Hey friends,

It’s been a while.  Apologies for not being up to date on the project.  As of now, I’m uploading 8 projects  that I’ve done in the past couple months.

This blog is part of my Friendship Project.  I connect with new friends to have organic connections and learn about their stories.  If you or anyone would like to connect with me for this project, please do so!  For more information:  https://www.wisithj.com/2018/12/30/friendship-project-making-new-friends-in-los-angeles-ca/




Let’s get to the point with Jennifer, an acupuncturist based in San Pedro, CA.

We became friends on Facebook. She reached out to me when she found out about my Friendship project. She grew up in San Pedro, CA but went to Chico State for college. She also got a chance to live overseas in Beijing in 2002, and really enjoys traveling.   However, this is postponed until her three kids grow up.

Fun fact: she still drives her Ford Mustang, the same car she had in college. Who said they aren’t reliable?!

I asked her why an acupuncturist? She said the road to becoming an acupuncturist was a long road. She knew she wanted to help people since she was a child. Originally, she wanted to be a doctor so she majored in Biology, and then changed to Chemistry.

She realized early on during her freshman/sophomore year that western medicine wasn’t the path she wanted to take. She sat down looking at her college course catalog at all majors and possible jobs. Physiology was the one that made the most sense.

She double downed (literally) and graduated with degrees in Physiology and Chemistry. Once done with college, she moved back to LA. She became a stay at home wife and got bored so she got a job at an acupuncturist clinic. She saw amazing results with the patients. She was sold and signed up for acupuncture school after.


She double downed (literally) and graduated with degrees in Physiology and Chemistry. Once done with college, she moved back to LA. She became a stay at home wife and got bored so she got a job at an acupuncturist clinic. She saw amazing results with the patients. She was sold and signed up for acupuncture school after.

I asked her what was the curriculum like. She said the first two years were classroom training. The last two years were all clinic. She’s a full time mom of 3 while working in her practice. Her husband, mom and nanny help with the task.

She’s been practicing for about 10 years. I asked how the field has changed since holistic health is more accepted nowadays. She said when she first started her career; nothing would show up on Google about acupuncture. But now, everything can be found since alternative medicine is becoming more learned and accepting.

She also offers cupping services, which is like a reverse massage. With massage, you’re pushing on the muscles to release tension but cupping pulls the muscles. I asked her about this since I recently became interested in the services. Muscle ache is the number one reason people come for. It also helps with the cold, flu, and asthma.

Some people will have deep marks, while others have none. You don’t know how deep of marks someone will have until they do it.

She was pregnant with her second while when she started her acupuncture career. She works with a chiropractor, whom she’s known since she was 15 years old. She just finished the doctoral program, Doctor in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

I asked if all acupuncturists are equal? She said there are different schools of thought such as traditional Chinese medicine school and 5-element medicine school, which learn different diagnosis and point selections. If acupuncture didn’t work for you then you probably didn’t go to the right one or do self care at home (such as better diet and exercising).

With her having 3 kids, she will support them on their dreams regardless what it is. She’s open to what they want to be. She was the first person in her family to attend school and chose Chico State because she knew someone who graduated the year prior. She loved the environment being so nature-like.

She’s in an exciting time because she’s looking at a new space with more treatment rooms. She gets to design the space from scratch.

When explaining acupuncture to people, it can be hard but essentially facilitates the natural response from your body. It helps with emotional disorder and physical pain.

If you’re in the area or want to connect with Jennifer, check out her website:  https://sanpedroacupuncture.com/