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 author of a nutrition and wellness blog called Nutri-shen. 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 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, by supporting them through chemotherapy and post recovery.

Adeliz’s blog explores the medicinal effects of whole foods, and how they can heal and maintain balance in the body, mind, and spirit. She provides nutritional counseling and loves creating individual food lists and meal plans for her patients to empower them to take healing into their own hands.

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, a writer, cat-lover and enjoys cooking for self-healing. She plays the ukulele, and sings soprano in an A capella group. Her dream one day is to open a practice where she can treat singers for neuromuscular conditions, vocal rehabilitation, and performance anxiety.

Contact me at [email protected]

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