Santa Cruz
Family Acupuncture

Acupuncture for the whole family.

Where treatments are gentle enough for babies and effective enough for athletes.

Certifications
National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine
California Department of Consumer Affairs Acupuncture Board
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Acupuncture is an ancient and rich medicine, which can treat just about anything under the sun.

I am a California Board licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and a nationally certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine with over ten years in private practice, specializing in treating pain and injury. I provide Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to treat a wide range of health concerns for women, men and children. As a dual acupuncturist and herbalist I have extensive training in the world’s most sophisticated medical herbal system. I bring this knowledge to my treatments, offering herbal consultations and nutritional guidance to increase the efficacy and positive outcome for my patients. My patients range from babies and children to professional athletes and great-grandparents. As an acupuncturist and primary care provider, I utilize the exceptional tools of Chinese medicine to provide effective and life changing treatments to my patients. 

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Acupuncture & Electro Acupuncture

I practice a style of acupuncture based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). I also integrate Japanese style palpation-based practices and protocols into treatments. In Electro Acupuncture, a mild electric current passes between selected needles during treatment. This current applies stimulation to acupoints, increasing the efficacy and positive outcome of the treatment. Electroacupuncture is intended to help increase the potential healing effects of standard acupuncture.

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Cupping

In addition to acupuncture, I also offer cupping therapy. Cupping increases circulation to promote cellular repair, while reducing pain and muscular tension. This relaxing treatment promotes muscle relaxation and overall well-being, much like a massage. For athletes, cupping is used to increase blood supply to a muscle group, speeding up recovery time while reducing pain. This is why we see our Olympic athletes covered in cup marks.

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Gua Sha

In this ancient healing technique, a smooth edged tool is used to scrape or rub along the tissues, stimulating micro-circulation and lightly breaking up adhesions in the connective tissue while promoting cellular repair. Gua Sha is used not only to reduce pain but also to promote beauty! In facial Gua Sha, small tools are used to stimulate circulation and the repair of facial tissue, while reducing the tension patterns that lead to wrinkles.

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Herbal Formulas & Nutritional Support

As a traditionally trained, and licensed herbalist, I take pride in using only the highest quality herbs and nutritional supplements to naturally support your body’s intelligence and well-being. All of the herbal formulas I use are tested for purity, safety and potency by following standards of current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) established by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and World Health Organization (WHO) guaranteeing that you receive the highest quality product that is safe and effective.

My Specialties

Back Pain/Neck Pain/Sciatica and Neuropathies

These are conditions I treat every day in my clinic with great success! Acupuncture works to reduce pain and inflammation, increasing circulation while promoting tissue regeneration.

Knee and Shoulder Issues

Including sports injuries, as well as pre and post operative treatments to reduce pain and speed up recovery time.

Wrist Pain/Hand Pain/Carpal Tunnel

These conditions (both acute or chronic) are commonly treated in my clinic, responding well to a combination of acupuncture, Gua Sha, and cupping.

Migraines and General Head Pain

I use a combination of Acupuncture and manual therapies along with herbal formulas and lifestyle support to address these conditions.

Head Pain, Jaw Pain, and Post Concussion

Acupuncture is a very important and effective tool in treating these conditions. Acupuncture reduces the pain and inflammation while stimulating the micro-circulation necessary for a full recovery.

Stress, Anxiety, Depression, and Insomnia

Acupuncture offers natural relief for these conditions. Acupuncture is recognized by the World Health Organization as an effective and recommended therapy for depression, anxiety and insomnia. Some studies have found acupuncture to be just as effective as Prozac but with no side effects!

Fatigue and Poor Immune Function

These are conditions very commonly treated with acupuncture and herbal medicine. While I do not treat any infectious conditions in the clinic, I support my patients in building healthier more robust immune systems.

Sports Medicine and Acute Injury

Acupuncture effectively treats pain and injury by reducing inflammation, stimulating circulation and promoting a faster recovery. Research suggests that acupuncture activates natural painkillers in the brain and body.

Pediatric Acupuncture

One of my earliest internships was in a pediatric clinic where I was trained in the unique practice of treating infants and children. Oftentimes treatments consist of a variety of gentle, manual therapies much like massage. Rarely are needles used and only if the child is very comfortable with the idea. During a pediatric treatment I also teach the parents techniques that they can use at home.

Pre and Post Operative Acupuncture

Treatments assist in reducing pain and inflammation while encouraging repair and a more complete recovery.

Digestive Disorders

One of my earliest specialties within Chinese medicine was working with digestive disorders. In Chinese medicine we consider digestive health to be one of the pillars of overall health and well being. I use a combination of acupuncture , manual therapy, along with diet, herbs and lifestyle support to assist my patients in healing from digestive issues.

Hemorrhoids and Organ Prolapses

Most people are surprised to learn that acupuncture is an effective treatment for hemorrhoids and organ prolapses (depending of course on the severity of the issue) and I have had many happy patients cancel scheduled surgeries after a series of treatments for prolapses.

We will work together to create individualized treatment plans.

In your first appointment, we will begin by talking about your medical history and your health goals; what you hope to accomplish short term, and what you’d like to be able to do long term. Together we’ll come up with a treatment plan that fits your needs and abilities. I then strive to make every one of your treatments as effective as possible while also a pleasant and rejuvenating experience.

"I see acupuncture as an art form, a practice of restoring harmony and well being in the body."

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SPRING SMITH

A California native, I first came to Santa Cruz at the age of 9 and was delighted to find “my people”! I fell in love with the ocean and the creative, kind community of Santa Cruz and it has been my home ever since.

I became curious about acupuncture and Chinese Medicine as a young teen when I first experienced its healing effects. I chose to pursue the path of Chinese medicine and acupuncture because I knew it was an ancient and profound medicine that would never grow old, but always have more to offer. My passion for it continues to this day.

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What My Patients are Saying

Spring takes the time to uncover your problems and delivers exemplary care with healing hands. She helps me overcome my needle nervousness with a smile and has made profound changes that have endured. I am sincerely grateful and as a fellow health care provider, I am so glad to have her on my team.​
Annemieke P, Chiropractor
Spring has been a wonderful support these last few months. We lost our home in the CZU fire and she has been instrumental in helping with the stress and trauma. Her treatments are so healing and she seems to know intuitively what areas need the most work, but she’s also great at asking the right questions to help identify those areas. I highly recommend her.
LUANN H, MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER​
Spring is an amazing person and therapist. She has an excellent way of customizing treatments and figuring out how to get at the root of the body's problems. Recently with weekly visits with Spring, I recovered from a compression fracture in my spine--I was able to surf again 6 weeks after the accident. Really amazing stuff!!
SEAN C, SURFER​
Working with Spring has vastly improved my quality of life. In just a few sessions she has done more for my chronic anxiety than years of therapy and medication. I've referred several friends and family members who are now patients as well. She's truly a miracle worker!
Jamie S
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Open with you in mind.

Dear Santa Cruz,

We have remained safely open throughout the pandemic by practicing mindful precautions and clear, open communication. Here are our safety practices and expectations:

  1. We do not treat any infectious conditions or people with infectious conditions, period. This includes common colds, sniffles, and stomach bugs. If you feel unwell or if anyone in your household or immediate environment is unwell, kindly communicate with us and reschedule your appointment. 
  1. As a medical facility, we are still wearing masks and we require that you wear one while at the clinic. If you don’t have one, we have them available for you.
  1. We use air filters at all times and sanitize each room and all surfaces between patients. 

Please help us keep our community healthy and safe by following these precautions. And thank you for doing your part to keep our staff, patients, and community healthy! 

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