Alan Sher, L.Ac.
My passion in life is kindness and helping others in need. Luckily, practicing Chinese Medicine allows me to do just that. While studying macrobiotics I also developed a working knowledge of traditional Chinese Herbal formulas and the most commonly used herbs. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Emperor’s College in 1999 I have accumulated hundreds of hours of continuing education. More importantly, I have spent thousands of hours for over 15 years, working directly with Dr. Matt, treating patients with some of the most aggressive and challenging conditions. My intention is to be as precise and as thorough as possible in achieving the best possible outcomes for my patients. I welcome the opportunity to help with any of your healthcare needs.
Gila B. Varis, L.Ac., RN
Gila holds a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture from Yo San University, graduating with the highest of honors. She holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing and Kinesiology. In Gila’s practice as a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, she accepted an apprenticeship with Matt VanBenschoten in 1999. This experience solidified her knowledge of holistic medicine and provided the platform to integrate Western and Eastern medicine to ensure comprehensive approaches to treating a broad spectrum of health issues, including the most serious and complex conditions facing her patients. Along with her extensive clinical knowledge, Gila prescribes medicinal diets to help her patients enhance their constitution, treat illnesses and maintain optimal health. She eagerly shares her wealth of home remedies and her holistic methods for addressing all levels of the human body.
Pari Volkshori, L.Ac., DOM
Pari earned a Doctorate in Oriental Medicine and a Ph.D. in Homeopathy from the University of Oriental Medicine in Santa Fe, New Mexico and she is a California Licensed Acupuncturist. For the past 20 years she has studied and practiced as an associate of Dr Matt’s, helping patients with a variety of internal medicine, autoimmune, hormonal, environmental and dietary/nutritional conditions. Working with Dr. Matt has taught Pari to address the underlying cause of patient issues rather than simply treating symptoms. Pari has also earned an advanced certification in CranioSacral Therapy. She uses herbal formulas, acupuncture and CranioSacral Therapy in unique combinations to meet individual needs and comfort levels to optimize healing.
Jordan Hoffman, L.Ac., Dipl. OM
I graduated with a Master’s Degree from Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in 2006 and am Nationally Board Certified in Oriental Medicine including Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology, specializing in internal medicine, food and lifestyle counseling, pain management and addiction. In 2009, I began my training with Dr. Matt and immediately realized that his technique and approach to viewing the body and its relationship with the environment was the missing piece I had been looking for. I always knew that one day I could develop even better tools to accurately diagnose and effectively treat my patients no matter their conditions. All the while, continuing to offer compassionate and personalized care.
Aydin Bengisu, L.Ac.
I earned a master’s degree in Oriental Medicine (M.S.O.M), from The Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine and I am licensed to practice acupuncture and herbal medicine. I have completed an intensive training on “Acupuncture for the Cancer Patient” at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Hospital in New York City. My experience and specialties include oncology support, dermatology, fertility, gastro-intestinal health, addiction and pain management. After taking an online course taught by Dr Matt, I knew I had to study with him in person and I have been at MMVBS since 2011. My passion is to assist my patients to enhance their knowledge of integrating current western medical practices and Eastern medicine.
Ellen Elphand, L.Ac., Dipl. OM
The MMVBS practice represents an approach to clinical healing that I’ve dreamed of performing. This involves melding the best of Eastern Medicine with the research and scientific perspective of Western Medicine. Since I began studying with Dr. Matt four years ago, I am more passionate than ever about my work. I received my master’s at Emperor’s College of Oriental Medicine. I am licensed to practice all forms of Oriental Medicine by both National and State Boards. My specialties include stroke, neurological disorders, upper respiratory conditions, gastrointestinal and urogenital disorders, environmental exposures, Lyme disease, fertility, pediatrics, as well as physical and emotional pain
Joe McSweyn, O.M.D., L.Ac.
About 30 years ago as an acupuncture student, we had a guest speaker talk about the pharmacological properties of Chinese herbs; that was Matt Van Benschoten. Information poured at light speed and after class I asked if I could observe with him. To my amazement there were no labels on any of the jar in his herbal pharmacy; I wanted to know herbs that well. As soon as I got my license I started working for him and have been there ever since. Decades at the foot of the master have given me the understanding of formulating the appropriate antidote for my patients’ complaints. I earned an L.Ac and OMD from California Acupuncture College and I attended international College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Nanjing, China.
Steven M. Jarsky, DAOM, L.Ac.
Steven graduated with highest honors from Yo San University. He holds a master’s degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Cellular Molecular Biology. Steven has been an associate and has worked in the clinic with Matt for 15 years. His practice focuses on dermatology, family medicine, allergies, respiratory illness, and gynecology. He spent the last four years traveling to London to study with one of the top specialists in Chinese herbal dermatology in Europe. He also studied with and completed a two year dermatology certificate course with renowned TCM dermatologist, Dr. Jai Ling Yu, in San Francisco.
Tina Van Benschoten, R.N., Cranio Sacral Therapy
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