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 massage therapy since 1992, and has Traditional Chinese Medicine specialties in women’s health and fertility and orthopedics.

Christine brings acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional counseling, and manual therapy techniques– to tailor a customized approach to each patient.

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. 

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. Conditions treated include:

 

Women’s Health

·  Fertility                                                                                               

·  PCOS

·  Fibroids and Endometriosis

·  Menopause

·  PMS and PMDD

Pregnancy

·  Supporting health of the mother and baby

·  Nausea

·  Pain

·  Labor preparation

Pain

·  Chronic pain

·  Acute injuries such as back, neck, knee or shoulder pain.

·  Repetitive stress injuries

·  Inflammatory and autoimmune conditions

·  Post surgery support

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.

Mia Stableford, Acupuncturist & Herbalist

Mia Stableford, Acupuncturist & Herbalist

Mia’s is a California State Licensed Acupuncturist and Certified Massage Therapist. interest in the healing arts therapy comes from her athletic background. As a participant and coach of triathlons, she needed to find relief from her own sports injuries. The help she received working with acupuncturists and massage therapists was so profound that it compelled her to pursue a career helping others with similar issues.

Mia completed the Acupressure Institute’s Acupressure Practitioner program specializing in Sports Acupressure, Neuromuscular Technique, and Tui Na, a Chinese manual therapy based on the principles of yin and yang, the five elements and a meridian view of the body, encouraging free flow of qi by manipulating joints, viscera and soft tissue. After several years as a practicing massage therapist, Mia knew she wanted to help her clients with a broader range of issues and obtained a Master's Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland. While orthopaedics is Mia's first love, she strives to provide gentle and effective treatment to patients suffering from many conditions that include: pain, digestive and women's health issues.

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.