Nikole just adores supporting couples on their fertility journey. Drawing on her experience with her own fertility challenges, which eventually led to the birth of two beautiful daughters, she shines and thrives in providing support for people on the path to parenthood. Additional areas of interest include, hormonal balance, pain management, thyroid disorders, digestive health and autoimmunity.
Nikole is a California state licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. She spent three years in the Peace Corps in the Ivory Coast and Madagascar, where she participated in many development projects and learned about the importance in health education all over the world. She also spent two months in Nepal volunteering with the Acupuncture Relief Project outside of Kathmandu, giving close to a thousand treatments. Nikole is dedicated to sharing the benefits of Chinese Medicine, and is passionate about the health and well-being of her patients.
Nikole earned her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2009. Post graduation, she was an acupuncturist, co-owner, and operator of Denver Community Acupuncture, a holistic clinic focusing on women’s and children’s health. Since relocating with her family back to her native California, she is excited to be part of the team at Tao to Wellness.
Deanna Tasi, L.Ac.
Deanna Tasi has already given over 10,000 treatments. She specializes in pain management, emotional wellness and is a relaxation and sleep specialist.
She earned her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, and is licensed in the state of California.
Deanna first became interested in studying Chinese medicine while taking Qi Gong classes over ten years ago. In 2004, she began studying Tui Na, acupressure, and other Asian bodywork therapies, completing over 1,000 hours of training at the former Acupressure Institute in Berkeley. Becoming an acupuncturist and an herbal practitioner was a natural progression to nurture her expanding interest in health care.
Originally from the mid-west, Deanna completed her Bachelors degree at the University of Minnesota, studying Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering with an environmental emphasis. A long-time advocate for our environment, she sees the relationship with our bodies and our lifestyles as an intricate part of how we impact the world around us. When not slinging needles, Deanna enjoys getting out in nature and sharing meals with friends. She’s also continued her practice of movement, learning multiple forms of Tai Qi and Qi Gong, including studying in the Wudang mountains of China, where martial arts where born.
Deanna’s motto is “When we take care of ourselves, everyone benefits”.
Treasure De La Cruz, L.Ac.
At Tao to Wellness, Treasure acts as one of our pain management specialists. After being a yoga teacher for 10 years, combined with a career as a certified massage therapist for 5 years, and then becoming a trained doula, Treasure De La Cruz finally landed in the world of Chinese medicine. She learned of this ancient medicine while going through her own heartbreaking and emotional divorce. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine played a huge part and was key to getting her through those difficult times. She quickly became intrigued by the deeper work that this medicine provided and decided to make it her life’s work.
Her 15 years as a healer gives her a deep understanding of the body. From a physical/structural standpoint: helping people with body awareness, ergonomics and offering stretches when appropriate to support their treatment and lifestyle. From an emotional wellness standpoint: she is an expert in providing relief in anxiety, depression and stress management. And lastly, she also loves supporting people on their way to parenthood; wherever they are at. Treasure understands the importance of family, having god daughters in the bay area, she cherishes all the time she gets to see them. Especially as a doula, it was an honor to witness & support women through this miraculous journey into motherhood. Treasure finds partnering with people on their healing journey is truly fulfilling.
Treasure De La Cruz is a California State Licensed Acupuncturist and clinical Chinese herbalist. She earned her Master’s degree from American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine across the bay in San Francisco. She also has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Human Nutrition and Food Science from Virginia Tech.
Treasure loves connecting to nature by taking walks in the park with her husband and their dog, Jupiter, swimming in the bay and medicine making, which includes cooking.
Christina “Mei Wen” Martin, L.Ac., Dipl.AC, MTOM, FABORM.
Christina is the founder of Tao to Wellness. She is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Teacher and has been in practice for almost twenty years. After having studied with the late great master, Dr. Richard Tan for her whole career, she is considered an expert in musculoskeletal issues, including sports medicine, and all aspects of internal medicine with an emphasis on gynecology and fertility. She is a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine and she is part of the Northern California Fertility Group. In addition to her private practice, she teaches meditation and is repeat guest lecturer at Symposia Medicus (a continuing education organization for Western doctors and nurses), UC Berkeley and Laney College.