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Licensed Acupuncturist

Lauren Mendez, L.Ac., NC is a graduate of Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, CA where she was first introduced to sports acupuncture during her studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine. With a background in classical ballet and as an avid runner, hiker, and swimmer, she was naturally drawn to the ability of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to treat sports and orthopedic injuries. After her Masters program, Lauren completed post-graduate training in sports and orthopedic acupuncture with two leading teachers in the field. Her practice incorporates various techniques such as trigger point and motor point needling (dry needling), electro-acupuncture, cupping, and gua sha. Lauren enjoys working with all walks of life, from athletes to people recovering from overuse injuries, and is passionate about helping her patients return to an active lifestyle.