My name is Zelina and I have a passion for healing and wellness.
Coming from a lineage of healers, I discovered my life path after recovering from several health hardships including Lupus, addiction, a back injury and more. In 2007, I found myself stuck in a health and emotional rut. I had been recently diagnosed with Lupus and I felt as though my life and desire to keep living it, was slipping away. My kidneys were failing and my doctor told me that if I didn’t take the medication he was prescribing, I would die.
I didn’t know a whole lot about healthcare then, but taking an immunosuppressant drug (a drug that suppresses the immune system) seemed counter intuitive.
I started researching Lupus day and night and found that most patients who took those drugs were progressively getting worse, and with newer problems. “There must be another way,” I thought. I found alternative ways of healing and at the urge of my mother I decided to try acupuncture.
From that very first treatment, I felt a major shift. My faith in recovering was renewed, I felt as though healing was possible. “Why isn’t everyone doing this?” I thought. I was progressing with each treatment, and combined with food therapy, yoga, meditation, and other forms of therapy; my health was restored. My transformation was quick; my labs were normal after just a year.
Acupuncture became my answer to everything, even when I asked myself “what am I doing with my life?” It felt so natural to pursue the healing arts, and my life has changed for the better. Getting healthy was a long and challenging process, but it has been absolutely worth it!
As a practitioner, I believe that people have the capacity to heal themselves. Our bodies are amazing works of art that sparkle with energy and functionality and whose self-healing mechanisms can be initiated using the right tools. I also believe in empowering others to become active participants in their recovery.
I work by discovering and treating the root cause(s) of disease, which in many cases is/are due to a mind-body-spirit disconnect. I like to combine different forms of therapy such as acupuncture, food therapy, plant medicine and herbs, cupping, moxibustion, movement therapy and anything else I feel someone needs.
It is important to understand that healthy is a lifestyle.
My goal is to help you look and feel great.
I graduated from Southern California University of Health Sciences with my Master’s of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and just completed my Doctorate program at Emperor’s College in March 2018. I completed a Traditional Mexican Medicine course in Oaxaca, Mexico as hosted by the University of New Mexico, a study program at the Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, CA, and countless independent studies in holistic health and spiritual well-being.
I am licensed by the California Acupuncture Board.