Mitchell Family Acupuncture in Berkeley is honored to be a full-service integrative health center, providing community support, education and comprehensive natural health care for women and men. Our practitioner team works together to bring you a personalized approach to medicine to allow your deep health to emerge.
In addition to our practitioner team, we provide a home in Berkeley for associate providers offering Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Nutrition and Somatic Psychotherapy. To book an appointment with one of our independent associates, please contact the practitioner directly.
Amy Sierra Bolton Taylor Mitchell, M.S., L.Ac.
Amy Sierra Bolton Taylor Mitchell, M.S., L.Ac., the founder and clinical director of Mitchell Family Acupuncture, is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Clinical Herbalist with her Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She practices medicine with joy that is rooted in her own experience of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and is informed by her over twenty years of study and practice in the world of natural medicine.
Amy was first introduced to Chinese Medicine while in University in northern Italy, while studying Tai Chi. Her discovery and study of Eastern practices and philosophy facilitated both a profound inner opening and a coming home. When she first began studying Chinese Medicine, everything made sense.
Her Northern California roots gave her a strong connection to and trust of nature, place and land. Chinese Medicine is all about a deeper understanding of the cycles of nature and this continues to broaden as she practices this medicine she loves.
She is a strong advocate for integrative medicine and was instrumental in the formation of the premier integrative medical clinic in Northern California, The Integrative Medical Clinic of Santa Rosa. She has also studied yoga and meditation in India and Nepal, assisted in delivering babies and has studied and practiced with two of the foremost fertility specialists in the country, Carol Fong, L.Ac., and Dr. LiFang Liang, L.Ac., and pregnancy and obstetrics from the seminal Raven Lang, L.Ac., who founded the first birth center in North America.
Amy believes deeply in the power of education and has taught and lectured regularly on acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at Stanford, UC Berkeley and St. Mary’s College, among others. She has also taught for The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine one of the oldest acupuncture Masters programs in the country, her alma mater and in the community.
Amy lives in the Berkeley Hills surrounded by green leaves with her husband, their two daughters and their kitty, Roo.
Fertility for women, men and the LGBTQ community
The Berkeley Rose School community
Green tea in the morning
Picking flowers on the roadside
Handmade earthen ware
Languid mornings snuggling
The sun on her face
Lauren Kaneko-Jones, M.S., L.Ac.
Lauren Kaneko-Jones, M.S., L.Ac. is a Licensed Acupuncturist and herbalist in California and Nationally. She has a BA in communications and an MS in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine Lauren provides information and support for life’s seasons of change. Her work as an acupuncturist greatly influences the educational material she puts into the world. She sees that clients need support with a re-igniting self-love and connection. We do this work together. With tools to align with the season’s lifestyle, nutrition and reflection we take into account the season of the year and the season of your life.
Each acupuncture or coaching session is full to the brim with an open-hearted approach. The workshops and lessons she has written are created to help you attune to yourself and the world around you. Our goal is that this work leaves you promotes you feeling more connected to yourself.
Emotional & Spiritual health through the hard seasons: dealing with the grief of a loved one, entering a new phase of life – career, motherhood. Recovering from or healing through physical health. Career transition.
Children & Family Health
Cooking old favorites
Learning new recipes
Tea with loved ones
The perfect chocolate chip cookie
Hiking with her dog
Adventuring with her husband
The sun setting on an amazing day being outside
Janet Thomson, M.S., L.Ac.
My background is in neuroscience and psychology, and my graduate degree is in traditional Chinese medicine. Both worlds have a lot to offer us on our route to health. I began my education with an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Behavior from Columbia University. After working in the environmental sector for 15 years, I decided to pursue a career in Chinese medicine. I received my masters degree in traditional Chinese medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. During my years of study I became a certified massage therapist in shiatsu and was fortunate to study acupuncture techniques and theory, as well as obstetrics and gynecology, with Dr. Robert Johns. I have studied pediatric Chinese medicine with Raven Lang. I provided over 500 hours of clinical care, including patient treatments at the ACTCM Auricular Acupuncture Clinic and the CIIS Center for Somatic Psychotherapy. I am honored to continue my growth by interning weekly with Bob Levine to study his practice of Chinese and Tibetan medicine. Outside of providing patient care, I spend my time cooking and laughing with loved ones, playing with kids, reading, cycling, running, hiking, and gardening.
Playing with kids
Alison Winters, M.S., L.Ac.
Alison’s mission is to treat the whole person, not just the discomfort or the illness, using Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Nutritional Counseling and Reiki. She provides an open, safe, gentle & nurturing environment for each patient to relax and let the body, mind and spirit heal.
Alison Winters earned her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, San Francisco in December 2008. She is licensed by the California Board of Registration in Medicine to practice acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and holds a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
While at ACTCM, Alison interned at both its Community Clinic and Auricular Clinic and also at California Pacific Medical Center’s Stroke Project and Physical Therapy Center, at Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic and Dr. Lifang Liang’s Fertility Clinic. She was also a Teaching Assistant for Yefim Gamgoneishvili, L.Ac Sports’ Medicine class, specializing in pain management.
