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Meet the Team

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Jennifer Potthast,
M.S., L.Ac.

Jennifer Potthast was awarded a Masters degree in Oriental Medicine from The Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley, in 2005. While at that institution, Jennifer had the good fortune of studying with such teachers as Hua-Ling Zhu, L.Ac., Mary Stewart, L.Ac., and Dr. John Yeh, M.D. In 2006, Jennifer passed the California State Board exam and received her license to practice acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Jennifer’s practice began in the bay area, where she treated patients of the Cooperative Healing Center in Novato, Ca. In 2008, Jennifer returned to her hometown of Santa Barbara to pursue her dream of making acupuncture affordable for all, and along with her business partner, opened Downtown Community Acupuncture in November of 2009. She is delighted to be a part of the network of patients and practitioners who make Downtown Community Acupuncture an oasis of affordable, natural healthcare for all.

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Laura Schlieske,
M.S., L.Ac.

Laura Schlieske received a Masters degree of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine in 2006 and licensed in 2007. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, where she was introduced and convinced of the many benefits of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, Laura moved to Santa Barbara in 2003. After obtaining her license, Laura maintained a private practice, but decided there was a disconnect with the high prices and frequency needed to actually get results from acupuncture. She was contacted by Jennifer Potthast to collaborate her vision to start a community clinic – and the rest is history.

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Amanda Sapirstein,
M.S., L.Ac.

Amanda Sapirstein is the newest addition to the DCA team of practitioners! She has relocated from Portland, Oregon, where she completed her graduate education in Classical Chinese medicine at NUNM. Following extensive didactic and clinical training in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Qigong, and Chinese dietetics, she felt called to share her skills in a community setting so more folks may have a chance to experience the magical science of Eastern traditions. As a UCSB alumni, Amanda got her Bachelor of Science in Biospsychology and has a background in Western Biomedicine, so continuously strives to integrate the interwoven worlds of “Eastern” and “Western” medicine. As a result, her treatments take on a scientifically informed yet creatively intuitive approach to helping patients access and utilize the deeper, dynamic layers of Self.

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