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.
WE ARE HIRING for a second acupuncturist. If you are interested in being part of a thriving, fast paced, totally loved community acupuncture clinic, contact Olivia. We look forward to hearing from you.
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:
Tessa Nagel will be subing for Olivia September 12 and 13. Tessa is a Nationally Certified and California Licensed Acupuncturist and OrientalMedicine Practitioner. She received her Master’s Degree in Traditional ChineseMedicine from the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, CA. After a life-changing experience while living briefly on the east coast, Tessa feels more alive than ever. Tessa lives in Sonoma County, CA practicing the medicine she loves. She believes affordable healthcare should be accessible to all, which is why she strongly supports the community model. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, swimming, tai qi, qi gong and finding new reasons to marvel at the beauty of life everyday.
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 by appointment or drop-in Tuesdays 12-2. 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. For a limited time $45 for an hour. Contact him directly to schedule: (530) 213-3172
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.