Meet the Acupuncture Fertility Specialists Team
Dr. Swasti Shrestha, LAC, DAOM, FABORM, Dipl.O.M (NCCAOM)
- L.Ac. (Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of California)
- DAOM (Doctor Of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)
- FABORM (Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine)
- MSTCM (Masters in Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine, University of East West, CA)
- NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)
Dr. Swasti Shrestha is a fellow member of American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine also National Certification and California state Board Licensed Acupuncturist.
She was born and raised in the beautiful country of Nepal. She got her Bachelor’s degree in General Biology in her home country, and began work as a microbiologist at the Simca Pharmaceutical Company. After that, she pursued and finished her Masters degree in Medical Microbiology from Kathmandu College of Science and Technology. As a medical microbiologist, she did research on the prevalence of parasitic infections in public and private schools in communities in Nepal, and published several research papers on the topic.
Human life, tradition, and different cultures always fascinated Swasti, so she decided to pursue more education in the Masters program in Human Sociology and Anthropology, and wrote research papers on “The Attitude towards Breastfeeding in the town of Thimi.” Thereafter, she pursued and received her Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the University of East West Medicine, treating patients in the management of pain and infertility. She did her Doctorate degree in Oriental Medicine from Five Branches University in a program researching the effects and benefits of acupuncture in Infertility and Women’s Health.
While doing her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Swasti was introduced to the Magarelli Credenda Acupuncture (CMAP Protocol) by Dr. Paul C. Magarelli MD, Ph.D. She learned about the positive impact of protocol for IVF patients. Statistics show greater results if acupuncture is done on the day of Embryo Transfer.
Dr. Swasti also worked on the case study “Benefits of acupuncture while doing the IVF FET’ and found out that Acupuncture is beneficial for the IVF patients who are going through the Egg Retrieval process and also the IVF FET. Acupuncture helps patients with Stress management, Blood flow and Hormonal balance.
She is committed to provide best Treatment, education and Knowledge in the field of Oriental Medicine in order to help the patient going through Infertility, ART process and women’s health issues. Swasti has a warm wisdom and a caring demeanor that makes her an outstanding member of her chosen profession.
Dr. Jaime DeGuzman, DTCM, LAC, NCCAOM
- Infertility and Women’s Health
- Pain management
- Medical qigong
- Substance abuse using NADA protocol
Jaime received his Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) degree from the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences (ACCHS) in Oakland, CA in 2004. He continued studying and later earned his doctorate degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM) from Five Branches University. He is licensed by the state of California as a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc), and by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) as a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (Dipl. O.M.). Jaime practiced TCM in various settings, including at his own healing clinic, a pain management center, and a rehabilitation center, for over 16 years.
Jaime began treating women’s health and fertility issues back in 2007, while running his own health center in Grass Valley (Lotus Health Center). He treated many women, including a patient whose menstrual cramps were so severe that her gynecologist was recommending a complete hysterectomy. After a couple of months of acupuncture treatments the surgery was not necessary and 6 months later she was able to conceive. Beyond women’s health issues, Jaime also began to specialize in pain management at his own health center, and later at an integrative medicine center in Watsonville. In addition to acupuncture, he uses other techniques, such as gua sha, moxa, and electro-acupuncture.
In 2006 Jaime joined Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) where he received extensive training on the use of the NADA protocol to treat mental/emotional disorders, such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and insomnia. As a volunteer for AWB, Jaime donates countless hours offering the NADA protocol to veterans, the homeless, and those under emotional distress. Jaime is also certified by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) in the use of the NADA protocol for substance abuse. Jaime used this very powerful protocol in several rehabilitation centers in the Santa Cruz area, helping residents to stay clean and sober.
Jaime is a compassionate healer with a great sense of humor who loves to educate his patients and whose bedside manners put every patient at ease. Jaime is married and has two adult kids and lives with his wife Jennifer in Rocklin. He was born in Chile and grew up speaking Spanish. He believes in exercising every day, eating a plant-based diet, and quieting the mind.
Dr. Lobsang T. Partsang
Geshe Ngarampa, Meditation Instructor and Tibetan and Chinese Medicine Practitioner.
Lobsang is a Tibetan and Chinese Medicine practitioner and instructor of Mindfulness/meditation. He completed a Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at University of East West Medicine in Sunnyvale, California, and he is a candidate for a doctorate at Five Branches University, San Jose.
