Dr. Katie Ngan, DC, LAc
Dr. Katie is the only dually licensed Acupuncturist and Chiropractor also certified in Ayurveda in the Bay Area. She earned her undergraduate degree from UCLA and established a successful marketing career, until a health crisis forced her to reevaluate her lifestyle choices. Not satisfied with what conventional medicine offered, she turned to alternative medicine for answers and was fascinated by its ability to heal from the inside out. She knew then if she could help others begin their own journey towards vibrant health, she would be living her life's purpose. Thus began a five-year mission to learn three different systems of medicine at the Southern California University of Health Sciences, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude from all programs and was Valedictorian of her acupuncture class. She draws upon her broad set of skills to treat patients more comprehensively.
Dr. Katie believes every choice is an opportunity to nourish oneself. She enjoys cooking whole-foods, plant-based meals, practicing yoga regularly, and dancing with abandon. A recent transplant to Northern California, she looks forward to calling the Bay Area her new home.
Meaning of Ahimsa
Ahimsa is a Sanskrit word commonly translated as non-violence, both towards oneself and others. Ahimsa is the total and complete absence of violence from one’s mind, body, and spirit. It is the development of a mental attitude in which hatred is replaced by love.
Our mantra is, “First, do no harm.” The premise of alternative medicine is that it works with our body, not against it. We truly believe the body can heal itself if given the proper encouragement. Too often we see our body as something to fight against; if it doesn’t look a certain way, feel a certain way, move a certain way, we resent it. Surely blasting ourselves with ugly thoughts can’t result in a beautiful form - physically, mentally, or emotionally.
Our goal is to teach our patients that with time and compassion for themselves, they can reclaim their health. We also ask that our patients have compassion for us as we work, knowing we have their best interests at heart.