Selena Mitchell, DACM, LAc, was first inspired by acupuncture and Chinese medicine when she had the opportunity to work as assistant to acupuncturist Ron Dong in San Francisco in 1987, at the age of 17. This memorable experience ignited her interest in integrative medicine and was the start to her life long study and practice in this inspiring field.
After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in developmental psychology, Selena began studying Chinese medicine in 1992. She completed her master of science degree at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College (formerly Meiji College of Oriental Medicine) in San Francisco, and obtained additional training in Seattle, WA and Beijing, China. She received her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at the Pacific College of Health and Science in San Diego, specializing in Integrative Medicine.
In 1999, inspired by the need for acupuncture and integrative medicine in the Central Valley, she moved to Fresno, and formed the Quan Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Clinic (formerly known as the Tower Clinic). She opened the Lotus Center in 2009.
Selena devotes her practice to general medicine with a focus on pain management, women’s health, endocrine and neurological disorders, and somatic expression of emotional issues. She is formally trained in Trauma Informed Care and utilizes aspects of the Hakomi Method in the treatment room. She incorporates techniques of Japanese meridian therapy, five elements, and auricular acupuncture and the NADA protocol which she studied in China, with her primary background in Chinese Medicine.
In addition to acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, and dietary counseling, Selena also frequently prescribes herbal medicine in her work with patients. Her prescription method is based in the paradigm of Traditional Chinese Medicine, utilizing her primary training as well as the Japanese herbal system, Kampo.
She continues to study the healing process on an ongoing basis, and finds the pursuit of better understanding the integration of the body-mind-spirit connection a life-long inspiration.