Our Practitioners


Charity Burgess is an Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Practitioner, licensed by the state of California.  For her undergraduate education, Charity earned an English degree from Virginia Commonwealth University with a minor in Religious Studies.  It was a religious studies course about eastern religions and their corresponding medical systems that introduced her to Chinese Medicine in 1999.  After a decade of experiencing profound healing as a patient she set out to learn this mysterious and (seemingly) magical medical system.  

In 2012, Charity moved to San Francisco to study at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM).  Under the supervision of renowned Qigong teacher, Dr. Liping Zhu, Charity began studying the Heavenly Essence Qigong system alongside her Master's Degree program.  She has since become a disciple of the Heavenly Essence lineage and continues her studies.  She will complete Level 3 of the certificate program in 2017.

Charity is passionate about offering her gifts as a healer and knowledge of Chinese Medicine to her community.  She considers herself a sincere general practitioner, and welcomes any condition or ailment. She has had personal success treating the following conditions:

  • Fertility support

  • Pain

  • Stress and anxiety

  • Disease prevention and health maintenance

  • Allergies and the common cold

  • Symptoms from a wide variety of chronic illnesses including:

    • Fibromyalgia

    • Arthritis

    • Insomnia 

    • Lyme disease 

    • STI’s

  • Women's health issues, including emotional extremes that accompany physical symptoms like:

    • Irritability

    • Depression

    • PMS

    • Cramping 

    • Infertility 

    • Low back pain

    • Fatigue

    • Abnormal pap smear

Patricia KimL.Ac. is a California licensed acupuncturist and herbalist.  As a general practitioner, she has experience treating a variety of conditions such as acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain, post stroke recovery, gynecological issues, stress management, digestive health, psycho-emotional issues, fatigue, insomnia and in preventing disease and cultivating longevity. Patricia strongly believes in working closely with her patients by educating them on how to realign their mind, body and spirit back to a natural state of balance and harmony, and in the process empowering them to learn how to take control of their health. 

Patricia received her Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) at CIIS in San Francisco with a certificate in Tui Na.  She also completed over 400 hours of training in a 2 year formal Qigong Certificate Program under the instruction of Dr. Liping Zhu.  


Her clinical experience includes working at GLIDE Compassionate Healthcare, the ACTCM Acupuncture and Ear Clinic, the Lifelong Ashby Center in Berkeley, CMPC Stroke and Rehabilitation Center, and the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy. 


Tom Leidy is an acupuncturist and herbalist, licensed by the California Acupuncture Board in 2015.

He moved from Eastern Pennsylvania to study Chinese medicine at San Francisco's American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) in 2012, and has wanted to stay since the first week of classes. He started practicing taiji and qigong in 2001, before pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Kutztown University of PA.

He's been interested in Asian medicine, philosophy, and martial arts since the 3rd grade, when his social studies/science teacher, a martial arts practitioner, said acupuncturists could tell what was causing an illness. He was terrified that she knew his upset stomach was that he didn't do his homework.

After living and studying in China for, cumulatively, nine months, he can speak, read, and write a modicum of Mandarin. Sometimes, he'll still ask "shen me?" ("what?") when he doesn't hear something correctly.

Tom is perpetually curious about meeting people where they are in their journey, and wants to help guide people to health, wellness, and their personal power. He frequently wonders about language and the subjective nature of existence, reads science fiction, and is fond of talking to trees, oceans, and starry night skies.”