Nancy Rakela, OMD, LAc is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and a licensed acupuncturist practicing in Berkeley CA for over 30 years. Nancy's interest in acupuncture and herbal medicine began while she was studying in Japan on a junior year abroad program while attending UC Berkeley for her bachelors degree in Religious Studies.
After enrolling in one of the first oriental medicine programs in California, she graduated from American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco in 1985. Nancy has been a licensed acupuncturist in California and Diplomate with the National Commission of the Certification of Acupuncturists since 1985.
To further her study of oriental medicine, Dr. Rakela attended a post graduate program in Guangzhou, China in 1986, where she received advanced training in women's health and fertility treatment. She received her Doctorate of Oriental Medicine from Hong Kong's Postgraduate Institute of Oriental Medicine in 1988.
Since 1992 she has been a Diplomate of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedic with a specialty in Acupuncture Orthopedics (a certification held by less the 5% of acupuncturists) enabling her to provide specialized treatment for acute and chronic pain from both Chinese and Western perspectives.
Dr. Rakela is member of the American Acupuncture Association, California Society of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and Open Pathways formerly Resolve of Northern California.
She has been a long time practitioner of yoga and meditation. Nancy teaches weekly yoga and meditation classes and
specialty mind body stress reduction classes for her fertility patients.
Since 2010, Keala has worked with Nancy Rakela as a clinic manager while pursuing her Master's Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) from ACTCM in San Francisco. After completing her clinical internship and graduating in December 2016, Keala has made the final transition into becoming a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist.
Prior to her Master's degree, Keala received her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Growing up, she was an active participant in a variety of sports and continued on as a NCAA Division 1 soccer player while at Cal Poly. She has always carried a deep interest in body sciences and sports medicine and greatly enjoys integrating this interest with her education in acupuncture and herbal medicine.
While at ACTCM, Keala had the opportunity to expand her knowledge of Tradition Chinese Medicine while learning from world renowned educators. She particularly enjoyed her clinical internship spent at the LifeLong Community Health Care Clinic here in Berkeley, CA. This experience provided her with an opportunity to treat a variety of issues including chronic pain management, digestive disorders and hormone regulation. Being an East Bay resident, she greatly appreciated the opportunity to serve the community in which she lives.
In her spare time, Keala enjoys spending time with family, taking long urban hikes around the East Bay, wading in the Russian River, and the occasional round of golf.