My name is Stephanie He. I am a licensed acupuncturist (L.AC.) and Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM).

I was born and raised in China where I practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is often referred to as TCM. TCM—which includes acupuncture— has been practiced in China for over 2,000 years. I earned my degree from Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1985.

I am so grateful for my thirteen years of medical practice in China. I treated patients from the start of my time at the First Affiliated Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The population of the city of Tianjin is over eight million people and because I had a chance to work in virtually every department at the hospital, I gained a wealth of experience that could not have been achieved anywhere else. I bring those years of experience to every patient whom I treat.

While at the First Affiliated Hospital of Tianjin University of TCM I not only treated a lot of patients, but I also had the pleasure to teaching TCM to both Chinese and foreign medical students. This included supervising students while they treated patients, lecturing and reviewing student’s academic work. While at Tianjin, I also joined ten research studies on topics as varied as chronic gastritis, acute pain, and gout. I have published six articles in the Journal of Chinese Medicine, Journal of Tianjin Chinese Medicine, and others.

acupressureI chose to specialize in Internal Medicine at Tianjin. This gave me the opportunity to do a lot of work with patients who had diabetes (and other endocrine disorders), renal failure, digestive disorders, etc. I also have worked with many stroke patients over the years. In China, it’s common knowledge that Acupuncture and TCM are important treatment modalities for stroke patients. TCM is not used widely for stroke in this country and there are so many patients who could benefit from it.

Since 2000, I have been teaching TCM at Five Branches University, a graduate school of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Santa Cruz, California, where I am a professor.  Teaching and research have continued to keep my skills sharp, ensuring that my patients can always expect the best care and most up-to-date information. I have a private practice in downtown Santa Cruz and in San Jose as well. In March 2009, I graduated from the DAOM degree program, offered by Five Branches University in San Jose, CA, specializing in neuromuscular medicine and pain management. The DAOM committee of FBU stated, “The candidate has done an exceptional piece of work and we are proud to be a part of her doctoral submission. She has displayed tenacity and we really appreciate her work and think she has made a substantial contribution to her field. She is very deserving of the credentials, DAOM.”

I offer a unique combination of vigorous education and more than two decades of hands-on experience—all of it in an environment dedicated to the integration of TCM and Western Medicine.

I’m currently accepting new patients into my private practice.  If you think you could benefit from Acupuncture or TCM, or if you would like to see if TCM can help you, please contact me.

Wishing you good health and happiness.