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.

An avid, lifelong student, she is always learning more about natural medicine, which fuels her passion and excitement in optimizing patient care. On her time off, you can find her hiking the hills, splashing in rivers and cooking up healthy feasts.

  Priyanka Wali, MD Internal Medicine

Priyanka Wali, MD Internal Medicine

Dr. Priyanka Wali is a board-certified Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine physician who comes to you with an open heart and a sharp mind ready to heal from all aspects.  She graduated from the University of Southern California cum laude as an undergraduate in Los Angeles and continued her training there for medical school.  She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco   Her philosophical approach to medicine stems from holistic concepts, primarily that "Food is Medicine" and many medical illnesses arise from disconnection of natural-occurring phenomenon.  For patients suffering from prediabetes, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome, fatty liver, insulin resistance, or irritable bowel syndrome, she is adept at implementing dietary therapies to reverse those conditions.

While she understands the importance and necessity of guide-lined based therapies, she believes medicine, at its core, is an personalized process and probably should not be standardized or scaled.  The best medicine is individualized medicine and this takes time, patience and most importantly a human connection.  She is particularly interested in health optimization for individuals of all ages and demographics and has a passion for solving medical conundrums.  Whether this involves optimizing your health prior to starting a family/conceiving or addressing a medical ailment that has been persistent and unsolved after seeing many providers, Dr. Wali is committed to meeting your healthcare needs in many ways.

  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.

After leaving the ballet world, I pursued Asian languages and I worked for the Japanese government for about 3 years, affording me to travel between the US and Japan.

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.

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.

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Susie Carter is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist certified by the California Acupuncture Board (CAB) and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Her approach offers a unique blend of acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutritional guidance that is deeply attuned to the needs and desires of each patient.
Susie began her graduate studies at the New England School of Acupuncture in Boston, Massachusetts and completed her degree here in San Francisco at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Since earning her license, she has completed advanced trainings with Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan in pain management and internal medicine, and Sharon Weizenbaum in all stages of women's health including menstruation, fertility, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. As an acupuncturist, she has worked in a diverse array of settings. Her favorites include the Charlotte Maxwell Integrative Cancer Clinic, an organization providing integrated medical care and support services to underserved women with cancer, and The Stay In Touch Center, where she served Veterans with PTSD and chronic pain.Susie's specialties include women's health, pain management and emotional wellbeing. She strives to provide compassionate care that is both gentle and effective and is grateful for the opportunity to share with her patients a comprehensive system of healthcare that provides lasting results and ongoing relief.

When not in clinic, Susie heads to the mountains, the potter's studio or to a heart-thumpin' good dance class at ODC.

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Janice Mao is a board certified acupuncturist and herbalist. She represents the 3rd generation of Chinese Medicine Doctors in her family. Her exposure to Chinese Medicine began as a child, raised in a traditional Chinese household where acupuncture along with herbs and foods were routinely used as therapy for common ailments. She was inspired by her maternal grandmother, Dr. Jane Wu and uncle, Dr. Wen Wu, who made profound positive changes in people’s lives with the practice of Chinese Medicine.

Janice has been a San Francisco resident for almost 14 years. She is a mother of a toddler and thus particularly attuned to women’s health and obstetrics - from fertility to pregnancy and postpartum. Janice has also treated a variety of conditions with focus on endocrinology, digestive disorders, emotional health, and acute and chronic pain. With a strong foundation in Western medicine, Janice integrates traditional Chinese medicine with the understanding of science-based functional medicine. Her treatments incorporate an individualized blend of acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional and lifestyle counseling, and manual therapy. She takes a holistic approach to devise a treatment plan that not only addresses the presenting complaint, but also treats the root cause of an ailment. Her goal is to restore the body, mind, and spirit to a balanced state of health!

Janice holds a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is also trained in Asian bodywork, incorporating gentle Shiatsu techniques into her treatments. Outside of practice, Janice enjoys the company of family and friends, time outdoors with the trees and the ocean, art and design projects, and answering all of life’s questions from her very inquisitive 3 year-old daughter.