Meet Jessida

Hi, I’m Jessida Putkaew. I have had a fear of needles! A fear which kept me from trying acupuncture for most of my life. When I met my acupuncturist, she understood my nervousness. After a few needles were in, I was in awe that I barely felt them. Next was the true test, “Can acupuncture really do anything?”

I'm not a health-nut, junk-food-phobic, nor athletic-since-I-was-5 type of person. Health was always desirable, but no matter what I tried, I had lackluster results. Eventually I pushed health further and further to the side.

When I received my first acupuncture treatment, I honestly didn’t think it could do much. It wasn’t until I felt changes in my own body that I started to believe. I watched for my health to "yo-yo" backwards, but instead of "the inevitable yo-yo", acupuncture kept me motivated and my health continued to make progress. My doubt in the tiny needles washed away little by little and was replaced by curiosity. I had to learn more about the power of East Asian medicine, so I enrolled in the Master's of Science in Oriental Medicine program at Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley.

Jessida in front of a body of water.
Jessida jumping on a beach.

The study of Chinese and Japanese medicine in a Western integrated school has allowed me to learn multiple methods of diagnosis and treatment. I am happy to work alongside other styles of medicine, using shared knowledge to reach your health goal. Western medicine has great strengths in immediate repair. East Asian medicine is great for treating a wide range of imbalances, illness, pain, & for recovery. I aim to help those around me enjoy life without compromising a healthy tomorrow.