Andrea Penagos LAc, Dipl. OM, MATCM is a California-Licensed Acupuncturist, Clinical Herbalist, and Reiki Master Teacher with over a decade of experience in the wellness field. Andrea guides her patients towards radiant health through the tools of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Western Herbalism, lifestyle medicine, and individualized care.
Andrea began exploring healing modalities in 2009 after completing Liberation Yoga's 200-hr yoga teacher training and Golden Bridge Yoga's Kundalini Prenatal Yoga teacher training in Los Angeles. A life-changing trip to India in 2010 introduced her to Reiki and Tibetan acupressure massage, after which she deepened her studies in the healing arts by enrolling in acupuncture school.
Andrea holds a Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San Unviersity of Chinese Medicine in Los Angeles, California. Since 2015, Andrea is an active Board Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of California and is also certified by the U.S. National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Andrea has studied with outstanding clinicians like Mazin Al-Khafaji, Lorie Eve Dechar, and Mikiyo Sankey, and is certified in Advanced Cosmetic Acupuncture through AcuRegen, London. Andrea is also a Reiki Master Teacher trained under Reiki Master Syd Yang in Los Angeles, California.
Andrea studies Clinical Phytotherapy (Western Herbal Medicine) at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently, she offers free in-person and virtual Phytotherapy consults via the student clinic at Pacific Rim College.
Andrea is currently on sabbatical from her TCM private practice.
HOLISITIC PRACTICE PHILOSOPHY
Andrea's practice is based on the understanding that transformational healing lies within our own willingness to know ourselves and lean into positive change. The body innately knows how to heal itself, and its healing potential can be optimized through our everyday habits, supported with herbal medicine and individualized care rituals. Andrea encourages her clients improve their sense of well being by deepening their relationship with themselves and gradually strategizing around their self-care.
In state of balance, human beings are energized, adaptable, creative, and peaceful. Andrea meets her clients where they are and cultivates an environment of kindness and honesty where together they can clearly identify disharmony in their lives and take conscious steps towards returning to a state of balance once again.
At its core, Andrea's healing practice is participatory. To heal is to step towards positive change - physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. True, long-lasting healing requires a clear diagnosis, along with patience, dedication, and responsiveness. Andrea works with individuals want to dive into the work of whole body healing and care with devotion, curiosity, and integrity.