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:
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.
Donna Dove is a certified & licensed Massage Therapist. She was professionally trained at the Hands On Therapy School in Texas and at the Maui School of Massage.Donna believes in the benefits of massage with a quality nurturing touch, caring for the person as whole--mind, body & spirit.Integrating Swedish, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue & Energy Work, Donna personalizes each massage with skill, intuition, and a spirit of compassion.
Rex Stromness has practiced massage therapy for the past 25 years and is also a yoga teacher at CSU Chico, Chico Sports Club and In Motion Fitness. His massage training began in 1985 taking the Trager Training, and has also included advanced Deep-Tissue and Esalen Massage.Rex teaches Deep-Tissue Massage in Chico, and leads Yoga re-treats with his wife.He incorporates Deep-Tissue, myofacial release, as well as Esalen Massage into his massages.
Massage Therapists are available Friday through Tuesday, contact the clinic to schedule your appointment.
THE STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS
The clinic runs smoothly and so much gets done thanks to:
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.