As a Tibetan Buddhist monk Lobsang received Geshe Ngarampa degree at Gyudmed Tantric Monastic University in South India where he completed a rigorous 20+year of study in Buddhist philosophy, arts and ritual. He is also trained to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and he is certified by the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School. He has been serving as a Buddhist Chaplain at Santa Clara County Jail since 2011 and teaching mindfulness to manage inmates stress under the Mindful Waiting program.
Dr. Shafiq Ansari
Dr Shafiq Ansari is Doctor of Chiropractic graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic. He has been practicing chiropractic for 15 years in the field of Pain Management. He works with you personally and provide advice and treatment, as well as explain what is wrong, and give you as much information as possible to help promote better living. He believes that good health begins with a well-maintained stress free body. However, when body needs more extensive care, as in the case of injury or sickness, a more intense program will be recommended and provided in order to return the body to its optimum vibrant self. Once you reach this state then you can continue with maintaining your health with wellness care.
Dr Shafiq says: “Chiropractic care is a safe, effective practice during pregnancy. Not only can routine chiropractic care help manage pain in your back, hips, and joints, it can also establish pelvic balance that can provide the space a baby needs over the course of pregnancy.”
We are very grateful to have Dr Shafiq in our Fertility Practice. We believe by incorporating Chiropractic adjustment, we are giving our patient diverse treatment one deserves in a holistic approach.
Dr. Jonathan Wheeler, DAOM, LAC
- Infertility and Women’s Health
- Pain management
- Chi Nei Tsang therapy
- Medical qigong
- Acupuncture for degenerative conditions and age-related imbalances
- Addictions and mental health especially in the area of auricular medicine.
Allow me to introduce myself. I am a licensed acupuncturist in California with a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) degree from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine at California Institute of Integral Studies (ACTCM at CIIS). I used to hold an adjunct faculty position for ACTCM@CIIS in San Francisco. In addition, I have been practicing since 2000. I have recently relocated from San Francisco to Sacramento.
In addition to my Doctorate and Master of Science degrees in TCM, I am nationally certified by NCCAOM in Oriental Medicine. I have a certificate in Tui Na massage and have been NADA certified. I have also completed a course with the Acupuncturists Without Borders group AWB. I specialize in pain management, geriatrics, PTSD, fertility/women’s health, mental health, and HIV support. In addition, I teach classes in TCM Nutrition, Acupuncture for Disease, Tui Na massage, Advanced Case Analysis and TCM Points and Meridians at both the masters and doctoral level. I’ve had the opportunity to participate in a research study at UCSF medical center and I have worked as the supervising acupuncturist in an integrative setting alongside doctors, nurses and therapists.
My passions for medicine are wide and deep, but I have particular interest in Women’s Health and Fertility, Qi Gong, Yang Shen practices, frequency specific microcurrent treatments, herbal medicine, the classics and nutrition.
Fertility Massage Therapist
As a certified abdominal/pelvic holistic practitioner, I am often asked what holistic medicine is. Holistic medicine is timeless medicine, it’s the medicine we offer by working with our hands through energy and touch.
I started on my medical path at a young age, and have been working both in conventional clinics and alternative ones. What I love the most about my fertility work is that I am learning everyday from each of my clients, I see them healing, I see them accepting what they fear most, I see them remembering the connection they used to have with themselves and that got lost at some point, I see them learning to be their own doctors and to interpret their own body signs and symptoms.
Reproductive holistic health is where my heart is, and where my passion can find answers in the form of successful outcomes for all the women seeking to become mothers.
Patient Care Coordinator/ Front Desk
Hello, my name is Jasmine Aganesian. At Acupuncture Fertility Specialists, I am a patient care coordinator, and I look forward to meeting and helping everyone that comes through our door. What our doctors do at Acupuncture Fertility Specialists, LLC is truly amazing and I am proud to be a part of it.
At Acupuncture Fertility Specialists we do our best to provide treatment to best fit your fertility needs, as well as answer your questions, and make sure you are comfortable. To those who visit our clinic, I am not only happy you have trusted us to help, but I am also happy to be a part of your journey.
Patient Care Coordinator/ Front Desk
Hello everyone! My name is Aidee (eye-day) Gutierrez-Vaca. I’m glad to be a part of Acupuncture Fertility Specialists, where the goal is to make “patients into parents” and help patients with other health issues. As one of the patient coordinators, my goal is to create a welcoming environment for our patients.
A little bit about myself: I am currently a junior in college. I attend Sacramento State University where I major in Criminal Justice. I want to pursue a career as a law enforcement officer and work for Sac PD after college.
I’m happy to answer questions to the best of my ability and make sure to fulfill every patient’s needs.