Jessica Parker, LAC, DAOM has a diverse background including a broad range of experience in the healing arts, Chinese language and expertise in acupuncture and Asian medicine. She is the owner of Root & Stem Integrative Chinese Medicine, and the Founder & Executive Director of the East Bay Integrative Pregnancy Project (EBIPP).
Jessica specializes in Women’s Health, Prenatal Health, Liver Health and Detoxification, Integrative Wellness during Chemotherapy and Radiation, and Pain Management. She strongly believes in integrative health care, providing a supportive community for wellness, and the synergistic relationship of all modalities of medicine.
Jessica has been voted as one of Oakland's Best Acupuncturists, and she graduated with a Masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, CA. During the course of her studies, she spent three years as an intern at Cedar Street Healing Arts Clinic in downtown Santa Cruz, CA. Jessica also completed an advanced internship program at the Zhejiang Medical Hospital in Hangzhou, China specializing in Dermatology, Gynecology, Pediatrics, Oncology, Internal Medicine, and Orthopedics. She completed her Doctorate Fellowship at Five Branches University and is a leader as one of the first acupuncture residents at Highland Hospital in Oakland.
Jessica provides individual treatments with the goal of facilitating the body's own ability to achieve health and wellness.
After several years of involvement with alternative economies and communities, Beth found herself pulled back toward medicine. She looked around the communities she was part of and saw that many people did not have access to health care that empowered them to make positive choices about their health. Knowing that she had a natural inclination to help people, she was inspired to look for ways she could offer alternative health care. Not knowing exactly what she was looking for, or where to find it, she started with the study of Shiatsu (a Japanese form of massage based in Chinese medicine) at the San Francisco School of Massage. After her initial three month training she was hooked. The philosophy of Chinese medicine resonated deeply with her and the artistry in the language, theory, and practice of the medicine captured her imagination.
Beth now works as a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist at Root & Stem Integrative Chinese Medicine in Oakland. She believes that health means living fully in our bodies and in touch with the cyclical changes of the world around us. Healing is a matter of finding ways to connect with and respond to the messages our body (earth) and environment (heaven) are sending us. When this happens we can fully experience and express our humanity. Beth aims to support people in connecting to the inherent wisdom of their bodies and Nature so their own natural healing ability and rhythms emerge.
Erin Langley, LAc, MSOM, Dipl OM brings a broad palette to the art of acupuncture. Since 2005, she has studied medical applications of dream diagnosis, feng shui, and Daoist calendar sciences with Liu Ming, founder of Da Yuan Circle and Five Branches University. She has trained in facial rejuvenation with Barbara Martello, LAc, and currently interns with Robert Levine, OMD and Tibetan monk and doctor Kalsang Wangyal. Their collective expertise draws patients with a wide range of unique health concerns that has extended Erin’s scope as a practitioner.
Erin has practiced orthopedic medicine with Olympic and collegiate athletes at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as internal medicine at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley. As a general practitioner, she treats a broad spectrum of health issues from the effects of chemotherapy to autoimmune disease, pediatrics, diabetes management and more. She also loves treating highly sensitive people.
Erin works under the premise that everyone is already healed and whole. She has trained with indigenous elders and healers from around the globe while recovering her own native European ancestral traditions. Her background as a writer and illustrator lends an aesthetic quality to her approach that works particularly well for facial rejuvenation.
Bridget Afsonna is the community herbalist at Root and Stem. She specializes in stress related disorders, sleep disturbances, digestive and respiratory health. She is also Root and Stem's medicine maker, formulating their Chinese herbal tinctures as well as developing their all-natural plant-based facial serums and body oils.
Bridget completed her undergraduate studies in Education and Nutrition at Hampshire College in western Massachusetts before moving to the Bay Area to pursue her interests in natural medicine. She received a certification in Community Herbalism from the California School of Herbal Medicine in 2014, where she deepened her knowledge of plant medicine, physiology, botany and biology. Bridget has studied herbal interventions for trauma, stress disorders and PTSD with herbalist Joshua Muscat. She is in love with plants and listening to peoples' stories and hopes to spend her life helping her community heal.