Double Happiness Health means marriage or union in Chinese culture. For us it is also a reference to non-duality. 

Our practice is rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine- we use herbs, acupuncture, cupping and dietary modifications and we also have a focus on functional medicine- a western systems-oriented approach, analyzing things like stress hormones, the sex hormones, thyroid, blood sugar regulation and the health of the gut to assess and treat conditions with our natural medicine tools. 

No two patients are alike. We believe in deeply listening to our patient so we can create conditions for healing, get to the core of the problem, provide treatment and tools that empower people to know their body in a deeper way and be able to keep themselves in balance. And it really works. So many babies coming through, pain getting resolved, digestion issues clearing up, anxiety reducing, sleep improving. It’s really fun work. 

Something that sets our practice apart is our treatment plan. Every new patient gets a customized treatment plan document that outlines our treatment goals, diagnosis, nutritional and supplement recommendations as well as exercise or mind/body tools. We find it helps clarify the process both for us as practitioner and for the patient. We also do insurance billing for many patients who have benefits. 

We think our wonderful patients and friends are the real special sauce here. Thanks for supporting us!

  Christine Friel, Founder, Acupuncturist and Herbalist

Christine Friel, Founder, Acupuncturist and Herbalist

Christine Friel founded Double Happiness Health in 2005. She has practiced acupuncture since 2003 and has Traditional Chinese Medicine specialties in Oriental reproductive medicine, orthopedics and functional medicine.

Christine practices root cause medicine. Using the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine and modern functional medicine lab results, she will help get to the root of your health issue.  She uses acupuncture, high-quality botanicals, nutritional counseling, and manual therapy techniques– to tailor a customized approach to each patient. With a focus on women, Christine is expert at all stages of women's health- menstruation, fertility, pregnancy, postpartum, menopause and beyond. She is passionate about helping her patients gain tools that allow them to live pain-free, radiantly healthy and fertile lives.

Christine earned her Masters Degree at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She interned at Shu Guang Hospital in Shanghai. Christine is a Diplomat of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics (DNBAO) and earned a board specialty in Acupuncture Orthopedics with Lerner Education at Cedar Sinai Hospital in 2007. She has specialized in oriental reproductive medicine and has been a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine since 2010.

Over the years Christine has studied Craniosacral therapy with the Upledger Institute, as well as Chi Nei Tsang, a Taoist visceral and energetic manual therapy with Mantak Chia and Gilles Marin. On her time off, you can find her hiking the hills, splashing in rivers and cooking up healthy feasts.

  Rachel Root, Acupuncturist & Herbalist

Rachel Root, Acupuncturist & Herbalist

Rachel Root is a California State licensed acupuncturist with postgraduate training Women’s Health and Chinese Orthopedics and a Fellow of the American Board of Reproductive Medicine. Her passion is helping women connect with their bodies and feel in control of their health and hormones. Rachel implements her knowledge of Chinese medicine and herbal therapy, vitamins and supplements, nutrition, and functional medicine training to create a treatment plan that creates profound changes in the people that she works with. Rachel has a special focus on fertility and pregnancy and well as menopause, PCOS, and other hormonal imbalances.

After completing her B.S. in Kinesiology she was interning at a physical therapy clinic when she discovered acupuncture and Chinese medicine. It was while working with an acupuncturist that she saw a major shift in her personal health and hormonal struggles. She became passionate about Chinese medicine and its approach to healthcare, which individualizes each treatment and addresses the root cause of illness.

Rachel earned a Master of Science degree in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine at American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, and has a B.S. in Kinesiology from Arizona State University. She completed a clinical acupuncture certificate through the Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in Hangzhou, China where she received advanced training in gynecology and orthopedics. Her treatments include a gentle needling technique and therapeutic shiatsu that supports relaxation and restoration.

Ask her about her current favorite podcasts or her bone broth obsession.

  Courtney Maree Reiman, DACM, L.Ac.

Courtney Maree Reiman, DACM, L.Ac.

I was born in Arizona and remain a true cowgirl at heart. My first career was as a professional ballet dancer - I trained from a very young age and moved away from home when I was 15 to pursue that dream. After graduating from a performing arts high school I danced professionally for 6 years (which provided my very first experience with Chinese medicine, when I received acupuncture to help a strained ankle.) 

After leaving the ballet world, I pursued Asian languages (Japanese and Chinese) and international relations in college (studying two of those years in Japan). Upon graduation I worked for the Japanese government for about 3 years, affording me to travel between the US and Japan. I then broadened my scope so that I could focus my work o n other parts of the world and worked in the sectors of global health, arts management, and international affairs for ten years.

All of this time, I was keenly interested in holistic health. My own health started to deteriorate from overworking, over-stressing, lack of sleep and poor diet, and western medicine was not helping me find the right solutions. It was Chinese medicine that put me back on the right path. The profound effect it had on me opened a door to take health back into my own hands and inspired me to share this with others.

I finished my Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at ACTCM, with a brief externship in Hangzhou, China. My focus and passions are in women's health and pain management. My experience as a doula, advanced studies in women's health and my own experience as a new mom continue to inform my fertility, pregnant and postpartum patients. As a former ballet dancer and yoga teacher, I use my anatomical awareness and studies in orthopedics to help patients find relief from pain and to become more body-aware. I have a gentle needling style and am described by patients as easily approachable, a great listener, and gentle healer. I am trained in zangfu style Chinese medicine, while avidly weaving in other styles that I am continuing to learn and functional medicine approaches (a big draw to me toward DHH!).

Outside of practice I love to cook and spend as much as my time outdoors as possible. I am a voracious reader of all things leading to well being and love my time with family and friends, and most of all, being with my fun-spirited and loving husband, Josh, and our very round and happy babe, Forest.

  Pauline Harrell, Certified Massage Therapist

Pauline Harrell, Certified Massage Therapist

Paulene has over 20 years of experience as a Certified Massage Therapist. She is a passionate and dedicated student of the body, and believes in not only providing healing massage but also in educating her clients to help them with their own self-care. According to Paulene, the body has a mind of its own. She enjoys the challenge of helping to unlock the body’s holding patterns.

Paulene blends various modalities including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Craniosacral, Myofacial, and Jin Shin Jyutsu, using an integrated approach to tune into the individual needs of each client. She has worked in spas, with seniors offering therapeutic touch, and as a teacher’s aide at the Monterey Institute of Touch where she received her training.