Our Team – Tao to Wellness – Berkeley CA
Deanna Tasi, L.Ac. Acupuncturist and Herbalist
Simply put, Deanna Tasi loves what she does. She lives and breathes the medicine, and is grateful to be able to help patients with everything from stress and pain management, to fertility treatments. Before joining Tao to Wellness in 2016 she had already provided over 10,000 treatments in a community setting. Since joining Tao to Wellness she’s had the fortune of developing her focus in fertility- assisting countless women on their fertility path.
Deanna first became interested in studying Chinese medicine while taking Qi Gong classes. Inspired by the movement therapy and self-massage of the acupuncture points, 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. 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.
Originally from the midwest, Deanna completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota, studying Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering with an environmental emphasis. A long-time advocate for the 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 spending time in nature, traveling, and sharing meals with friends. In 2019 she had the opportunity to combine a few of her loves- traveling on a medical service trip to Nepal to provide acupuncture and herbs to underserved communities. Deanna strongly believes that healing begins with ourselves, so that we can extend the benefit to others.
Treasure De La Cruz, L.Ac. Acupuncturist and Herbalist
“As a trained doula and new mama, Treasure has been a fountain of knowledge and has held my hand as I faced surprising pains or unexpected issues throughout my pregnancy. I have never worked with a more mindful, meticulous, and thorough acupuncturist before I met Treasure. I trust her opinion, her intuition, and her holistic knowledge of Eastern treatments. I often get more useful and straightforward information from Treasure than I do from my Western practitioners.”
-M. El Cerrito, CA (From Yelp)
At Tao to Wellness, Treasure acts as one of our fertility and pain management specialists. After having studied Nutrition at Virginia, 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. Her 15 years as a healer gives her a deep understanding of the body.
Treasure 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.
Especially as a new mom and a trained doula, Treasure loves supporting people on their way to parenthood; whether trying to conceive naturally or working with IUI and IVF protocols. She is filled with knowledge on how to support parents to-be, from the preparation for conception, to during pregnancy, and to preparing for birth. Treasure understands the importance of family and as a health care provider, it is an honor to witness & support women through this miraculous journey into motherhood. From a pain management/structural standpoint, she is a master at pain relief and helping people with body awareness, ergonomics and offering stretches and exercises when appropriate to support their treatment and lifestyle. From fertility to pain management and everything in between, Treasure is an expert.
Treasure De La Cruz is a California State Licensed Acupuncturist and Nationally Licensed Diplomate of Oriental Medicine. 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, daughter and their dog, Jupiter, swimming in the bay and medicine making, which includes cooking.
Emily Edmonds, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac, MSOM, FABORM,
Emily has a deep-rooted passion for this medicine, simply because it changed the entire course of her life. In her previous career, Emily was a chemical engineer in the biofuels industry. While her career as an engineer thrived, her health began to suffer, leaving her with severe gastrointestinal issues and debilitating migraines. Unfortunately, Western medicine offered no solutions which eventually led her to seek out alternative methods, including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Her treatments gave her lasting relief for her health ailments as well as improving other aspects of her health. Emily changed her attitude about health, when she realized that how health “looked” was different from how health “felt”. Emily was so impressed with Chinese medicine and its ability to heal the entire body rather than just one by one symptoms that she decided to become a practitioner.
Emily holds a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, California. Aside from her expertise in pain management (she’s also completed training with Whitfield Reaves in Advanced Sports Medicine), she has developed an affinity for Fertility medicine. Emily is a fellow of the American Board of Reproductive Medicine (ABORM), a highly esteemed organization certifying practitioners with a specialty in fertility, pregnancy, and women’s health.
Emily says, “I love to treat fertility because every woman who wishes to have a child deserves to have the best chance she can of conceiving while also keeping her mind and body in the best possible health.”
Emily also enjoys hiking with her favorite companion – her pug, Lucy, on her adventures throughout the Bay Area.
Paz Vizcarra, L.Ac., MSTCM
“I have been treated by Paz Vizcarra, L.Ac., for various conditions over the last 15 years including back pain and women’s health issues. I found her diagnostic and healing skills to be effective where other doctors had failed. She always had sound advice. I (always) got results from her treatments, but the comfort and freedom from pain has been a treasured gift.”
Paz has been in practice for almost 25 years! Originally from Chile, she received her license to practice traditional Chinese medicine in 1997. She is a master at providing pain relief, women’s health, fertility, autoimmune disorders, digestive issues, asthma, allergies and dermatology. Since 2000, she has served as a clinic supervisor at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, where she provides guidance and mentorship to students in diagnosis, treatment, herbal prescriptions, dietary and lifestyle counseling. Not only is she passionate about acupuncture, but the magic of Chinese herbal medicine as well. Her herbal prescriptions are beyond compare and, in addition, loves creating salves on the spot for her patients, a practice that is unique and a little less common in clinics.
In her free time, she loves to bike ride, garden and collect seaweed with her tribe of healers for her master herbal concoctions.
Christina “Mei Wen” Martin, L.Ac., Dipl.AC, MTOM, FABORM, Founder
Christina is the founder of Tao to Wellness. She is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist, Life Coach 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 a repeat guest lecturer at Symposia Medicus (a continuing education organization for Western doctors and nurses), UC Berkeley and Laney College.
Christina holds a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is California and New York state licensed and is a nationally certified Diplomat of Acupuncture. Christina entered Acupuncture school without ever having an Acupuncture treatment. She simply felt it was her calling.
At the 15 year mark of her acupuncture practice, she realized she needed to go further with her patients. She had been teaching meditation for years, but something called to her to become certified in life coaching. The reason being, it was easy to make a change in the treatment room, but with some issues it seemed like as soon as the patient went back into their unmanageable life, their symptoms re-emerged. Whether it was hormonal imbalances, digestive issues, migraines or anxiety, she grew tired of dancing with certain ailments and issues and became certified as a life coach in order to dive deeper and offer more profound changes. She quickly found that working with a patient on several different levels helped immensely in making a sustainable difference in patient’s lives. In addition, patients experienced much more satisfaction overall, new threads of gratitude, profound excitement about their life, smoother relationship communication and higher income to name a few. She not only works with Tao to Wellness patients who are receiving acupuncture, but also has clients nationally and internationally. Her specialty is working with women. Women who are up to anything– who are transitioning, wondering what’s next, wanting to enhance their relationship or call one in, looking to increase their income, looking to enhance their self care and self love or looking to create just about anything. Contact her directly by email Christina@berkeley-acupuncture.com.
Brae Sisk, Office Manager
Sierra Onnah has been following a life path that has taken her through many different chapters as a performer, artist, scientist, educator, activist, shamanic healer and massage therapist. She comes from the wild woods of Northern California and lives with a poetry that is the synthesis of all her adventures. Sierra is a wise woman, equipped to use vulnerability, art, passion, truth and kindness to bring a light into the world.
Sierra has always had a passion for the fields of healing and traditional knowledge over time of how to help people recover their wholeness, individually and collectively. In addition to managing the office at Tao to Wellness, she works as a massage therapist, somatic educator and facilitator of holistic healing processes for individuals and groups through her business Embody Alchemy in Oakland, CA.