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Meet the Acupuncturists

Anna Ritner, L.Ac., FABORM

Anna Ritner

Anna Ritner, L.Ac., FABORM, founder of Monarch Acupuncture & Wellness, is a California state-licensed herbalist and acupuncturist and a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine – specializing in fertility and reproductive health.

She received her Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from ACTCM in San Francisco.Anna’s greatest passion is supporting and educating women in order to help them to feel powerful and creative in their bodies.

She has advanced training in hormonal balance, fertility medicine, pregnancy support, digestive and mood disorders. Anna assists women in bettering their lives and ushering in new life with the use of herbal medicine, nutrition counseling, and lifestyle advice.

As part of her professional training, Anna completed a clinical acupuncture certificate through the Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in Hangzhou, China, where she received advanced training in Women’s health and pain management. She receives ongoing mentorship in Chinese Medicine reproductive health, and has completed a preceptorship in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) through the Reproductive Science Center of the East Bay. Email Anna

Candise Yang, L.Ac.

Candise Yang

Candise Yang, L.Ac. is a California-state licensed acupuncturist and herbalist specializing in women’s health, digestive issues, pain-related conditions, and emotional wellbeing.

As a trauma-informed acupuncturist, Candise is strongly invested in creating a safe container for healing and bases the core of her care on the values of non-judgment, compassion, and gentle inquiry. She has learned that this warm approach also works very well for her more sensitive, empathic, and intuitive patients.

Candise is dedicated to working with those who struggle with perinatal and postpartum issues, stress, fatigue, anxiety/depression, low moods, eating disorders, insomnia, digestive issues, painful periods, hormonal imbalances, PMS/PMDD, peri-menopausal/menopausal challenges, and chronic pain. She is committed to investigating and getting to the root of such layered and long-standing issues to provide her patients with enduring relief.

She also firmly believes in empowering her patients with information and knowledge, so they may engage in self-care outside of treatments, and live their most joyful and vibrant lives. Email Candise

Emily Edmonds, L.Ac.

Emily Edmonds

Emily Edmonds, L.Ac. is a California-state licensed acupuncturist and herbalist with a clinical focus in reproductive medicine, fertility, pregnancy and endocrine disorders, including full-spectrum thyroid health.

Emily has completed internships with the First Teaching Hospital in Tianjin, China, which specialized in stroke rehabilitation, as well as UCSF Benioff Children’s hospital at Mission Bay, providing acupuncture treatments to hospital staff. Additionally, she has done post-graduate training in pain management with the UC Berkeley Athletics department.

Prior to joining Monarch Acupuncture & Wellness, Emily worked for a clinic in Belmont, CA specializing in fertility medicine. In her healing practice, Emily utilizes whole systems traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, nutritional therapy and individually customized herbal medicinals.

When not seeing patients, she enjoys walking and hiking with her pug, Lucy, as well as yoga, dance and rock climbing. Email Emily

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