I knew this was my course when I walked away from my first acupuncture treatment lightened, giddy, and completely resolved of the depression I’d been thwarted by for months. Finally, I thought, a medicine that supported my natural state of being, harmlessly. I was hooked. More than a decade later, my family is in part thanks to the acupuncture I gave to my wife during IVF. I have 14 years of patient experience in the miracles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and nutritional support, and I am in the process of co-authoring a book that celebrates TCM principles due out Spring 2018; for a preview checkout www.whatsyourseason.com.
My graduate clinical research in immunology yielded significant evidence in support of acupuncture’s enhancement of immune response. My additional clinical experience includes participation with the support staff and medical records team at Dr. Dean Ornish’s Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California. While there, I studied and observed the benefits of preventive medicine as applied to cardiac and cancer patients. I previously held a professorship at Mercy College and the Swedish Institute in New York City. While in NY, my work with the Center for Women’s Reproductive Care at Columbia University helped spur my passion for providing Chinese Medicine care for patients struggling with infertility.
I am a licensed acupuncturist in the states of California and New York, a Diplomate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and a Certified Applied Clinical Nutritionist. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Chemistry minor. I also earned an additional Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and a Master’s degree in Professional Studies for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York. I am an esteemed member of the American Association of Oriental Medicine (AAOM).
MEGAN BERRY SWADELL
During my previous career in cancer research, I contributed to the development of groundbreaking medicines, but felt distanced from the patients I dearly wanted to help. Preparing for my first IVF cycle led me to try acupuncture, in the hopes of improving my odds of success. Little did I know that it would also send me on a journey of reevaluating what medicine and healing could look like, and help me realize that this was what I was meant to do with my life! This internal shift toward a more natural, holistic approach to health has not only benefited me personally, but has also provided a beautiful avenue through which I can help others heal. As a general practitioner, I strive to help women and men feel their best through every season of their lives.
Infertility will forever be a cause that’s near and dear to my heart, having experienced the frustration, sadness, and isolation that come along with it, first hand. I truly enjoy partnering with patients who are embarking on the challenging road of Assisted Reproductive Technology, and am well versed in the most current IVF protocols and approaches taken by some of the Bay Area’s leading Reproductive Endocrinologists. I’ve been down this road, and know how refreshing it is to be treated by someone who truly “gets it!”
I received my Bachelors degree in Animal Biology from UC Davis, and completed my 4-year Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the esteemed American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM). I am a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist in the state of California, as well as a nationally certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. During my extensive clinical rotations at ACTCM, I treated a diverse array of patients at our community clinic, as well as many underserved members of our community at our auricular clinic, where I honed my skills in treating addiction, chronic pain, and mental health.
My interest in holistic medicine began when I was a teenager, when I taught myself about aromatherapy and the use of essential oils. I continue to employ the use of essential oils in my practice, both diffused into the air and also sometimes used topically for specific therapeutic effects. My interest in medicine continued into my college years at the University of California at Santa Barbara where I began the pre-medical program and earned a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology and a Bachelor of Art in Environmental Studies. However I decided not to go directly into medical school following graduation and instead took a job offer up in San Francisco conducting oncology and metabolic drug discovery research. Having immersed myself in pharmaceutical research for five years, I realized I wanted to learn how to heal people in a more complete, gentle yet effective manner. This realization led me to begin studying Chinese Medicine at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) in San Francisco.
I am a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in California and hold a Master’s of Science in Tradition Chinese Medicine from ACTCM. I have extensive clinic experience from my internships at the ACTCM Community Clinic and at the ACTCM Auricular Clinic, as well as externships at the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic. I also completed an advanced program of study in Traditional Chinese Medicine, focusing on acupuncture and herbal medicine, at the Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in Hangzhou, China. I am currently completing my Doctoral degree from ACTCM, where I am pursuing advancing training in pain management, gynecology and mental health.
I am deeply committed to the health and wellbeing of my patients. I specialize in managing simple and complex pain problems, psycho-emotional issues such as stress, anxiety and depression, men’s health-specific issues, women’s health-specific issues and providing care to LGBTQ populations. I utilize modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine like acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, electrical-stimulation, gua sha, moxabustion, nutritional counseling and bodywork to bring my patients back to a place of harmony in their physical and mental states.
When I am not with my patients, you will most likely find me being outdoors. I love camping, hiking around, being at the beach on sunny days or staying at home and tending to my plants and cat Oscar.
The word “yin” represents soft, fluid, female energy in Chinese philosophy. Yin combined with the words “infinite” and “wellness” form our group name, Yinfinite Wellness, which defines who we are and the boundless efforts of our mission. Yinfinite Wellness is a team of collaborative, knowledgeable women who believe in the body’s intrinsic capacity for healing and its ultimate desire to thrive. As skilled acupuncturists, herbalists, and nutritional counselors, we unite science with ancient, medical art to restore each individual’s natural potential for wellness.
By developing trusting, healing partnerships, we endeavor to transform and elevate people’s lives, so they may achieve optimal health and vitality.