Retreat Acupuncture specializes in the renewal and rebalancing of your own vital healing energy through acupuncture, herbs, and other treatments derived from the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). We offer personalized, holistic acupuncture and herbal medicine treatments. By applying TCM principles to modern lifestyles, we help our patients understand their health and encourage them to take an active part in their healing process.

We strongly believe in integrating the knowledge of western medicine and the wisdom of eastern medicine to ensure you are on the right path to your destination. We work closely with many local Reproductive Endocrinologists, OB/Gynecologists, and other physicians and specialists to ensure that you get the exact care and support you need.

Our team of compassionate, experienced and highly qualified practitioners have completed extensive post graduate training in reproductive health, womenís and menís health, pregnancy (pre and post natal), pain management, sports medicine, internal medicine and mental health.

Meet Our Acupuncturists

Rachel Root L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of California. She earned a Master of Science degree in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine at American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. Rachel has interned at Retreat Acupuncture with Julie Hackmann for the past few years. At Retreat she has learned painless needle technique as well as extensive training in fertility, pregnancy and Womenís health. She also has experience with pain management, neurology, and cancer support. Rachel has always had an interest in the the human body, and how to optimize health and wellbeing. She studied Exercise Science and earned a B.S. in Kinesiology from Arizona State University. She found Chinese Medicine the perfect way to combine her deep knowledge of the human body, and her long time interest in eastern teachings of body, mind, and spirit. Rachel also completed a clinical acupuncture certificate through the Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in Hangzhou, China. While in China, she worked in hospitals with advanced training in Womenís gynecology, pain management, and scalp acupuncture. Rachel is also certified in Shiatsu therapy.

Although Rachel loves living in San Francisco, she grew up in southern Arizona and calls the desert her home. She balances her life with both adventure and stillness, and will travel at any chance she can get. Rachel also loves experimenting in the kitchen, and eating her way around the city. She enjoys staying active by hiking, doing yoga and qigong.

Karinn Casey Gallagher, MSTCM, L.Ac, CMT

Karinnís core belief is that we all possess the natural ability to heal within, but sometimes we lose our footing and need some guidance finding our way back. As a California Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Certified Massage Therapist and Reiki Practitioner, Karinn customizes her skill set to provide each individual with the most effective treatment, meeting people where they are, and developing goals to restore her patients to a state of balance and joy.

Karinn received a four year Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine at American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. During her time, she has completed certifications in Tui Na manipulative therapy, Shiatsu, Abdominal Chi Nei Tsang massage, as well as Facial and Cosmetic Acupuncture. As an acupuncturist and primary care provider, Karinn sees patients for a wide variety of conditions, though often treats fertility, natal care, pain treatment and management, as well as digestive disorders. Karinnís love affair with Northern California began in 2005 when she moved to Lake Tahoe after attending undergrad on the east coast. Her hobbies outside the clinic include road biking, skiing, sailing and relaxing in the mountains. She has spent a lot of time in the last few years traveling to places like China, Bali, Thailand, and Mexico. Her passion for exploring the world is matched by her desire to enjoy life, which is what we were all meant to do.

Greg Zimmerman is a licensed Acupuncturist and Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine with 20-years experience. He has an extensive professional background in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), classical Chinese medicine, Chinese orthopedics and tuina, martial arts, qigong, and meditation.

After undergraduate studies in bio-chemistry and biology, Greg began his study of Chinese medicine at the Tai Hsuan Institute in Honolulu, Hawaii. From there he continued to study at South Baylo University in Southern California until his graduation and board license instatement. He then took up advanced Chinese medicine orthopedic studies with Professor Gu Hua and training at Beijingís Dongzhimen Orthopedic Hospital. After the completion of his Masters degree in traditional Chinese medicine he began to work as an herbal formula consultant at Brion Herbs Corporation/Sun Ten Inc. There he continued to work as a professional consultant and company representative for more than a decade while making time for continuous clinical practice and further medical studies. Over the past ten years he has focused his studies on classical Chinese herbology, acupuncture, pulse and abdominal diagnosis.

His clinical services include traditional Chinese acupuncture and moxibustion, herbal formulas, and therapeutic bodywork. These various healing modalities are often combined dependent upon the nature and circumstance of each individualís specific medical complaint during the course of treatment.

  • Certified diplomate of the Institute of Canonical East Asian Medicine and a lineage practitioner of the Tian-Zeng discipline.
  • Certified practitioner of Chinese tuina (Chinese bodywork) with hands on experience in Beijing Dongzhimen Hospitalís orthopedics and traumatology tuina department.
  • Teacher and clinic supervisor at South Baylo University and Southern California University of Health Sciences. He has taught many graduate level courses on the topics of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and Chinese medical theory for more than ten years.
  • Co-Author of textbook ďChinese Medicinal FormulasĒ (Published by Peopleís Medical Publishing House)
  • Lecture and consultant for Sun Ten Inc.