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.

  Heather Moore, Acupuncturist & Herbalist

Heather Moore, Acupuncturist & Herbalist

I went to Western Michigan University and studied marine biology/chemistry, then moved to San Diego in 1996 for graduate school. Upon my arrival, I was promptly persuaded to pursue a different career. Over nine months, my eyes were opened to a new way of being and seeing health, vitality and life in general and found myself enrolling at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine for my Masters.

Since graduating in 1999, I have had a focus on Women's Health. In 2009, I became a Fellow of American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM), to become an expert in fertility and conception. I love connecting with women, co-creating and holding their vision for the future, be it future family or future health. I have spent 18 years studying acupuncture, meditation, yoga and nutrition. I have a keen intuition and can pinpoint what isn't working for you and move you into a place of alignment with your center. You will experience more flexibility, inner peace, harmony and better equipped to adapt to stress.  

When I'm not working I am outside hiking, paddle boarding, or riding my motorcycle in Point Reyes or the back roads of Sonoma. I have a kitty named Blue who is the love of my life and an awesome partner Chris who keeps me grounded and laughing.

I look forward to working with you to create the life and health you desire!

  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.