Earth and Air Wellness
ACUPUNCTURE AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Welcome to Earth and Air Wellness Acupuncture of Pleasant Hill and the East Bay. We are pleased to provide compassionate health care using Traditional Chinese Medicinal techniques. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a comprehensive medical system developed over thousands of years. Earth and Air Wellness Acupuncture applies a holistic approach to wellness by looking at every system of the body. We use a variety of modalities to treat not just the symptoms, but the whole person. No two people are alike; therefore two treatments are exactly alike. Based on each patient's unique symptoms, our treatments can include acupuncture, Chinese herbal recommendations, moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, dietary counseling, meditation practices, and exercise suggestions. Lifestyle changes, sometimes big and sometimes small, are a major part of a successful course of treatment. In most cases, patients greatly benefit from becoming aware of and changing habits that have contributed to their current condition.
Acupuncture is not just for people who have a specific complaint, it is also for those who want to enrich their lives or simply maintain their good health and prevent future illness. The beauty of this system of medicine is that it acknowledges the uniqueness of each individual. Rather than addressing the isolated symptoms of illness, TCM nurtures the whole person, bringing balance to the body-mind-spirit triad so that the patient can achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Yingxin (Joy) Zhao, L.Ac., DAOM
Dr. Yingxin Zhao was born in China to a TCM family. Her grandfather was an experienced TCM doctor who inspired her to take an interest in Chinese medicine since childhood. Yingxin graduated from Hainan Medical University and earned a bachelor's degree in Chinese Medicine. She also went to ACTCM in San Francisco and earned a Doctorate Degree of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She has been studying and practicing Chinese medicine for 11 years.
Yingxin completed her undergraduate internship at the General Hospital of PLA in Beijing, China. She had worked as a visiting physician at the No.2 TCM Hospital of Guangdong Province in Guangzhou China. Yingxin has been practicing and studying herbal medicine and acupuncture under expert mentors in Guangzhou for 4 years. Yingxin is specialized in infertility in both women and men, gynecology, insomnia, Bell’s palsy, and pain management.
Yingxin Zhao is a licensed Chinese medical physician in China, NCCAOM certified and California licensed.
Sabrina Rose Lau, L.Ac., DAOM
Dr. Sabrina Rose Lau is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area with a passion for health and metaphysical wellness. Her interest in holistic medicine began in Los Angeles when a severe skin eruption catapulted her into a transformational healing journey.
She obtained a master’s and a doctor’s degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from ACTCM while working as a massage therapist at Equinox. Prior to this, she cultivated foundational skills as a personal trainer, yoga instructor, and Asian bodyworker specializing in Shiatsu. Her background as an artist, athlete, and yogi has forged an intuitive approach in her treatments, balancing yin and yang energies.
Born into a family that practiced Chinese herbalism, Sabrina continues to deepen her knowledge of the healing matrix and of the mind, body, and spirit connection. She considers the psychospiritual aspect and consciousness evolution as important elements in supporting her community through life’s many transitions. In the future, she would like to become an educator and speaker on holistic medicine and healing.
Laura Schofield is our office and front desk manager. Customer service is her number one job here at Earth and Air Wellness. She came to us with 22 years of front-office experience to share. Feel free to ask her any questions regarding your billing, appointments, and more.
Laura Metzdorff-Rivera, L.Ac., MSTOM
Laura is a California state licensed acupuncturist. She began her graduate education at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City. After her third year there, Laura moved to California to finish her studies at Pacific's San Diego campus where she obtained a Master's in Traditional Oriental Medicine.
Laura co-founded Earth and Air Wellness in 2011 in downtown Walnut Creek. As the clinic continued to thrive, it was relocated to Pleasant Hill and in 2017, she became the sole owner of the practice. She is now living back on the East coast but continues to support the clinic and its dedicated practitioners.
Laura has always believed that there is more to health than what we've been taught and she has made it her mission to help others gain back power over their health. Her true passion is education. She believes that the first step toward wellness is knowledge and she strives to inspire others.
Services & Info
Among the oldest healing practices in the world, acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the insertion and manipulation of tiny needles into specific points on the body. The tiny needles are about the size of a human hair and acupuncture is virtually pain-free. In fact, many people report a feeling of relaxation and stress reduction.
Electrical stimulation applied directly to the needles. This therapy is a stronger stimulation of the acupuncture points. It is particularly beneficial for musculo-skeletal and nervous system conditions.
Traditional Chinese medicine herbal formulas perfectly designed to restore balance to the body's internal conditions. We recommend the highest quality of products that follow the standards of current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP).
The application of glass or plastic cups to areas of the body to promote good blood and qi flow.
The use of a smooth surfaced tool to "scrap" areas of the body to increase blood flow and soften muscle tissue.
Initial Acupuncture Consultation and Treatment
$150 - Includes an in depth intake about your health concerns, acupuncture treatment, and other appropriate modalities.
Follow-up Acupuncture Treatment
$105 - Includes a brief followup consultation, acupuncture treatment and appropriate modalities.
Consultation and Acupuncture Treatment for Fertility
$200 - Includes an in depth fertility specific intake and consultation, history analysis, and acupuncture treatment.
We do not currently accept insurance. However, if you do have acupuncture coverage as part of your health insurance policy, we’re happy to print a superbill for you to send to your insurance company for reimbursement. We do accept funds from Flex Spending Accounts (FSA) or Health Savings Accounts (HSA).
Resources & Partners
We are proud to be providers for the
Sandra Wing Healing Therapies Foundation.
The Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation provides healing therapies, personalized navigation, and education at no cost to cancer patients.
Earth and Air Wellness
140 Gregory Ln Ste. 105
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Conveniently located just outside of Downtown Pleasant Hill (originally located in Downtown Walnut Creek), our office provides a tranquil and refreshing experience for our patients. Situated just across the street from Pleasant Hill's City Hall building, we offered ample free parking right outside our doors and ADA compliant access.