LAUREN LAKS, L.Ac., MSTCM, CMT
Lauren Laks, Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, is a graduate of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) in San Francisco, CA, holding a Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is a board certified, licensed Primary Care Provider by the California State Acupuncture Board and is a member of the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) and California State Oriental Medical Association (CSOMA). Her specialties include: pain management, sports medicine, reproductive medicine, internal medicine and addiction medicine. Prior to clinical practice as an acupuncturist, she was a retail supplement buyer and holistic health consultant for over ten years. She is also a California State Certified Massage Therapist in Tui Na (Acupressure) Medical Massage.
In 2012 she opened Way of Life Medicine, an acupuncture and herbal medicine practice in Placerville, CA. Based on the philosophy that in order to obtain good health one must make healthy habits a "way of life," Lauren's custom treatment plans help patients achieve optimum health through diet, exercise, and lifestyle, along with adjunct therapies such as acupuncture, massage, and herbal medicine. She also offers full lab testing and consulting services through Genova Diagnostics, LabCorp and SpectraCell Laboratories.
In addition to her private practice, Lauren was an Associate Acupuncturist for two years at Acupuncture Fertility Specialists in Sacramento and Roseville, under the clinical direction of Dr. David "The Baby Whisperer" Cherry, OMD. While there she helped hundreds of patients to conceive, maintain healthy pregnancies, and naturally deliver healthy, happy babies. She has worked alongside fertility doctors providing acupuncture treatments to In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) patients at California IVF Fertility Center in Davis and Northern California Fertility Medical Center in Roseville. She has also had advanced training in fertility and pregnancy acupuncture from renowned women's health experts and teachers: Jane Lyttleton, Debra Betts, Randine Lewis, Yvonne Farrell, Claudia Citkovitz, and Sharon Weizenbaum.
Along with a passion for acupuncture and herbal medicine, Lauren has a deep love and appreciation for the martial arts, with over thirteen years of training in Traditional Shaolin Kung Fu and Qigong. She has trained extensively in Bak Sil Lum (Northern Shaolin Kung Fu), Songshan Shaolin (Temple-style Shaolin Kung Fu), Ba Duan Jin Qigong (Eight-Section Brocade Qigong), Sanshou (Chinese kickboxing), and Muay Thai (Thai kickboxing). She has had the privilege to work with a number of distinguished martial arts masters including: Sihing Marc Velez (Wing Lam Kung Fu), Shifu Yan Fei (USA O-Mei Kungfu Academy), Shifu Shi De Cheng (Shi De Cheng Wushu Center of Songshan Shaolin), Shifu Yan Ming (USA Shaolin Temple), Shifu Yan Lei (Shaolin Temple UK), Shifu Chang Qiang (Shaolin Berkeley), and Chansadeth "Cheetah" Chanthanao (Cheetah Muay Thai Academy).
Lauren has recently expanded her specialties to include addiction and withdrawal. She currently offers a number of hard to find herbal detox formulas.
Her hobbies include singing, dancing, cooking, gardening and reading.