Alysia Condon, LAc

Alysia Condon, M.S., L.Ac. (Aly) is a graduate of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College (AIMC) in Berkeley, CA. She began her East Asian Medicine career in Wisconsin in 2004, working as an assistant and learning from Dr. Arthur Rapkin, OMD. Speaking of what brought her to East Asian Medicine, Aly says:

“My friend entered me in a drawing for what she thought was a free massage; when I won, it turned out it was a free acupuncture consultation. (Thank you, Universe!) I had a number of very serious health problems, most especially major depressive disorder. Treatment with acupuncture and herbs helped me resolve all of my health problems and wean off all of my medications. To this day, I'm a happy, healthy individual. Naturally, I decided to help other people have the same healing experience I was given!”
Aly has been specializing in treating mental health and stress since she began her studies in 2004. She firmly believes that all human beings have the need and right to sanctuary, compassion, community, and joy. Through her own work, she reminds herself and her patients that existence is delightful, and that buddhist monks in training spend meditation time laughing. Aly likes to craft, drink tea, maintain her sizable collection of houseplants, adore her two cats, and spend time being a nerd.

Valerie Razutis, MS, L.Ac.

Valerie Razutis, M.S., a graduate of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley. She comes to Chinese medicine from a 21 year career as a paramedic. She says:

“As I worked longer and longer in emergency medicine, I started to realize that there are so many conditions Western medicine cannot help. What I love most about being an acupuncturist is making real changes in people's lives and watching their health and quality of life improve. It's incredible to see people feeling well and pain free for the first time in years.”
Valerie primarily treats patients with cancer and other long term medical illnesses. Her background allows her to help patients understand the Western treatments and medications they’re using. She communicates well and easily with her patient’s medical doctors and can help make a truly integrative treatment plan for her patients. Her other acupuncture passion is facial rejuvenation.
“At first, I was honestly skeptical but it amazes me how facial rejuvenation acupuncture really can reduce wrinkles, improve skin tone, and rejuvenate the face. I love seeing how happy patients are and how much they enjoy their new faces!”
In addition to treating patients, Valerie has served as a Professor and the Associate Dean of Academic and Clinical Education at AIMC Berkeley. She is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. She completed her doctorate in August 2013. As part of that program, she is writing a book, Conquering the Dragon, about treating cancer with Chinese medicine.

Josh Ciafardone

Josh Ciafardone, MTCM, L.Ac is a graduate of Five Branches University with a specialty in Five Element Acupuncture. He is currently working on his Ph.D in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He has studied biology, yoga, meditation, and martial arts for ten years.

His interest in medicine began as a child when he witnessed severe physical and mental illness in his family. His interest and adeptness in both science and esoteric philosophies led him to integrate two seemingly opposing fields through his studies of Chinese Medicine. He specializes in mind-body medicine; treating physical pain and illness while at the same time addressing underlying emotional and mental blockages to fully engage the patient in their healing process.

Josh is also a Certified Spirit Coach® and yoga instructor. He is passionate about spreading awareness and accurate understanding of Chinese Medicine. He enjoys hiking, dancing, cooking and cultivating strong relationships with his boyfriend, family, and community at large.

Sabrina Salzer

Sabrina Salzer M.S., L.Ac.completed her education at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medical College in Berkeley, CA. She also volunteered at the Bay Area Veterans Acupuncture Clinic (BAYVAC) which helps to provide free acupuncture treatments to veterans, military personnel and their immediate families. It is Sabrina’s philosophy that health begins from the inside. Diet, life style choices and daily stressors all impact overall wellbeing. By educating and empowering her patients to make the best possible choices for themselves Sabrina helps people operate at the most optimal they can be. Sabrina’s areas of interest include internal medicine, emotional imbalances, stress management and anxiety reduction as well as cosmetic acupuncture and disease prevention. Sabrina is certified in Facial Rejuvenation as well as trained on Cosmetic Acupuncture under Dr. Martha Lucas Phd Dipl Ac, LAc using the Mei Zen protocols.

Andrei Stoica

Andrei Stoica, C.M.T. is a graduate of the Mckinnon Body Therapy Center in Oakland, CA, where he studied massage, acupressure, Reiki, and a unique form of shiatsu called "Acucraniatsu," developed by Carl Johns.

His advanced education includes Sri Dharma Mittra's Life of a Yogi Teacher Training, Hugh Milne's craniosacral therapy, Dr. Suzanne Friedman's medical qigong therapy, and Dr. Mikio Sankey's esoteric acupuncture.

"My practice is about exploring and enlivening the subtle body, uplifting consciousness, and helping my clients cultivate vitality, compassion and wisdom in everyday life. My sessions combine bodywork, qigong, craniosacral therapy, essential oils and the theories of esoteric acupuncture and chakra balancing into one fluid treatment."
Andrei also enjoys pouring Gong Fu tea, teaching acroyoga and practicing bodywork at festivals throughout California. He is in the final year of his Master of Science in Oriental Medicine at AIMC in Berkeley, CA.

April Raines

April Raines, C.M.Q.T is a practitioner of Medical Qigong – one of the five main branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is the energy branch of TCM, practiced for thousands of years by Taoist and Buddhist monks, and April is a skilled medical intuitive who is trained in the art of cultivating and directing the vital energy, or “Qi” of an individual.

April’s philosophy in her healing arts is a direct expression of her passion to provide a model of shared power that is devoted to healing - healing of ourselves, our relationships with each other and those in power, and of the planet. She seeks to provide her clients with the empowerment to find within themselves their own authority in all ways that are healthy – mind, body, and spirit.

After more than fifteen years in Western Medicine as a medical assistant, April has a comprehensive knowledge of integrative medicine and research methodology, and she has recently completed her master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture.

Laughing Buddha Acupuncture
Alysia Condon, LAc
Valerie Razutis, MS, LAc
411 30th St., Suite 308, Oakland, CA 94609
Phone: (510) 451-2577

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