mind, and spirit. She provides nutritional counseling and loves creating individual food lists and meal plans for her patients to empower them to take healing into their own hands.

When Adeliz first experienced acupuncture, it liberated her from oppressive states of mind. This inspired her to learn how to help others survive, adapt and thrive amidst the modern challenge of an ever present environment of physical and emotional stress and anxiety. Adeliz is caring, nurturing and kind. She is an active listener dedicated to giving exceptional care and support.  

Adeliz is a musician, a writer, cat-lover and enjoys cooking for self-healing. She plays the ukulele, and sings soprano in an A capella group. Her dream one day is to open a practice where she can treat singers for neuromuscular conditions, vocal rehabilitation, and performance anxiety.

Contact me at adeliz@areturntohealth.com

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Alice X. Liu, L.Ac. MSTCM

Alice is a Licensed Acupuncturist in California since 2017. She received her MSTCM from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine at California Institute of Integral Studies (ACTCM@CIIS). She was trained to treat pain, stress, insomnia, gynecological issues, and post stroke recovery in addition to provide preventive care, dietary counseling, and health coaching. She studied Bioengineering at UC Berkeley and worked at Berkeley Lawrence lab on cancer research.

She perceives herself as a bold, curious, resilient country bumpkin who went through a rocky but rewarding road in the Chinese rural area and a megacity in the United States. She breathes between the modern scientific realm and the ancient Chinese wisdoms and lives in the mingling space of four languages (English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Toishanese) and two cultures (Chinese and American culture).  

Through studying modern medicine, psychology, Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, she learned extensively on the relationship between physical health and mental emotional health and wellness. She went through her own healing journey where she came to connect with her inner nature and experienced the freedom and joy of being healed. She is a transformed graceful butterfly who is on a healing journey for herself and others.

She is called to use her experience and expertise in TCM to help others to become healthier and more integrated with themselves. She is especially interested in working with cancer patients. She is determined to be the companion to help them achieve a smoother sail of the journey through chemotherapy and radiation.

In her free time, she enjoys reading with light music, cooking tasty healthy soups, eating good food, hiking, translating children stories/TCM literature, watching some Chinese soap operas with her dad, and making arts and crafts.

 To sum up, she is a curious licensed acupuncturist equipped with tools and experience here at A Return to Health and ready to help you.

Contact me at alice@areturntohealth.com 

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Dena Ito

Dena is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in the state of California. She received her Master’s of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from American College of Traditional of Chinese Medicine in San Francisco in 2012.

During her first years of practice Dena gained experience offering community style acupuncture utilizing Tan’s Balance Method. She thrived in the challenging, fast-paced environment in which so many different types of cases walked through the door every shift. She also has experience working in a western clinical environment addressing the country’s opioid crisis by offering an alternative to pharmaceuticals for chronic pain patients.

Dena thinks of Chinese Medicine as truly affordable, holistic and sustainable healthcare that can address health issues from acute to chronic. She admires how Chinese Medicine works with the innate ability of the body to heal and is constantly reminded of the power of the human body and the human spirit. WE are amazing!

Outside of work Dena enjoys eating yummy food, finding exercise videos to try in her garage, taking her son to amusement parks and spending time with family.
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Jennifer Im

Jennifer Im brings a multitude of skills and support to our growing wellness center at A Return To Health.

Jen is a San Francisco native where she can underscore and comprehend the needs of our vast variety of patients. Directly out of high school Jen studied fashion design at FIDM and worked as a Design Assistant for a local designer. In her more recent years, Jen delved into managing her mother’s life long dream to open a Korean restaurant.

With her family, they created a wealth of traditional Korean country style cuisine. Their cooking and flavor gained the attention of Andrew Zimmern and late Anthony Bourdain. Their restaurant To Hyang was featured in the two series, Bizaare Foods and The Layover. Their restaurant gained such huge success it seemed as if her mother fulfilled her calling. But as life is always a journey, Jen’s mother decided to spend more time raising her grandchildren and release her and Jen from the daily workings of the business of food.

Now, Jen takes on the task and new role as our office manager. In reality she is also managing our founder, Angela to allow Angela to reach for new and exciting healing therapies on the horizon. These healing therapies are whole person based and integrates well with our current treatments. When you come in and see the new changes and organization at A Return To Health you can thank Jen for her hand in it.

Contact me at jen(at)areturntohealth.com