MEET DANA DEPAUL ELLIS
I'm an acupuncturist & practitioner of Chinese medicine specializing in women's health & chronic pain.
Dana DePaul Ellis, MSTOM, L.Ac is a licensed, board certified, dedicated and caring Acupuncturist with extensive training and experience practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Dana empowers busy people to take control of their health and wellness through customized treatments and lifestyle recommendations.
It's all about feeling balanced so you can
achieve a life of less stress, anxiety and pain.
Dana specializes in treating chronic health conditions, particularly women struggling with hormonal issues (perimenopause, menopause, PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, thyroid disease, period issues, etc…), chronic stress and anxiety, as well as those with chronic inflammatory, arthritic and autoimmune disorders.
Dana helps people achieve a life of less stress, anxiety and pain by finding and treating the root causes of hormonal imbalances and chronic health issues.
She works with patients who are frustrated navigating the current medical system and often feel unheard. Dana listens, spends time and formulates a clear and concise plan of action.
Dana has two Masters degrees, one is a Master of Science & Traditional East Asian Medicine from the renowned Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego where she completed thousands of hours and years of classroom and clinical training in Chinese Herbology, Acupuncture, and Integrative / Functional Western Medicine.
Dana’s first exposure to Eastern Medicine came in 1999 as a patient when she was experiencing some of her own unexpected health issues, struggling with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). While today this is a more widely diagnosed condition, back then it was poorly understood and there wasn’t much to offer in the way of Western treatment. After extending all available conventional Western treatments without much improvement and lots of unwanted side effects, a friend suggested she see a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine for acupuncture and herbs.
She dropped everything to move across the country to California to pursue her Master’s of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the renowned Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego. There, she completed a rigorous 4-year program consisting of nearly 4000 hours of classroom and clinical training in Chinese Herbology, Acupuncture, and Western Medicine.
In San Diego, Dana treated patients with a wide range of conditions and also completed several rotations at UC San Diego Hospital’s Owen Clinic, as well as Rady Children’s Hospital.
This was Dana’s first introduction to Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine and after several months of treatment she was able to get her PCOS under control and her menstrual cycle regulated. She came back to the medicine again over a decade later when she hurt her back badly on location for a job (in her prior career as a stage manager and celebrity tour producer). She turned to acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping and gua sha for relief and healing in conjunction with western therapies. Her doctors were amazed at her progress. That’s when she knew she wanted to change her career path to study this medicine and share it with with others.
SPECIALIZING IN JAPANESE STYLE TREATMENTS
During her training, Dana gravitated towards a specific type of Japanese Meridian Acupuncture Therapy, which promotes the body’s ability to heal itself, focusing on the “root” of the problem rather than just the symptoms. This gentle yet powerful style of treatment utilizes a lighter needling technique with extremely thin needles (think as thin as a human hair) and is effective at treating numerous conditions.
Dana is also trained in a non-insertive, needle-less acupuncture technique, which is particularly suited for pediatric patients or for those who may be sensitive to needles.
Dana continues her education in this style, traveling to Japan to study, as well as attending courses in Shakuju Core Therapy with Japanese Master, Sensei Shoji Kobayashi in Hawaii and San Francisco. Dana has used this style to effectively treat numerous chronic health conditions, as well as acute issues, pain relief, and maintaining overall wellness. Most importantly, Dana just wants to aid patients in bringing their bodies, minds, and spirits back into balance so that true healing can begin to take place.