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Education & Training

Comprehensive. Integrative. Extensive.

In order to practice acupuncture in California and meet the requirements necessary to take and pass the state board licensing examination, a person must complete a four-year, Master's level education. 


  • To complete the Master's degree, there is a pre-requisite of completing a minimum requirement of 2-3 years of undergraduate studies, including basic sciences (Chemistry, Biology, Physics).  Both Michael and Jessica has bachelors degrees from UCLA and UCSC (Santa Cruz) respectively.

  • The Masters program Jessica and Michael have completed, the Masters of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine (MATCM) is a four-year graduate professional degree program comprising 3,435 hours in length and a total of 195.5 units;

    • ~ 1,000+ hours of clinical experience ​

    • ~ 2,300+ hours of coursework in Chinese medicine and Western Medicine

      • ~ 1,500 hours of Chinese medical training, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, etc.​

      • ~ 700 hours of Western medical training, including anatomy/physiology, diagnosis, pharmacology, pathophysiology, red flags, etc.

    • ~ 100 hours of professional training; ethics, laws/regulations

Jessica & Michael both have additional training, certification, and education:  

Jessica completed an intensive 1088+ hour accredited apprenticeship & clinical training program in Traditional Chinese Orthopedic Massage therapy (Jin Shou Tuina) and Craniosacral Therapy, in addition to her Masters.  She is a certified Jin Shou Tuina Practitioner by the AOBTA.  She is also in progress with her certification in Craniosacral therapy, having completed many of the Upledger Institute's beginner and advanced coursework (CR1, CR2, SER1, SER2).

Michael completed the Transitional Doctorate program with PCoH&S in 2019, which formally turns his Masters into a professional Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM), granting him the title of 'Doctor'.  This 23 Unit capstone provides additional education in clinical research, biomedicine, and integrative medicine, with the larger goal of elevating the role of acupuncturists within the larger healthcare system.

In addition to this training, in order to maintain an active acupuncture license in California, licensed acupuncturists are required to achieve 50 hours, every two years of continuing education/training.  Jessica and Michael are currently focusing their studies in advanced acupuncture neuroscience, especially the courses by Dr. Pony Chiang Ph.D, .R.TCMP, R.Ac, Dipl.OM (NCCAOM) of Toronto.

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