OUR STAFF

Alicia Yang, M.S.A.O.M, M.Ed.
Co-founder
Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist

 

Alicia Yang received her masters in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture in Honolulu, Hawai’i from the Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. As a childhood cancer survivor, Chinese medicine was an integral part of how her family confronted illnesses. Her interests include facial and cosmetic acupuncture, autoimmune diseases, women’s health, sports orthopedics acupuncture, Chinese nutritional therapy and herbal medicine.  She trained with master Dr. Shi Zhong Xiao, Joe Bright, founder of Kama'aina Acupuncture in Honolulu, and Whitfield Reaves, founding leader of western sports orthopedics acupuncture, as well as Virginia Doran, pioneer of facial rejuvenation acupuncture. To balance and cultivate her own health, Alicia practices Medical Qigong from the teachings of mentor and master Leon Letoto.  Alicia graduated with a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her background comes through a passion for working with communities for healing and social justice.

“I realized that Chinese medicine has been deeply embedded into my narrative of survival, hope and experience of transformation and resiliency in the world. Now, it is with a tremendous sense of gratitude and responsibility that I am able to support my community and the world with knowledge of this incredible medicine, and help bring a much needed balance back to our lives. I wake up everyday feeling honored to share it.” - Alicia 

 

Tai Hawkins, M.S.A.O.M
Co-founder
Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist, & Massage Therapist     
 

Tai Hawkins studied acupuncture in Honolulu, Hawai'i at the Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, where she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine.  During her final year of school, Tai completed two externships in China at the Guangzhou TCM hospital and Tianjin TCM hospital and also trained with Facial Rejuvenation pioneer Virginia Doran.  Tai has been practicing acupuncture in the state of Hawaii for seven years has also been a licensed massage therapist for over twenty years.  She is certified as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine by the National Council on Chinese Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  Her areas of interest include facial acupuncture, musculoskeletal issues, women's health, stress management, and herbal medicine.  Tai graduated with a BA in Cultural and Social Anthropology and a minor in Dance from Stanford University.  In addition to healing through Chinese Medicine, Tai is an ardent believer in the healing power of dance. She now performs, teaches, and hosts dance workshops throughout the islands.  Born and raised in Kailua, Tai has been shaped by the multitude of lessons the ocean has to offer to us.  One of her favorite sayings about health and beauty comes from a paddling coach who always used to yell from the beach, “feeling good, looking good”; the internal environment is always reflected to the outside world, and in that way, wellness is beauty and vitality.

“Nature and movement have always been healing forces in my life.  As a young hula dancer, we would go to the forest to gather leaves and flowers to make our own lei for performances, only after we gave the proper offerings and gratitude to the aina and the plants.  We learned dances and chants that honored people, places and plants, rooted in the oral histories of Hawaii. We learned protocol; how to clear negative energy before entering a shared space, how to honor predecessors and teachers, how to cleanse the body and spirit in the ocean, and how to close the mouth and open the ears…..All of these teachings, experiences and practices shaped my relationship and mindset toward learning, nature, community and their innate connectivity to my purpose and my wellness.”  - Tai

 

 

 

 

Charné Stroebner, M.S.A.O.M, M.Ed.
Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist

 

Charné was born and raised in Kaneohe. She has a deep connection to the ‘āina. As a child, she suffered from migraines.  The only thing that took the migraines away was the ‘āina. She would go outside and lay under one of her first spirit guides, a Norfolk pine tree. Breathing deeply, looking up into the branches she would feel her migraine melt away into the roots of this beautiful Norfolk pine. Charné was enlightened early on that Mother Earth, nature and herself could work together to heal any disharmonies occurring in her body.

Fascinated with the connection between the mind and body, Charné has her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Addiction Studies.  After going through her own personal healing journey using Traditional Chinese Medicine, Charne pursued her Masterś Degree at the Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Honolulu. She is now a licensed acupuncturist who is a nationally recognized Diplomate of Acupuncture. She has studied in China at Chengdu University Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. Her experiences range from treating pain, fertility, autoimmune disorders and post stroke, along with many other conditions. Charné is passionate about acupuncture and TCM because of it is all natural - therefore offering more benefits than risk compared to other medicines. She is excited to assist people with their healing journeys and offer her knowledge of medicine as one of the best gifts to give.

During her spare time, Charné’ enjoys going to the beach, looking for shells, traveling, rockhounding, soaking in hot springs, trying new recipes and spending time with her loved ones.

“Life is like a river, just going with the ebbs and flows, living how you truly desire through it all.”  - Charné