LELA CARNEY, L.Ac., M.A., CCHT Santa Cruz, Ca. (831) 479-3531

Clinical Experience: practicing Chinese and functional medicine since 1983: acupuncture, herbs, moxabustion, electro-acupuncture, Shonishin pediatric acupuncture,  therapeutic nutrition and supplements, self-massage and self-care education,   hypnotherapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Somatic Experiencing trauma work (SE).

1996 – 2010  Oriental Medical Center. Focus on hormonal and immune problems, digestive  disorders, stress, and pain. Many patients have experienced early trauma, especially those with complex chronic immune/autoimmune conditions.

1993 – 1996            Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center, joint Western/ Oriental medical health care focusing on cervical dysplasia, immune deficiencies and pain.

1988 -1993   ran Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center’s low income acupuncture clinic primarily for single mothers, their  children and college students;

1988 -1990    Branciforte Chiropractic and Acupuncture, Santa Cruz: personal injury and workers’ comp cases; focus on low back, neck and shoulder injuries.

1983 – 1990 California State Certified Acupuncturist in private practice in Novato  and Santa Cruz.

1978 – 1983   Holistic health practitioner: Swedish, lymphatic, acupressure and  polarity massage therapies.

Licenses, Certifications and Credentials:

2010 – present  Training with Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute in the treatment of trauma and its ongoing health effects, with Peter Levine and Steven Hoskinson

2010 – present  Training with Datis Kharrazian in thyroid, immune-autoimmune, endocrine metabolic problems

2000  Trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Pain Management with Jon Kabat Zinn and Saki Santorelli,

1997  Certified as a clinical hypnotherapist, using hypnotherapy in conjunction with  acupuncture

1983    licensed by the California Board of Medical Quality Assurance’s Acupuncture   Licensing Committee.

1978    Certified Massage Therapist


1983-present    Continuing education with Kiiko Matsumoto, Jeffrey Yuen, Jeffrey Bland and Datis Kharrazian.

1980-1983   American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, San Francisco:   acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxabustion and Chinese language.

1980-1983     Apprentice and office manager for Miriam Lee, C.A.

1971-1979     M.A. in Human Development, Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, Ca.

1966-1970    B.A. in Anthropology and Religion, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN.

Related Interests:

Meditation, yoga, singing, music and dance, especially Argentine tango, qi gong/tai chi.