Kieran Jones L.Ac. MTCM
A day in the clinic never feels like a day at work. I am so blessed to be able to spend my days helping people live fuller, more enjoyable lives. It's all I've wanted to do since I was twelve years old and it has never gotten old. I earned my degree in Chinese Medicine from Five Branches in 2009. I went on to add additional certifications and study in Sports Medicine Acupuncture, Japanese Style Acupuncture, and Functional Medicine. In addition to treating patients, I keep the bills paid, conduct research at the clinic, and keep the toilet paper stocked.
Demetra Markis L.Ac. MSTCM
One of my earliest memories involves playing in the woods, tearing up leaves and mashing them into water to make pretend tea. It’s no surprise I ended up studying medicinal herbs starting in 1992, earning certificates in several clinical herbalism programs along the way. In 2003, when I was seven months pregnant with my daughter, I slipped and fell, injuring my right leg. When my physician advised me that all I could do was rest until the baby was born, I decided to try acupuncture, and immediately fell in love with how it made me feel. Within four weeks of treatment I was walking normally and within a year I was enrolling in a graduate program in Chinese Medicine.
I completed my master’s degree at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco in 2009, where I focused on Family Medicine and Community Practice, and went on to found SF’s largest community acupuncture clinic, where we proudly gave over 50,000 affordable treatments in the next five years. In 2015, I finally followed the call to leave the city and return to a rural existence, and now I steward a 33-acre homestead and farm with my family in the Cazadero hills, tending extensive herb, flower, and vegetable beds and running a community grazing program for wildfire resilience. My true vocation is healthcare and health education, and I am honored to work with people to help them find greater enjoyment in everyday life through health and wellbeing.
Dena Ito, L.Ac., MSTCM
I graduated from American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco in 2012. I consider Chinese Medicine to be truly affordable, holistic and sustainable healthcare. I admire how acupuncture works with the innate ability of the body to heal and am often reminded of the power of the human body and the human spirit. WE are amazing!
I like offering acupuncture in a community setting as a way for more patients to come in for treatment and to come in as often as their treatment plan may call for. I'm excited to contribute to this community and look forward to seeing you.
Outside of work I enjoy eating yummy food, taking my son to amusement parks and spending time with family.