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. She absolutley loves this town, and living in the beautiful Sacramento Valley. Since 2012 she has served on the Board of Directors at Chico Natural Foods Cooperative.
Olivia's Clinic Hours:
Elinore Schafer, L.Ac.
Elinore Schafer, “Ellie”, is a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in the State of California. In 2003 Ellie graduated from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley. For over 10 years, she has worked as an acupuncturist, mostly in the Bay Area, including other community acupuncture clinics. During that time she also volunteered as an acupuncturist in special needs clinics, such as the Charlotte Maxwell clinic for low income women with cancer. She treated students and staff at Civicorps in Oakland and helped create an acupuncture clinic in a transitional hotel in Oakland.
Ellie moved to Chico in 2014. She has a background in working with her hands: as a baker at Acme Bread Company in Berkeley and making useful functional art such as crafts and baskets (she usually give the baskets as gifts). In her free time you will find her enjoying the outdoors, riding her bike, or practicing yoga.
“The specialness of people is what makes my work fun doing acupuncture.”
Ellie's Clinic Hours
THE MASSAGE THERAPISTS
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
Karen and Megan are often the folks answering your calls, welcoming you to the clinic, and helping you with everything in the front office. We couldn't do it without them! We also have a regular team of volunteers who makes things happen here. If you are interested in getting involved, please become a member of POCA. Continue reading.
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.