Dr. Elaine Elizabeth Sta-Iglesia is a California board-certified licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. She received both her Masters and Doctorate degrees from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. Prior to studying TCM, Elaine earned a Bachelors in Animal Science from UC Davis and spent 10 years working with domestic and companion animals.
Elaine is a San Francisco native and a first generation Filipino American. She decided to follow her maternal grandmother Leonida's footsteps, who was a manghihilot, an indigenous healer from the Philippines. Growing up, she witnessed her grandmother's healing hands which inspired her to continue the tradition of her lineage and join the healing arts.
A gentle, charismatic and compassionate practitioner, her practice is patient centered with a holism approach to mind-body illness. Elaine understands the importance of integrating modern practices while providing support and guidance to a transformative life. She has a passion in promoting psycho-emotional well-being using the Eight Extraordinary Vessels approach, which aims to reconnect people to their inner wisdom and authentic self beyond the layers of negative thoughts, stubborn patterning, trauma, and emotional wounds. She enjoys the psychological aspect of this approach because there is a deep interconnection that synthesizes healing within the mind, body, and spirit. Elaine specializes in pain management, trigger point acutherapy (dry needling), stress and anxiety, mood regulation, menstrual issues, with a focus on wellness preventative.