In China Alison studied with Dr. Wang Ju-Yi, one of modern China’s most respected scholars, teachers and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine. Here she learned his theory of channel palpation using mainly distal points, giving her a deeper understanding of the interrelationship between organ and channel theory and leading to more precise diagnoses and more tangible clinical results.
Alison holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Psychology from Northeastern University in Boston, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She is a Reiki Master of the Usui Shiki Ryoho tradition and has traveled throughout Peru studying Incan Medicine.
Alison has had extensive experience working in Community Acupuncture, having worked at the Cambridge Community Clinic, Acupuncture Together in Cambridge, MA for three years treating acute and chronic pain, digestive issues, allergies, infertility, women’s issues, pregnancy, stress, anxiety, fatigue and depression. In 2013 Alison opened a new Community Clinic in Salem MA where she treated patients with similar issues.
Alison is currently training to be a doula, having begun her studies at the non-profit, village-based organization Bumi Sehat Foundation in Bali where she assisted in live births and performed acupuncture on the newborns.
Digestive and Auto Immune Disorders
Orthopedics and Pain Management
Traveling the world
Music (weekly concerts when she can)
Reading a lot
Being in the woods
Making natural skin care products
The Red Sox
Associate | Susan Carter, M.S., L.Ac.
Susan Carter is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist certified by the California Acupuncture Board (CAB) and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Her approach offers a unique blend of acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutritional guidance that is deeply attuned to the needs and desires of each patient. Susan began her graduate studies at the New England School of Acupuncture in Boston, Massachusetts and completed her degree here in San Francisco at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Since earning her license, she has completed advanced trainings with Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan in pain management and internal medicine, and Sharon Weizenbaum in all stages of women's health including menstruation, fertility, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. As an acupuncturist, she has worked in a diverse array of settings. Her favorites include the Charlotte Maxwell Integrative Cancer Clinic, an organization providing integrated medical care and support services to underserved women with cancer, and The Stay In Touch Center, where she served Veterans with PTSD and chronic pain. Susan's specialties include women's health, pain management and emotional wellbeing. She strives to provide compassionate care that is both gentle and effective and is grateful for the opportunity to share with her patients a comprehensive system of healthcare that provides lasting results and ongoing relief.
When not in clinic, Susan heads to the mountains, the potter's studio or to a heart-thumpin' good dance class.
Associate | Renée Lepreau, Certified Professional Midwife, Licensed Midwife
Renée has been attending births for over ten years. After many years of doula births and training, she licensed in 2014. Since then she worked as a staff midwife at a busy birth center for a year before returning full time to home birth in 2016. She's also had the privilege of attending births in rural Iowa and Colorado with midwives who serve Amish and Mennonite families. She is a Certified Lactation Educator. She has a BA in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Renée’s commitment to compassionate maternity care was inspired by her grandfather, a practicing doctor until his late 80s, when he volunteered at a hospice run by nuns. Hearing his stories, following him on rounds, and seeing the close relationships that often grew between him and his patients taught her that good medicine has to include “being there.”
She loves to dance, hike, and swim in every lake, river and ocean she can find. In July of this year she solo hiked 180 miles of the John Muir Trail. She's completing a certificate in Creative Writing/Poetry at Berkeley City College when she’s not catching babies and has been nurturing her meditation practice for six years.
Associate | Jean Lusson, M.S., L.Ac.
Jean’s studies in TCM began seventeen years ago at The Acupressure Institute, in Berkeley. There she became inspired to pursue a more intensive educational path, a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College (AIMC), in Berkeley.
Her clinical internship included service at Lifelong Medical West Berkeley Family Practice. She enjoys helping patients with pain management, women’s health, menopause, migraines, anxiety, and dermatology.
She has a special certification in facial rejuvenation acupuncture. She has also studied Medical Qigong, holistic nutrition, Shiatsu, and Japanese acupuncture techniques.
Associate | Daniel Paige, M.S., L.Ac.
Daniel draws on his own background, bringing deep empathy to his work, along with his strong training, skill and experience of over 15 years, in order to give the best care to every individual. He discovered TCM as many people do: it helped him with his own health issues. After a few severe episodes of illness during his twenties, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer.
He can happily share that he is healthy and cancer-free many years later. He credits Acupuncture and Chinese herbs for supporting him physically and emotionally through the chemotherapy and radiation cancer treatments, for helping to balance and build strength after his illness, and for helping him to thrive ever since.
He holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. He also studied extensively with Beverly Burns M.S., L.Ac., a well-known leader in the field of TCM, who is currently a staff member at UCSF’s Osher Center for Complementary Medicine in San Francisco.
He is also a practicing artist and musician and grew up in Philadelphia, PA, and currently lives in Albany CA with his wife and daughter.