Who we are
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.
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.
Melissa Craven, LAc was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. She has called San Francisco home since 2001. She has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2008. In her free time, Melissa enjoys cooking, reading, riding her bike and hanging out with her dog, Buggy.
Tara Spalty was birthed into the oppressive humidity of Gulf Coast Florida and has lived mosquito-bite free in the SF Mission since 2002. She is a doctoral candidate and has a master's degree from ACTCM. Tara has been involved in homeless advocacy and activism for decades. She founded and runs Slow Poke, a non-profit that provides acupuncture treatments to people experiencing homelessness. Tara makes most of her own clothing and travels everywhere with her adorable mini-me, Franco, who is named after the handsome actor Mr. James Franco, not the fascist dictator.
Pamela Gilmour, LAc has been practicing Shiatsu massage since 2010. She has worked as a Chinese Medicine practitioner in a variety of settings. In her free time she enjoys relaxing at home, consuming music, cooking and dreaming up creative projects.
Daniels Lee, CMT is 2nd-generation Korean-American, born and raised in Long Island, NY. His life constantly undergoes many cycles of deaths and rebirths. Once upon a time, he graduated from University of Michigan and attempted a career in the world of computers. It didn’t take much to eventually opt out completely and never look back. While attending and graduating from McKinnon Institute, Chinese medicine and bodywork became true passions. He loves working with his hands to cook, bake and do all domestic things. He dreams of co-owning a small home one day with a garage work space for creative projects in art, bikes, metal/jewelry, wood and maybe ceramics.
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.