About Angela


Angela is a Licensed Acupuncturist for the state of California. She received her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from Samra University 1997, and her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara 1991.

She has a successful and longstanding Acupuncture practice providing Acupuncture and Health services in San Francisco since 1997. She is a 5th Level Instructor in South Shaolin Qi Gong. She in in the Hall of Fame for 30+ years in Martial and Healing Arts. She is the founder of the first Qi Gong classes at both UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley. Her current classes are at Kaiser San Francisco. Her love for Qi Gong inspired her to understand the foundations of Chinese Medicine.

In her acupuncture practice, Angela uses the Balance Method share by the Late Dr. Richard Tan, OMD. Angela also carried curriculum from the Academy of Orthopedic Acupuncture where she spent time in Beijing, China treating patients.

Angela is a senior student and advance level Master Instructor in Shaolin One Finger Qi Gong taught by Great Grand Master Cai Qiu Bai. She is internationally recognized as a 5th level instructor in Shaolin Nei Jing Yi Zhi Chan.

Away from her private practice and teaching, Angela enjoys horseback riding, martial arts, playing the ukulele, and being with her family, which includes 5 humans, 2 dogs, 4 cats, and one horse. doc.curriculum.vitae.dec.2019


Read about it here: Preserving the Ancient Art of Qi Gong.

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Adeliz Araiza L.Ac. MSTCM

Adeliz is an Acupuncturist, herbalist, and certified Vocologist. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley. It was there she learned the gentle needling technique of Japanese Acupuncture, and nutritional therapy. She is also a classically trained vocalist and singing specialist.

She received her certification in the Fundamentals of Vocology from a Clinical Voice Pathologist/Vocologist. Vocology is the study of improving the voice by training the physiological subsystems of the voice, maximizing vocal wellness, and improving vocal freedom and artistry.

She has experience treating fibromyalgia, neuromuscular conditions, mental health and mood disorders, stroke, and has worked at Charlotte Maxwell in Oakland, treating low-income women with cancer, supporting them through chemotherapy and post recovery.

When Adeliz first experienced acupuncture, it liberated her from oppressive states of mind. This inspired her to learn how to help others survive, adapt and thrive amidst the modern challenge of an ever present environment of physical and emotional stress and anxiety. Adeliz is caring, nurturing and kind. She is an active listener dedicated to giving exceptional care and support.

Adeliz is a musician, and a writer, and enjoys gaming and cooking for self-healing.

Her dream one day is to open her own practice, where she can treat singers for neuromuscular conditions, vocal rehabilitation, and performance anxiety.

Dena Ito, L. Ac

Dena is a Licensed Acupuncturist and herbalist for the state of California. She received her Master’s of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from American College of Traditional of Chinese Medicine in San Francisco in 2012. Dena is a returning favorite! Dena assisted Angela at A Return To Health while she was in school. We are all happy to have her back!

During her first years of practice Dena gained experience offering community style acupuncture utilizing Tan’s Balance Method. She thrived in the challenging, fast-paced environment in which so many different types of cases walked through the door every shift. She also has experience working in a western clinical environment addressing the country’s opioid crisis by offering an alternative to pharmaceuticals for chronic pain patients.

Dena thinks of Chinese Medicine as truly affordable, holistic and sustainable healthcare that can address health issues from acute to chronic. She admires how Chinese Medicine works with the innate

Jennifer Im

Jennifer Im brings a multitude of skills and support to our growing wellness center at A Return To Health.

Jen is a San Francisco native where she can underscore and comprehend the needs of our vast variety of patients. Directly out of high school Jen studied fashion design at FIDM and worked as a Design Assistant for a local designer. In her more recent years, Jen delved into managing her mother’s life long dream to open a Korean restaurant.

With her family, they created a wealth of traditional Korean country style cuisine. Their cooking and flavor gained the attention of Andrew Zimmern and late Anthony Bourdain. Their restaurant To Hyang was featured in the two series, Bizaare Foods and The Layover. Their restaurant gained such huge success it seemed as if her mother fulfilled her calling. But as life is always a journey, Jen’s mother decided to spend more time raising her grandchildren and release her and Jen from the daily workings of the business of food.

Now, Jen takes on the task and new role as our office manager. In reality she is also managing our founder, Angela to allow Angela to reach for new and exciting healing therapies on the horizon. These healing therapies are whole person based and integrates well with our current treatments. When you come in and see the new changes and organization at A Return To Health you can thank Jen for her hand in it.

Contact me at jen(at)areturntohealth.com

Justin Liu

Justin Jiangtao Liu graduated from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in 2000 and had obtained his Master’s Degree in Integrative Medicine. He worked as a physician for 14 years in China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing, 14 months in Neurology, 3 years in Surgical Oncology, and 10 years in Vascular Surgery Department. His specialty was in microsurgery.
From June 2014 to June 2019, Justin worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of California San Francisco.
He obtained the License in Acupuncture in California in July 2020. He is the Academic Minister of the American Society of Chinese Medicine, and an acupuncture teacher in California University Silicon Valley.

He has extensive experience in Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has experience treating many patients ranging from neurology, cancer, and cardiology.

He believes being a practitioner, One must use a caring and Loving heart to treat patients regardless of background.