Who we are

Melissa Craven, LAc was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. She has called San Francisco home since 2001. She received a BS in Psychology from Mary Washington University and a Masters from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2008. That same year, she co-founded Circle Community Acupuncture with David Lesseps and Jennifer Holley. In her free time, Melissa enjoys cooking, reading, riding her bike and spending time with her family, friends, and dog Buggy.

Claudia Lehan, LAc received her Masters from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a BA in Social Theory and Political Economics from UMass, Amherst. After years of social work, community-based projects and involvement in the film world, she is thrilled to be practicing Chinese Medicine. She views this ancient tradition of healing as a fine art, and is passionate about helping people find balance and health. When not outdoors, hiking, biking and appreciating the beautiful Bay Area, she can be found curled up with a big bowl of popcorn and a good movie.

David Lesseps, LAc has lived in San Francisco since escaping Texas in 1994. He is a graduate of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and a licensed acupuncturist (he prefers the term acupunk). He loves parenting his son, likes to cook pancakes, reminisce about obscure punk and indy rock bands, teach at POCA Tech, fret about the current state of the world, and read obsessively long epic fantasy novels. 

Pamela Gilmour, LAc and shiatsu practitioner grew up in suburban Los Angeles playing with plants in her grandfather’s backyard farm. After completing her BA in Visual Arts at University of California, San Diego in 2007 she moved to San Francisco and soon became obsessed with herbal medicine. She studied at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco and had the opportunity to study in Hangzhou, China at Zhejiang Chinese Medical University. Today, she strives to integrate her creative and healing practices.

Liane Angus, LAc was born in Canada and first encountered Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory from a correspondence course while working on a summer fire lookout in Northern Alberta. The material was impenetrable, daunting and confusing, but also intriguing! Years later, after moving to SF, she graduated from the San Francisco College of Acupuncture. Continued studies led to Integrating various forms of healing and bodywork into her practice. While less confused, she remains intrigued and amazed at the the healing power of supporting the client and their chi through TCM.

Min Thorne, Tui na practitioner received her Acupressure certification at Berkeley’s Acupressure Institute. She practices an intuitively guided blend of Tui Na, reflexology and gentle Qi balancing work. Her style can be applied in an active and energizing way or in a softer and more nurturing session depending on your needs. Min was originally drawn to the Asian healing arts to counterbalance the long hours and short deadlines of a computer-based career. The deeply restorative effects of the massages and acupuncture sessions she was receiving opened her mind to a new world of possibilities. She now can’t imagine life without it and enthusiastically seeks to share its benefits with any-and-everyone she can.

Shannon Snapp, reiki practitioner is a psychology professor, yoga and meditation instructor, and a reiki master teacher. She uses these mediums to heal, teach, and awaken others. She completed her reiki training in Tucson, Arizona under the instruction of Ellen Ross Jue and Marsha Drozdoff at Desert Reiki Connection. She has offered reiki to clients in private sessions, healing circles, yoga classes, retreats, and she also teaches students reiki. She lives in San Francisco and works in the various Bays. Reiki is a Japanese healing art that translates as “universal life force energy,” which is all loving and acceptable for everyone to receive. It is non-invasive touch that balances the body's energy centers (chakras) to promote wellness and relaxation. Shannon will return October 11th, 2019. www.shannonsnapp.com

Jennifer Pei Huang, Front Desk Magic Coordinator, also known as Princess Pei Pei,  has had the pleasure of being part of the Circle CA community since 2012.  After growing up in the Southern California ocean, Jennifer moved to the Bay Area to start snorting when they laugh and giving people pictures of their face. Fluent in Mandarin and piano, Pei Pei enjoys exploring candor, crafts, and coming of age.  Pei relishes her time in the recliner.

Videos about Community Acupuncture

This documentary was made for people afraid of needles. It documents the history of acupuncture and introduces Community Acupuncture, a movement that makes this medicine accessible to millions.

This is the story of how a small group of loud-mouthed, over-educated, under-employed activists and a massive group of ordinary people with average incomes revolutionized healthcare systems by using large empty rooms, old recliner chairs, and two-cent needles. Filmed & Directed by Brian Lindstrom. Co-produced by Moses Cooper, Jessica Feltz, Lisa Rohleder, Ellen Vincent & the CAN Board of Directors.