Chico Community Acupuncture is Chico’s first dedicated community acupuncture clinic. Started in 2010, we are thriving and blessed to offer effective, affordable, accessible care to Chico and surrounding areas. CCA is part of a national cooperative of community acupuncture clinics called People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (https://www.pocacoop.com/). Visit their website for a fountain of information about people like ourselves, making acupuncture easy to access, to communities around the world. There is also a complete listing of other clinics around the country.
We define Community Acupuncture as the practice of offering acupuncture:
- in a setting where multiple patients receive treatments at the same time;
- by financially sustainable and accountable means, whereby community acupuncture clinics depend directly on the support of the people who receive acupuncture in them, rather than on grants, donations, or other funding;
- within a context of accessibility, which we create by providing consistent hours, by making frequent treatments readily available, by offering affordable services, and by lowering all the barriers to treatment that we possibly can, for as many people as we possibly can, while continuing to be financially self-sustaining.
Olivia Peters-Lazaro, L.Ac.
Olivia Peters-Lazaro is a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in California. She attended Five Branches University in Santa Cruz where she earned a Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. After her third year at Five Branches Olivia traveled to Hangzhou, China to study at Zhejiang University where she was able to observe Traditional Chinese Medicine being used in the hospitals. Olivia has specialized training in treating pregnant women and kids. She apprenticed with Raven Lang, a leading expert in Traditional Chinese Medicine obstetrics and pediatrics in the United States. She interned at Nurture Acupuncture, a bay area clinic that exclusively treats women and men for fertility health.
Olivia grew up in Chico. After being gone for many years, she returned to start Chico Community Acupuncture in 2010.
Olivia's Clinic Hours:
Rachel del Rio, L.Ac.
Rachel is a licensed acupuncturist in California. She holds a Master’s degree in Chinese Medicine from American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. She was an intern at Yue Yang Hospital in Shang Hai, China where her studies focused on pain management. In Shang Hai, she was also able to see for the first time, the healing power of acupuncture in a community setting. Upon her return home, she became aware of the community acupuncture movement that was just beginning in the States. Rachel became a part of that movement, and she has never looked back. She has been practicing community acupuncture in San Francisco for the last several years.
Rachel is new to the area, and very excited about developing her community here in Chico. When she is not at the clinic, she is working as a naturalist for Kids and Creeks, volunteering to pull invasive weeds out at Bidwell Park, or attending Latin Dance classes (her favorite is Mexican Ballet Folklorico).
Rachel's Clinic Hours
THE MASSAGE THERAPISTS
Virginia Lee has practiced massage and healing arts for over 15 years.She offers a deeply healing and energetic massage.Virginia combines Swedish, Hawaiian lomilomi, Deep-Tissue, Ayurvedic, and cranio-sacral therapies, as well as energy work and spiritual healing.She maintains her practice in Southern California (Ojai) and in Chico. $55 for an hour, $80 for 90 minutes. Sliding scale available. Contact her directly to schedule (805) 794-1582
James Sprague is a certified massage therapist specializing in reflexology. Reflexology involves massage of presure points in the hands and feet. It promotes relief of pain and stress, supports healing and a sense of wellbeing. James offers his service for a $10-20 sliding scale. THe treatment is 10 minutes long, given while resting in a reclining chair. After the treatment you are welcome to continue resting anywhere from 10-50 minutes. Treatments available Tuesdays 12-2, and by appointment. Contact the clniic to schedule.
Michael Dimick massage professional, is excited to join the team at Chico Community Acupuncture! He is a recent graduate of the Chico Therapy Wellness Center’s massage school. Practicing massage has been an interest of his for over 20 years and he is grateful for the opportunity to serve the CCA community. In addition to massage, Michael is currently attending school to become a Physical Therapist. He has personally experienced the benefits of massage and physical therapy, and is eager to help others heal. Michael offers Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, and Acupressure. Michael is a North State native and lives in Chico with his wife, CCA volunteer, Sarah. $45 for an hour. Contact him directly to schedule: (530) 213-3172
THE STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS
If you are interested in helping out at the clinic, ask us how! Or, you can start by checking out POCA.org and becoming a member of the People's Organization of Community Acupuncture, a co-op designed to make acupuncture affordable and accessible to as many people as possible while providing sustainable jobs for acupuncturists and support staff. We are always looking for folks to help with a variety of office, marketing, cleaning, and project oriented tasks.