Meet the Acupuncturists
We Love What We Do
Alicia Yang, M.S.A.O.M, M.Ed.
Alicia Yang studied 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. Alicia’s background comes through a passion for working with communities for social justice and empowering women survivors of abuse and violence. While studying Chinese medicine in Honolulu, she worked alongside communities for the prevention of domestic violence. Alicia believes in empowering women to their full potential by awakening their self-confidence and internal healing power. Her interests include facial and cosmetic acupuncture, autoimmune diseases, women’s health, sports orthopedics acupuncture, Chinese nutritional therapy and herbal medicine. She has trained with Dr. Shi Zhong Xiao, a leading Chinese doctor in Honolulu who began his practice in China in 1966, as well as apprenticed with Joe Bright, founder of Kama'aina Acupuncture in Honolulu, and Whitfield Reaves, a leader and one of the first acupuncturists in the West to establish the field of sports orthopedics acupuncture. In addition, she has received training from two pioneers in the field of cosmetic acupuncture. Her favorite quote about beauty is that “the most profound beauty is revealed in the balance of nature.” To balance her own health as well as integrate the knowledge of the role of Qi in Chinese Medicine, Alicia practices Medical Qigong from the teachings of Leon Letoto.
Alicia holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She enjoys time in the ocean, music, qigong, and pursuing art in her spare time.
Anela Bird, M.S.A.O.M.
Licensed Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist
Anela was born and raised on Maui. She was introduced to the world of wellness and healing from a young age by her parents, who were health practitioners. When a family member had a traumatic brain injury, she turned her awareness to improving health and wellness. She studied Acupuncture at South Baylo University in Anaheim, CA, Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Honolulu, HI, and finished her schooling at World Medicine Institute in Aina Haina, HI. Her internship was at Tripler Army Medical Center in the Multidisciplinary Pain Management department. She learned and assisted with a smoking cessation program, insomnia clinic, and addiction protocols. During her final year of schooling, she traveled and attended conferences including Dr. Tan’s Balance Method and NET (Neuroemotional Technique). Anela is licensed in Acupuncture and Massage therapy. She is also certified in reflexology. Her specialty is balancing the body with Acupuncture and massage. She uses a unique meridian-based Acupressure and Sports Therapeutic massage. Her techniques are well suited for Surfing, Jiu Jitsu, Cycling, Running, and Crossfit.
Her future plan is to apply to medical school and become a Functional Medical Doctor, where she can integrate Eastern and Western medicine, and La’au lapa’au for the health of the people of her community here in Hawaii.
Tai Hawkins, M.S.A.O.M
Licensed Acupuncturist and 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 two years has also been a licensed massage therapist for over fifteen 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. 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.