What? Acupuncture? Why would I do that?
I found acupuncture by mistake. I was terrified of needles (I’m still afraid of hospital style needles). I had NEVER been athletic, yet somehow, in early 2012, I was training for my first Kettlebell Sport competition. Did I mention that I was over 40? That's why my knee and elbow were feeling cranky. Right?
Completely against my will, my Kettlebell Sport Coach made me go to an acupuncturist. I rolled my eyes at both of them. Looking back, I'm sure I was embarrassingly condescending about the “fact” that I knew the acupuncturist couldn’t help me. Obviously, she did. I didn’t even feel the needles! We fixed the elbow and knee right away and started working on the things that had plagued me for my entire adult life (and I'd assumed were unfixable): ALLERGIES! Astonishingly, we fixed those too. And the rest, as they say... is history...
By the way, acupuncture needles are tiny, tiny, tiny! Closer to the size of a human hair than those horrifyingly ginormous hospital needles. Yet, those tiny needles are amazingly powerful!
Hi, I'm Rebecca Riggs. I specialize in a style of acupuncture that is comfortable, safe, and effective. It’s excellent for chronic conditions such as diabetes, allergies, and autoimmune conditions. Also, acupuncture ROCKS at supporting the body during times of stress such as anxiety, depression, or chemotherapy.
I've been geeking out on nutrition, supplements, and herbal medicine for most of my adult life. With a huge shove from my family (and my favorite acupuncturist), I took the leap! I'm officially licensed by the California Acupuncture Board to safely poke you with tiny needles that will make you feel better. Come see me! I'd love to meet you.
Credentials, Education & Training
Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine - Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (Pacific College of Health & Science)
Master of Science in Oriental Medicine - Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley
Master of Business Administration, Organizational Leadership - John F Kennedy University
Graduate Certificate, Coaching - John F Kennedy University
Bachelor of Science, Psychology - California State University, Hayward (CSU East Bay)
Continuing Education & Training
Traditional Japanese Medicine, Meridian Therapy: Masakazu Ikeda, Dr. Barbara Martello, DACM, L.Ac., Edward Obaidey, Katsuyuki Oue, Noriko Nagato, L.Ac.
Kampo Medicine: Nigel Dawes
Trigger Point Release Therapy, Dry Needling: Dr. Jamie Hampton, DAOM, L.Ac.