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.

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.

Susie Carter, L.Ac.

Susie Carter, L.Ac.

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.

Janice Mao, DACM, L.Ac.

Janice Mao, DACM, L.Ac.

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.

Brooke McClelland

Brooke McClelland

A California Board Licensed Acupuncturist, Brooke first encountered acupuncture after she injured her shoulder while working on an organic farm. Intrigued with the theory of yin and yang and the five elements, she entered Chinese Medical School a few years later. A long-time gardener and lover of nature, Brooke treasures that Chinese Medicine evolved from the Daoists’ careful observation of the natural world and the human body. She relishes working with Chinese Medicinal Herbs.

Brooke holds a Masters in Oriental Medicine from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College of Berkeley.  As part of her clinical training, she interned at West Berkeley Lifelong Medical Clinic where she treated primarily Spanish-speakers (she is fluent in Spanish and conversational in Portuguese) to decrease pain and increase vitality, immunity, and fertility.  She also practiced at the UC Berkeley Simpson Center Sports Medicine Clinic where she treated world-class athletes to help them heal quickly and completely from injuries, shorten their post-workout recovery, and increase their stamina.

Brooke believes that health or a lack of it can be traced back to the foods we eat, the practices we cultivate, and the thoughts we choose to think over and over again.  Brooke uses ancient TCM wisdom, functional medicine concepts, and mindfulness practices to guide patients back to abundant health.  Having worked with children for many years, Brooke has a nurturing and grounding presence.  She is currently growing and harvesting the Chinese herb ju hua (chrysanthemum) at home.