Dr. Lishanna has highly specialized training in treating chronic disease. She loves tackling cases where a person can’t figure out what is “wrong” with them. Having suffered from undiagnosed celiac disease for over a decade, Lishanna has a deep compassion for people with chronic symptoms that perpetuate without explanation.
In the clinic, Lishanna incorporates a wide array of tools for treating chronic health challenges including acupuncture, functional medicine and nutrition, whole food supplementation and phytotherapies, lab diagnostic testing and analysis, and medical qigong. In her clinical experience, Lishanna has found that many ailments are caused by multiple factors, and must be met on many levels for full resolution. Often, acupuncture and herbs can offer relief within a few days, and tools such as diagnostic tests, qigong meditation and movements, nutritional supplementation, and patient education bring the lasting results patients need to truly thrive.
Lishanna has extensive eduction functioning as a bridge between Chinese Medicine, Functional Nutrition, and Conventional Western Medicine. She is happy to collaborate with practitioners of all philosophies, and is also capable of working as a health team coordinator, evaluating all systems and making referrals as needed. She will leave no stone unturned in determining the cause of imbalances, and is willing to be as committed to your healing journey as you are.
Lishanna’s health education started when she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Holistic Health from Fairhaven College in Bellingham, Washington. She then moved to Santa Cruz and earned both her Master's and Doctoral Degrees in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University, an eight year process. Here she received extensive training in acupuncture, herbal remedies, massage, medical nutrition, and qigong. Lishanna has also earned a dual Doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Medical QiGong via the Henan University of China and the International Institute of Medical QiGong in Monterey, California. Lishanna is blessed to have studied with some of the finest Doctors of Chinese Medicine and QiGong in the Bay Area and in China. Currently, Lishanna is in her second year of mentoring with Dr. Michael Gaeta, where she is receiving specialized training in functional nutrition. She is learning to optimize the functioning of all the body's systems, so that the internal organs all work in their highest capacity, and her patients experience increased energy, resilience, and well-being.
Below is a short list of the types of ailments Dr. Lishanna has had success in treating-
- Thyroid Disorders such as Graves Disease, Hashimoto's, Hypo- and Hyperthyroidism
- Digestive Disorders such as acid reflux, peptic ulcers, GERD, gastritis, IBS, IBD, food allergies, celiac sprue, Crohn's Disease, chronic constipation, leaky gut and SIBO
- Disorders of energy and sleep including anxiety, depression, insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue, and sympathetic dominance
- The reversal of symptoms and lab markers for internal diseases such as fatty liver disease, hepatitis C, high cholesterol and triglycerides, poor kidney function, metabolic syndrome and diabetes
- Chronic infections of the sinuses and lungs, seasonal and environmental allergies, chronic bladder infections, lyme disease, interstitial cystitis, parasite and candida overgrowth
- Fertility treatments with lab analysis and comprehensive nutritional support
- Support for cancer patients and warriors- treatment of all side-effects related to chemo and radiation as well as functional nutrition support for increased resilience
If you feel Lishanna may be able to help you with your healing journey, please call and set up an appointment. If you have further questions or concerns before pursuing treatment, she would be happy to do a complimentary phone consultation. Call 831-464-1605 for details.
“Forty years ago I experienced acupuncture for the first time, and have been utilizing acupuncture services ever since to enhance my body’s healing process for many conditions. I have seen a number of practitioners over four decades, ranging from practitioners I would not recommend at all, to master practitioners I fully trust, and would gladly see others assisted by them! Lishanna is one of the latter- a profoundly gifted practitioner. Recently I suffered a bout of horrendous, painful sciatica in my left leg; never before in my life had I felt anything like it! It lasted months and months. I was seeing a physical therapist, but a friend recommended I also consider doing acupuncture with Lishanna. I did, for 5 sessions, and am now convinced she is “fully assisted by revered ancestors”. My experience was deep, restorative, and I am now fully recovered, with no pain whatsoever. I highly recommend her as a master acupuncture practitioner!” -Christina Pearson
Lishanna is happy to help you improve your health via the phone or online with Zoom. Your initial consult includes a thorough intake and a full 90-day treatment plan. This plan includes an explanation of your body's root imbalance from the perspective of both Functional Medicine and Chinese Medicine, food and whole food supplement suggestions for nutritional deficiencies or hormone imbalances, and any lifestyle changes that will help improve your health and vitality.