Our Acupuncturists

 
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Olivia Peters-Lazaro, L.Ac.

Olivia Peters-Lazaro has been a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in California for more than a decade.

She attended Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, earning a Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. After her third year at Five Branches Olivia traveled to Hangzhou, China to study at Zhejiang University, getting in contact with the roots of acupuncture. There, she observed Traditional Chinese Medicine being used in hospitals as a regular form of treatment for basically any kind of ailment or dysfunction.

Olivia has pursued specialized training in treating pregnant women as well as children. She apprenticed with Raven Lang (midwife and acupuncturist), a leading expert in Traditional Chinese Medicine obstetrics and pediatrics in the United States.  She also interned at Nurture Acupuncture, a bay area clinic that exclusively treats women and men for fertility health.

Olivia grew up in Chico. After being gone for many years, she returned to start Chico Community Acupuncture in 2010.  She absolutely loves her hometown, and living in the beautiful Sacramento Valley.

 
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“Jersey” Michelle Rivers, L.Ac.

Michelle has been continuously practicing acupuncture since graduating from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder in 2009. Known for her particularly gentle needling style, she has a special interest in treating patients who are challenged by compounding health factors and likely underserved by traditional healthcare.

Michelle regularly travels to teach as an “away team” faculty member of POCAtech in Portland, a well-established school of cooperative acupuncture.

She sees acupuncture as an important tool for personal as well as preventative healthcare, and advocates for expanding access to Traditional Chinese Medicine for all. Her current areas of focus in her own continuing education are trauma-informed care advanced distal treatment strategies.


Our Massage Therapists

 
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Liv Jaks C.M.T.

Massage Therapy

Liv Jaks has been an active Clinical Massage Therapist since 2011.  She attended the Soma Institute in Chicago, a 750 hour clinical massage training program.  She as extensive training in Advanced Deep Tissue and Structural Integration Technique.  Specialties include Myofascial and Deep Fascial Tissue Release, Psoas Release, Chronic Pain Relief, and Injury Rehabilitation. At Chico Community Acupuncture she offers full body renewal with Thai inspired massage work. In this 45 minute session Liv will move your whole body in a sequence of stretches and muscle compressions, designed to give your entire body a neuromuscular reset. Done fully clothed, wear or bring comfortable clothing to allow ease of movement.

Rates:$40-60 sliding scale for 45 minutes. Fridays. To schedule call the clinic or use our on-line scheduling system.

 
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Alex Volzer C.M.T.

Massage Therapy

Alex Volzer, CMP, HHP has been health coaching and practicing massage therapy since 2010, specializing in medical and therapeutic bodywork.  His work is an integrative, therapy focused blend of Western, Eastern, and Medical massage techniques.  Since moving to Chico, he has been providing focused bodywork in 15 and 30 minutes sessions, allowing people to get high quality massage on a regular basis in an affordable way.

Rates: 15, 20, or 30 min: $1 per minute. Saturdays. To schedule call the clinic or use our on-line scheduling system.

 
 
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Missy Migdal, L.Ac.

Chi Nei Tsang (abdominal massage)

What is Chi Nei Tsang?

Chi Nei Tsang is a traditional Taoist form of healing touch therapy, which is applied to the abdomen. It is used to stimulate and manipulate muscles and connective tissue. It helps organs like stomach, intestine, liver, gall bladder, spleen, uterus and kidneys to function more efficiently. It effects the lymph, circulatory and nervous systems located in the abdomen. Internal organ massage is believed to release regional stress and tension, prevent stagnation of blood, improve the flow of energy into the abdominal region, allowing for detoxification and an enhanced immune system.

Who Should Receive CNT?

CNT is especially used for digestive problems like abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome, gall bladder pain, bloating, acid reflux, and constipation, and many other digestive issues. People come for CNT treatments because they are ill, in pain, or experiencing symptoms of discomfort like stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, breathing problems, menstrual problems, sleep difficulties and fatigue. Others are feeling stuck, going through deep change or needing to heal from stress and trauma. 
Sometimes people are experiencing other healing modalities (such as psychotherapy and acupuncture) and they choose Chi Nei Tsang to complement and deepen their therapy.

Rates: $60 per session. Text or email to schedule.

(510) 913-8133
migdal.wellness@gmail.com
www.migdal-wellness.com

 
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"Rain" Aliza Scher, CMT

Massage Therapy

Therapeutic and Relaxation Massage by "Rain" Aliza Scher, CMT (they/them) Massage ranging from Deep Tissue and Acupressure/Moxapressure to  Swedish and Intuitive. Guided by each individual's needs, their practice is grounded in a value of making alternative healthcare more accessible to more people.

Rates: 1 hour for $50; 1.5 hour for $70; or 2 hours for $90. Gift certificates available.

To schedule call the clinic or use our on-line scheduling system for appointments. Wednesdays. Other appointment days available, contact Rain directly: call or text (310) 625-2713 or visit facebook.com/massagebyrain.

 

Clinic Staff & Volunteers

Megan at the front desk.

Megan at the front desk.

Megan, Daniel and Chanel are the folks answering your calls, welcoming you to the clinic, and helping you with everything in the front office.  We couldn't do it without them!  We also have a regular team of volunteers who makes things happen here. 

If you are interested in helping out at the clinic, ask us how!  Or, you can start by checking out POCA.org and becoming a member of the People's Organization of Community Acupuncture, a co-op designed to make acupuncture affordable and accessible to as many people as possible while providing sustainable jobs for acupuncturists and support staff.  We are always looking for folks to help with a variety of project orient tasks. What skills do you have to contribute?