Avigail Cohen L.Ac.

Licensed Acupuncturist, Owner


I love to help people bring their bodies back into balance through acupuncture, Chinese herbs, diet and lifestyle changes.


After working as a massage therapist for several years I knew I wanted to be able to help people even more. Acupuncture, Chinese herbs give me the opportunity to address many conditions that I wasn’t able to do with massage therapy alone. I treat the whole person and adjust your care based on your body, your life and your goals.

I love being able to tailor my treatments very specifically for each patient based on your lab results and the information you share with me. I’m a licensed acupuncturist and a functional medicine practitioner with 17 years of clinical experience.


A licensed acupuncturist in Washington State, I’m board certified with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and a member of the Washington Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Association. I've studied functional medicine with my mentor Dr. Dan Kalish at The Kalish Institute.


I graduated from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2003 with a Masters in Acupuncture and have a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


I live in Seattle with my husband and two children.


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Chika Takahashi, N.D., L.Ac./EAMP, RD (Jp)

Naturopathic Physician, Licensed Acupuncturist/East Asian Medicine Practitioner, Registered Dietician (Japan)


I truly believe that treating people as a whole and choosing what is
the best for that particular person is a most important thing to
achieve optimal and enhanced health.

With degrees in Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture and Oriental
Medicine, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Nutrition, I have a
comprehensive knowledge and skill to treat patients. My areas of
expertise include Digestive Health, Hormonal/Endocrine Health
(including women’s health, weight management, and thyroid health), and
Chronic Health Issues (including allergies, stress, insomnia, fatigue,
and body pain).

I graduated from Bastyr University with Doctor of Naturopathic
Medicine and Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I also have
active Registered Dietitian license in Japan, with more than 10 years
of work experiences and 3000 cases serving a wide range of cultures
and populations in both developed and developing countries.

I was born in Japan, raised in Hawaii, and worked in Cambodia before I
came to Seattle, and now I live in Seattle with my partner and 2 furry
children. I love surfing, horseback riding, hula dancing, listening to
music, and traveling.


I live in Seattle with my partner and two furry children. 

I was born in Japan, raised in Hawaii and worked in Cambodia before I came to Seattle.


Sarah Tivoli

Massage Therapist

Greetings and salutations! I am a transplant from Massachusetts, with a deep love for natural beauty.  As a woman of many skills and interests, I am excited to be here and able to share my talents with the Ballard community.  I earned a BS degree in health studies from Boston University and have been a licensed massage therapist for the past 9 years.  I am a long time yoga practitioner and have received instructor certifications in 3 different traditions.  My practice integrates many techniques that promote healing through energy rebalancing and thus I hold a great respect for acupuncture and herbal medicine.  I couldn’t be happier to be working with Avigail.

I offer Thai Massage and Craniosacral Therapy at Ballard Acupuncture Center and you can find more information about it at www.Tivolimindbody.com


Things I like to do in my free time include meditation, dancing, biking, hiking, and slow walks in nature.  I also have been known to create delicious no-bake goodies and love a good dinner party!


“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who couldn’t hear the music.” (Nietzsche) 

Nicole Wane, M.S.

Office Manager

Hi! I am Nicole, office manager at Ballard Acupuncture Center. I have a deep appreciation and background in holistic medicine, which has lead me to specialize in spiritual coaching, intuitive development and intuitive energy healing. I am thrilled to be a team member to these amazing practitioners and to support all of you in your healing journey here at BAC. 

I spend most of my time away from BAC cooking delicious, nutritious meals with my partner, as well as partaking in the physically intense sport of Cross Fit. Together, these life style choices have made a huge difference to my personal health along with natural health modalities. I am also a singer songwriter, a strong supporter and appreciator of the WHL (junior hockey league) here in Seattle and enjoy the beauty and refreshment of outdoor activity as often as possible.


Noam Cohen

Office Assistant

Hi I'm Noam, the new office assistant. I'm a junior at Ballard high school who plays football and lacrosse for Ballard. I love to be outside and I'm an avid weight lifter who is always looking to beat his last lift. I look forward to being a part of the Ballard Acupuncture Center family and getting the chance to work with my mom, who is the best, as many of you may already know.