Aquilino Soriano | L.Ac

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Aquilino Soriano’s journey into acupuncture began with his certification in massage therapy. From there he went on to study Acupuncture at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM), and in 1995 earned his Master’s Degree and is board certified in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. He specializes in Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, postural alignment, (certified in both Symmetry and Egoscue). He integrates both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western orthopedics and sports medicine methods to holistically treat each individual patient. Aquilino also specializes in NAET, an allergy elimination technique which proves successful with both children and adults of all ages. In 2000 he founded Acusport Health Center, and has enjoyed serving the community of Ocean Beach. As a longtime musician, he incorporates vibrational healing in his sessions through the use of tuning forks, which can have positive effects on the physical and emotional state of the body and mind.


Jordan Allen | M.S., L.Ac.

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Jordan holds a Masters of Oriental Medicine degree in Chinese Medicine and is licensed to practice acupuncture in the state of California. He is board certified in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, and assistant teacher of Treatment of Orthopedic Disorders, at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Jordan specializes in Sports Medicine and Orthopedics utilizing techniques such as postural therapy, orthopedic rehabilitation, tuī ná, facilitated stretching, and prescribes herbal formulas personally tailored for the individual. Passionate about his work and giving back, Jordan works with Global Alternative Healthcare Project (GAHP), an international aid group which provides health care to underserved areas in the U.S. and abroad.

CURRENT/PAST POSITIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Licensed Acupuncturist, California & Nationally.

  • Master of Science Traditional Oriental Medicine. Certified STAR Practitioner, Symmetry Postural Alignment.

  • Team Acupuncturist BJJ Revolution Team/five times National Champions, San Diego, CA

  • Assistant Instructor for Treatment of Orthopedic Disorders class at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, CA.


Dr. Dawn Mamikunian | L.Ac., DACM

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My goal is to help my patients achieve optimum health and wellness through the use of traditional Chinese medicine. I will support you with acupuncture, nutrition advise, exercise, meditation, as well as mind & body awareness to heal yourself naturally. My background includes training not only in acupuncture, but also in a wide array of Chinese medicine modalities, ie: cupping, gua sha, Chinese herbs and electrical stimulation. I have a degree in biochemistry and photography from the University of California San Diego and then did my masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. Just recently, I received a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. I am licensed by the state of New York and California and recognized by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

Over the years, I have seen the impressive results that acupuncture and Chinese medicine can have for all different types of conditions. This is why I am so grateful to be able to share the benefit of my extensive education with you and offer support. Your unique health care situation is of the utmost importance to me. I am happy to answer any questions regarding how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can benefit you. Together we can work toward achieving your health and wellness goals.


Yael Ben-Porat | L.Ac., DAOM

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Yael’s initial interest in the diversity in approach to the human condition is evidenced by her early career choice to pursue a BA degree in Cultural Anthropology with an emphasis in the Anthropology of Medical Practice from UCSD. As Managing Editor of the Journal of Medicinal Food she has maintained her strong ties to traditional western science and medicine while forging to bridge the gap between what was once a great distance between Eastern and Western approaches to health and well-being. Certified as a licensed acupuncturist both by the California Acupuncture Board as well as nationally, she earned her Masters of Science Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. Yael employs a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Herbology, Tui Na, Qi Gong and postural alignment exercises, as well as diet and lifestyle modifications as needed to help her patients restore and maintain their health and well being. She has served a two-year Internship with Vasa Mik in the application of Acupunture Techniques to specifically address issues involving Orthopedic and Sports Medicine applications. Yael’s other interests include internal medicine, drug and alcohol addiction, women’s health/infertility issues, mental health (neurology), endocrinology, gastrointestinal dysfunction and pain diseases, immune disorders and overall illness prevention.

Yael believes that is is never too late in life to turn your health around and begin living a stronger more satisfying existence.


Shannon Wheelwright | L.Ac, MSTOM

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Shannon Wheelwright is a Licensed Acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist. She loves the integration of Eastern and Western medicine, her passion lies in helping you to achieve your optimal health.

Shannon completed her Masters’ in Science of Traditional Oriental Medicine along with an Associates in Holistic Science at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego. She has studied under Aquilino Soriano, one of the founders and owners of AcuSport Health Center, learning orthopedic acupuncture, pain management, and allergy elimination techniques.

Shannons goal is to help patients achieve optimal health through a combination of Eastern and Western treatment modalities and empower them with education, promoting their longevity and well being.


Beth PurcelL | MA

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Beth has Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies. Traditional botanical medicine was a primary area of her academic interest and research, particularly the indigenous use of enthnogens.  Following graduation, Beth went on to work for MedLink Corporation, where as Editorial Director she was responsible for their flagship publication, MedLink Neurology - the leading information resource for clinical neurology. Beth is a member of the National Center for Homeopathy and  is currently studying botanical medicine with David Crow L.Ac. She received her Meridian Stress Assessment training from Renee Brooks N.D. You can learn more about her and Qest testing on the AcuQest website.


Josie Virissimo | Massage Therapist

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Josie Stuart was introduced to massage therapy during a challenging pregnancy. Amazed at how well her body responded to her therapy sessions, she decided to go into the field. It has been four years since entering the practice, and she is still as passionate about her profession and the healing power it can offer to others. Josie has both a compassionate and intuitive touch, which combines deep tissue work with stretch therapy for injury prevention and recovery. She also loves foot reflexology and Chinese cupping. She tries to accommodate to each individual she works with, understanding pressure preferences and pain tolerance is subjective, and does her best to match each client’s desired needs by being mindful and transparent not only during intake, but during table time as well.


Michael Bearden | Massage Therapist

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Michael, a native of San Diego, was born and raised in the sparkling white sandy beaches of Coronado California, to a Navy household. In 2009 he changed careers and enrolled in massage therapy school at the International Professional School of Bodywork, located in San Diego. He primarily works using Tui Na and Chinese Medicine sessions, which are a blend of deep tissue and relaxing therapy styles. Additionally he has a Level 3 reiki certification, and does Jin Shin Acupretouch energy work. Along with pregnancy massage, and lymphatic drainage, he has a few other session styles under his belt. Most sessions help to create mobility and strength as well as flexibility and awareness for each individual’s body make up.

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